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

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  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Product code: 11522P1
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Stop At: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Sultanahmet District

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Hippodrome Square / Atmeydanı
Hippodrome; where the chariot races were held in the Roman Empire times, Egyptian Column from Byzantine Empire time and today German Fountain is the main cornerstone of the square of Ottoman Empire.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: German Fountain, Hippodrome Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Germa Fountain / Alman Çeşmesi

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey

Sultanahmet Square

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Hagia Sophia Museum / Ayasofya / Santa Sofia
Built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, played a very important role in the Christian and Islamic World. After the Ottoman conquest the bells, altar, iconoclastic, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque then a museum and now it’s a mosque for the second time. The most important stop of an Istanbul tour is operated in Old City Istanbul / Constantinople.

*Please note that as it's 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Blue Mosque / Sultanahmet Camii
Built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I of the Ottoman Empire, the Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

Byzantine Cistern; was the water storage of Byzantine Empire providing clean drinking water to the citizens of city, especially during period of siege. Binbirdirek and Serefiye Cisterns are the options that you can visit by talking with your tour guide on tour day.
*Please remember that Basilica Cistern is under restoration until end of 2022 so it's not open to visit.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Topkapi Palace Museum / Topkapı Sarayı
More than just an Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years long. Topkapi Palace is a great monument of Oriental architecture which resembles the power of the Ottoman Empire.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar / Kapalı Çarşı
One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops with colorful products of ceramic, leather, rugs, carpets, handicrafts, clothes, silver, and gold.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Bosphorus Cruise by Public Ferry or Private Cruise ( if option is chosen)
Take the public ferry for Bosphorus Cruise to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, the Rumeli Fortress, old Ottoman villas, Bosphorus bridges, mosques. Your best Istanbul tour memories will definitely include the Bosphorus.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace / Dolmabahçe Sarayı
Elegance and beauty with the most luxury decoration, chandeliers, rugs, crystals, ceramic fireplaces. Beautiful palace, right on the Bosphorus with gorgeous furnishings, paintings, porcelains made in particular to Dolmabahce.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Taksim Square, Gumussuyu Mh., Istanbul 34435 Turkey

Taksim Square / Taksim Meydanı
A great place defining modern Turkey which witnessed important historical moments. Close to Istiklal Street (Istiklal Caddesi) and Galata Tower along with embassies of European countries in Taxim. Cicek Passage has very good food joints, cafes, shops, bars, night clubs around Taksim.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Istiklal Caddesi, Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

Istiklal Street is the modern and colorful face of Turkey with churches, modern art galeries, embassies, pubs, cafes and shops selling different kind of products.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Cicek Pasaji, Huseyinaga Mh Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

Cicek Passage / Flower Passage
Originally named as Cite de Pera, a combined structure of traditional and modern construction methods and architectural style by Ottoman Empire is reflected and today we see the small shops and cafes here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkey

We will see the tower FROM OUTSIDE, due to the regulations unfortunately tour guides don't have skip the line priority here so it takes long time to wait queue. Your tour guide will make you explanation about tower.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Spice Market / Mısır Çarşısı
Egyptian Bazaar is a colorful indoor bazaar and has lots of shops offering a variety of spices, purses, flavored teas, Turkish delight, nuts, as well as ceramics, and small souvenirs. Spice Bazaar is located in Eminonu Square which is the connection point of Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Suleymaniye Mosque / Süleymaniye Camii is the largest mosque in Istanbul and is as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. In the garden behind the mosque, the Suleymaniye terrace offers lovely views of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

Fener-Balat Neighborhood backstreet walk
Continue exploring Istanbul’s rich religious history with a stop at the Church of St. George. Since the 1600s, the church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion.
Balat District; lines of drying laundry stretch across steep, winding streets. Century-old Ottoman houses lean against each other in a combination of reds, blues, and greens. And art galleries and design shops dot the area along the water.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Fener Rum Patrikhanesi, Dr. SadIk Ahmet Cd. No:44 Yavuz Sultan Selim Mahallesi, Istanbul 34083 Turkey

Orthodox Patriarch

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Balat Mahallesi, Murselpasa Cd. No:10, Istanbul 34087 Turkey

