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

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Key Details

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    *FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS AND LATE DEPARTURES, as museums and some sites will be closed around 17:30 pm, alternative tour sites will be advised by the tour guide during t.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit highlights of Istanbul with your private tour guide in 1, 2 or 3 days with flexible itinerary.

Here you can see the daily tour itineraries below (7 hours per day);

Day 1 - Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square, German Fountain, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar.

Day 2 - Bosphorus Cruise by Public Ferry, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower (from outside), Spice Market.

Day 3 - Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), Pierre Lotti Panoramic Hill by Cable Car, Rahmi Koc Museum (or alterntive sites).

*As Hagia Sophia is not a museum anymore, tour guides don't have skip-the-line priority there. You may need to wait in the security line, in order to avoid queues we suggest departing at 8:30am or 9:00am.

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

Guide meets you at central hotels

Exclusions

Transportation (from/back to hotel, between sites (unless option selected)

Museum Tickets

Lunch

Gratitude (suggested)

Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace

Entry/Admission - Galata Tower

Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi

Entry/Admission - Rahmi M. Koc Museum

Entry/Admission - Halic

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays can be replaced with Spice Market.

Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays can be replaced with alternatives.

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia closed until 2pm on Fridays, will be visited in the afternoon.

For multiple day booking, private van service will be advised according to your hotel location and size of your group.

Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays. Due to museum regulations, live guide service is not available at Dolmabahce Palace.

Galata Tower will be visited from outside unless you would like to pay entrance fee there.

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.

Annual Closing Dates of museums and bazaars in Istanbul are; January 1 New Year April 21, 22, 23 Ramadan Celebrations June 28, 29, 30, July 1 Eid al-Fitr Celebrations October 29 Republic Day

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

*As Hagia Sophia is not a museum anymore, tour guides don't have skip-the-line priority there. You may need to wait in the security line, in order to avoid queues we suggest departing at 8:30am or 9:00am.

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

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

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  • 03-Dec-2022

    Our Guide Hülya was friendly, knowledgeable and very flexible. his was our second trip to Istnabul and we had already visited the main tourist sites. So we were happy tht >>Hülya was willing to adjust the itinerary to stress places we had missed before. Overall, a ver enjoyable experience.

  • 02-Dec-2022

    We did the 2 day guided tour with Hulya and it was amazing! We are family of 5 and our 2 teenage daughters loved to talk with Hulya (who is born and raised in Istanbul, a true local!) and ask her all sorts of questions. She was kind, professional, and felt like she was part of our family. We learned so much history and enjoyed all the sights we saw. She was patient as we shopped and took us to the best restaurants. I would highly recommend a guided tour with Hulya and Viator never disappoints. I feel like we covered all the sights in the 2 day tour, not sure what more you will see in 3 days.

  • 02-Dec-2022

    Great tour to visit several historic places in Istanbul. Our guide Bulut was very knowledgeable and kind. Since we stayed at a nearby hotel, we walked to all the Mosques and palaces. Totally recommended..

  • 01-Dec-2022

    We had a 1 day private tour with Ugur who was an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable and very professional. He told us what our planned itinerary was and asked us exactly what preferences we had. We were quite tired and wanted to reduce the amount of walking we had to do and he easily accommodated our request, was very considerate and gave us great tips for food, shopping and tailored to our needs very well. He was excellent! We would not have been able to discover Istanbul in the same way without him… Highly recommended!

  • 01-Dec-2022

    We did a 3 day guided tour and we loved it. Our guide was Hulya. She is very nice and we felt very comfortable with her our whole trip. Istanbul is a beautiful and interesting city. Recommended!

  • 01-Dec-2022

    Julya was knowledgeable, informative and friendly. The tour was at our own pace. I highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

  • 01-Dec-2022

    Seriously the best tour we have ever taken! We have been very lucky to travel frequently and have taken many day tours in various cities. This was the best organized, most informative, and most interesting tour. Hakan had an enormous amount of information on all the different sites we visited. He tailored the time we spent at different sites to our interest level and had lots of recommendations for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping.

  • 29-Nov-2022

    Great amazing service by Gulce, our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and sweet and took care of the entire family on her own. She also knew the top spots around the area and made some great recommendations. We would recommend this tour to all our family and friends, but especially because of Gulce. Thank you!

  • 29-Nov-2022

    We were a group of nine celebrating our friend’s birthday and instead of just stumbling around Istanbul we decided to book a tour and honestly we all agreed it was the best thing we could have done Tayfun was so knowledgeable he gave us the information we needed without overloading with a fabulous sense of humour he really looked after us all we saw all the major sites and he also took us off the beaten path we would most definitely recommend Tayfun and this tour to anyone travelling to Istanbul excellent value for money as well.

  • 29-Nov-2022

    We booked this private tour as an alternative to a cruise ship excursion with nearly identical description. The communication with the tour provider was clear and prompt. We arranged for them to meet us at the port and pick up our group. We met our tour guide and we hopped on the very nice and comfortable Mercedes custom van for the ride to the older part of Istanbul. From there she walked us to the underground Roman aqueducts that were beautiful. Unfortunately, the tour operator did not tell us how much we needed to pay in admission fees or that it was in Turkish Lira, which none of us had since we were just there for a few hours. She spent a lot of time walking with us and giving detailed history of Turkey's history and Roman influences. From there we went to the Topkapi Palace, another entrance fee. We then spent nearly 2 hours going through the whole palace and getting a lot of detailed information. Now it was 2:30 PM and we stopped for lunch at a restaurant that I found. Afterward we went to the Blue Mosque and we could not go in since prayers had just begun. We also never went into the Hagi Sofia since we ran out of time and there was a line. Next we ran to the Spice Market and had 15-20 minutes to look and shop before we had to return to the ship by 4:30 PM. All in all, it was a disappointment since we were not able to see even one of the 2 most celebrated mosques and buildings in the world and a major reason for taking the tour. We felt that the tour leader showed poor time management and failed to prioritize the sites and times we visited each. Entirely too much time was spent in Topkapi Palace and the other sites that could have been used to visit the 2 mosques. If you decide to take this tour, make sure to get a clear timeline and plan from the operator to ensure you see what was promised. We felt like we should have received a partial refund for the missing sites we never visited.

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