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

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

Explore Istanbul according to your own interests on a tailor-made sightseeing tour. A licensed guide will meet you in your hotel or port and work with you to create an itinerary that suits you best, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern on the first day. On day two, take the public ferry to Bosphorus to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. From here, visit Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and the spice market. Day three takes you on a walk through the streets of Fener-Balat neighboorhood. Enjoy a cable car ride and soak up views of Pierre Loti Hill, then visit Chora Church to see the mosaics and frescoes.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

2. Istanbul: Full-Day Golden Horn & Bosphorus Tour

Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop-on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople, the Chora Church and the Castle of Seven Towers await. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman Empire and as the head of the Ottoman Empire.  Then, board the boat and cruise around the Bosphorus Strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. This romantic cruise along the Bosphorus will allow you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas, bridges and all the wonderful and unique maritime landscapes.

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Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace and Uskudar Guided Tour

3. Istanbul: Dolmabahçe Palace and Uskudar Guided Tour

Set off in your vehicle right from your hotel and drive over the first intercontinental bridge connecting Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus Bridge was built in 1973 and the length between its two legs is 1074 meters. At the time of its construction, it was the fourth-longest suspension bridge of the world. Explore the Ottoman mosques of Uskudar neighbourhood. After a photo stop, you will cruise along the suspension bridge before arriving at Dolmabahçe Palace. Explore the Dolmabahçe Palace, an architectural jewel in the heart of Istanbul. On Mondays, the palace is closed and will be replaced by Chora Museum. Led by a guide with specialist knowledge of the 19th Century Ottoman period, listen to the stories behind this luxurious building. Built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 and 1856, the Palace is a mixture of Turkish and French influences. The exquisite and luxurious tastes of the era are evident everywhere you look. This palace boasts 285 rooms, 6 baths, 68 toilets and a ceiling made from 14 tons of gold. Splendid bohemian chandeliers adorn nearly every room and the famous crystal staircase is another example of the era’s decadence.

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Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

4. Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

Discover the extraordinary sights of Istanbul according to your own itinerary with a private guide for 1-3 days. Straddling 2 continents on the Bosphorus Straits, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and later Ottoman Empire. Today it’s the largest city in Turkey, and one of the most populous cities in the world with about 15 million inhabitants. Choose the attractions you want to see according to your own schedule, and avoid getting lost in the crowd. Guides can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days, with the option to add on private transportation to transfer you from location to location at speed. Must-see monuments include the iconic Blue Mosque, former mosque of the Hagia Sophia, and stunning subterranean Basilica Cistern. Soak up the exciting atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, and the enticing aromas of the Spice Market. Learn the history of Istanbul at Ottoman palaces, such as Dolmabahce Palace, and the former residence of the sultans at Topkapi Palace. Go to the imperial Suleymaniye Mosque, or admire the 17th-century Yeni Cami (New Mosque). See the Medieval Galata Tower in the Karaköy quarter, or the Byzantine frescoes of the Chora Museum. Explore some of Istanbul’s fabled neighborhoods, such as Taksim, and wander down busy Istiklal Street. Enjoy picturesque views from Pierre Lottie Hill. Discover the remains of the old city walls, or go to the Archaeology Museum to see ancient Islamic art and Roman artifacts. These are just a few of the things you can do on your tour. A guide will be provided in the language of your choice. By request the guide can assist with pre-booking tickets to the most popular attractions.

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From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

5. From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to Evsen Hotel. The next day, you will have a tour of the old city of Istanbul including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul at Evsen Hotel. On day 3, embark on a Bosphorus boat trip and see the city walls, Dolmabahce Palace or Chora Church and tour the Spice Market. After your tour, you will transfer back to the airport and fly to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer from your airport to a hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Ilayda Avantgarde. Visit Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House and the Temple of Artemis. Overnight in Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde. On day 5, tour Pamukkale and Hierapolis with an overnight stay at the same location. The next day, tour the Pergamon and Asklepion or Priene, Miletos and Didyma.  Transfer to Izmir Airport and fly to Cappadocia. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer from the airport to your hotel and overnight stay in Elysee Cave House. Your tour of Cappadocia over the span of 2-days will include the following sights: Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Göreme Open Air Museum, Derinkuyu Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastry. After the tour, transfer to the airport to fly to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to your hotel with an overnight stay at Evsen Hotel. Finally, transfer the to airport for your return flight.

