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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour provided by Guided Istanbul Tours

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour
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Tour snapshot
A comprehensive tour of Istanbul, with 1-, 2-, and 3-day options
Duration:
7h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    7h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
The bridge between east and west, Istanbul is a vibrant city with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the former capital of the Ottoman empire. Cover top sites like the Blue Mosque and the Spice Market on this action-packed guided trip, which offers 1-, 2-, or 3-day itineraries to best suit your schedule. Because it’s a private tour, you have plenty of time for questions along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Marvel at Ottoman sites like Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque
  • Shop like a local at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
  • Private tour means plenty of personal attention
What to expect
  • Day one begins with a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine cathedral adorned in spectacular gold mosaics. From there, cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You also have time to explore the treasures of Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman sultans and their famous harems. If you opt for a 2-day tour, begin with a visit to the bustling Spice Market, where you can haggle for saffron alongside shoppers. Cruise down the famous Bosphorus, where you might catch sight of river dolphins, explore the vibrant pedestrian street of Istiklal, and make a stop at Galata Tower, a medieval stone monument with incredible panoramas over the city. The third day covers the Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Marvel at Ottoman sites like Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque
  • Shop like a local at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
  • Private tour means plenty of personal attention
What to expect
  • Day one begins with a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine cathedral adorned in spectacular gold mosaics. From there, cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You also have time to explore the treasures of Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman sultans and their famous harems. If you opt for a 2-day tour, begin with a visit to the bustling Spice Market, where you can haggle for saffron alongside shoppers. Cruise down the famous Bosphorus, where you might catch sight of river dolphins, explore the vibrant pedestrian street of Istiklal, and make a stop at Galata Tower, a medieval stone monument with incredible panoramas over the city. The third day covers the Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11522P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Guide meets you at the hotel
Exclusions
  • Transportation (from/back to hotel, between sites (unless option selected)
  • Museum Tickets
  • Lunch
  • Gratitude (suggested)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Irene Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi
  • Entry/Admission - Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • *FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS AND LATE DEPARTURES, as museums and some sites will be closed around 17:30 pm, alternative tour sites will be advised by the tour guide during the tour. *Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or Galata Port. If the hotel is not centrally located, the meeting point will be in front of the German Fountain. If van service is not chosen your guide will pick you up at centrally located hotels on foot. If private van service is booked, please note that there will be a surcharge if your hotel is located outside of the city center or on the Asian Side.
  • Ports:
  • Istanbul Cruise Port
  • Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • For multiple day booking, private van service will be advised according to your hotel location and size of the group
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays
  • Due to museum regulations, live guide service is not available at Dolmabahce Palace
  • When booking the tour with van, if your hotel is located in Sultanahmet you will be steps away from the museums, so the van will not be used as much.
  • Galata Tower will be visited from outside as tour guides have no priority to skip the line due to Galata Tower regulations
  • Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
  • Hagia Sophia will be closed for visit during praying time
  • Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Guide meets you at the hotel
Exclusions
  • Transportation (from/back to hotel, between sites (unless option selected)
  • Museum Tickets
  • Lunch
  • Gratitude (suggested)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Irene Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi
  • Entry/Admission - Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • *FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS AND LATE DEPARTURES, as museums and some sites will be closed around 17:30 pm, alternative tour sites will be advised by the tour guide during the tour. *Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or Galata Port. If the hotel is not centrally located, the meeting point will be in front of the German Fountain. If van service is not chosen your guide will pick you up at centrally located hotels on foot. If private van service is booked, please note that there will be a surcharge if your hotel is located outside of the city center or on the Asian Side.
  • Ports:
  • Istanbul Cruise Port
  • Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • For multiple day booking, private van service will be advised according to your hotel location and size of the group
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays
  • Due to museum regulations, live guide service is not available at Dolmabahce Palace
  • When booking the tour with van, if your hotel is located in Sultanahmet you will be steps away from the museums, so the van will not be used as much.
