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

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 20/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 7 hours
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  • 2
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 3
    German Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Hagia Sophia
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 6
    Sogukcesme Sokak
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 8
    Serefiye Sarnici
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 9
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 10
    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 60 minutes
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Highlights
  • A comprehensive tour of Istanbul, with 1-, 2-, and 3-day options
  • 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.
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Important Information
Duration
7h
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
Exclusions
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)
  • Lunch
  • Gratitude (suggested)
  • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi
  • Entry/Admission - Rahmi M. Koc Museum
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace 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
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Nov 10. Due to commemoration ceremony
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Alvydas Barsteiga wrote a review 9 May
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The guide Sercan is perfect :) very empathetic, feels all his tourists needs and even without asking suggests itinerary amendments in order tourists feel satisfied 100%. Really warm and welcoming guide.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Bojan ILIĆ wrote a review 9 May
Smederevo, Serbia1 contribution
3-day Private Guided Tour Best of Istanbul is perfectly organized and guided. Despite the COVID19 restrictions, we managed to expirience all of the major Istanbul highlights. Our guide Ali was frendly, flexible, knowledgable and expirienced. Even though some attractions were
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Andrea wrote a review 5 May
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Had a private one day tour today with Ozgur. He’s considerate, flexible, and super knowledgeable of the rich history behind the city. I would definitely recommend this tour and Ozgur to anyone who wants to know the best of Istanbul in a day.
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mahmood1991 wrote a review 4 May
Nelson, United Kingdom2 contributions
I booked this tour for a large family group of about 10-12 people. I contacted the company via whatsapp to adjust the itinerary as I thought some of the children might get tired walking around for the whole tour which they had no problem with. We were met by Oscar in the lobby
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Hani J wrote a review Apr 2021
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Burak was an excellent guide! Coming from the U.S we were hoping for a decent English speaking tour guide that could answer our questions and properly show us the history - Burak took it to the next level! Besides his excellent communication, his knowledge of the structures,
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Date of experience: April 2021
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michaelzX71IY
michaelzX71IY
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Great tour with Sergio
Sergio was an amazing guy, showed me and my girlfriend beautiful places in Istanbul. He also spoke english very wel
b_anara_90
b_anara_90
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Tour with Oscar
We spent lovely two days with Oscar and enjoyed every moment. We started with the old city and visited the sights t
wasimy2021
wasimy2021
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Perfect day in Istanbul
It was perfect. Everything was so good. Mr. Ugur Kilerci was full of knowledge and was very active. Love the whole
valentinav9611
valentinav9611
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10/10
It was an amazing experience, our guida was Ozgur (Oscar) was knowledgeable, kind and patient . I would totally rec
HMTravel1
HMTravel1
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Great Custom Tour
I used Guided Istanbul Tours for a private, customized, 9-day tour. Mehmet handled the pre-arrival planning. We ha
Soichiro888
Soichiro888
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Amazing Tour with Metin
It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Metin was able to share so much information and it shows how knowled
27alexf
27alexf
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Ozgur tour (July/ August)
An excellent tour. Ozgur is a superb guide: friendly, knowledgable and couldn’t do more to provide an excellent (an
raskim
raskim
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Great day out
Just come back from a great day spent with our excellent guide Sercan. Was worried the tour may not take place with
Paula B
Paula B
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Love Istanbul
Had a private tour of the Historic Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Sistern and the souk. If you've been to a souk befor
habarz
habarz
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Spent a lovely day with Sercan
Friends and I decided to attend this tour after checking the reviews and we are not mistaken as we had a fantastic
CMO888
CMO888
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Excellent Tour
My partner and I booked a one day private tour with ‘Guided Istanbul Tours’. Our tour guide (Sercan) was knowledga
SameerMulani
SameerMulani
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Best Day tour with Mustafa
Mustafa is a fantastic guide and I am so happy that I got such a talented tour guide. He is professional with excel
Icioi I
Icioi I
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Very interesting tour with a very interesting guide
We did the tour duringthe second last day of the year and we find tge guide very prepared and cute..
MarthaElcasino
MarthaElcasino
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Awesome Tour in Istanbul
I had a wonderful one-day private tour of some of the beautiful historical places in Istanbul with my guide, Ugur.
deerroam
deerroam
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Great day tour
This is the second time that I booked a group day tour with this company for my colleagues visiting the city. Melis
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