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Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Tailor Made Private Tour

4.5 / 5

15 reviews

Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Tailor Made Private Tour

From $117.31 per group up to 6

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, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and explore the vibrant Grand Bazaar.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours - 2 days
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
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Your hotel or meeting point in Istanbul.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the ancient water storage museum, Basilica Cistern
  • Explore Hagia Sophia with its mosaics and largest dome
  • See the Blue Mosque and admire beautiful blue tiles
  • Experience the visually stimulating Grand Bazaar
  • Visit emperor life place of ottoman sultans, Topkapı palace
Full description
Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this 1-3 day walking tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attractions you'll visit on your tour include the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or "divine wisdom," it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, has striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace is a relic from the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace once boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop into the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Hippodrome is the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from eight marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handicraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because, during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave it its name — in Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed," and bahce means "garden" Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it's an interesting and scenic two-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Your guide will work with you to create an itinerary that suits you, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul.
Includes
  • Private professional licensed guide
  • 1 or 2-day tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Any gratuities for guide and driver
  • Any drinks (unless specifically mentioned)
  • Entrance tickets
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    2.7/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Гид - это классно! Удобно общаться (говорит на твоём языке и на родном) легко передвигаться (билеты в кассах, трамвай, метро, корабль), не теряешь времени, которого и так мало, на расшифровку адреса, места и поиск. Всем рекомендую! А нашего гида тем более. Мастер своего дела и слова. Ответит на любой вопрос, даст совет и посоветует, где лучше и когда. Владеет французским языком профессионально и обширно. Спасибо за увлекательную истираю Стамбула. Семья Наит (Абделькадер, Елена, Маркус, Гермес и Феба)

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December 29, 2019

We did 8 hour private tour with Kadri (our speaking local guide excels Italian). In addition to taking us around the city he gave us excellent information at the Blue Mosque, Santa Sophia, basilica Cisterna. The accompaniment to Beyoğlu with a walk from Taksmin square along the entire main shopping street (via Indipendenza) was also very useful. He helped us to get around with the convenient public transport and useful information on the organization of the following days that we did independently! He also advised us to purchase a museum card for 4 days which saved us money and time (skipping the queues at the ticket offices) Thank you thank you thank you

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December 1, 2019

Good guide, transfer not included in the price, all in all I would not use this guide again

November 25, 2019

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