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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour provided by Guided Istanbul Tours

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

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour
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from £107.94 per group (up to 8)
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
The bridge between east and west, Istanbul is a vibrant city with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the former capital of the Ottoman empire. Cover top sites like the Blue Mosque and the Spice Market on this action-packed guided trip, which offers 1-, 2-, or 3-day itineraries to best suit your schedule. Because it’s a private tour, you have plenty of time for questions along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
A comprehensive tour of Istanbul, with 1-, 2-, and 3-day options
Marvel at Ottoman sites like Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque
Shop like a local at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
Private tour means plenty of personal attention
What to expect
Day one begins with a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine cathedral adorned in spectacular gold mosaics. From there, cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You also have time to explore the treasures of Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman sultans and their famous harems. If you opt for a 2-day tour, begin with a visit to the bustling Spice Market, where you can haggle for saffron alongside shoppers. Cruise down the famous Bosphorus, where you might catch sight of river dolphins, explore the vibrant pedestrian street of Istiklal, and make a stop at Galata Tower, a medieval stone monument with incredible panoramas over the city. The third day covers the Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11522P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Private tour • Professional local guide
Exclusions
Museum/Attraction Tickets • Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected) • Lunch • Gratitude (suggested) • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace • Entry/Admission - Hagia Irene Museum • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi • Entry/Admission - Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Duration
7h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located, meeting point with tour guide is the front of Basilica Cistern Museum. If private van service is booked, please note that there will be a surcharge if your hotel is located in the Asian Side.
Ports:
Istanbul Cruise Port
Galataport İstanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kemankeş Cd. No:65 Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34425, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Private tour • Professional local guide
Exclusions
Museum/Attraction Tickets • Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected) • Lunch • Gratitude (suggested) • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace • Entry/Admission - Hagia Irene Museum • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi • Entry/Admission - Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located, meeting point with tour guide is the front of Basilica Cistern Museum. If private van service is booked, please note that there will be a surcharge if your hotel is located in the Asian Side.
Ports:
Istanbul Cruise Port
Galataport İstanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kemankeş Cd. No:65 Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34425, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
For multiple day booking, private van service will be advised according to your hotel location and size of the group
Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays
Due to museum regulations, live guide service is not available at Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Nov 10. Due to commemoration ceremony
When booking the tour with van, if your hotel is located in Sultanahmet you will be steps away from the museums, so the van will not be used as much.
Galata Tower will be visited from outside as tour guides have no priority to skip the line due to Galata Tower regulations
Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
Hagia Sophia will be closed for visit during praying time
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 7 hours
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  • 2
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 3
    German Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Hagia Sophia
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Sogukcesme Sokak
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Serefiye Sarnici
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 9
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 10
    Hagia Irene Museum
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
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jackie g
New York City, NY8 contributions
Turkey is Amazing
Jun 2021
Turkey was wonderful and the Private Guided Tours were the best. I was able to spend as much or as little time at a site as I desired. My tour guides during the my travels were Duygu and Derya and both were awesome. They were able to provide detailed information and allowed me a little free time at a site, when I desired it. As seems to be the nature for the citizens of Turkey, they were pleasant and customer focused. I did two days in Istanbul, a day in Ephesus, and a day trip to Troy. I was amazed and in awe during my tours. I will use Guided Istanbul Tours again as they made my time in Turkey memorable.
Written 11 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karen C
4 contributions
Rich History, Good Food, Better Company: A Tour With Ozgur in Istanbul
Jun 2021
Thanks to Ozgur, our experience in Istanbul far exceeded our wildest expectations.

Here are the basics: Ozgur was always early to meet us at our hotel, is highly knowledgeable about Istanbul and Turkish history (as well as where to find the best Turkish ice cream and kebabs!), and responsive to our interests.

Here is how Ozgur excelled: Our guide listened to us and tailored the 3 days to things we liked, like finding delicious food and specific gifts around town, and more than anything, Ozgur made our mother-daughter traveler duo feel safe and comfortable. Thanks to Ozgur we have incredible stories and pictures to share with our friends. If you're looking for a guide that makes you feel like an old friend, look no further, Ozgur is your guy.
Written 11 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

