Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day or Full Day Private Walking Tour

Duration: 5 to 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


The best choice for any first timer, Top sites of Old Istanbul, is a half-day and optional full day private tour. Discover what has made Istanbul such a majestic and historically significant city by hitting all of the hot spots and then some!

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) Also known as the Sultan Ahmet Camii (or Sultan Ahmed Mosque), this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman mosques in all of Turkey.

Please note it is under restoration and we still go inside but you can not see all tiles

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Hagia Sophia is one of the most impressive museums of Istanbul; built as a Christian church, then converted into a mosque, museum and again into a mosque in 2022.

Please note none has any priority to skip the lines in Hagia Sophia

Duration: 45 minutes

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

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar Jewelers, Alemdar Mah. Bab-I Ali Cad. Guran Han No:34 D. 4, Istanbul 34110 Turkey

Visit one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world - Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Duration: 30 minutes

  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off with public transportation if necessary
  • Private walking tour with an official tour guide
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees of the museums
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Blue Mosque is under restoration and you may visit Blue Mosque or switch with Nuri Osmaniye Mosque
  • Hagia Sophia is a mosque now and none has right the skip the lines of security.
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with Spice Bazaars
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and Half day tour is available on Tuesdays or will be replaced with Bosphorus Tour for full day tours
  • On Religious Fests; Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed; May 13th,14th, 15th, July 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23th in 2021
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Traveler pickup is offered
Our guide can meet you at receptions of the hotels located in Besiktas, Taksim, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazit, Macka, Galata, Karakoy neighborhoods. And tour guide will use tram, metro, taxi to the old city. Tour does not include private a vehicle to be with you all day.

Please provide your hotel details or shore details for the booking.


  • Sarayburnu
  • Main Port

Return Details

Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

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


5 to 8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


15 Nov, 2022

Our guide was on time and very informative but I just think it’s too expensive for what is provided. Most of the buildings we entered free of charge or under renovations.


10 Nov, 2022

What a great tour! Salih met us at the exit from the cruise terminal and guided us to the tourist area using the local tram. As there were very long lineups at the Hagia Sofia, Salih modified our destinations and timing, providing an amazing substitution instead. In addition to seeing the blue mosque which was partially under construction, we also went to another “very blue” mosque made from the same tiles. We felt safe the entire tour, even dodging around the Istanbul alleyways, and were provided an excellent history and current snapshot of Istanbul and Turkey. I would definitely recommend this tour, especially for cruise ship passengers with limited time and knowledge of the area. Thanks Salih!

Daryl D

10 Nov, 2022

This is a must for first timers in Istanbul! We appreciated Sultanahmet and Grand Bazaar more because a historian accompanied us. Burak was our tour guide. Highly recommend him.

Francesca C

02 Nov, 2022

Tour "off the beaten" is definitely worth it. You can experience a different view of Istanbul. The guide was really good. Perfect English, clear in all the replies to all sort of questions. I think this is the best tour we had in Istanbul


30 Oct, 2022

Did the full day tour with Burak. Lovely person and very knowledgeable too. He’s been in the city for many years so knows the places and his way around. The tour helps you beat the like at some crowded spots. Would definitely recommend!

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