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Istanbul: 6-Hour Byzantine Tour Along the Golden Horn

6. Istanbul: 6-Hour Byzantine Tour Along the Golden Horn

Want to discover the Istanbul of Byzantine Constantinople? Have you finished the famous sites in Sultanahmet and ready to walk in areas where tourists do not go? Then this Byzantine Istanbul (Constantinople) tour along the Golden Horn will be the perfect choice for you. The vastness of the vision and boldness of the design of Byzantine era Constantinople is expressed through the Hagia Sophia located in Sultanahmet but medieval Constantinople around the Golden Horn offers more information. Poke around forgotten corners just over this hauntingly beautiful inlet – the Golden Horn and walk to see Constantinople before the Ottoman Conquest of 1453. Your Byzantine Istanbul Constantinople tour will start with a ferry ride from Eminonu or Karakoy zigzaging both sides of the Golden Horn to end in Ayvansaray. Ayvansaray is where Constantinople officially ended, so you’ll see and walk along the mighty Byzantine walls of Theodosius from the 5th century. Your first visit will be to an extraordinary Greek Orthodox Church – Mary Blachernae. The only church in the whole world where there’s a service on a Friday morning. Built on a sacred water source, the church is a pilgrimage site for the Greek people in Istanbul. Climb the 7th hill of Istanbul as you make your way to one of the oldest Byzantine palaces from the 13th century (Tekfur Sarayi). The highlight of the trip will be the famous Chora, the Byzantine marvel of mosaics and frescoes. Then, walk your way back through Balat which houses one of Istanbul’s surviving mediaeval synagogues and trendiest houses that are now enjoying their second or even third type of use. In Fener, you will see the Greek Orthodox patriarchate housing a column, which is believed to have been used for the binding and flogging of Jesus in Jerusalem.

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Istanbul Byzantine Monasteries Full-Day Tour with Lunch

7. Istanbul Byzantine Monasteries Full-Day Tour with Lunch

If you are fan of Byzantine Art and civilization and want to know more about Byzantium Empire, then this is the tour for you. Istanbul is the capital of the Byzantium Empire that rocked the world from the 4th to the 15th centuries. Today, walk in the footsteps of the Byzantine rulers who once called Istanbul home. Visit the St. Polyeuktos church ruins, Pantokrator Church, Aspar Cistern, Pammakaristous Church (Fethiye Camii), the Chapel of St. John the Forerunner,the Monastery of St. Saviour in Chora, and Tekfur Palace on this incredible walking tour. Byzantine art and civilization paved the way for the Renaissance and modern world as we know it today. The center of this empire rested right beneath your feet, and on your walking tour of Istanbul's greatest Byzantine heritage sights, your guide will point out the monasteries and ruins of Constantinople. You will discover mystery and legend buried deep in these stone houses, cisterns, dungeons, and palaces.

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Istanbul Half-Day Historic Tour of Byzantium

8. Istanbul Half-Day Historic Tour of Byzantium

This 4-hour tour takes you back to the days when Istanbul was capital of the Byzantine Empire, a period of more than 1,000 years, from the 4th to the 15th-Century AD. You will start at the natural naval harbor of the Byzantines, named the Golden Horn due to its hornlike shape and golden reflection under sunshine when viewed from the hill tops. Visit the Patriarchate at Fener, the seat of Orthodox Christianity after Constantine The Great declared Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. Continue to the Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin, famed for its “Hagiasma” (holy water) and the “Hagion Lousma” (sacred bath). You will stop at St. Savior in Chora, now the Kariye Museum, but originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes that portray scenes from the bible. Next you will go to Anemas Dungeons, part of the Blachernae Palace and unique in the world for its architectural structure. Used as a prison for high ranking statesmen, it consisted of 14 separate dungeons, each with 2 basements below sea-level. Tour Tekfur Palace, built in the 12th-Century, adjacent to the city walls, and the only surviving pavilion of the Blachernae Palace. Finally you will see the remains of the 5th-Century Byzantine city walls, which surrounded the acropolis of Byzantium and were 13 miles (22 kilometers) long, with 96 towers and 9 main gates.

