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

Product ID: 50533
See the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized tour with private guide. Marvel at some of the city's most significant sights including Topkapi Palace, Chora Church, Basilica Cistern, Fener-Balat neighboorhood, and many more.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours - 3 days
Starting times 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian

Pickup included

Pickup is available from centrally-located hotels in Istanbul, by your guide on foot.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Create a sightseeing tour of Istanbul that suits your interests
  • See the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapı Palace
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • See Basilica Cistern, the underground water storage from Roman period
  • Go to the former mosque and church turned museum at the Hagia Sophia
  • Shop for souvenirs in the world's oldest covered market, Grand Bazaar
  • Explore the Old City of Istanbul on foot
  • Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires
Full description
Explore Istanbul according to your own interests on a tailor-made sightseeing tour. A licensed guide will meet you in your hotel or port and work with you to create an itinerary that suits you best, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul.

Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern on the first day.

On day two, take the public ferry to Bosphorus to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. From here, visit Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and the spice market.

Day three takes you on a walk through the streets of Fener-Balat neighboorhood. Enjoy a cable car ride and soak up views of Pierre Loti Hill, then visit Chora Church to see the mosaics and frescoes.
  • Private licensed guide (English-, German-, Italian- or Spanish-speaking)
  • Pickup from centrally located hotels on foot
What’s Not Included
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Transportation (unless option booked)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

If your hotel is not centrally located, please meet your guide at the entrance to Basilica Cistern, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Istanbul, Turkey.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays; Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays starting from October.
• The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.

From £122.88 Per group up to 8

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 182 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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The tour was extremely well organized. The local guide met us as arranged at our hotel and we took it from there. We suggested we didn’t want to use public transport and he was happy with our suggestion. The tour was a bit customized in accordance with our expectations. We were super happy with everything and hope to be using the same company for guided tour next time we are in Istanbul.

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4 November 2019

Great day with Mustafa

Mustafa was excellent, and really made the sights come alive. He was also accommodating to our stamina level, as well as shifting the order around to put the Blue Mosque at the end (we did the tour on Friday). He gave us guided information at the sights, and also gave us plenty of time to explore on our own. Can't say enough about Mustafa! Also, Melissa was super helpful and handled all the booking logistics. My fist experience with this company, but I will definitely use them again.

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22 September 2019

A tour you should not miss.

My guide, Ozgur, was wonderful. He is very knowledgeable about the culture and history of this region as well as many myths and ancient stories, which I enjoyed a lot. He is very considerate and concerned with my fatigue level and other needs, so walking with him was a pleasant experience despite the heat level. I learned a lot about Istanbul, and a lot of memorable pictures, thanks to him. Thanks, Ozgur, for the wonderful day.

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27 June 2019

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Product ID: 50533