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

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

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more
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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
  • Exclusive Istanbul tour led by a private guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city over one, two, or three days
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Customize the itinerary according to your schedule
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Private tour
Professional local guide
Transportation (from/back to hotel, between sites (unless option selected)
Museum Tickets
Gratitude (suggested)

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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 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.


  • Istanbul Cruise Port
  • Galataport İstanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kemankeş Cd. No:65 Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34425, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • 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
  • 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 in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
  • Hagia Sophia will be closed for visit during praying time
  • Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Guided Istanbul Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour.
What is the maximum group size during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour.

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Amazing tour!
, Sep 2021
We had the most amazing experience and loved everything about this tour! Very knowledgeable guide, great sight seeing, a must to do in Istanbul!
Great tour of the city
, Sep 2021
The mosques and palace were beautiful. Cigreb was a lovely tour guide- friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be around. Definitely would give this a shout for anybody who wants to tour Istanbul for a day
Wonderful tour of Istanbul city
, Sep 2021
This private tour covered the highlights/main attractions of Istanbul. Wonderful tour. Our tour guide Cigdem was just amazing, she is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional, she was very informative about the history of all the places we have visited and answered our questions. Highly recommend this tour if you are in Istanbul for a day or two..
Excellent Tour!!!
, Sep 2021
As a solo traveller, it was great to have a guide to myself. He took me to all of the top sights and attractions in Istanbul and we jumped the queue: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Spice Bazaar, and others. We also stopped at an authentic Turkish restaurant for lunch. It's great if you want to learn the history and culture, and have a limited time to do so. I highly recommend this tour.
Best decision ever, must do tour!!!
, Aug 2021
My friend and I had the most amazing time with Ozgur! His Istanbul tour is an absolute must if you're in town. He has such in depth knowledge of Istanbul’s history, culture, and events. We did the 2 day tour and covered almost everything, we learned so much history about this beautiful city. He knows the area so well and he gave us great recommendations for places to eat for lunch. Ozgur is overall a very kind and helpful person with a wealth of knowledge. I highly recommend him as a guide for your Istanbul visit!!
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Amazing, informative private tour with Oscar
, Aug 2021
We had a great day on our private tour with Oscar. He was very upbeat, well informed, and easy going. Highly recommend him!
Amazing experience
, Aug 2021
We had an amazing one day tour in Istanbul. Our guide, Tayfun, was amazing! 7 hours passed so quickly! We definitely will be back.
Our guide was the best part of the tour
, Aug 2021
Our guide, Burak, was great! Very knowledgeable, patient, and flexible. He was very helpful in arranging extracurricular things and solving our minor problems during our 3-day tour. He was really the best part of our tour.
Wonderful Tour of Istanbul
, Jul 2021
Emre was a wonderful guide, so knowledgeable and warm. He made our tour enjoyable and thorough. He gave us very detailed information on the very rich history of Istanbul and also answered questions about modern Turkey. He took us to a sistern that is not even on some guidebooks! Our whole family of four thoroughly enjoyed our day exploring Istanbul with Emre and recommend him wholeheartedly.
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3-day Private Walking Tour of old Istanbul
, Jul 2021
I booked the 3 -all day walking Private Tour from 8:30 to 4:00 ish. There was two in the party. We are very happy with the tour and the tour length. Our tour guide was University trained in history and Turkish culture and he loved sharing his knowledge with us during the tour. After the tour I felt very comfortable to explore the city on my own time. My favorite two places of interest was touching the remaining section of the Roman Aqueduct and standing in awe to the 8 m tall bronze plated temple doors of the Hagia Sophia. I am a big fan of Old European history and architecture - I would do the 3 day walking tour again. Our early 8:30 AM start was a good choice - we avoided long waits at the more popular Istanbul hot spots.
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