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

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Visit top-sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide in 1-2 or 3 days;


Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace.


Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside). 


Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.
  • 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, 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Tour guide meet you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located,
meeting point with tour guide is the front of Basilica Cistern Museum.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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 - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 June 4/6 - Ramadan Festival, August 11/14 - Eid Festival
  • Most travelers 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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I chose to do a 1 day tour of Istanbul, Emre was a great tour guide, his knowledge of history was incredible, we spent around 7hrs visiting all the main sites, with 1 coffee break, I lunch break and a quick dessert stop. It was...More

Thank hanishap2018
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our guide, Semih, was wonderful. Extremely knowledgeable, personable, and a delight to be with. My wife had never been to Istanbul before, but I had lived there 40 years ago, so my memories were distant. But, Semih was able to bring back things that I...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Quest215849
Reviewed 5 days ago

Mustafa took us on absolutely brilliant tour of Istanbul - skipping lines, adding context and history to every location. Met us at our hotel and took us to an incredible lunch as well - honestly couldn't ask for more. (4 guys in our late 20s...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank philipmikelcampbell
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Caner (our guide)’s tour was an excellent introduction for us to both the history of Istanbul, and the culture of Turkey. The pace of the tour was efficient, yet relaxed and smooth. The historical information given to us provided a vivid backdrop to the sights...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Yuki N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide Dyugu was amazing! We did a two day tour with Dyugu and she provided us with an amazing introduction to Istanbul. She really worked with us to tweak our tour to meet our interests and she succeeded! With only a few days...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Mrugesh T
October 17, 2019|
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Response from 583luluv | Reviewed this property |
We took the tour with Guided Istanbul tours, Melissa offered us the van rental for our 2 day private guided tour. The van was great! with AC and the tour guide MURAT and the driver arrived to our hotel on time
September 29, 2019|
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Response from Marie4690DW | Reviewed this property |
I suppose you could put in a request. I would imagine they would honor it if the person you request is available.
Michelle S
September 19, 2019|
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Response from 583luluv | Reviewed this property |
The new Airport is far from the city, around 35km but sometimes the traffic is bad. The Aya Sophia is worth the visit and it's close to the Blue Mosque
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  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: French, German, Italian, Spanish
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