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

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 07/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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 have plenty of time for questions along the way.
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  • 1
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 7 hours
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  • 2
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 3
    German Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    Sultanahmet Square
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Hagia Sophia
    Stop: 60 minutes
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    Pass by
    Sogukcesme Sokak
  • 6
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 7
    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 8
    Bosphorus Strait
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 9
    Dolmabahce Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 10
    Taksim Square
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 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
  • 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, cover attractions like the ancient Basilica Cistern in the heritage district of Sultanahmet, and learn how the Blue Mosque got its nickname. You 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, begin with a 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 covers the Suleymaniye Mosque, the most beautiful of the Ottoman mosques, as well as the Byzantine frescoes in Chora Church. You also enjoy sweeping city views on a cable car ride on Pierre Loti Hill.
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Important Information
  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)
  • Lunch
  • Gratitude (suggested)
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Galata Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Pierre Loti Tepesi
  • Entry/Admission - Chora Museum
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.
  • 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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Manfred M wrote a review Nov 26
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We had a wonderful 3 days peivate tour with Caner. His English is great, his knowledge about the city, culture, history etc, too. Great overall experience!
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ThomasG wrote a review Nov 25
Chicago8 contributions
We decided on short notice to visit the city of Istanbul for the first time ever. We had no idea where to start touring this huge city, so we reached out to Guided Istanbul Tours and booked a Private 3 day tour which started the next day. We were promptly greeted by our
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jhpayawal wrote a review Nov 13
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We enjoyed a beautiful fall day with our tour guide, Ceren. She met us at our hotel lobby and we took a taxi over to the Old City for what would be a very informative but relaxing tour of Istanbul's major historic sites. The tour was paced well and there was plenty of
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Date of experience: November 2020
CKT wrote a review Nov 10
2 contributions
Oscar (Ozgur) was a phenomenal tour guide. He met us at our hotel early and commenced our tour across the old city. He was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient. He gave us so much historical and modern context to the sights that enhanced our experience. We were never bored
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Date of experience: November 2020
alounny k wrote a review Nov 8
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Semih is the best, very knowledgeable and super friendly help us Customize what we want to see and work with our time. Thank you so much Semih!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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