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

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

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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.
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  • 1
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 7 hours -
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  • 2
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 4
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 5
    Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 6
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 7
    Basilica Cistern
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 8
    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 9
    Bosphorus Strait
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 10
    Dolmabahce Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 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
  • Explore Istanbul's mixed heritage with church and mosque visits
  • Learn about the city's fascinating history
  • 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
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)
  • Lunch
  • Gratitude (suggested)
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
  • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi
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Additional Info
  • Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays between November 1 and March 31. Hagia Sophia is open to visit on Mondays between April 1 and October 31
  • 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 as follows: January 1 - New Year, June 4/6 - Ramadan Festival, August 11/14 - Eid Festival, October 29 - Republic Day.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market are closed during 4, 5, 6 June - Ramadan Festival, 11, 12, 13 14 August - Eid Festival
  • 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.
About the operator
By: Guided Istanbul Tours
Chicago, Illinois
Would Give 6 Stars If Possible
This was possibly the best guided tour that we have ever had. Anyone looking to experience Istanbul should book
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Lineu P
Georgetown, Guyana
Excelent guide
Was a wonderful day. Everything was marvelous. Istambul is a amazing city and Ozgur was the best guide. He knows a
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Omar S
Springfield, Illinois
1-day private guided tour with Emri (Guided Istanbul Tours)
Emri was a fantastic guide who helped my whole family truly understand and appreciate the history and beauty
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Hinna C
Doha, Qatar
Sercan is brilliant
My children and I had a brilliant tour of the old city with our amazing guide Sercan. He was very knowledgeable
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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
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Theresa R
Kept the teenagers engaged
Booking a private tour was the thing to do for us as the kids helped dictate the pace! Our tour guide had a great
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Calgary, Canada
Awesome private tour
Ozgur was a fantastic tour guide. He really looked after us today, gave great advice and insight, gave great tips
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
great 2 day tour with Sercan
we had a 2 day private tour with Sercan. it was like being shown around town by a friend who knows the city inside
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Having an awesome day in Istanbul
We started our tour at 9 am. Ozgur came to our hotel and so we started our day. We saw Aya Sophia, the Blue
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Jan v
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Great tour by Ozgur
We had a 1-day tour of Istanbul today by Ozgur. He did a great job explaining everything to us in Turkish and
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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