Best Of Istanbul: 1, 2 Or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler 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.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit top-sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide in 1-2 or 3 days;
DAY-1
Hagia sophia, Basilica cistern, Blue mosque, Hippodrome, Grand bazaar, Topkapi palace.
DAY-2
Spice market, Bosphorus cruise, Dolmabahce palace, Istiklal Street, Galata tower(from outside).
DAY-3
Suleymaniye mosque, Chora church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Blue mosque, Istanbul

Blue mosque

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Istanbul

Grand bazaar

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hagia sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Istanbul

Hagia sophia Museum

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi palace, Istanbul

Topkapi palace Museum

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Basilica cistern, Istanbul

Basilica cistern Museum

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul

Hippodrome

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dolmabahce palace, Istanbul

Dolmabahce palace

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bosphorus strait, Istanbul

Bosphorus cruise by Public Ferry or Private Cruise ( if option is chosen)

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Taksim MeydanI, Istanbul

Taksim square and Istiklal street

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Misir Carsisi, Istanbul

Spice market

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kariye Museum (The Chora church), Istanbul

Chora church

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fener Rum Patrikhanesi, Istanbul

Orthodox Patriarch

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Suleymaniye mosque, Istanbul

Suleymaniye mosque

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Balat, Istanbul

Fener-Balat Neighborhood backstreet walk

Duration: 1 hour

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 - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace

Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays

Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays

Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays between November 1 and March 31. Hagia Sophia is open to visit on Mondays between April 1 and October 31

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 as follows: January 1 - New Year, June 4/6 - Ramadan Festival, August 11/14 - Eid Festival, October 29 - Republic Day.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Grand Bazaar and Spice Market are closed during June 4/6 - Ramadan Festival, August 11/14 - Eid Festival

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 06-Jan-2020

    We had 3 days private tour guided by Caner, he is friendly and knowledgeable.He explained to us the history in general and in details again once we stopped by a specific place. He plans the route well to avoid the crowd so we get to see the most of the places. He also takes us to try the local foods and shop the creditable stores to get traditional quartz tiles, handmade lamps and honey made Turkish Delights. It's our first time visit Istanbul and thanks for Caner we had a great time.

  • 06-Jan-2020

    This tour esa exactly what we were looking for. The best guided three days in Istanbul. The operator very efficient and replied all our inquieries immediately. Fully recomended.

  • 16-Dec-2019

    Caner was a great guide. Arrived on time and gave a great orientation. Patient and understanding, he allowed me to take as many pictures as I wanted at each location. Great walker, which was good for me because I wanted to see as many things as possible in one day. Took me to the right place for lunch, and to merchants tailored to my interests. And that was on top of thorough tours of Topkapi palace, Blue Mosque. Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Basilica cistern, Suleimanniya mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar! In the end he gave me useful instructions to get to Asian Istanbul, which I did on my own at the end of the tour. A private tour goes a long way in learning about a new city. Strongly recommended.

  • 02-Dec-2019

    Our guide Ugur was very helpful in crafting a flexible experience as we wanted to take it a bit easy on the pace of the tour and really soak in different subjects rather than sticking to a cookie cutter cover-it-all-at-any-cost schedule.

    He understood our needs and took the time to give us some authentic Turkish experiences at local hot spots. He was knowledgeable obviously on the historical subject matter but also on the modern day geo- political issues and how Turkey as a nation plays a critical part in it. We thoroughly enjoyed an engaging conversation with Ugur.

    Wish him the very best for his tours ahead!

  • 19-Nov-2019

    Mustafa was a terrific guide. He is knowledgeable, communicates well and is very adaptable. We had been to Istanbul before so wanted to renew some highlights but spend more time in non-touristy areas. Mustafa took us to several that we loved. We drank tea on the waterfront and lunched in the spice market area. It was like touring with a friend.

  • 13-Nov-2019

    My adult son and I had only a couple of days available to tour all of Istanbul. I selected a two-day private tour in order to maximize our time. This tour covered everything we could hope to imagine visiting in the Old City without overloading on any one thing. Our guide. Ozgur ("call me Oscar"), was personable, articulate, and easy to understand. He took time fielding our may questions about the history of Istanbul and the cultural aspects of the people. On both days we ate lunch at cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurants that greatly enhanced our experience. Although the pace was somewhat fast, we never felt rushed. I'm not sure I would have gotten any more out a a tour twice as long.

  • 25-Sep-2019

    My girlfriend and I booked a 2-day private tour of Istanbul and were very happy with the experience we had with Mustafa. I had read a little about Istanbul beforehand and was pleased to see that the 2-day proposed itineraries checked off all the major sights. Mustafa was the consummate host giving us a nice mixture of information-rich touring and free time at each site as well. His English was excellent and he was very attentive and flexible to our needs. Day 1 was mostly walking and Day 2 involved a car and driver. Everything went very smoothly. Would highly recommend.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    Our guide Sercan Kurt was fantastic! He really helped us get a wonderful sense of the history and culture of Istanbul.

  • 27-Aug-2019

    We decided to do the 2 days tour and it was an excellent choice. Cisem was our guide and she was amazing. She speaks perfect Spanish and was very knowledgeable and professional. We had a great time and got to see everything we wanted to see. Blue Mosque was closed but Cisem took us to another mosque to see the interior. Great experience all around!

  • 05-Jul-2019

    Our tour guide's name is Ceren. She is knowledgeable and very friendly and has excellent English language skills. I highly recommend her for any Private Guided Tour in English language.