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1-Day Best of Istanbul Private Tour with the Best Local Guides
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1-Day Best of Istanbul Private Tour with the Best Local Guides

By Daily Istanbul Tours
Recommended by 100% of travelers
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$250.00
per group (up to 15)
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$250.00
per group (up to 15)

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Ages 0-120
Duration: 6–7 hours
Start time: Check availability
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  • Local Expert Tripadvisor Award Winner Guides
  • Local Taxes
  • Private Hotel Pick-up
What's not included
  • Entrance Fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel Drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • This private tour includes private hotel pick-up for your group. The drop-off is not included.
  • Ports:
  • Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • 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: 45366P10

  • Confirmation will be received 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.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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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: 45366P10

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 40 minutes
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  • 3
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 5
    Basilica Cistern
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 6
    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Ray Kelley
Palm Springs, CA12 contributions
Jul 2022
We had the good fortune of connecting with Soner Tufan, Daily Istanbul Tours! There is no better way to see Istanbul than to skip-the-line! My wife, Cheryl, and I had only one day to see Istanbul and wanted to maximize the experience. There is so much to see, and we had only a little time. Soner arranged one of the greatest tours by a private guide that we’ve ever had. Our guide Oz (Ozgur Karadeniz) was well educated in the history, religious customs, traditions, and fine cuisine of Istanbul. Our well spent time with him was a brilliant learning experience! After seeing the most important sites (Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Museum, etc.) we invited Oz to lunch. Oz suggested the Galeyan Restaurant. It was an authentic, non-touristy charming bistro with some of the most incredible Turkish flavors. We enjoyed a variety of taste treats. It was, indeed, a veritable feast! Having not had this kind of food experience before, we are now hoping to return to Istanbul to visit the fabulous historic city and to, once again, enjoy a meal at Galeyan. When visiting Istanbul or Turkey, without question, we recommend booking your tours with Soner Tufan at Daily Istanbul Tours! When we do return to Istanbul, we will once again call on Daily Istanbul Tours to be sure we have the perfect Guide!
Written August 27, 2022
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Dan
4 contributions
Mar 2022
We picked a bad time of year to go -- late March. It snowed and it was very cold, which took away some of the fun of seeing things. It did, however, result in smaller crowds. Our custom tour lasted two days. The guide was great and worked hard to help us have a good experience. The mosques were fun to see and about what I expected. The Spice Bazar and the Grand Bazar turned out to be better than I expected. Overall, a great trip with great friends in our group of six.
Written April 29, 2022
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Paul
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Fantastic experience with Our guide Semen, who was professional, friendly, knowledgeable and very accomodating. Very responsive to our interests and happy to change the tour to match them. A very enjoyable and informative tour of the Topkapi Palace followed by a delicious and memorable lunch. Semen recommended local specialities that raised the experience to new level. The whole day was enjoyable and felt like a day out with friend. Highly recommended
Written June 29, 2022
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cindy G
Blue Ridge, GA111 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
We've just returned from a 12-day Med.Cruise with an over night stop in Istanbul. Our ship arrived Istanbul at 4pm on Sunday afternoon and was scheduled to depart at 5pm on Monday. We really wanted to see the Hagia Sophia but found out that it was closed on Mondays. Once I realized that the Hagia Sophia was only open until 6:30pm on Sunday, I knew I needed to reserve a private tour. After extensive research, I decided on Daily Istanbul Tours.

Words cannot express how pleased we are with Soner and his travel/tour company (Chora Travel). Soner's prompt and thorough emails allowed us to customize a private 2-day Istanbul tour, to include an interior tour of the Hagia Sophia on Sunday afternoon. He and his driver were waiting for us as we walked off of the ship and whisked us off to the sites, ahead of the large group cruise ship tours. The skills of our driver were much appreciated, as the city congestion/traffic is difficult to imagine. We relaxed in an air conditioned van while Soner oriented us to the historic parts of town and got to know us. Luckily, he had already purchased our entrance tickets so we did not have to wait in line to purchase tickets; this allowed us extra time to see the Hagia Sophia and surrounding area. Soner did a fantastic job of relating historical information, cultural information and answering any question we asked. It took less than an hour for us to determine we'd found a "gem of a tour guide" and a new friend....