  • Galata Tower will be visited from outside as tour guides have no priority to skip the line due to Galata Tower regulations
  • Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
  • Hagia Sophia will be closed for visit during praying time
  • Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 7 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    German Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Sogukcesme Sokak
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 9
    Hagia Irene Museum
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 10
    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
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Sara A
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Thanks Sandy for today. the tour has been very complete, we had a great time, from the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.
Written 22 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Olga
Cleveland, OH27 contributions
My husband and I had a wonderful experience touring Istanbul with Uğur! It’s a beautiful city with so much history and so much to offer. We managed to visit pretty much all the main sights despite bone chilling weather that day: Hippodrome, Topkapı with harem section, Hagia Sophia, Blue mosque, Grand Bazzar, and learned about other attractions. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Turkey and Istanbul and we were pleasantly surprised to learn that tour guides there actually go through a formal education and get licensed. Uğur was very accommodating and took care of all our requests. Highly recommend this guide and this company.
Written 21 January 2022
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Ansar A
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Friends
100% recommended.
We were led by our tour guide Caner Oztekin as a part of private tour. Caner comes with a lot of experience and made our trip memorable. Our tour was just PERFECT and could not have asked more. We went some places beyond our scheduled spots and was so patient whenever we took photographs every now and then.
Collectively, very professional yet so friendly!
Best wishes from US
Written 10 January 2022
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Andrea L
3 contributions
What amazing experience! Murat is the best Turkish guide ever! We loved our day with him, he is such a great person with so much to share and teach you. You’ll be enchanted to see how easy is to get history and have so so much fun with it. Thank you very much!
Written 10 January 2022
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Joanne Gavin
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
We had an amazing day in Istanbul, Hakan (our guide) spoke perfect English and was well informed of the sites. Restaurant, sites, information was all fantastic! Would highly recommend.
Written 10 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Simla
Mauritius1 contribution
I was visiting Istanbul for the first time along with my Mom ans Sis.We were there for only 4 days and Ugur Kilerci did an excellent job.He was very helpful,friendly and very knowledgeable👍🏻
Ugur thank u so so much for always taking that extra mile to make sure we had the best tour🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for being such a great host and a wonderful tour guide. You took us to places we hardly had any idea about. You and this trip will be etched out in our memories forever. 🙏🏻
Written 10 January 2022
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Nadiah A
Brooklyn, NY6 contributions
Our tour guide Cigdem was outstanding. She was so knowledgeable with Istanbul’s history my boyfriend and I learned so much. She customized the tour to what we wanted to see and even helped me buy a new suitcase when mine broke. 10/10 would recommend her and this company if your visiting Istanbul. Also definitely opt to pay extra for the private van. 100% worth it. Thank you again Cigdam!!
Written 10 January 2022
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Baxter Gillespie
2 contributions
Jan. 2022
We did a one day private tour of Istanbul with Ozzy (Ozan) and really enjoyed it. Ozzy gave us a great historical understanding of Istanbul and how the sites we were visiting played into that history. He is incredibly knowledgeable and patient with our questions. We came away from the tour with a deeper appreciation for Istanbul and her rich history.
Written 8 January 2022
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tamsin87571
Mumbai3 contributions
Kemal was our guide and he was outstanding. Genuine interest in the history and in sharing it with us; he was so helpful and keen to make it a good memory for us by incessantly asking to take pics (we are of the type who never ask), and planning the tour meticulously to ensure we covered the most possible, in the limited time we had due to another tour later in the day. He even added the spice market to our tour at the end just because it was closeby. All of this is just to say he did an excellent job with the tour itself.

Where he went beyond the call of duty, is to really help us figure out the best Bosphorus boat tour closest to our hotel that would save us time, and to also help us plan logistics after the guided tour to get to the boat on time - he helped us with the tram and with the boat tickets and left us only after we had boarded the boat.

Thanks for a wonderful last day in Istanbul, Kemal and the Guided Istanbul tours team!
Written 8 January 2022
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Bamia1
Orlando, FL5 contributions
We had wonderful time on our 1 day private tour that we scheduled through Viator’s website.
Our tour guide Mehmet was a gem. He was very professional, knowledgeable, personable and had an excellent command of the English language. We would highly recommend him as I am sure that he added so much value to our experience! He is well versed in history and at times, it seemed
we were sitting in a very interesting history class. Our timing didn’t allow us the luxury of the 2 or 3 Day Private Tour, but the next time around, we do plan on it. Can’t wait! Well worth the time and money. Thank you!
Written 7 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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