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

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 7 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Visit top-sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide in 1-2 or 3 days;
DAY-1
Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace.
DAY-2
Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside). 
DAY-3
Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Day - 1
Meet your tour guide at your hotel or port and start the tour with the highlights of Istanbul;
Hagia Sophia; Built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, played a very important role in the Christian and Islamic World. After the Ottoman conquest the bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque. Hippodrome; where the chariot races were held in the Roman Empire times. Basilica Cistern is a subterranean wonder and one of the greatest of Istanbul’s surviving Byzantine sites, in fact a former water storage chamber. Blue Mosque; Built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale. Grand Bazaar; One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops. Topkapı Palace; More than just an Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years long.
Day - 2
Spice Market is a colorful indoor bazaar and has lots of shops offering a variety of spices, purses, flavored teas, Turkish delight, nuts, as well as ceramics and small souvenirs. Take the public ferry for Bosphorus Cruise to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, the Rumelian Fortress, old Ottoman villas, Bosphorus bridges, mosques. Dolmabahce Palace; Elegance and beauty with the most luxury decoration,chandeliers,rugs,crystals,ceramic fireplaces. Beautiful palace, right on the Bosphorus with gorgeous furnishings, paintings, porcelains. Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside); A great place defining modern Turkey. Have very good, cafes, shops, bars, night clubs around.
Day - 3
Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. Its terrace offers lovely views of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Chora Church; considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. With its glorious mosaics and frescoes about the scenes of the Holy Bible she holds an important place. Fener District; Explore Istanbul’s rich religious history with a stop at the Church of St. George. Since the 1600s, the church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion. Balat District; lines of drying laundry stretch across steep, winding streets. Century-old Ottoman houses lean against each other in a combination of reds,blues,greens. And art galleries and design shops dot the area along the water. Pierre Loti Hill and Cable Car is one of the most popular sights to visit since it offers great views. Take the cable car to reach to the top and enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping your Turkish coffee or tea.

Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide

Exclusions
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)
  • Lunch
  • Gratitude (suggested)
  • 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 5/7 - Ramadan Festival, August 11/14 - Eid Festival, October 29 - Republic Day.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Tour guide meets you at central European side hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located or it is on Asian side, the meeting point with tour guide is the front of Basilica Cistern Museum Entry.


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

If van option selected, guests can be dropped off at their hotel. Otherwise, the tour will end in the Grand Bazaar.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

7 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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salma g

Excellent tour. Highly recommend. My tour guide was very professional and customized my tour accoroto our needs.

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Martha B

“Excellent and Marvelous”I booked the three-day tour for myself and my sister. Our tour guide Hasan has been incredibly professional, knowledgeable, very kind and personable.Hasan provided brilliant inside into the life, culture and many interesting information about Turkey.My sister and I really enjoyed our more than 6 hours daily tour visiting all the attractive and interesting sites mentioned in the tour.We highly recommend “Best of Istanbul” 1, 2, or 3 Day Private Guided Tour and ask for Hasán who is very Professional and ideal Guide by the way speaks perfect Spanish.Sent from my iPhone

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Robert A

Saw a great deal of Istanbul in just 3 days with a tour guide who seemed like an old friend and took care of us like family. Selcuk took us to places that tourist and non tourists would visit. We had great dining experiences off the beaten path. We probably did more and saw more than a tourist on a regular group tour.

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Michael G

From September 8 to 10 2018, my wife and I did the 3 day private tour with Mustafa, using the private car option for days 2 and 3. Mustafa is extremely knowledgeable about the sights we saw and their history, and Turkeys history, from its early days and through the Ottoman Empire and to the current time. Mustafa is a really professional guide and it was an awesome tour. Mustafa readily accommodated all of our requirements as we requested some changes to the itinerary, he quickly got us through the queues at all the busy sites, he was considerate of our mobility on all the walking parts of the tour, and he showed us parts of the city not normally seen by first time tourists. Using the private car option also gave us more flexibility in what we could visit and when.
We have done very many tours in our travels and we would rate Mustafa as one of the three best tour guides we have ever been with. We would highly recommend him and this tour to all travelers visiting Turkey, and Istanbul.

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Robert L

My guide Ebril was amazingly good. He is knowledgeable about all the tour points, history and background etc. He made me know more about the religion, the culture and the people of Turkey.

User's Picture Gallery

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Grand Bazaar

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Istiklal Street

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Topkapi Palace

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Dolmabahce Palace

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City View from Neorion Hotel rooftop terrace

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Ayasofya Hagia Sophia

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Ayasofya Hagia Sophia

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Turkish Pottery

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque Blue Mosque, Spice Market

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Grand Bazaar

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Grand Bazaar

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Shop front

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Grand Bazaar

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Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia

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Galata Kulesi

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Dolmabahce

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Bosphorus cruise

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Blue Mosque

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In front of Dolmabache Palace, Istanbul. A must see.

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David and Jill having a pleasant Turkish lunch with Ahmet.

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Kebabs and more kebabs where Rosa brought us

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A small window at Hagia Sophia overlooking the Blue Mosque

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