maria k
New Port Richey, FL5 contributions
An excellent tour! A MUST-DO in Istanbul!!
Our tour was fantastic! Our guide Emre did a PHENOMENAL job! We booked the 2 days tour. The first day we visited the old city! Emre explained history and pertinent information about the sites in details. He meticulously guided us through the Agia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Top Kapi and other sites we wanted to see. He answered all our questions. On the second day, we went on a Bosporus tour, the Market, dolmabahce palace and Suleiman mosque. Emre is super pleasant, very knowledgeable, very helpful, personable, courteous and polite!! We will book more tours with him! He is by far the best guide we could have asked for!! Thank you Emre and also a warm thank you to Melissa who has answered my emails timely, even late in the evening!
Written 10 June 2021
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Nevaer
4 contributions
Last minute solo trip to Istanbul
Jun 2021 • Solo
Took the 2 day tour very last minute. I had semih as a guide and he did a terrific job. It was a wonderful experience all around and I had a great time. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would happily take this tour again in the future.
Written 9 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nick V
1 contribution
Our amazing tour around Instanbul
Jul 2020
This was amazing to experience. We took the 2 day private tour with Emre Akdeniz as our tourguide and he was magnificent. We got to see so many beautiful places and we met a few nice and local people during our tour.
Also we got to taste some original and authentic Turkish street food and drinks. Also, our guide Emre was really knowledgeable about the history and the way they built it.
This is truly a tour I am going to recommend to my friends and family!!
Written 7 June 2021
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Faheezy23
1 contribution
Only way to see Istanbul
May 2021 • Family
Highly recommend this. They made our trip 10x easier and more fun! We travelled with 6 adults, one toddler and an infant. Our transportation was perfect with enough room for everyone. Our tour guide, Caner, was amazing. He was informative, personable and gave us numerous tips. Everything was on time, flexible when needed and super convenient.
Written 29 May 2021
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Lauren Moore
4 contributions
Woohoo 10/10 would recommend.
May 2021 • Family
We had a great time with Tayfun on our two day tour of Istanbul. He was extremely knowledgeable and made sure we saw all we wanted to on our tour. He was so much fun and made our trip very enjoyable. Would recommend to anyone wanting to get the history and facts behind all the top historical and cultural sites.
Written 27 May 2021
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AZwanderers
Arizona69 contributions
Amazing day in Istanbul
May 2021
Burak led us on a fantastic tour of the old city. Friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and setting a perfect pace. A truly amazing experience. We saw more in one day than we ever could have seen on our own. Thanks Burak!
Written 23 May 2021
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Ismail G
1 contribution
Well done
May 2021 • Solo
Caner was an excellent tour guide, very helpful and respectful. Knew a lot about the places we visited.
Written 20 May 2021
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Yamileth Rangel Gomez
3 contributions
Excellent
May 2021 • Solo
I came to turkey alone and 1 day to explore before I had surgery. My tour guide Cigdem was amazing she made me feel so safe and comfortable. She was extremely knowledgeable and explained everything is such detail I got to see so many beautiful historic buildings. Our driver Mr.Murat was so kind and got us everywhere we needed safely! They both made my day truly. I highly recommend them!
Written 18 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Anne H
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a nice tourist guide!
We did the tour and had a very nice tour guide. He took good care of us and told us a lot about Istanbul. His name
lexvbeek2000
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Wonderful tour in Istanbul
Last year I went to Istanbul and had a tour around the city. Wasn't really expecting much of it since I went with m
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Excellent tour/guide
I flew over from Holland to Istanbul. When we arrived at the tour we immediately got a good impression of our tour
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Great tour with Sergio
Sergio was an amazing guy, showed me and my girlfriend beautiful places in Istanbul. He also spoke english very wel
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Tour with Oscar
We spent lovely two days with Oscar and enjoyed every moment. We started with the old city and visited the sights t
wasimy2021
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Perfect day in Istanbul
It was perfect. Everything was so good. Mr. Ugur Kilerci was full of knowledge and was very active. Love the whole
valentinav9611
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10/10
It was an amazing experience, our guida was Ozgur (Oscar) was knowledgeable, kind and patient . I would totally rec
HMTravel1
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Great Custom Tour
I used Guided Istanbul Tours for a private, customized, 9-day tour. Mehmet handled the pre-arrival planning. We ha
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Amazing Tour with Metin
It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Metin was able to share so much information and it shows how knowled
27alexf
27alexf
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Ozgur tour (July/ August)
An excellent tour. Ozgur is a superb guide: friendly, knowledgable and couldn’t do more to provide an excellent (an
raskim
raskim
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Great day out
Just come back from a great day spent with our excellent guide Sercan. Was worried the tour may not take place with
Paula B
Paula B
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Love Istanbul
Had a private tour of the Historic Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Sistern and the souk. If you've been to a souk befor
habarz
habarz
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Spent a lovely day with Sercan
Friends and I decided to attend this tour after checking the reviews and we are not mistaken as we had a fantastic
CMO888
CMO888
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Excellent Tour
My partner and I booked a one day private tour with ‘Guided Istanbul Tours’. Our tour guide (Sercan) was knowledga
SameerMulani
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Best Day tour with Mustafa
Mustafa is a fantastic guide and I am so happy that I got such a talented tour guide. He is professional with excel
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