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

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Visit top-sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide in 1-2 or 3 days;


Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace.


Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside). 


Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.
  • 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
  • Explore Istanbul's mixed heritage with church and mosque visits
  • Learn about the city's fascinating history
  • Private tour means plenty of personal attention
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Tour guide meet 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.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • 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)
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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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

Ugur brought us to Asian quarter as we requested and had a relaxing walk around. He also recommended good restaurants and activities to us, offered a lot of good advice on visiting Istanbul. On our trips to Mosques and Palaces, his knowledge and guide was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Saw all the main sites in a half day tour Tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpfuL. Tayfun was a wonderful guide and spoke perfect English

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Judi W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would highly recommend the private guided tour of Istanbul. My guide was Duygu and she was terrific. She had a full command of the history and architecture of all the sites. Because I was solo and had seen several main sites before the tour,...More

Thank Marie4690DW
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great day saw so much and at a great pace. Our guide Oskar was so helpful and nothing was too much trouble .We would recommend to family friends as his delivery of information was so interesting and not boring like some.. he seems to love...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank deslee777
Reviewed 5 days ago

We recently did a private tour of Istanbul, which was organized by Guided Istanbul Tours. Having done many private tours over the past 20 years or so, I can recommend this company without any reservations. Melissa (who helped organize the tour) was very responsive and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from vanhauwermeirek | Reviewed this property |
My boy of 11 was with us. He is in a wheelchair. Istanbul has 7 hills so it demands muscles and sweat 🥵 only the cittern had a lift. For other places like basilica and mosque , we left the chair at the entrance since he... More
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1. Spend a week in Istanbul recently. It is safer than most cities of this size. One finds many families, single ladies, teenagers, senior citizens and wheelchair bound persons moving around the city. 2. Our son was with... More
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They will pick up at your hotel.
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