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

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

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more
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Overview

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
Lunch
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.


Ports

  • 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
  • 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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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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star-5
Superb & Very Knowledgeable English Speaking Tour Guide
NenetteV_T
, Dec 2021
We have an amazing English speaking tour guide, Hakan. His english was excellent. He had access to a lot of information both historical and technical. He was also a pleasant companion. He was on time. Our tour was on foot as all of our destinations were close to our hotel.
star-5
Superb experience
JoseJohel_M
, Dec 2021
Bulut is the best ever! He is so knowledgeable of the history of the city of Istanbul. Always willing to explain and accommodate our needs in terms of preferences. When it comes to food he was also the best. He made our trip better! Super recommend him!
star-5
What an amazing day in Istanbul!
Laura_H
, Nov 2021
We were only in Istanbul two days, and wanted to make the most of our time. Our one day tour led by our guide Ozgur was amazing. The sites of the city are incredible, and our guide’s vast knowledge of the city and sites made the most of our very memorable experience. We highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Great private tour in Istanbul
Rick_N
, Nov 2021
This was an amazing private 2-day tour. We were 5 people in our group. Our guide Selçuk is very knowledgeable of the history and the city, and he shared with us information obtained in his 25 years of experience being a professional guide. He is professional and he answered all the million questions we asked about the city. Istanbul is a great (and huge) city and probably it would take months to explore it in detail, but this tour gave us a glimpse of the most significant landmarks in the city. I would recommend this tour to family and friends.
star-5
Semih very helpful!
Nadia_A
, Nov 2021
Semih was very helpful and a very knowledgeable tour guide. He knew all the history very well. He showed us all the places we wanted to see including some local areas.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommendable!
AnaMaria_A
, Nov 2021
We booked a three day private tour for Istanbul and was the very best decision made. Our tour operator Hakan was great...Not only did he speak great English but he was very knowledgeable! He took us everywhere from the old city to the newer part of the Istanbul as well as to the Asia part. We visited the most important places, Hakan took the time to explain the culture and the history. We walked the city, took the metro and the tram...he also recommended great restaurants. He was a real pleasure through out the three days.
star-5
Best tour and Ugur is the best tour guide!
Sirus_T
, Nov 2021
What an absolutely amazing experience on our first day in Istanbul. We had thé pricked get if having Ugur as our price a guide through Istanbul. We decided to add the additional private van which was definitely nice during high traffic times, and not being crammed on public buses that were packed. Ugur was sooo knowledgeable about everything, whether the old history of Istanbul or even recent things that just happen. Any question I asked, he was able to answer. The was very prompt to pick us up at our hotel. He outlines the day and got right to taking us on the tour. We walked 14k steps that day and saw some unbelievable things. Ugur helped us skip a lot of the lines because he is an official tour guide with a license from the Turkish government. We never felt rushed and were able to see everything and more! We started our day at 10:30am and finished at 6pm. Ugur was even ready to show us more, but we were pretty tired. I would recommend everyone spend their first day taking the Best of Istanbul tour and if possible, ask for Ugur!
star-5
Great tour of Istanbul, chilled pace whilst packing it all in
Alia_B
, Nov 2021
Informative and enjoyable experience - great way to get the most of out of your time in Istanbul, if short on time. Skipping the lines was a real bonus, as we were able to get in and out of the sites efficiently, and pack in a lot in the day, whilst taking a relaxed pace. Our guide Kemal was chilled, knowledgable and really lovely. He catered the experience to our pace and to our preferences.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Oscar the guide made the tour next level enjoyable.
oliver_e
, Oct 2021
Oscar (Ozugar perhaps in Turkish) was such an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable, smily and patient. He made the trip next level as the places obviously speak for themselves.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour of Istanbul
Paul_H
, Oct 2021
Attached is a picture of Hakan with us at the Murver Restaurant after a great day of sightseeing in the "Old Town" of Istanbul. Hakan was a delight to be with! He was very knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor, and "went the extra mile" to make sure that we enjoyed our visit!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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