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Tick through Istanbul’s highlights without hassles or getting lost, and with a guide to reveal their history on this tour. Admire and hear tales of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome that you’d probably miss alone, and clearly hear the guide’s commentary.
  • See Istanbul’s top sights on a full-day city tour
  • Cover the must-sees and discover detail not obvious if exploring alone
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and more, with a guide for navigation
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Your Private Guide Meets you at your Hotel
Local Payment: Entrance Fees and Lunch
Transportation (from/to hotel (unless you choose ''Book Private Guide and Van'' Option)

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Traveler pickup is offered
If you like to join this private tour from the Galata Port (Istanbul's only Cruise Port) Please follow these instructions: After you aboard the cruise ship please follow the City Center sign and you will see your private guide holding a sign with your name on it at the city center sign exit. If you use lift please press the ''G'' level, that will take you to the City Center Exit.

If you choose ''1 Day Private Guide Only Tour'' There wont be any vehicle your tour guide will meet you at your hotel or at the cruise port and you take a taxi with your tour guide at your own cost to get to the old city.


  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey


  • ISTANBUL PORT enterance, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note during the summer months and special holidays our tours do fill up quickly. We suggest you try to book as soon as you can, once your plans are firm.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Daily 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.

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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 Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR.
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR.
What is the social distancing policy during Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line: ISTANBUL PRIVATE TOUR.

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  • "Be advised that this is more of a walking tour so wear good shoes." See review


312 Reviews
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Istanbul private day tour
, Dec 2021
Ayse, the guide, was awesome. I’ve visited over 50 countries and taken many tours and i can easily say she is the best tour guide I’ve ever been with. Extremely knowledgeable, flexible and committed to giving my wife and i a great experience. She weaved historical narrative with day to day stories which really made the visit much more enjoyable. I couldn’t recommend her, or this tour, any higher. It was the highlight of this trip, by far.
Istanbul in one day!
, Dec 2021
My tour guide was amazing! She was knowledge about many historical places in Istanbul. She also had a good sense of humor.
Stop-over Tour of Old Istanbul
, Sep 2021
Superb experience with Unal, our exuberant and highly knowledgeable government licensed tour guide, covering all the highlights of Old Istanbul. Highly recommended for a stop-over visit to Istanbul.
, Oct 2019
Ayesha ma'am (our tour guide) is totally awesome! She gave us excellent knowledge about the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia etc. More importantly she paced the tour very well and made sure we went through the entire walk without tiring ourselves. She even helped out by recommending the other places to visit on Istanbul as per our tastes and interests. This is a must go tour as per me. It gives you a good idea about the history of Istanbul through the important buildings covered in the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Tour
, Aug 2019
Aişa was an awesome guide. I met with her and our group in the morning, then we started the tour at the blue mosque of Istanbul, Sultan's Palace, and Hogia Sophia. The Grand Bazaar was closed due to Eid celebration, so we ended the tour with and finally ended with a tour of basilica cistern. Highly recommend
Perfect Tour
, Aug 2019
People, this is the tour to select if wanting to see most of Istanbul in one day. After spending much time researching, I was extremely pleased with this selection. My tour guide, Ayse, was incredible - well informed on the history of Istanbul (Turkey) and a great person overall! She even recommended other sites to visit that were not the normal tourist spots. Lunch is included on this tour; and, as a vegetarian, I was satisfied with the alternative option. I noticed many other, larger, tour groups around the popular sites but I was glad to have chosen this company because the tour felt more personalized. It was also quicker/easier to get around from one site to another with a smaller group. Be advised that this is more of a walking tour so wear good shoes. My tour was on a Friday and the Blue Mosque is busier on Fridays due to Friday Prayer. Therefore, there was an option to visit Basilica Cistern (purchase entry ticket) or head to the Grand Bazaar and then try the Blue Mosque afterwards. I opted to visit the Cistern, which I recommend doing if time allows. After the Cistern, we visited the Grand Bazaar. Prices at the Grand Bazaar may not be as competitive as the shops elsewhere, near the mosques for instance. I also decided to visit the mosque on my own after the tour was over to take an afternoon break. I went 30 minutes before closing time. The line was not long but due to restoration of the Blue Mosque, you are unable to fully see the mosque as the main dome and part of the mosque are covered. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this tour to everyone!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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