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Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour
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Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour

By Private Istanbul Tours with Safiye
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 7–8 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Guiding Services
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Bazaar Jewelers


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • German Fountain, Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
Pickup details
  • I can pick you up from hote​l if the hotel is located in the city. If you are staying in the hotel which is very far from the city, I can give you a central meeting point.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:
    • German Fountain, Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
      I can drop you of to your hotel or you can go back to yourself.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101760P11

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Which attractions will I visit with Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour?
    How much is Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour?
    Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour price starts from $220.00. Discover and book Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour on Tripadvisor
    What is the Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour cancellation policy?
    Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour?
    Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour is hosted by Private Istanbul Tours with Safiye. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Private Istanbul Tours with Safiye on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Istanbul Private Walking Highlights Tour on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 101760P11

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    • You'll start at
      German Fountain
      Or, you can also get picked up
      See departure details
    • 1
      Blue Mosque
      Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
      See details
    • 2
      Topkapi Palace
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
      See details
    • 3
      Hagia Sophia Mosque
      Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
      See details
    • 4
      Basilica Cistern
      Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
      See details
    • 5
      Grand Bazaar Jewelers
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
      See details
    • You'll end at
      German Fountain
      Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
      I can drop you of to your hotel or you can go back to yourself.
      See address & details
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    • Private Istanbul Tours with Safiye
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      Istanbul, Türkiye
      Joined in October 2018
    • Celeste Y
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great food tour
      We did the walking food tour with Safiye and had a great time! Safiye was very personable and offered interesting explanations about the dishes we ate. We had a great time and would highly recommend taking a tour with Safiye.
      Written October 4, 2022
    • KatieDoy01
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing guide!
      Safiye is an amazingly knowledgeable guide, friendly and open to free-wheeling questions. She brings together knowledge of Istanbul’s history, politics, ecology and religion, which is great. I learned so much, had a super fun time with her👍 Highly recommended
      Written September 20, 2022
    • alanguendelman
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Day in Istambul
      Safiye is a great guide, capable of doing a great tour in English and Spanish. More important, she is a very nice person, so was a pleasure to spend the day with her, talking about Istambul history, turkish culture and personal life. Thanks a lot Safiye and definitely I will look for you whever I return to this beautiful city.
      Written September 1, 2019
    • mustafa78692110
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      she is outstanding!!!!!!!!!
      safiye is a blessing to anyone who wants to visit turkey!!! she is amazing and i actually give her 10 stars out of 5!!!!!!
      Written August 6, 2019
    • Prerna05
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Guide!
      Safiye is really warm and a perfect guide. She understood what was really required in our tour - we had a lovely experience with her as she was knowledgeable, could speak really good english...made us comfortable...is always available for any queries we have even after the tour is over...Took us to local restaurants with good options for vegetarian food...She is pretty cute and humorous too... We wanted to shop at Spice Bazaar - She took us to the right shops as per our needs and waited patiently till we finished our shopping... I would highly recommend her as she was professional at the same time very warm too.
      Written June 14, 2019
    • Natcdiaz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      3 days
      BEST tour guide ever!!!! Not only is she knowledgeable and full of information but she makes you feel like you’re traveling with a friend and not a tour guide. She will help you with whatever you need whether it’s a dinner reservation to buying that special something at the Bazaar. She listens to what you want to do a d makes your experience extra special. Wish I could pack Safiye and take her with me on all my tours worldwide.
      Written May 9, 2019
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    Adventure21722
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021 • Couples
    Above and Beyond! Safiye was amazing and at each moment went above and beyond to make sure our two days of guided yours with her were knowledgeable and rewarding. We learned so much more by having someone so knowledgeable and understanding with our questions and requests…oh and then all the street food we ate! She is an amazing guide who truly loves what she does and tries to share some of that same emotion in her tours. Thanks Safiye!
    Written November 11, 2021
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    Erin D
    Tampa, FL127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour with Safiye was great! Granted I came during a time when the city was on lockdown, but Safiye adjusted the plans easil. For instance the Blue Mosque had A LOT of construction going on, so it was barely visible inside, all the walls and ceilings were covered in cloth. She knew how much I loved mosques so not only did we see Hagia Sophia, but she also brought me to a more local mosque, Suleymaniye. This is exactly what I was looking for. The Grand Bazaar was closed, but Safiye brought me to other local markets where we wandered through and tried the fresh foods. The foods were soooo good, of course I couldn’t help but buy some as well as some of the teas :) We also stopped by a rug store where I became fully educated on why Turkish rugs are so admired. It was incredibly eye opening for me. Safiye is a fantastic guide and a very lovely person. I will absolutely be recommending her to any friends that visit Turkey 😁
