Private tour

Istanbul: Full-Day Private Highlights Tour

Private tour

Istanbul: Full-Day Private Highlights Tour

From US$ 171.54 per person

Discover Istanbul with a private full-day tour. See Byzantine architecture at the Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome. Marvel at Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Do some shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please arrive in your hotel lobby 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. The guide will be holding a sign with your last name on it.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Visit the Topkapi Palace which was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans
  • View the Hagia Sophia, which was once the largest Christian church in the world
  • Walk through Grand Bazaar which has over 3600 shops
  • Admire Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • See the Hippodrome, German Fountain, and the Egyptian Obelisk
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Experience the top sights in Istanbul with this private full-day tour. Enter Topkapi Palace, learn about the Hagia Sophia, view the Egyptian and Constantine obelisks, see the Hippodrome and spend some time in the Grand Bazaar.

Stroll through the rooms of the Topkapi Palace where there were once harem ladies, eunuchs, pashas, viziers and concubines. See royal dresses, jewels, and porcelain. View the Topkapi dagger, the spoonmaker's diamond, and relics of John the Baptist.

Next, head to the Hagia Sophia to learn about how it was built and how it has transformed over the years. Continue to the Hippodrome where Byzantine emperors once enjoyed horse races. See the Egyptian and Constantine obelisks.

Drive to the German Fountain to hear about the alliance it represents. Visit the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, to find out why it is called the Blue Mosque. Finally stop at the Grand Bazaar to stroll through a colorful variety of carpets, craftworks, tiles, and crockery.

  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • City map
  • Headset
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities/tips

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

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We owe our wonderful day to our guide. The nice gentleman who spoke perfect German picked us up and brought us back to the hotel, we did everything on foot because our hotel was very central. After this tour I had the feeling that I know everything about Istanbul, which is to the guide's credit! It is a perfect tour to get to know Istanbul. Because I had health problems, I still need a nap in between. He fully understood, the poor man waited in the hotel lobby for two hours while my colleague and I slept. Luckily EM is, he said the time went by quickly, he was watching Match. He was so patient with us in the bazaar. Dear Mr. Özgür, you made our day unforgettable, we thank you endlessly for that, sorry and thank you very much for working overtime because of us, that is not to be taken for granted and is to be greatly appreciated. You should get a medal!

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November 29, 2022

A great experience. Oz as a private guide was really a big help in discovering the main cultural attractions. Discovery tour, history lesson and cultural introduction in one. We probably learned more on our first day in Istanbul than we would in several days alone and were able to continue exploring the city in a relaxed manner in the following time.

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June 5, 2022

Our guide Özgür deserves more than 5 stars It was individual and left nothing to be desired Thank you!!!!

May 15, 2022

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