We visited the Spice Market and were introduced to Turkish Delights (sweets), saw the New Mosque, the Galata Bridge and the crazy fish boats. We then took a 1-1/2 hour evening cruise on the Bosphorus River and were able to see the palaces, government buildings, bridges and expensive homes. Soner narrated the trip and pointed out interesting sites. While on the boat, we asked for a restaurant recommendation, as we wanted to experience traditional local turkish food. Soner called Hamdi Restaurant & was able to secure a reservation and a table with a view. We were hesitant to wander the city at dark without our guide and asked if he'd join us for dinner. Soner rearranged his family plans that evening to accommodate our special request. A great meal was had by all and the restaurant manager entertained us until late that evening. He must have been a stand up comedian in a former life! We were safely delivered back to our ship at 10pm, only to be picked up at 7:45 am the following morning, for our full-day tour.
Our 2nd day was packed with fun: once again, we achieved our goal of beating the crowds and arrived at the Hippodrome & surrounding area. I was able to take photos without tourists in them which was nice. We visited the Blue Mosque as it opened and then toured the incredible Topkapi Palace. Soner knew exactly which order to see the sites and the best way to prioritize our time. We never felt rushed or uncomfortable. He helped us barter for water, pretzels and guide books on the streets, took us to a great spot for lunch (which was included) and then onto the Underground Cisterns and to the Grand Bazaar for some shopping. Soner even helped me pick out a gold chain at one of the jewelry stores.

Having traveled extensively in Europe in the past, I have to say that Soner provided us with one of the best tours and value for our money we've experienced.

HE EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!

We were sorry our time in Istanbul was so short and are eager to return. For future trips in that region, we will contact Soner for advice, and highly recommend him to all of our friends!
He truly loves his job and you can tell he's spent an enormous amount of time reading and becoming well-educated about Turkey. I wish we could've packed him in our bags and taken him as our "personal guide" for the remainder of our trip.

Disclaimer: I don't usually take the time to write lengthy positive reviews, but I was really impressed by our tour guide. This comes from an Art History major with a big interest in historical architecture. You won't be disappointed if you use this company! Our 2-days in Istanbul were the highlight of our trip, thanks to Soner!
Written June 23, 2012
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DianeHillsborough_CA
Hillsborough, CA17 contributions
Aug 2019
My son and I only spent two days in Istanbul and I selected this tour company. And they were incredible. The first day, with Ayse, was a group tour (although there was only one other small family with us so it felt like a private tour). She took us to the main highlights in Istanbul not to be missed and she was quite knowledgeable, funny and a joy to be around. The second day, with our private tour guide Ozlem, who picked us up at the hotel, we did the Off the Beaten Trail too and that was even more awesome. My son is a huge history buff so she geared the tour to his needs and we walked in neighborhoods not traveled by many tourists and saw the real Istanbul beyond the highlights (which are a must as well). She gave us incredible insight and she was just a delight. We had a private driver all day who picked us up after we walked the neighborhoods and she really gave us a flavor of being a native in town. I highly recommend Ozlem for a private tour and specifically her Off the Beaten track tour. I'm so happy I choose this company. Well worth the money! Don't miss out.
Written September 18, 2019
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Jcn2396
15 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
Istanbul was amazing by itself but what made it unforgettable and fun was our tour guide Ozlem! Not only was she knowledgeable and insightful but she was attentive to our different needs (group of 10 with seniors and a child). I would definitely come back to Istanbul, and most certainly insist on having Ozlem tour us again!!!
Written September 10, 2019
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Anna O
2 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Thanks to Ayse I had a great day in Istambul. I was not only able to see the highlights of the city with very interesting stories behind but also enjoyed great conversations and time together. I could try the local food an cofee with sweets. I also got some tips what to see and where to go after our trip. Thank you!
Written June 18, 2019
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tonycan
Lisbon, Portugal97 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Ozlem our guide promptly met us at our hotel for our walking tour around Istanbul old city. My wife and I had a great time seeing the sights with in-depth information provided by Ozlem as we walked around Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and all the interesting surrounding attractions all the way to the Grand Bazaar.

Definitely something to do when visiting Istanbul to make you love this city more.
Written May 10, 2019
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WildTigerGal
Fellsmere, FL21 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Ozgu met us at the agreed time and place. She was a very thorough and interesting guide with excellent English skills. The company was helpful through the entire booking process prior to the tour.
Written May 5, 2019
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KIJ
1 contribution
Sep 2019
My daughter and I really enjoyed our Private Tour with Ozlem Aydin. She did an excellent job of giving us the history and stories behind all of the sites we visited. Ozlem even sent us a note to make sure we were ok after the earthquake that occurred just after we left her! We had booked another tour to Cappadocia and Ephesus with Daily Istanbul Tours, and were extremely satisfied. All of the tours and travel arrangements went like clockwork. Thank you again!
Written October 11, 2019
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