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Istanbul: Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Product ID: 54383
Spend a delightful day on a private tour that takes you to some of the most interesting sites in the heart of Istanbul. See the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and explore the vibrant Grand Bazaar.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Starting times 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian

Pickup included

Your guide will pick you up from your central hotel on foot.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See Blue Mosque and admire beautiful blue tiles
  • Visit Hagia Sophia with its mosaics and largest dome
  • Experience the visually stimulating Grand Bazaar
  • Visit the exhibitions and kiosks in Topkapi Palace
  • See the horse racing track of Romans, the Hippodrome square
  • Visit the ancient water storage museum, Basilica Cistern
Full description
Meet your private guide at your hotel to being your tour. Marvel at the iconic tiles and minarets of the Blue Mosque, built in the 1600s for Sultan Ahmet.

Feast your eyes on the mosaics of the Hagia Sophia and discover a stunning and seamless blend of Christian and Islamic influences.

Amble through the world's largest (and oldest) covered market on a tour of the Grand Bazaar and see the Basilica Cistern, an underground water storage.

Travel back further to the Byzantine Empire, when the city was known as “Constantinople” at the Hippodrome and its 4 monuments; the Fountain Of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk Of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column Of Constantine.

Go to Topkapı Palace to see the last Imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, and the seat of the Parliament.
  • Fully licensed private guide
  • Pickup on foot from centrally located hotels
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off
  • Entrance tickets to museums
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
• Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays
• Annual closing dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul as follows; January 1 New Year, June 24/27 Ramadan, August 31/Sept 4 Sacrifice; October 29 Republic Day
• The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered

From £120.56 Per group up to 8

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Our day trip with Ayla was an experience. Very good German tour guide with in-depth knowledge of history and safe local knowledge. Ayla responded to our requests, even if it exceeded the time limit, and also gave us a good insight into the everyday life of Istanbul. If we had had more time, we would have liked to spend another interesting day with her. Thanks Ayla

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November 2, 2019

A very nice travel companion with humor and good contacts! Because of the closure at the mosque on Tuesday we did an additional Bosphorus tour! Because she had contacts we could even sit in the cab! In the end we invited them to dinner because of their great tour! If you take German ask for an Ayla !!!

October 22, 2019

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 is excellent, and his knowledge of Istabul’s history is incredible! He clearly loves the work that he does, and his enthusiasm is infectious. (He even takes great pictures!) Most of all, we were so appreciative of how he went out of his way to make sure that the day was as comfortable as possible for my wife, who is pregnant. We highly recommend doing this tour with Caner!

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September 22, 2019

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Product ID: 54383