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

  • A comprehensive tour of Istanbul, with 1-, 2-, and 3-day options
  • Marvel at Ottoman sites like Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque
  • Shop like a local at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
Best of Istanbul: 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour
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2-Day Private Guided TourMost Popular
2-Day Program: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome. Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street.
1-Day Private Guided Tour
See the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized sightseeing tour with your private guide.Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar.
3-Day Private Guided Tour
Day1:Blue Mosq,Hagia Sophia,Topkapi Palace,Basilica Cistern,Grand Bazar Day2:Spice Market,Bosphorus Cruise,Dolmabahce Palace,Taksim Square Day3:Suleymaniye Mosq,Chora Church,Fener,Pier Loti Hill
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The bridge between east and west, Istanbul is a vibrant city with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the former capital of the Ottoman empire. Cover top sites like the Blue Mosque and the Spice Market on this action-packed guided trip, which offers 1-, 2-, or 3-day itineraries to best suit your schedule. Because it’s a private tour, you’ll have plenty of time for questions along the way.

What to Expect
Day one begins with a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine cathedral adorned in spectacular gold mosaics. From there, you’ll cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You’ll also have time to explore the treasures of Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman sultans and their famous harems.

If you opt for a 2-day tour, you’ll begin with an visit to the bustling Spice Market, where you can haggle for saffron alongside shoppers. Cruise down the famous Bosphorus, where you might catch sight of river dolphins, explore the vibrant pedestrian street of Istiklal, and make a stop at Galata Tower, a medieval stone monument with incredible panoramas over the city.

The third day will cover Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You'll also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
I day tour

We have just got back from one day tour and cannot recommend it highly enough. Our wonderful guide, Metin, was interesting, informative, imaginative and helpful. He managed to keep and maintain the attention of our 5 teenage boys who had been very reluctant attendees. Each...More

Thank 10jsb
Reviewed 2 days ago
Best way to see all highlights of Istanbul

My husband and I did the 1 day tour. We were only in Istanbul for 3 days and wanted to make sure to see all of the highlights. Our guide, Emre, was absolutely great! We clicked with him instantly. He gave us so much great...More

2  Thank Nashiram424
Reviewed 5 days ago
Amazing amount of information

We did the 1 day private guided tour. Our tour guide suggested a program to make the most of the day. So worth having a guide- his local and historical knowledge was immense. The day is very full and needs to move along at a...More

1  Thank guntonsofhunton
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very informative tour!!

Our tour guide Arzu was great. She was very knowledgeable about the sites and we learned so much about the city’s history. Not only that, she was also very organized, pleasant and very helpful. Apart from the historic sites, we also saw a bit of...More

1  Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 1 week ago
It's good to be guided

We took the 1 day guided tour, did the boat trip on Bosporus, had tea on the boat, had coffee at Pierre Lotti which overlooks the channel, visited some mosques and had a very good time

Thank Dardan B
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14 August 2018|
Response from guntonsofhunton | Reviewed this property |
I can only answer for the one day tour. We were met at out hotel by the guide at 9am . We left our guide at another hotel in a central area at 5pm. The day was very full and busy with only a short maybe 40 minute stop for... More
Khaja U
12 August 2018|
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Response from Cindy K | Reviewed this property |
We booked the three day tour because there are so many sites to see. We needed a van for two days. One day was just a walking tour because the sites were close to each other.
Wendy T
8 August 2018|
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Response from zimchobe | Reviewed this property |
As the traveler from Australia suggested, in public a sensible level of MODESTY. The Hajar Sophia Museum was a church, I chose to dress modestly,( as I did at the Vatican Museum in Rome.) Sensible shoes, cobble stones are... More