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

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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
  • 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
  • Explore Istanbul's mixed heritage with church and mosque visits
  • Learn about the city's fascinating history
  • Private tour means plenty of personal attention
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Tour guide meet 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.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
7h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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 - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
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Additional Info
  • 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 June 4/6 - Ramadan Festival, August 11/14 - Eid Festival
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I hired Caner recently for a day-long private tour of some of Istabul’s most important sights, and we were so happy that we did! Caner is one of the best guides we’ve ever had – he is warm and friendly, his English...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My mum and I completed a one day private tour with Semih today, and it was the highlight of our trip! Semih asked what we had already seen in Istanbul, so we were able to tailor our tour to focus on the bits we hadn’t...More

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We had a 1 day lay over and signed up for a walking tour. Emre was a fantastic guide. We saw the sights around Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and many other stops along the way. Emre’s knowledge and insights really helped understand Turkey and the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

During m/ y recent stay in Istanbul I scheduled a guided day tour of the city through TripAdvisor. Fortunately for me the Best of Istanbul Tours assigned, Selçuk, Sel for short, to be my guide. He was on time for our starting appointment. He was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great tour. I felt like I saw the most of Istanbul in the time I had there. I want to give a special shout out and thank you to my guide Canero. His knowledge, joy and passion about the history of Istanbul and his culture...More

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Michelle S
20 September 2019|
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If you email visitor they might be able to give you a custom tour specific to your timing. We had our own guide, van, and driver.
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Eve K
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I had 5 days tour I went with my husband but I felt quite safe and people are quite friendly and helpfull. I believe we can do it by ourselves and if I have the oportunity I'll do alone it with my daughter. Five days may not... More
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Response from vanhauwermeirek | Reviewed this property |
My boy of 11 was with us. He is in a wheelchair. Istanbul has 7 hills so it demands muscles and sweat 🥵 only the cittern had a lift. For other places like basilica and mosque , we left the chair at the entrance since he... More
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