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Istanbul Classics and Highlights: Full Day with Lunch

9. Istanbul Classics and Highlights: Full Day with Lunch

Istanbul is a city filled with exotic sights and sounds, and there is no better way to explore its mystery and intrigue than with a local guide. Visit the best of Istanbul and explore the stories and history that makes this Turkish city so fascinating. Start at the iconic Hagia Sophia museum to see its magnificent minarets and mosaics. Your guide will point out the most fascinating parts of this building before taking you to see the German Fountain; a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II. Here your guide will explain the historical context of Istanbul, from Ancient Roman times to today's metamorphosis into a bustling metropolis. Next, stop at the Topkapi Musuem to see Ottoman relics and prized Muslim garments. Stroll around the Topkapi Museum's graceful courtyards, then head to Hagia Irene Church to see its stunning architecture from the outside. End your day with a lively visit to the Grand Bazaar for your fill of shopping and people watching. The final places of interest are Caferaga Medrese and Sogukcesme Street.

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Istanbul: Off-the-Beaten-Track Museums Tour

10. Istanbul: Off-the-Beaten-Track Museums Tour

Your first stop will be the Suleymaniye Mosque, which was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past. Driving along the city walls will end at one of the oldest and most important churches in the city, the Church of Chora, which has fascinating wall paintings telling the life of Christ in an historical order. Even though the building itself is small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being found at the borders of the city and welcoming the visitors. Today the environment is restored and this is a good place to spend time with local artisans and wooden houses. After the church, you will have a tea and coffee break at one of the most splendid spots of Istanbul, with beautiful views over the Golden Horn and Pierre Loti Hill. Following this you will resuming driving along the shores of the Golden Horn through the towns Fener and Balat, which are the old Greek and Jewish living sites. Fener Orthodox Patriarchate is in this area as well.  Following lunch, your next destination will be the Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous for the great collection of European antiquity, furniture, and a 4.5 ton chandelier. This will be your last stop, and after this visit you will be driven back to your hotel.

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based on 203 reviews

Our guide was punctual, flexible, polite, knowledgeable w good command of English. We discussed my wishes before the trip and he was able to show us everything. We went to see Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topika Palace first courtyard, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, and a few sights along the Main Street leading to Taksim Square. It was interesting to see the old and the new parts of Istanbul. We did a lot of walking, along w tram and metro. My kids who are teenagers got a bit bored half way. This is my first private tour, it delivered my expectation as i only had one day. However compared to free guided tour guides which i had quite a few tours with in various cities, I have to say the free guides are more animated and have a lot more interesting stories to keep the group excited and concentrated at all time. Cost aside, take a private guide if you want a customized tour w lot of personal attention. Go w the free tour if you want more animation.

Wowwwwwww i am blown away with this experience. Murat has been the best tour guide ive had in turkey and probably the best around the world. His knowledge is amazing, speaks Spanish perfect. His attention to details is amazing. He is so professional and well spoken. He treated us like family and never rush or nothing. He was very punctual in everything. I will miss turkey and my friend murat which we had for 3 days. This 3 days of turkey in spanish was a life long memory i will always cherish. Murat and turkey the best. Highly recommended. Do yourself a favor get this tour and ask for murat.

My experience with the chosen tours has been magnificent, mainly due to the professionalism of the assigned guide Bulut who has shown me all the important monuments at my own pace, without haste and with a perfect language since not all guides speak Spanish as well as he does. I will recommend this company and especially this Bulut guide to all my friends in Spain. It is important to be able to establish good communication with the guides and for that, the training, education and knowledge of Bulut have been fundamental to improve my experience in Istanbul. Thanks for everything Bulut

Outstanding 3 days with Semih as my guide to Istanbul, saw all the major sites, but also lots of places that I probably wouldn't have got to without a guide. Semih's had lots of information on each site, and I came away with a much better understanding of the history of the city. This was the best way to get to learn about the city

An unforgettable, impressive experience. Tour guide Ayla is just SENSATIONAL .... I can only recommend it !!