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

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62 reviews

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

From US$ 113.18 per group up to 2

See the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized, 1, 2 or 3 day tour with a professional guide. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Hagia Sophia.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours - 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic
Pickup optional
İstanbul hotels or port
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Create a sightseeing tour of Istanbul that suits your interests
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires
Full description
Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attraction you'll visit on your tour include: The Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the "Sultanahmet" Mosque has striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Hippodrome is the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name — in Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed," and bahce means "garden". Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it's an interesting and scenic 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Possible Itinerary for each day of the tour: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal, Galata Tower Day 3: Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener/Balat Districts, Pierre Loti Hill
Includes
  • 1, 2 or 3 day tour
  • Licensed guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotel or port
  • Transportation (unless option booked)
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, and Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, starting from October.
  • The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2021 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 62 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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We were lucky that we had Ayla as our guide. She is a very competent, experienced and always polite woman. Ayla speaks German very well. She has a very personable manner and explained everything to us in a very understandable way. We would book it again and again or recommend it to others. Thank you Ayla for this wonderful day.

October 19, 2021

OMG I am not sure where to start our guide Cicek was amazing she was pleasant and very knowledgeable,she made us feel at home and walk us through all the main landmark ,caring she allowed us to customize the tour how we see fit and go with our pace,showed us great hidden jam in one word my friend and I had a great time and we're happy with the tour and Cicek's lovely service! this is definitely a great way to explore Instanbul we did the one day option and enjoyed it!

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October 17, 2021

Our Guide Atuf...in Portuguese means Horizon, it was a class about ancient and current Turkey, with all the details. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Castle, there's nothing like getting to know these beautiful places, but with the vision of a native telling about history and culture, I'm in love with Turkey.

October 4, 2019

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