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Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

4.5 / 5

13 reviews

Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

From $175.43 per group up to 2

See the Ottoman, Byzantine and everyday sights of Istanbul with a private guide for 1-3 days, in your own language. Discover Ottoman palaces and Byzantine ruins, go to the Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern, or explore the Spice Market at your own pace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 7 hours - 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Arabic
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul, or from the sea port. Please provide details on booking
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the sights of Istanbul according to your own schedule
  • Book a private guide, with or without transport, for 1-3 days
  • Marvel at the exqusite Ottoman palaces of Dolmabahce Palace and Topkapi Palace
  • Get lost in the maze and aromas of the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
  • Choose what you want to see and for how long
  • Discover old Ottoman houses made of wood on the shores of the Bosphorus
  • Admire Byzantine frescoes in the Chora Museum
  • Wander the Karaköy quarter and see the Medieval Galata Tower
  • Enter the mysterious subterranean Basilica Cistern
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Private guide for 1, 2 or 3 days (depending on option booked)
  • Private driver (if option booked)
  • Pre-reserved entrance tickets
  • Transportation (if private vehicle not booked)
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Lunches
  • Tips and personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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Friendly accomodating and informative

Mr S. Ugur was just so wonderful with our twins who are only 4. He not only did his job well but also helped carry and cart the kids around especially in a city that requires a lot of walking. He took us to a few targeted shopping places where we wanted to but some stuff.

October 3, 2018

Knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic guide takes you to all the musts

Hakan showed up promptly at our hotel, enquired about our interests, and then suggested an intinerary to suit us. We walked all around the historical sites of Istanbul during 8 hours (with breaks for lunch and turkish tea, of course), while Hakan told us all about them. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer pretty much all our questions, however off-topic! Can definitely recommend this as you get tailor made sightseeing at your own pace.

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May 25, 2015

Excellen tour to discover the city.

We had a nice tour with our private guide who explained everything about the city. Was very polite to even our nonsense questions. Having a private guide let us to discover the things more easy. No time to loose to get the tickets an d to find the way of visit. With our guide everthing was so easy.

July 24, 2014

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