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

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Istanbul, Turkey

From $150.00 per group (up to 8)

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
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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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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Museum/Attraction Tickets
Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)
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Departure Point

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 Basilica Cistern Museum.


  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
  • 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?
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
See all safety measures taken by Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour?
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?
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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Traveler Tips

  • "I would highly recommend this 1 day tour to anyone wanting to see all the big sites in the old city, and I'm sure their 2 or 3 day tours would be just as great." See review
  • "I would highly recommend the 3 day private guided tour of Istanbul as a way to seeing the city and and learning about the culture." See review


1,025 Reviews

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2 day Istanbul tour
, Mar 2021
Guide seems to be very distracted and not focused. He was doing things at his peril. Despite paying $300 US, we still had to pay for everything, including Topkapi palace etc, even the tram ride. He was taking us for lunch for the places he liked, even though we were requesting to take to other places. I was told he was getting commission from those places of his choice. Not satisfied with the tour. Total rip-off. Not worth it at all.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Dear Zain, We heard with regret that the tour and the tour guide did not meet any of your expectations. All of our tour guides are professional and competent and we hardly have negative feedbacks from our guests regarding the service that they provide, still, we would at least replace him the second day if we did receive a complaint from your side and even compensate your dissatisfaction accordingly. We courage our guides to give restaurant recommendations to help our guests have a nice experience for their lunch and dinner. However, our agency has a strict policy unlike some other companies, we do not ask and let our guides have commissions from eateries as we find it very unprofessional. We belive that you are unluckily misleaded in this subject by a rival company. We also want to underline that the additional payments such as transportation and admission fees, which you were not happy at all to pay for, were clearly stated in the list of exclusions in the email that we have sent to confirm the tour. We do not accept any fault regarding the extra payments you have made and do not think that we deserve the bad review because of that. We hope to have you here in the near future, in our beautiful city once more to provide a better service. All the best.
Istanbul Private Tour
, Mar 2021
Our tour guide was very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. It was great to see Istanbul with a private
Istanbul 1 day private tour
, Feb 2021
Great tour with Cigdem as our guide! She arrived early and stayed an hour late with us, not asking for any extra money for the extra time! Very knowledgeable and flexible to adapt to our preferences. She speaks fluent English,easy to understand
Amazing Tour of Istanbul
, Nov 2020
I booked the 2-day private tour of Istanbul. The tour operator was very responsive to my questions prior to the trip. My tour guide, Duygu, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul and always made sure I had sufficient time to spend at each location. I had a great experience and would highly recommend booking this tour!
Great tour
, Nov 2020
Burak (the guide) was very knowledgeable and gave an amazing tour. While it was 1-day tour, I think I’ve got plenty of information for my first Istanbul visit.
Must do tour with Ozgur!!
, Nov 2020
This was one of my favorite tours in Istanbul! First of all my guide was Ozgur. He is so knowledgeable and full of cool facts that regular guides might forget to mention or not have time. However since it’s a private tour you are free to ask many questions and get more feedback. Having Ozgur was great because he knew what times the mosque would be closed for prayers and which sites to go to first to avoid big crowds. I had a great experience with the tour and learned so much from Ozgur, definitely request him if you can!
, Oct 2020
Very little time spent in the historical places. My tour guide, Canero, seemed to give more importance to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market which is filled with merchants ready to scam and inflate their prices 10x when they see you are a tourist. My tour guide also spent a decent amount of time texting and talking on the phone, not very formal. It was a waste of money in my opinion.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Ivanna, Thanks for your review, We are sorry to see that we couldn't meet your expectations. We will use your feedback to improve ourselves and our service for our future guests. Caner is one of our best in-house tour guides. He has reported that he even included an extra site in your program, making sure that you make most of your day. We do value your feedback and we will use it to provide better service for our future guests. Kindest Regards Melissa
Wonderful Private Tour!
, Oct 2020
This curated private tour was a fantastic way to see Istanbul! Our guide, Sercan, was so knowledgeable! We learned so much and had our itinerary catered to what we wanted to see. The driver was great and we felt safe and well take care of the entire time. I would definitely recommend this tour and our guide to anyone visiting Istanbul. Especially as a good way to see the highlights and avoid the crowds! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Our private guide Oscar rocks! 🤘
, Oct 2020
We chose the 2Day Tour due to limited time in Istanbul. Ozgur/Oscar was our private guide and he was excellent! First day tour was in Old Town Istanbul which involved a lot of walking -Hagia Sofia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar (which we skipped since we already did retail therapy the previous day 😉). Oscar was very knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. He adjusted the pace of the tour based on our needs. Nuggets of information both academic and trivial were captivating! Oscar, you have inspired me to brush-up with world history, thank you!🤙Day2 was more walking but in a more sprawling area of Istanbul. We particularly enjoyed the Bosphorus Tour and Dolmabahce Palace. The Palace interior was incredibly fascinating! More shopping at the Spice Market, this time Oscar made arrangements with the shop-owners to deliver our purchases directly to our hotel. Thank you Oscar for being so perceptive and thoughtful. You saved us from the pain and discomfort of carrying all those items around. To cap off two amazing days with Oscar, a surprise stop at Karakoy G -purveyors of Istanbul's best baklava was a perfect treat! Thank you Oscar for giving us the best first impression of Istanbul! It was fun, memorable and we enjoyed it immensely. We shall be back and hopefully experience the rest of Istanbul with you again👍 A special call out to Mehmet from the main office. Thank you for your flexibility and kind consideration. We are convinced we chose the best private tour operator in Istanbul! Highly recommended 👌
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Great Tour & Tour Guide
, Oct 2020
My wife and I came to Istanbul for three days, as sort of a last minute trip from the US. We can not say enough good things about the tour and our tour guide, Hakan! For this tour, he met us in our hotel lobby which made it the easiest tour starting point to find ever— haha. He had a taxi ready for us and we began the tour right away. He is a true historian and foodie and explained the history of the sites we visited in detail but did not bore us at any point. He speaks great English among other languages and even guided us to an excellent local kebab spot for lunch. He added on an additional stop for us as my wife was more interested in the Spice Bazaar than the Grand Bazaar, and was kind enough to chat with me while she shopped. When you come to Istanbul, definitely book this tour and ask for Hakan if he is available. You will be happy you did!

Product code: 11522P1

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