Multi-day trip

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

Activity provider: Unique Ephesus Tour
Multi-day trip

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

Activity provider: Unique Ephesus Tour

From US$ 184.75 per group up to 2


See the sites of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized 1, 2, or 3-day tour with a guide. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Hagia Sophia.

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Duration 6.5 hours - 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup included
Get picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Istanbul or from the port.
Private group


  • Create a sightseeing tour of Istanbul that suits your interests
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires
Full description
Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attraction you'll visit on your tour include: The Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the "Sultanahmet" Mosque has striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Hippodrome is the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name — in Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed," and bahce means "garden". Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it's an interesting and scenic 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Possible Itinerary for each day of the tour: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal, Galata Tower Day 3: Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener/Balat Districts, Pierre Loti Hill
  • 1, 2 or 3 day tour
  • Licensed guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotel or port
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Transportation (unless option booked)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, and Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, starting from October.
  • The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2021 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 204 reviews

Review summary

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Istanbul is a beautiful, cultrure-rich, and gastronomy-heaven for those seeking a unique Mediterranean experience. Truly a good mix of Europe and Asia in one place. People were nice and helpful too. Something for the books and worth coming back to! For first timers, using a guide was essential to know the true local scene and history. GetYourGuide assigned guide, Mehmet G, was truly informative and made us feel welcome!

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March 5, 2023

We had such an amazing two days with our private tour with Cicek. She was very knowledgeable about the city, friendly and the places where we went were magical and unique. Thanks to her, we have fallen in love with the city and its culture. She can easily adapt to your plan or changes you want to make throughout the day. After 2 days, we found a friend and we recommend her 1000000% Thank you so much Cicek Ale & Vane

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December 9, 2022

It was great especially the tour guide. He was knowledgeable, adopt to our needs, and fexible. The only surprise there was no transportation provided. When i book this arrangement it says pick up and drop included - but it means pick up and drop by the tour guide without the transportation, so you have to take a cab to go to the places and you have to pay for it. So weird!

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December 6, 2022

Product ID: 149036