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

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

Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private 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 attraction 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, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the "Sultanahmet" Mosque has striking blue tiles 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, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace 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 in to 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 8 marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft 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 rise to 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 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Possible Itinerary for each day of the tour: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal, Galata Tower Day 3: Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener/Balat Districts, Pierre Loti Hill

Dolmabahce Palace: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

2. Dolmabahce Palace: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Meet your guide at the main entrance of the Dolmbahce Palace, skip the long ticket lines and enter the world's most luxurious Palace the shortest way. Save up to 2 hours by not standing in the famous ticket lines. Follow your guide through a 10-minute tour inside the garden of Dolmbahce Palace. Learn about the highlights inside the Dolmabahce Palace and find out where the best spots are to capture the most amazing pictures. Afterwards, receive your audio guide so you can explore the inside of the Palace at your own pace. Spend the whole day inside or just have a quick glance at its impressive beauty. Gaze in awe at the palace's beautiful location on the Bosphorus and its more than $1.5 billion worth of luxury decoration.

Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

3. Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

Start at 5.30AM with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. Take a flight to Cappadocia where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to check-in. At 9.30AM, begin your tour of Cappadocia and visit sites including the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, and Cavusin old village. Enjoy a lunch in Avanos and watch a pottery demonstration. See the Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley (magic valley), Urgup fairy chimneys and Urgup Carpet Factory. After the first day, spend the night in a boutique-style hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up at 5.30AM for a hot air balloon tour. Take a chance to stop back at the hotel afterward before beginning the tour again at 9.30AM to see the Göreme panaromic view. Here, learn about the geological and historical background of the city, then visit Derinkuyu Underground City which was constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Take a small hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. At Yaprakhisar Panorama, visit Selime Monastry, and marvel at all the different sections of a monastry in one composition. Finally, end your with a pigeon valley and onyx demonstration. Fly from Kayseri to Istanbul at 8.25PM and arrive in Istanbul at 9.55PM where you be transferred back to your hotel to end the program.

Bursa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Istanbul

4. Bursa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Istanbul

Your 12-hour tour to the 1st capital of the Ottoman Empire starts with a hotel pick-up in central Istanbul before crossing the Sea of Marmara by ferryboat to Yalova. You will then drive across country for approximately 1-hour, arriving at Bursa to climb its most famous site, Mount Uludağ. The ascent of the legendary mountain, also referred to as Mount Olympos, is by Teleferik. On the rare occasions when the cable car isn’t working due to the weather, or if there are long queues, we will drive to a 600 year old Inkaya Plane Tree and stop for a coffee break on the way to Uludağ. Touring the city of Bursa, you will visit the Great Mosque of Ulu Camii, a landmark of early Ottoman architecture, with monumental Islamic calligraphy. Move on to the decorative Green Mosque, officially known as Yeşil Mosque, and the Green Mausoleum, which can be viewed from the outside only. You will pause during the day to try an "Alexander the Great" kebab, and to wonder through the old Silk Market of the Covered Bazaar. Bursa was the largest center for the silk trade during the Byzantine Empire and a major point along the legendary Silk Road trade route. Still boasting a large textile industry, you can try out your bargaining skills, before boarding the bus back to Istanbul. You will travel through a lovely landscape of lush forests, which help give Bursa its nickname of “Green Bursa”

Dolmabahce Palace and Asian Side of Istanbul Tour

5. Dolmabahce Palace and Asian Side of Istanbul Tour

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide at the reception and your tour to Dolmabahce Palace will begin. Dolmabahce Palace, the Baroque beauty of the Bosphorus, was built in the mid-19th century by the Ottoman sultans who were obsessed with all things western. They were determined to move out of Topkapi palace and into Dolmabahce palace on the southern shore of Bosphorus. The palace consists of one large main building divided into two separate wings along with a couple of smaller pavilions and extensive gardens. Unlike Topkapi palace, which was, like the Byzantine great palace, a collection of relatively small buildings, the Dolmabahce palace conforms more closely to western ideas of a palace as a single large structure. Even so, Islamic tradition style decreed that there must be two separate sections, one to show off public face of state, the other for the private life of sultan. The first modern bridge across the Bosphorus was the Bosphorus Bridge, built in 1973. Take this bridge to pass over the beautfiul Bosphorus Strait, the wonderful stretch of water that sweeps down from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, passing through the city center and dividing Asia from Europe as it goes. Then, visit Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from its beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style. We hope you have a memorable and informative tour, and would be very happy to see you again with Booking Tours Turkey.

Bosphorus Cruise & Tour of Dolmabahce Palace

6. Bosphorus Cruise & Tour of Dolmabahce Palace

Explore Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait on this full-day tour, including visits to the Spice Market, Dolmabahce Palace, and Camlica Hill. Begin your day in Istanbul at the Spice Market. Built between 1597 and 1664, the Spice Market is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. Here you will find dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and Turkish delights being sold in an authentic decor full of oriental scents. Then enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, during which you can admire magnificent Ottoman palaces, beautiful mosques, ancient wooden villas, bridges, and the unique maritime landscape of Istanbul. Afterward, experience one of the most glamorous palaces in the world during a tour of Dolmabahce Palace. Wander through the opulent rooms and gardens of the palace with your expert guide. Dolmabahce Palace was the last residence of the Ottoman sultans, and is famous for its impressive collection of European antiques, furniture, and a massive chandelier given to the sultan by Queen Victoria. Finish your day atop Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul. Take in dramatic, panoramic views of the city as you relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

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We came to Istanbul for the first time. Fortunately, we choose 3-day city tours with an individual guide. We were lucky to find an excellent guide who showed us historical and modern Istanbul. We visited the city slowly, discovering new places. The sightseeing plan was flexible and adjusted to our needs, possibilities and weather conditions. Sightseeing with a guide providing us with knowledge about history, cultural differences and, above all, paying attention to details that we would not notice ourselves. We saw not only well-known and visited places, but also more minor, very beautiful and undiscovered by most tourists. Thanks to our guide, the museums and mosques visited became more interesting. The knowledge that the guide shared with us contained not only details as well as the historical civilization and political context. We wish every tourist the great pleasure and honour of visiting the city with Mr Kadir Kucukeren! Thank you very much! Justyna & Krzysztof

We had a super nice day with our guide Haldun, saw many sights, had delicious food and in the evening in a bar with a great view of the Bosphorus. Simply brilliant and absolutely recommendable!

A very relaxed, individual and entertaining guided tour through the old town of Istanbul and the Sultan Palace, including Hagia Sophia

Mr. Murad is an excellent guide. We had a pleasant time with him. His knowledge is abundant. Great experience overall

Very reliable, competent and above all personable guide. The three days with Burak were a lot of fun.