Private tour

Istanbul Private Guided Tour

4.8 / 5

16 reviews

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

Istanbul Private Guided Tour

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company
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From US$ 107.60 per person

Likely to sell out

Go to all of the major sites in Istanbul on a private tour. Admire Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, see Topkapi Palace and learn about Ottoman Empire, spend time exploring Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar.

About this activity

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Duration 6 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off services are provided from the European side of Istanbul.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia
  • Learn about Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace
  • Go shopping and try out your bartering skills at the Grand Bazaar
  • Explore the Hippodrome and see the original structures that are still standing
Full description
Discover the highlights of Istanbul on a private full-day tour that takes in the major attractions. Begin with a walk through the lively streets of Turkey's largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia; a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Move on to the Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. It is the mosque's striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul's most iconic attractions. Continue to Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. See the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. You'll also get to check out the gazebo-like German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. Finally, stop at the Grand Bazaar; 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.
Includes
  • Fully-guided day tour
  • Professional guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Transport by taxi (transportation provided only when necessary)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note, Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday and Topkapi palace is closed on Tuesday. When closed, these places will be replaced with Yerebatan underground basilica cistern
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with spice bazaar
  • Keep in mind there might be a line to access Hagia Sophia. There is no possible way to skip this line
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Sheref was informative, knowledgeable, and flexible. He arrived at the meeting point punctually and provided historical and cultural context throughout the day. He was also adaptable to our interests along the way. Would definitely recommend.

December 29, 2022

Fascinating guide I highly recommend

December 20, 2022

Very knowledgeable guide and who understands people's times.

December 9, 2022

Product ID: 33248