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Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour with Hotel Transfer

Activity provider: Booking Guide Turkey

Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour with Hotel Transfer

Activity provider: Booking Guide Turkey

From US$ 71.21 per person

Discover the magic of Istanbul on a private 1 or 2-day walking tour. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Istiklal Street.

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Duration 7 hours - 2 days
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Arabic
Pickup included
Pickup is available from your hotel lobby in Istanbul.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia
  • Learn about Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace
  • Try out your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar
  • Tour the inside of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last Ottoman sultans
  • Admire the Bosphorus Bridge, which connects Europe and Asia
Full description

Explore Istanbul on a guided tour. Choose from a 1-day tour to top attractions like the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, or a 2-day tour with a cruise on the Bosphorus straight and a visit to the Dolmabahce Palace and Istiklal Street. Pick from a walking tour or a driving tour. 

Day 1 – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar

Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full-day walking tour that covers the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia Museum to the iconic Blue Mosque, to the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and a walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of 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 holds the position for the 4th largest dome. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Move on to the Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. The mosque’s 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.

Continue to 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 into the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. Visit the Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. See the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column, the 3 remaining monuments from the original building.

Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. Complete your day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handicraft 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.

Day 2 – Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Taksim

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 the Bosphorus and there are 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. From there, it is a 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area.

Includes
  • Guide
  • Pickup and drop-off (selected option)
  • Transportation
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Tripods

Know before you go

  • Please note the following closing times:
  • Grand Bazaar - Sundays
  • Hagia Sophia - Mondays
  • Topkapi Palace - Tuesdays
  • Dolmabace Palace - Mondays and Thursdays
  •  If the museum is closed on your chosen day, the local supplier will move the itinerary to the next available day. If not, they will replace the tour with a trip to the underground cistern or Galata tower.
  •  Your local guide will take you around by tram, train, ferry, taxi, and bus.
  •  A 1-way transportation ticket costs 3 TL, the equivalent of roughly 1 EUR.
  •  This tour always includes hotel or harbour pick-up and drop off, regardless of which option is selected.
  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 397 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Our guide was Coskun and he did an amazing job showing us around the city with the depth of knowledge he has of the city and its history. He was very patient with my mom who has knee issues and made sure she didn't get lost if she fell behind. Thank you so much for this experience!

July 7, 2022

We visited the city with our guide Linda Naon for two days, a very competent guide who knows this beautiful city very well. Don't buy anything in the Grand Bazaar it's all very very expensive, souvenirs like all other things cost much less outside. I recommend the tour on the Bosphorus so as to also know the Asian side of the city. See you soon Istanbul.

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June 20, 2022

A total of two extensive and interesting days. Everything was visited and explored as promised. I had an assertive guide who guided me past the queues of visitors here and there. I was actually given enough time everywhere, but here and there I had the impression of being pushed a bit (the guide didn't seem quite as relaxed and was more concerned with "working through" or ending the plan early). The pickup(s) and trips by bus always worked great and were well organized. The guide was sometimes a bit too calm for me or I would have liked to have learned a little more (always had to ask here and there).

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May 29, 2022

Product ID: 20889