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

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90 reviews

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

Activity provider: Unique ephesus tour
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From US$ 148.19 per group up to 2

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 8 hours - 3 days
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic
Pickup included
Get picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Istanbul or from the 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
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Transportation (unless option booked)
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 90 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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We came to Istanbul for the first time. Fortunately, we choose 3-day city tours with an individual guide. We were lucky to find an excellent guide who showed us historical and modern Istanbul. We visited the city slowly, discovering new places. The sightseeing plan was flexible and adjusted to our needs, possibilities and weather conditions. Sightseeing with a guide providing us with knowledge about history, cultural differences and, above all, paying attention to details that we would not notice ourselves. We saw not only well-known and visited places, but also more minor, very beautiful and undiscovered by most tourists. Thanks to our guide, the museums and mosques visited became more interesting. The knowledge that the guide shared with us contained not only details as well as the historical civilization and political context. We wish every tourist the great pleasure and honour of visiting the city with Mr Kadir Kucukeren! Thank you very much! Justyna & Krzysztof

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May 3, 2022

We had an amazing tour with Murat. He tailored the tour around what we wanted to do but also suggested some amazing sites/activities as well. He has an incredible knowledge of Istanbul which made the tour even more interesting and insightful. It is highly recommended to anyone visiting the city. We found it to be a fantastic way to cover the major historical sites and activities.

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April 7, 2022

The best decision I made coming to Istanbul was booking a private tour for 3 days. I had the pleasure of being accompanied by the wonderful and kind "Cicek." She took me to all the places I had requested plus some hidden gems she knew I would like. Her knowledge of the history behind every mosque, church and palace surpassed anything I've read and it really made each historic site even more intriguing. From the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Dolmabce palace, Topakapi palace, Galata tower, Suleymaniye mosque, Iron Church to the grand bazar, spice market, Taksim Square, and Balat District.. I saw it all! She also went above and beyond in helping me search for specific items I was looking for in istanbul and I am gratefully appreciative of it. I honestly felt that I was traveling with a friend instead of a guide. Cicek was absolutely amazing in every possible way. I have already informed my friends of the app and the experience and we're all planning on coming back. Thank you Cicek and GYG!

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March 20, 2022

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