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

  • A comprehensive tour of Istanbul, with 1-, 2-, and 3-day options
  • Marvel at Ottoman sites like Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque
  • Shop like a local at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
Best of Istanbul: 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour
From US$100.00
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1-Day Private Guided Tour
See the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized sightseeing tour with your private guide.Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar.
From US$100.00
1-Day Private Guide and Van
See the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized sightseeing tour with private guide.Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar with van.
From US$275.00
2-Day Private Guided Tour
2-Day Program: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome. Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street.
From US$300.00
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The bridge between east and west, Istanbul is a vibrant city with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the former capital of the Ottoman empire. Cover top sites like the Blue Mosque and the Spice Market on this action-packed guided trip, which offers 1-, 2-, or 3-day itineraries to best suit your schedule. Because it’s a private tour, you’ll have plenty of time for questions along the way.

What to Expect
Day one begins with a visit to the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century Byzantine cathedral adorned in spectacular gold mosaics. From there, you’ll cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You’ll also have time to explore the treasures of Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman sultans and their famous harems.

If you opt for a 2-day tour, you’ll begin with an visit to the bustling Spice Market, where you can haggle for saffron alongside shoppers. Cruise down the famous Bosphorus, where you might catch sight of river dolphins, explore the vibrant pedestrian street of Istiklal, and make a stop at Galata Tower, a medieval stone monument with incredible panoramas over the city.

The third day will cover Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You'll also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
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Reviewed yesterday
A very enjoyable 2-day Private Guided Tour- the best way to see Istanbul

We visited Istanbul as a family of 4 with two young sons of 12 and 9 respectively. I can recommend to all visitors to use the Private Guided Tour as you see all the main sites with a great guide without the queues. Sercan Kurt...More

1  Thank Kirk E
Reviewed 2 days ago
The Best Way To Experience Istanbul

This was my first private guided tour and first time to Istanbul. I did the personal 2 day tour and was traveling solo. Caner was my guide and surpassed my expectations. He was considerate of my personal needs-water, food, and rest. We moved to my...More

Thank gcelento
Reviewed 2 days ago
Perfect one day tour

Dear all, if you don't want to waste your time in Istanbul, please join this guided tour. Sercan our private tour guide was very knowledgeable and very good at accessing our needs in different situations. The car was very comfortable, a Mercedes van type of...More

1  Thank Johnny Y
Reviewed 3 days ago
Outstanding service and outstanding guide!

We contacted Guided Istanbul Tours by email a week or two ahead to set up two days with a private guide to see the ancient sights of Istanbul. Melissa Ortanca responded rapidly and comprehensively, and we made a reservation, including a car for transportation for...More

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 3 days ago
Wonderful day exploring the city

I traveled alone to Istanbul in June. On my first day in the city I booked a one-day guided tour with Mustafa. We visited the promised tourist sites (the Topaki Palace was closed the day or my tour so I visited it the following day),...More

Thank SeriouslyySusan
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Margaret L
5 July 2018|
Response from Lorz1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Margaret I suggest you check with the Tour company directly, unfortunately I can't answer this. I can say that I found them to be very flexible and accommodating with our 1 day tour. Regards
4 July 2018|
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Response from debpk77 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, Istanbul, Harbiye and were very comfortable. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The hotel did not have a pickup service from the Airport, but arranged for a taxi to drop us off. The... More
Shirlyn K
2 July 2018|
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Response from kgcadacio_md | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I was able to swap the days... they are very flexible as long as you tell them ahead of time. I agree with Armando to stay in the old city ... for the walking tour . If you do 2 or 3 like we did...we rented a van on the... More
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