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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
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2-Day Private Guided TourMost Popular
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.
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.
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.
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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 2 days ago
Informative and fun 2 day tour

We did the 2 day tour with Metin. It was an excellent experience. Not only was Metin a wealth of information about the sights and history of Istanbul but he was great fun to be with. His relaxed nature and sense of humor instantly made...More

Thank espipap
Reviewed 3 days ago
Very nice experience and good service

We took a two day private tour in Istanbul with Hasan our spanish tour guide. It was great he was very informative and patient with our needs. We also had the car and it was helpful for my needs being that I had my elderly...More

Thank happynica
Reviewed 4 days ago
Very good experience

Yasin was our guide for two days. We had a very good experience with him. He is very knowledgeable and is good at understanding his clients' pace and areas of interest. The two day tour is great because you experience today's Istanbul as well, not...More

1  Thank MartinP1974
Reviewed 5 days ago
Ceren was an excellent guide--ask for her!

I have been to Istanbul several times and had already seen most of the sites on the highlights tour, but decided to book a 2-day private tour for a recent trip with my parents who had never been to Istanbul before. I'm VERY glad that...More

Thank KYLE K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Great introduction to Istanbul

Our guide Caner arrived exactly on time at the entrance to our apartment for the walking tour. We walked to the tram and he showed us how to buy a travel card, which we have subsequently used. Travelling on the subway and tram is really...More

Thank MatthewCheetham
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19 September 2018|
Response from espipap | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the tours are around 7 hours. They start at 10am. There's time for lunch and coffee breaks. Our guide was flexible with all aspects of the tour including time at the sites and lunch and coffee breaks.He also changed the... More
Pegah K
19 September 2018|
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Response from guntonsofhunton | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about Farsi but I do think you would have to look at your day tour itinerary carefully. Whilst man of the major sites are close together I think access and narrow routes might be problematic. do contact the... More
14 September 2018|
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Response from Juanito K | Reviewed this property |
No, they are not included, but the fees are fairly priced.