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Private Istanbul Layover Tour provided by Guided Istanbul Tours

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Private Istanbul Layover Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 20/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 6
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 7
    Basilica Cistern
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 8
    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 45 minutes
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Important Information
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Private transportation
  • Roundtrip transfers from/to Airport
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays.
  • Children aged 12 and under are free of charge. Children aged 7 and under are free of charge at Basilica Cistern Museum. Please make sure that you have passport copies of children as we have to verify their ages at museums for free tickets.
  • Kid-Friendly tour guide will be accompanying your family on this tour.
  • 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 is closed for visit during praying time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Richard B wrote a review Oct 2019
Winchester, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
we were met at the hotel and travelled to all the sites in the old town. A good itenary and a very knowledgable and fun guide. Having a guide helped us skip the queues (very helpful) as well as really learn about the history, culture and people of Turkey. it was full on and we
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Date of experience: October 2019
Alaa Z wrote a review Aug 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The tour was very informative and the our tour guide Emre was great! He made the tour very interesting and gave us our time to eat and even came shopping with us 😄 I will definitely be recommending him to friends and family and hope to do another tour with him!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
James B wrote a review Aug 2019
Great Falls, Virginia3 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a 24 hour layover in Istanbul, and wanted to make the best of it. We were staying in old Istanbul, so we booked a private walking tour with Guided Istanbul Tours. They also provided private transportation to and from our hotel, which was really wonderful.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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oskimoli wrote a review May 2019
2 contributions
Our guide was Albert. High recomendation. Good spanish. He help us every time and answer all our questions. He help us buying souvenirs and when we arrived at apartment we rented with the owner. Thank you so much Albert!
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Date of experience: May 2019
Laure C wrote a review Apr 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
We learned a lot during our one-day highlights visit with Unal. As we had already toured the city on our own, we were starving for a history top-up and Unal was just the perfect guide. We recommend highly his services plus a very good organisation from the booking stage
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About the operator

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Marie O
Best 2Day Istanbul experience ever!
We chose the 2Day tour of Istanbul. Our tour guide was Oscar and he was amazing! One in our party has breathing di
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Great tour and guide
This was a great tour I'd highly recommend to anyone. Our guide Ceren was excellent and really helped give us the c
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Beautiful Istanbul
I had a one day tour in Istanbul with Caner which was an excellent experience. I couldn’t have enough of this tradi
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Informative tour of what we wanted to see
We spent the day with Ugur, who met us at our hotel. We opted for the private car back and forth as we were not nea
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Great Tour!!!
Excellent in Every way, Tolga did a fantastic job of making us feel welcome and important. The 2 day tour was great
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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
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Don't hesitate just book. Amazing
The city of Istanbul is daunting for two reasons. 1. It is physically very large and 2. it has colossal history. We
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Amazing tour with a very friendly guide
Fantastic tour. Cigdem was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with a wealth of information. She was very flexi
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Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Caner. He was extremely knowledgeable about the sites, history and Turkish cultur
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We had an excellent day with our guide Ozgur. He was completely flexible from the onset and tailored the day to ou
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We had a private day tour with Ozgur. He was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and showed us all the main si
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Caner, was very professional and friendly. He was punctual each morning. He frequently asked if we were ok with the
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Ugur was a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We greatly enjoyed our two day tour. I would recommend him.
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Amazing experience. 10 stars
Amazing tour. We did the one full day tour and our guide Semih was beyond amazing. Smart, knowledgeable, perfect En
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Great Way to See Istanbul!
I'd give this experience 6 stars. Emre was fantastic - very personable, knowledgeable, and I thoroughly enjoyed our
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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