    Written May 22, 2021
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    Roved
    Sydney, Australia114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We rarely go on organised tours, but with 6 full days planned for our first visit to Istanbul we thought an ‘introduction to Istanbul’ tour would be a good idea. And it was!! Far better than we expected, in 3 hours Safiye taught us so much about the city - not only its layout and how to get around, and places ‘off the regular tourist map’ to visit, but also of its history and culture. And her recommendations for the best food in the bazaar and elsewhere were perfect - in our 6 days we ate at all and they were fabulous! A truly knowledgeable, warm and genuine person, during our time in Istanbul we regularly said to each other ‘thank you to Safiye, or we wouldn’t have known!’ We couldn’t recommend this tour, and Safiye herself, highly enough. A true 10/10!
    Written November 16, 2023
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    DIckie J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    We spent 2 days with Safiye being shown a wide variety of places, from the expected main historical sites to the more offbeat neighbourhoods. Safiye is an excellent guide, fun to be with, full of knowledge, great at making the schedule work without ever making you feel rushed and very adaptable should you wish to change your itinerary. Can't recommend her enough, she ensured our trip was a total success
    Written May 19, 2022
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    Ant B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022 • Family
    Safiye was an amazing tour guide and made the day we spent with her the best part of our trip to Istanbul. We visited all the major sites, as well as, stops to locations that only a true local guide would know, such as a 400 year old rug shop and the most beautiful and hidden mosque that was more blue than the Blue Mosque. We learned so much through Safiye’s deep knowledge of Turkish history. She was also amazing with our 9 year old son, so I would highly recommend any family traveling to Istanbul to book a tour with Safiye asap!
    Written June 30, 2022
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    Jan Christian
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Solo
    I spent two weeks in Istanbul booking a guide for three days through Withlocals. We did a "Walking highlights of Istanbul", a "Food tour" (foodmarkets and Grand Bazaar) and a boating trip through Bosporus all the way to the Black Sea. Meeting a, guide for the first time is always exiting. Meeting Safiye was nothing else but a real pleasure. She is extremely knowledgeable, takes care of you like a familymember and adapts to your expectations and wishes. We exchanged details of my expectations before I left. Safiye responds and gives feedback almost immediately. She is the one who fixes all your needs regarding your stay. Like local Sim Card, public transport card etc. It's difficult to find the right words to describe Safiye and the services she provided. You have to experience her yourself. She has travelled to many different countries, lived abroad and speaks English fluently. As I was told she is a very popular guide, and I understand why. You need to be early to book her for your stay. How long does it take to find a friend? With someone like Safiye - just one day.
    Written April 28, 2022
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    John M
    West Columbia, SC2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022 • Couples
    Safiye is an excellent tour guide for Istanbul. My wife and I highly recommend her for a tour in Istanbul. Safiye is kind, knowledgeable, personable, and professional. She took us on a tour of Hagia Sophia Mosque, Suleyman Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Cistern, a boat ride on the Bosphorus, a visit to the Asian side of Istanbul with its restaurants and seafood market. During our tour with Safiye we enjoyed Turkish tea, coffee, lemonade; visited a bakery with delicious baklava and goat milk ice cream; ate Turkish pizza; drank freshly squeezed pomegranate and orange juice (which we are enjoying in the attached photo); had tasty street food of roasted corn and roasted chestnuts. Safiye took us to a small Turkish restaurant (cafeteria style) with delicious food choices where local Turkish people eat. We visited the Egyptian Spice Market where we purchased spices and teas that they vacuum packed for us to take home. Safiye also helped us to shop for gifts for family and friends. Again we highly recommend Safiye for your tour of Istanbul. Thanks to her we had three educational and fun days in Istanbul.
    Written July 8, 2022
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    Alison M
    Savannah, Georgia54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2022 • Friends
    My friend and I spent two wonderful days with Safiye as our private guide seeing the highlights of Istanbul. She was easy to understand, entertaining and accommodating. The activities she suggested and planned were great and the last minute adjustments she had to make on short notice (the Istanbul Marathon was held one of our days and some of the public transport was shut down) didn’t infringe on our fun. She showed us cool, hidden away spots, used her connections to get us to the front of lines more than once and was quick to give good advice for the remainder of our stay. I felt very comfortable with her and it was like spending the day with a friend. I will recommend her to anyone I know visiting Istanbul and I hope to use her services again one day bc the city is so huge two days is just the tip of the iceberg!
    Written November 9, 2022
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    Susan Gibson
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    Safiye is a gem! I was so pleased to have booked a half day walking tour, where we saw many of the sights including going inside Hagia Sophia for which we lined up at 9:40am and were in within 20 minutes. She is a wealth of knowledge so it was a pleasure to walk while absorbing Istanbul's long history. Walking through the labyrinth of the markets was wonderful and I never would have seen so much without her. She also made the superb suggestion of taking the 20 minute ferry ride with her from the new mosque in the old city to the Asian side which was the perfect way to see the beauty of the city from the river and then I headed back.
    Written January 20, 2023
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    stukat69
    Cherry Hill, NJ2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    For 5 days Safiye guided us through Istanbul. Is it obvious that she loves her job and it shows in her kind & pleasant demeanor. Through her connections we were able to bypass lines and get premier access to certain sites. At the Grand Bazaar her negotiating skills surely saved us significant money. When we wanted to go to Bursa she contacted an associated who met us when the ferry docked and showed us all of the sites there. Out trip to Cappadocia was amazing due to Safiye recommending where to stay and who to use for the hot air balloon ride. We can't wait to go back.
    Written May 24, 2021
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