Istanbul in 1,2 or 3 Day Private Guided Tour with Highlights and Hidden Gems

7 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 8
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Whether you are interested in history, architecture, culture or cuisine while exploring highlights or hidden gems of Istanbul our very well-made itinerary for 1, 2 or 3 days private guided tour has you covered ! Istanbul: no other city on earth straddles two continents -Europe and Asia- and has been home to three great empires (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman). We will discover Hagia Sophia, visit Topkapi Palace, stroll through Grand Bazaar and enjoy the beauty of Blue Mosque. In a city like this, it's important to have an experienced local guide who can help you to navigate, all the while ensuring you the most personal experience possible. We will sometimes use a ferry and sometimes subway or tram to navigate through the city. Don't forget that the best way of exploring a new city is to use public transport or walking.

• Skip-the-Line Access to the Museums
• Well-Made Itinerary for 1, 2 or 3 Days Private Guided Tour
• Customize the itinerary according to your interest
• Taste Local Food


  • Private Tour
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Local Taxes

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

TOPKAPI PALACE, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is famous for its collections of treasury of the Ottoman Royal Family. You will chase the memories of the sultans and the Ottoman Empire through 400 years of the most glorious victories, happiest moments, and mournful days.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

HAGIA SOPHIA is a 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, welcomes you with its legends and mosaics. You will have a chance to touch the history of this church, a main attraction of the city since its construction.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkiye

Basilica Cistern is the largest underground water reservoir from the Byzantine period. This 6th century underground cistern became famous with the Medusa heads on the inside.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkiye

HIPODROME: The former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

GRAND BAZAAR is both the oldest and the biggest covered bazaar in the world. Your guide will provide the history of the Bazaar as well as some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4000 shops.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

This mosque, constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan in 1557, is regarded as the most beautiful of all imperial mosques.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

BLUE MOSQUE, also known as the Sultanahment Mosque is one of the biggest mosques and principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline. It was built in the 17th century. Once inside the mosque, blue Iznik tiles and stained glass will surround you.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

This market is famous for Turkish delights and spices.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Bosphorus Cruise. Bosphorus is a unique natural water strait both sides of which filled in Palaces, Yalis ( old Ottoman Houses), historical mosques and many other buildings and many neighbourhoods with their own unique cultures.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Rustem Pasha Mosque, 62 HasIrcIlar Carsisi Eminonu, Istanbul Turkiye

Rustem Pasha is famous for the most beautiful examples of Ottoman Tile art pieces adorning it’s walls on the inside.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, Caferaga Mahallesi Kadikoy, Istanbul Turkiye

Kadikoy is probably the most vibrant and local district of Istanbul.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Uskudar Pier, Uskudar, Istanbul Turkiye

District in the Asian side of Istanbul.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Taksim Square, Gumussuyu Mh., Istanbul 34435 Turkiye

Main square of Istanbul.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dolmabahce Palace, Visnezade Mahallesi Dolmabahce Cd, Istanbul 34357 Turkiye

This palace, constructed between 1843 and 1858 by Sultan I Abdulmecit, contains eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkiye

We will see GALATA TOWER from outside.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Karakoy, Karakoy, Istanbul

The commercial site of old Istanbul.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkiye

The largest underground water reservoir from the Byzantine time. This 6th century underground cistern became famous with the Medusa heads located in one corner of the cistern.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Istiklal Caddesi, Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkiye

ISTIKLAL STREET is where locals like to hang out.The architecture of the buildings in that area will remind you of French style, and the street was once called Rue de Pera by it’s French residents.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkiye

BALAT is where you will enjoy the most authentic houses of Istanbul.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Balat Mahallesi, Murselpasa Cd. No:10, Istanbul 34087 Turkiye

This is a unique church which is fully made of iron.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Fener Rum Patrikhanesi, Dr. SadIk Ahmet Cd. No:44 Yavuz Sultan Selim Mahallesi, Istanbul 34083 Turkiye

This is the Petriarchate of the Orthodox.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Dolmabahce Palace will be visited instead.
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Spice Market will be visited instead.
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market will be closed in 2022 in the following dates; May 02/03/04-Ramadan Celebrations. July 09/10/11/12-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
  • We have Kid-Friendly Tour Guides in our team.
  • For the cruise passengers public transportation (tram) is strongly recommended due to heavy traffic in/around the old city. By the tram the old city takes only 10 minutes. Please book the tour accordingly
  • If you book the tour with a private van, please beware that extra charges may apply if your hotel/apartment is located in the Asian Side or far from the city center.
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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April 2023

She is a terrific guide…best possible experience. Knowledgable about places and history…I ask lots of questions and my day was like a College course in history, architecture, and cultural and geopolitical realities then and now….and fun, good sense of humor to boot. Mine should be considered the ...

March 2023

Very knowledgeable, very proud of his heritage and flexible enough to alter the itinerary in case of crowds or disruptons

March 2023

Our tour guide Cemil (Jamil) was just absolutely amazing. He was incredibly knowledgeable, funny and treated us like family! Make sure he takes you to his favorite kofta/kebob shop that has been open for decades!

February 2023

Good food, important historical sights, fantastic location and two continents. Visit the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the location of the Roman Hippodrome, and Roman Cistern and Roman Aqueduct. Fabulous restaurants await in the old city and on the Asian side of Istanbul. Dine...

Nirat S
May 2022

We reached out to Semih and he arranged for a full day tour in Istanbul with our guide Gul. Gul was very informative (she is an Archeology major) and managed to cover a lot of Istanbul to-do lists that we had in those 7 hours. She was very friendly and helpful throughout. We covered all the sig...

Agnes K
May 2022

We didn’t have much time in Istanbul so we decided to get a private tour. Semih was a wonderful guide. He was great company and very knowledgeable about his city and it’s history. A day with Semih made our short trip immensely enjoyable.

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