St. Stephen Church; Located on the shore of the Golden Horn, the church is also known as the Iron Church due to the fact that it’s made entirely of prefabricated cast iron in 19th century.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Pierre Loti Tepesi, Idris Kosku Cad. Eyup, Istanbul 34050 Turkey

Pierre Loti Hill and Cable Car are some of the most popular sights to visit since it offers great views for visitors. Take the cable car to reach the top and enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping your Turkish coffee or tea.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Haskoy Cad. No: 5 Beyoglu, Haskoy, Istanbul 34445 Turkey

Rahmi Koc Museum is on the northern part of Golden Horn, here we visit industrial and cultural museum built by famous family of Koc who were the leading power of Turkish Republic in industrial field since early period of 20th century.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Halic, Istanbul Turkey

Golden Horn region which is one of the oldest settlements of the city of Constantinople.

Duration: 30 minutes


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

Schedule Details

Departure Dates:

Daily.

Departure Point:

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 the tour.

*Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or Galata Port. If the hotel is not centrally located,
the meeting point will be in front of the German Fountain.

If van service is not chosen your guide will pick you up at centrally located hotels on foot.

If private van service is booked, please note that there will be a surcharge if your hotel is located outside of the city center or on the Asian Side.


Ports

  • Istanbul Cruise Port
  • Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Duration

7 hours(approx.)

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Additional Information

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

Posted By : Jin_Y
Our private guider Ozan is awesome with lot of funs. He is very thoughtful. He adjusted the schedule according to our interests, made our one-day tour very comprehensive and perfect. The most important thing, he has great taste on food and restaurants, which made our entire Istanbul trip super yummy! We highly recommend Ozan as your guider.
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Posted On : 2022-12-06


Posted By : Erin O
Ozan was an excellent guide! He was very knowledgeable, flexible, fun, able to understand what we liked/wanted to do and adjusted. Stayed with us longer than planned so we could get in everything we wanted to do and see. He was able to answer our questions and was very present (not checking phone or such). Hit the highlights as we expected and don’t waste time on things that weren’t going to be worth the wait. So appreciate that. All around, an awesome experience!
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Posted On : 2022-12-05


Posted By : PLaughlin7
Absolutely phenomenal! Emre made our trip to Istanbul exceptional. Extremely knowledgeable, so friendly, an all around great friend to show you around the city. I wouldn’t let my friends or family travel to Istanbul without meeting Emre and using this tour. An absolute must!
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Posted On : 2022-12-05


Posted By : tskstaplet
Spent a few days in Istanbul with Ozan and he was an excellent private tour guide!! Very knowledgeable and I enjoyed his company as he took me to all the major sites across Istanbul. He also made a great lunch recommendation for us on day one at Ali Ocakbaşı - would absolutely go there when you visit! The only hiccup of the trip was my arrival at the airport. The person greeting me was late and I had to call - it took a bit of coordination to get connected to the contact who then took me to my driver. This part has nothing to do with my tour guide Ozan - he was a rock star!! Would recommend this company and ask for Ozan!!
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Posted On : 2022-12-04


Posted By : Jan P
The best tours we ever had in any city. And we had a lot! Ugur for the first dat and Mustapha for the second learned is more about Istanbul than we ever wished. 5star plus. Very recommanded
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Posted On : 2022-12-04


Posted By : Adina_I
We’ve decided to visit Istanbul in December with family and friends. At the beginning we had no expectation and hope to see at least one or two famous places, do some shopping and stay at the hotel. One day before departure we’ve begun to think that maybe someone to guide us in the big city might be a better idea. We booked our 2 days tour and it was the best thing and a wonderful experience. The first impression was perfect and it stayed like that until the last minute. Mehmet was our guide! Ask for him and you won’t regret. Beside meeting a very well informed man you will find a new friend in Istanbul. I’m so glad that we were able to have such a great experience with the entire family and friends. The entire communication with Viator and agency from Istanbul was amazing. Thanks again Mehmet for your service and kind support !
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Posted On : 2022-12-04


Posted By : DanatDafko
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.
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Posted On : 2022-12-03


Posted By : JAlfredoC10
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..
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Posted On : 2022-12-02


Posted By : Natasha_F
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.
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Posted On : 2022-12-02


Posted By : G7132QFandreap
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!
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Posted On : 2022-12-01