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Day one begins with a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine cathedral adorned in spectacular gold mosaics. From there, you’ll cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You’ll 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, you’ll begin with an 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 will cover Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You'll also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
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Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
Topkapi Palace
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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’ll have plenty of time for questions along the way.

  • 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
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Reviewed yesterday
Very good experience

Yasin was our guide for two days. We had a very good experience with him. He is very knowledgeable and is good at understanding his clients' pace and areas of interest. The two day tour is great because you experience today's Istanbul as well, not...More

Thank MartinP1974
Reviewed 2 days ago
Ceren was an excellent guide--ask for her!

I have been to Istanbul several times and had already seen most of the sites on the highlights tour, but decided to book a 2-day private tour for a recent trip with my parents who had never been to Istanbul before. I'm VERY glad that...More

Thank KYLE K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great introduction to Istanbul

Our guide Caner arrived exactly on time at the entrance to our apartment for the walking tour. We walked to the tram and he showed us how to buy a travel card, which we have subsequently used. Travelling on the subway and tram is really...More

Thank MatthewCheetham
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Highly Recommended

Our guide Arzu met my wife and I at our hotel on the morning of our 1 day guided tour of Istanbul. She took us around all the main historic buildings in Instanbul including the Grand Bazaar and Palace during a packed 8 hour tour...More

Thank Gulliver40
Reviewed 2 days ago
Wonderful experience.

As we had limited time in Istanbul we wanted to make the most of the time we had. We booked the two day best of Istanbul Tour and our guide was Yasin. This was the best decision we could have made as Yasin was a...More

Thank RogerJerseyCI
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September 13, 2018|
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Response from Juanito K | Reviewed this property |
No, they are not included, but the fees are fairly priced.
Rajpal S
September 13, 2018|
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Response from Kylie N | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately still had to pay entry to Topaki Palace and Bastillica Cistern
Bogdan V
August 24, 2018|
Response from knowthegoodstuff |
Hi please could you contact the tour company.. thanks
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