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

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

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.
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
  • 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.
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
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11522P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
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.
  • Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located, meeting point with tour guide is the front of 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
  • Galataport İstanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, 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
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.
  • Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located, meeting point with tour guide is the front of 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
  • Galataport İstanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, 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
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Maria Teresa Rodriguez
10 contributions
My turkey trip
Oct. 2021 • Family
Cigdem. Was wonderful, her beautiful and calm personality keep us stay with her for more than only two days. But we had another tours scheduled. She was very professional . I will request her again for a tour. We love her.
Written October 24, 2021
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Dessi S
South Lake Tahoe, CA3 contributions
Best city tour with Cigdem!
Oct. 2021 • Couples
We had a 2 day tour of Istanbul with Cigdem! She was a wonderful tour guide with a wealth of knowledge. She answered all of our questions and really personalized the tour to our needs and interests. She gave us great local recommendations and advice! It was like touring the city with a great friend! Thank you for a wonderful experience Cigdem!
Written October 22, 2021
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Jeffrey V
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Caner is an excellent tour guide.
Oct. 2021
Caner is an excellent tour guide. Enjoyed traveling with him for 2-days and seeing many areas of Istanbul.
Written October 21, 2021
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Janice D
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
One day guided tour
Oct. 2021
Our guide Ozgur was knowledgeable, polite and so personable ,he taught us so much about the history and culture of Istanbul.
We would highly recommend this tour as we were able to see the main attractions in one day and revisit places at our leisure for the rest of our stay
Thank you so much Ozgur !
Written October 20, 2021
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Am
1 contribution
2 wonderful days
Oct. 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful time with our tour guide kemal, if any of you are travelling as a family and want to have a deep understanding of the history you must ask for this particular guide, he was very helpful and great with kids.
Always on time and would understand its very difficult to stay on schedule with kids.
We would hire him as our tour guide and the same company again.
Written October 17, 2021
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alex s
4 contributions
Istanbul completed - unbelievably good service
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Ozgur was unbelievable. Both my friend and I are history students and were relentless with our questioning and he had so much knowledge. He was friendly and wet above and beyond. Sights that were closed or under construction he found us alternatives. He stayed after the tour to do a 40min taxi ride with us and toured us around the city walls, which we wouldn’t have been able to arrange without him. He stay to make sure we got a good deal and give us more knowledge then dropped us off at the hotel. He also has recommended several spots for food. He has also called up and booked the rest of the activities we wanted to do to save us the bother.

Legend.

Great tour content as well. Good value I’d say.
Written October 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

snshn3
Orlando, FL185 contributions
Great tour guide
Excellent guide. We had sunshine for two days in Istanbul as first timers and it was truly a pleasure. Highly recommend this company and the guide.
Written October 17, 2021
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Robert C
1 contribution
Amazing Experience!
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Wonderful two days in this magical city with Ozgur. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He was flexible with our choices and provided keen insights into modern life in Turkey.
Written October 17, 2021
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Mohammad Alharbi
2 contributions
Highly recommended
Had a very enjoyable time exploring the old town with our tour guide Mustafa. The tour guide was patient, nice and very educated in Turkey history and seems really interested in it and in sharing his knowledge with foreign tourists.
Written October 15, 2021
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Refka
3 contributions
Mesmerizing tour
The tour was breathtaking along with the sights of this beautiful town. Our guide Emre was most helpful, knowledgeable and excellent story teller. I would definitely go for more tours with him to discover the hidden gems of the city.
Written October 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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perfect day and perfect way to start your adventures in Istanbul
small group size, and we did exactly as was advertized. The guide was able to tell us about all the sites we visit
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Wonderful! Hit the major sites in Old Istanbul.
Ozgur was very friendly and knowledgeable. He explained all the sites clearly and when asked a question, he had
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A great day in Ephesus
5 star! We did a one day flight from Istanbul to Ephesus and it was absolutely fantastic. We loved our guide Doria
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Caner was the best guide
Our tour guide was Caner, he was such a nice, friendly, knowledgeable, and easy going guy. He took us all over Ista
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Magical Istnbul
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An experience I am so grateful for...
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Tour around Istanbul with a guide.
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Amazing experience!!
Touring with Tayfun was such an amazing experience. We really enjoyed it and learned so much about the beautiful ci
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Great trip through Turkey!
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Great itinerary for a 1-day tour
Very nice and efficient tour, our guide was very thoughtful. Unfortunately blue mosque was under renovation but our
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A very awesome day tour to Prigiponisia (Adalar Islands)
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Excellent experience!
Our tour guide Ozgur was amazing!! So knowledgeable and also so friendly! I am so glad that we booked this tour. I
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a nice tourist guide!
We did the tour and had a very nice tour guide. He took good care of us and told us a lot about Istanbul. His name
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Wonderful tour in Istanbul
Last year I went to Istanbul and had a tour around the city. Wasn't really expecting much of it since I went with m
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