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Highlights of Istanbul provided by Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

Highlights of Istanbul
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6h
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Experience the beauty of Istanbul’s Old City with a fully-guided small group walking tour. On this 7-hour tour, spend the day wandering through the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace. Hotel transfer in a climate-controlled coach is available and lunch is included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • 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, Arabic, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • Start with a pickup from your Istanbul hotel and set out to explore the highlights of this history-steeped city with your professional guide. Traveling between the sights mostly by foot, hear intriguing facts about Istanbul’s Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past, and the city's long-standing importance due to its position at the meeting point of Asia and Europe. Make your first stop at the Hagia Sophia museum, a one-time mosque converted from a 6th-century Christian basilica built by Emperor Justinian I. Marvel at the incredible building and admire the interior’s glimmering, handcrafted mosaics and rich decoration. Next, walk across the street to see the stunning Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque). Take in the immense, flat dome and famous minarets, and explore inside with your guide. Absorb the ocean of over 20,000 Iznik tiles that lend the mosque its name, and behold the magnificent, rich carpets and windows. Heading outside again, stop to view the Hippodrome, the former sporting and social center of Constantinople. See the remnants of this historical arena, and imagine how the long-ago locals felt when they came here to watch exciting horse and chariot races. From here, continue to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest covered markets. Scout around some of the 4,000 stalls and get haggling tips from your guide on buying everything from leatherware to perfumes, gold and spices. Stop for an included lunch and lastly, explore the Topkapi Palace, home to the Ottoman court from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Now a museum, this grandiose palace is testament to the lavish lifestyles of the sultans. Stroll through the ornate chambers, courts and gardens, and behold some of the imperial treasures, ranging from precious Chinese porcelain to jewels and relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Arabic, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Start with a pickup from your Istanbul hotel and set out to explore the highlights of this history-steeped city with your professional guide. Traveling between the sights mostly by foot, hear intriguing facts about Istanbul’s Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past, and the city's long-standing importance due to its position at the meeting point of Asia and Europe. Make your first stop at the Hagia Sophia museum, a one-time mosque converted from a 6th-century Christian basilica built by Emperor Justinian I. Marvel at the incredible building and admire the interior’s glimmering, handcrafted mosaics and rich decoration. Next, walk across the street to see the stunning Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque). Take in the immense, flat dome and famous minarets, and explore inside with your guide. Absorb the ocean of over 20,000 Iznik tiles that lend the mosque its name, and behold the magnificent, rich carpets and windows. Heading outside again, stop to view the Hippodrome, the former sporting and social center of Constantinople. See the remnants of this historical arena, and imagine how the long-ago locals felt when they came here to watch exciting horse and chariot races. From here, continue to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest covered markets. Scout around some of the 4,000 stalls and get haggling tips from your guide on buying everything from leatherware to perfumes, gold and spices. Stop for an included lunch and lastly, explore the Topkapi Palace, home to the Ottoman court from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Now a museum, this grandiose palace is testament to the lavish lifestyles of the sultans. Stroll through the ornate chambers, courts and gardens, and behold some of the imperial treasures, ranging from precious Chinese porcelain to jewels and relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 26250P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Kapali Carsi
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali 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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Kapali Carsi
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali 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
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 35 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Istanbul Sightseeing Tours
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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Mesha Alba
Dubai, United Arab Emirates21 contributions
Dec 2021
The experience was lovely, especially since we were visiting Istanbul for the first time. Our tour guide, Emre Onal, was incredible and fun to be with. He took us to Haga Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Sultan Bazar Carpet wholesale shop, the highest point of Asia in Bursa side to see the panoramic view of Istanbul, the leather place and more. We felt welcome, well informed and got all the fun we deserve during this trip.
We highly recommend having Emre be your tour guide and the offerings of his tour packages, as for us, we will definitely visit again and have him take us around.
Written 22 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Friend, Thanks to your kind review ! Hope to see you and your family back in istanbul soon. Best Regards Emre
Written 24 December 2021
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Priyanka Paul
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Couples
I can’t think of anything that hasn’t been said about Emre!
What a wonderful human being! We spent the whole day with Emre going around old town Istanbul. He presented us with every little detail about the history of the places and told us stories. Emre was funny and made us laugh alot. Thankyou for a fun filled day and we hope to see you soon Emre!
Written 20 November 2021
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Dear Friend, Thanks to your kind review .Hope to see you again in Istanbul soon. Emre
Written 21 November 2021
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Jamese J
Livermore, CA4 contributions
Sep 2021
Emre was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so happy he was because I had an amazing private tour of Istanbul! Emre was on time, knowledgeable, and took me to the main sights
Written 19 September 2021
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Dear Jamese J., Thank you to your kind review . Hope to see you and your family again in istanbul in future .
