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

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Sultanahmet District

Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Hippodrome

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Blue Mosque

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey

Sultanahmet Square

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Hagia Sophia Museum

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Topkapi Palace Museum

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

Basilica Cistern Museum

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Bosphorus Cruise by Public Ferry or Private Cruise ( if option is chosen)

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Taksim Square, Gumussuyu Mh. Beyoglu, Istanbul 34437 Turkey

Taksim Square and Istiklal street

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

Istiklal Street is the modern and colorful face of Turkey with churches, modern art galeries, embassies, pubs, cafes and shops selling different kind of products.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkey

We will see the tower FROM OUTSIDE, due to the regulations unfortunately tour guides don't have skip the line priority here so it takes long time to wait queue. Your tour guide will make you explanation about tower.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Spice Market

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Suleymaniye Mosque

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fener Rum Patrikhanesi, Dr. SadIk Ahmet Cd. No:44 Yavuz Sultan Selim Mahallesi, Istanbul 34083 Turkey

Orthodox Patriarch

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

Fener-Balat Neighborhood backstreet walk

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 Fatih, Istanbul 34087 Turkey

Chora Church

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pierre Loti Tepesi, Idris Kosku Cad. Eyup, Istanbul 34050 Turkey

Pierre Loti Hill to be visited with your tour guide for panaromic view of the Golden horn.

Duration: 15 minutes

Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide

Exclusions
  • 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 - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
  • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi
  • 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 4, 5, 6 June - Ramadan Festival, 11, 12, 13 14 August - Eid Festival
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler 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 Basilica Cistern Museum.


Ports
Istanbul Cruise Port


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Avinandan P

Our guide Ugur was very helpful in crafting a flexible experience as we wanted to take it a bit easy on the pace of the tour and really soak in different subjects rather than sticking to a cookie cutter cover-it-all-at-any-cost schedule.

He understood our needs and took the time to give us some authentic Turkish experiences at local hot spots. He was knowledgeable obviously on the historical subject matter but also on the modern day geo- political issues and how Turkey as a nation plays a critical part in it. We thoroughly enjoyed an engaging conversation with Ugur.

Wish him the very best for his tours ahead!

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Herbert D

Mustafa was a terrific guide. He is knowledgeable, communicates well and is very adaptable. We had been to Istanbul before so wanted to renew some highlights but spend more time in non-touristy areas. Mustafa took us to several that we loved. We drank tea on the waterfront and lunched in the spice market area. It was like touring with a friend.

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Dan

My adult son and I had only a couple of days available to tour all of Istanbul. I selected a two-day private tour in order to maximize our time. This tour covered everything we could hope to imagine visiting in the Old City without overloading on any one thing. Our guide. Ozgur ("call me Oscar"), was personable, articulate, and easy to understand. He took time fielding our may questions about the history of Istanbul and the cultural aspects of the people. On both days we ate lunch at cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurants that greatly enhanced our experience. Although the pace was somewhat fast, we never felt rushed. I'm not sure I would have gotten any more out a a tour twice as long.

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Benedicto R

My girlfriend and I booked a 2-day private tour of Istanbul and were very happy with the experience we had with Mustafa. I had read a little about Istanbul beforehand and was pleased to see that the 2-day proposed itineraries checked off all the major sights. Mustafa was the consummate host giving us a nice mixture of information-rich touring and free time at each site as well. His English was excellent and he was very attentive and flexible to our needs. Day 1 was mostly walking and Day 2 involved a car and driver. Everything went very smoothly. Would highly recommend.

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Bob R

Our guide Sercan Kurt was fantastic! He really helped us get a wonderful sense of the history and culture of Istanbul.

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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