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

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

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iconOffered in: English and 5 more
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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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Private tour
Professional local guide
Guide meets you at the hotel
Transportation (from/back to hotel, between sites (unless option selected)
Museum Tickets
Gratitude (suggested)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
*FOR LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS AND LATE DEPARTURES, as museums and some sites will be closed around 17:30 pm, alternative tour sites will be advised by the tour guide during the tour.

*Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or Galata Port. If the hotel is not centrally located,
the meeting point will be in front of the German Fountain.

If van service is not chosen your guide will pick you up at centrally located hotels on foot.

If private van service is booked, please note that there will be a surcharge if your hotel is located outside of the city center or on the Asian Side.


  • Istanbul Cruise Port
  • Galata Port Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church 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
  • 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
  • Families with young children will be accompanied by kid-friendly tour guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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 Istanbul Tour?
A: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 Istanbul Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour?
A: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 Istanbul Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour?
A: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 Istanbul Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour?
A: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 Istanbul Tour.

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Great guide and tour!
, Jan 2022
Great tour and great guide. We participated in the 1-day tour and saw the main sites. Our guide was friendly, informative and great resource who was flexible and very accommodating. Recommend when you visit Istanbul with such rich history and culture.
BEST 7 Hours with a private guide exploring the Old City
, Jan 2022
Burak was our private tour guide for 7 hours in Istanbul. He met us at our hotel and rode with us in a taxi to Old Town. We saw and entered Hagia Sophia, saw the Blue Mosque (was under construction at the time), meandered through The Grand Bazzar, ogled at vendors in the Spice Market and soaked in an amazing view of the city from atop the hill just at sunset. In addition to the sites we were treated to Turkish coffee, sampled Turkish Delights, and ate at one of the most popular Meat Ball restaurants in the city. Burak made the city manageable for us by providing us background on the culture and current economic and political climate. Burak is also a registered Rick Steves’ tour guide, and is FANTASTIC in his depth of knowledge, relatability, and hosting abilities. I HIGHLY recommend requesting him if you are an American traveling through Istanbul. He gave us wonderful recommendations of city attractions for us to confidently fill our trip for the next few days. It was the best day of our trip in Istanbul.
Istanbul in one day
, Jan 2022
Oz was a fantastic guide and really provided a great 1-day experience of Istanbul. There is so much to see and do and Oz was very knowledgeable and highlighted the best places to see in 1 day.
Best tour I have ever taken.
, Dec 2021
This is easily the best tour I have ever taken.... and my family travels ALOT. Our guide Ceren is what made it so wonderful. Her english was perfect, but more importantly, her knowledge or history was INCREDIBLE. Seriously, she made this trip so amazing. Best. Tour. Ever.
Fantastic tour into the history of Istanbul
, Dec 2021
Really fabulous tour for our whole family thanks to our wonderful guide. Very informative and interesting from start to finish. Would highly recommend as a must do experience in Istanbul.
Great experience in Istanbul
, Dec 2021
Would recommend the guided tour as it gave us an in depth understanding of the history and places in Istanbul. Mustafa was our tour guide for our 2 day guided tour. He arranged our tour visits so places we visit were not crowded. He went above an beyond taking us to places that were of our interest. Would recommend the tour and Mustafa to friend and family. We did the tour with our little one and he was super patient to answer questions.
Turkey has a lot of history
, Dec 2021
Gizem the tour guide was wonderful. She was well versed in all the locations we went to, Spoke fantastic English, and was just an absolute joy to spend 2 days with.
Amazing tour!
, Dec 2021
The tour was great. Ceren, our guide, arrived promptly at our hotel and greeted us at the lobby. She was an excellent guide throughout the whole day, giving us the history behind each stop before we arrived and elaborating on all the details we had to see on site. Amazing tour guide!
Selçuk the Best Guide Istanbul!!!!
, Dec 2021
Have to say this was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had in any tour service. Our guide, Sal (Selçuk) was simply amazing. Extremely knowledgeable with all of the historical value and really managed our time in the best way. We’ve taken private tours all over the world and he really went out of his way to make our experience the best. If all of your personnel is like him, everyone is bound to have an amazing experience like us. This was our anniversary trip and he really made me look good :-) Highly recommend!!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great walking tour of old...
, Dec 2021
Great walking tour of old town. Guide (Selcuk) was very friendly, knowledgable of area and history and highly skilled in English. Would recommend him without hesitation.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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