Written 20 September 2021
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Emma
1 contribution
I was really satisfied with my visit in French with lunch included. Mr. Emer is a very good guide and very professional. I only have words of thanks for making me have a wonderful day.
Written 11 May 2021
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mahmut emre O
dear Emma, Thanks To your Kind review ,hope to see you again in istanbul in future.
Written 13 May 2021
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Igors S
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Solo
All was done good and interesting, no delay and postponed thinks. We spent nice time and visited planned items
Written 9 May 2021
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Dear Stepanovs , Thanks to your kind review. Hope to see you again soon in istanbul with your family . We are always here to offer you the best friendly service. Emre
Written 10 May 2021
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Jagdish
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Friends
Excellent experience with Mr. Emre Onal for Istanbul Tour, his explanation of historical aapect of each place was owesome and well understandable.
Written 4 April 2021
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mahmut emre O
Dear Friend, Thanks to your very kind review , hope to see you again in istanbul in future with your family . İstanbul sightseeing tours welcomes you always .
Written 24 April 2021
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Orlando D
Bursa, Turkey78 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
My private tour guide Mr.Emre Onal was a great personality with a lot humor and incredible knowledge. He made my day a fantastic experience. He knows everybody in every touristic spot which made everything so easy and safe.
Written 20 October 2020
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Dear Orlando ; Thanks a lot to your kind review .Hope to see you again in Istanbul with the private services of Istanbul sightseeing tours. Emre
Written 22 October 2020
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Savvatore M
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
A beautiful experience on the bike in Istanbul entourages..we sow many things and good places thanks to our guide Mari! She is nice, professional and friendly..super! 👍🏼
Salvo and Paola from Italy
Written 13 August 2020
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mahmut emre O
Dear Guests, Thanks To your kind review. Hope to see you AGAİN in İstanbul. Emre
Written 14 August 2020
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carney7022020
Lexington, KY1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Solo
Istanbul sightseeing tours is a must! They were fun, pleasant and affordable! I hope to use them again on my next visit to Turkey!
Written 29 March 2020
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mahmut emre O
thanks to your kind words & review. Hope to see you again in Turkey with your family . emre O.
Written 4 April 2020
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Stefania C
Budapest, Hungary1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Solo
First visit in Istanbul and I had the chance to have the best tour guy learning me all the historic details!With his good plan, in one day I managed to see the majority of the sightseeing, the local stores and having an excellent launch with good quality! Definitely, in my next visit I will choose him again!
Written 6 October 2019
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Epic tour
Our tour with Emre was very enriching and fun and full of information. Emre has a sense of humor and he is so pass
Indar431
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Emre was an Amazing tour guide.
Personable guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Good meals and drinks. Covered all the attractions in great deta
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Great
The tour with David was incredible, we had a great time. David's kindness and charisma made us feel at home. Thank
carolinabv_1
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2 fun days in Istanbul!
Our travel agency organized our entire trip around Turkey and we were so lucky that they chose Emre as our guide in
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Istanbul is awesome
Had a lovely tour of Istanbul with Mr Emre and would highly recommend him to all the people visiting
ramirera
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Great Day with Emre
I spent a day with Emre touring the Old City. He is very knowledgeable and personable. It seemed like he knew every
nabile790
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“Wonderful day”
We spent Wonderful time with Mr. Emre , he has good knowledge about Istanbul history and provided excellent service
Alicia G
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Wonderful visit!
Wonderful visit to Istanbul. Emre was great and took us , not only to see the bsics of Istanbul, but also to some g
194innad
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Istanbul
We really would like to thank Mr. Emre for our wonderful time in Istanbul. My husband and I came to Istanbul for a
carollopez
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Very experienced and personalized tour!
During my short stay in Istanbul I spontaneously booked a private tour guide. Emre was my guide during half a day a
roksilena
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Helicopter tour
Agency easily organized a helicopter tour for us on Thursday(for other agencies only possible at weekends). The gui
MarianskaAna
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Excellent 👌🏻
My sister and I booked a helicopter tour over Istanbul. It was amazing! I love it so much! Thank you very much! ♥️
besob660
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Heli Tour was perfect
All perfect very good service from Emre and Team . Next time of course again, it was a very good experience.
Jandrey76
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Fantastic Day!
Fantastic day with personalized itinerary to meet my interests and needs! Outstanding tour of Istanbul highlighting
JK_JB2020
JK_JB2020
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Perfect sightseeing tour In Istanbul
It was a great experiences to check out the city with this company. We have been some iconic mosque and good explan
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