Istanbul Private Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

7 reviews

Istanbul Private Guided Tour

From $70.63 per person

Go to all of the major sites in Istanbul on a private, full-day tour. Admire the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, see Topkapi Palace and learn about the Ottoman Empire, spend time exploring the Hippodrome, and do some shopping at the Grand Bazaar.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotel/port
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia
  • Learn about Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace
  • Go shopping and try out your bartering skills at the Grand Bazaar
  • Explore the Hippodrome and see the original structures that are still standing
Full description
Discover the highlights of Istanbul on a private full-day tour that takes in the major attractions. Begin with 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. Move on to the Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. It is the mosque's striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul's most iconic attractions. Continue to Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. See the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. You'll also get to check out the gazebo-like German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. Finally, stop at the Grand Bazaar; 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.
Includes
  • Fully-guided day tour
  • Professional guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Air-conditioned VIP Mercedes van
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • 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 will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • Please note, Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday and Topkapi palace is closed on Tuesday. When closed, these places will be replaced with Yerebatan underground basilica cistern
    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with spice bazaar
    • Please note that the Blue Mosque will be closed to visitors between March 1 2018 and May 15 2018 due to renovations. During this time there will be no interior visit to the mosque and can be seen from outside
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 / 5

    based on 7 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5
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    The tour could not have been successful without Nesli. Sure, we could have seen the same sights, but Nesli's personal touch all along the way made for a day that we'll never forget!

    February 14, 2020

    November 11, 2019

    Perfect !

    Our guide was really nice and devoted to us. Perfect level of French langage. I recommand her !

    September 24, 2017

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