ISTANBUL BEST Private Guided FullDay City Tour (CRUISEPORT-HOTEL) | La Vacanza Travel


Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Destination: Turkiye, Turkiye, Istanbul

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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


This is a great private guided tour which will enhance your point of view of Ottomans vs Byzantines. It's not only a tour from the past but also an outlook on the future.

•Hippodrome where used to organize chariot races with its Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent and Constantine Obelisk and German Fountain.

•Visit the famous Sultanahmet Mosque, as Blue Mosque due to its magnificent interior decoration of royal Iznik tiles

• Face the highlight of the earth, St. Sophia built in 537 A. D.

• See Topkapi Palace where the great empire was ruled

•See Underground Cistern where Dan Brown's book ''INFERNO '' ended up. and Second Oldest Movie of James Bond " from Russia with love"

•Finalize the day at the famous Grand Bazaar with 4000 shops.

• Get the personalized experience of a private tour with private guide

• Make the Best of your limited time in
Istanbul by saving memories.

• Learn about Turkish handicrafts ( carpet, leather and Tiles)

• Transportation depends on option selected

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

The Hagia Sophia, also known as Ayasofya in Turkish, is a famous historic building located in oldtown Istanbul. It was originally built as the biggest cathedral in the world by Byzantine Empire in the 6th century and later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. The building is renowned for its massive dome and beautiful mosaics that reflect its rich history and architectural significance. In 1935, it was converted into a museum and in 2020, it was reconverted into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality.The Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all around the world.

Duration: 1 hour

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

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a historic mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Sultan Ahmed I. The mosque is known for its stunning architecture, with its six minarets and beautiful blue tiles adorning the interior, which give it the nickname "Blue Mosque." It is a popular tourist attraction and a significant symbol of Istanbul's skyline.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The Hippodrome of Constantinople, also known as the Sultanahmet Square, is an ancient chariot racing track and the sporting and social center of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Located in present-day Istanbul. the site is now a public square known for its historical significance and the remnants of its ancient structures.

The Hippodrome was a major venue for chariot races and other public events during the Byzantine era. It was adorned with monuments and sculptures, some of which still stand today, including the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpent Column, and the Column of Constantine. These monuments are important relics from the Roman and Byzantine periods and provide a glimpse into the city's rich history.

Today, the Hippodrome area is a popular tourist destination and a public space where visitors can explore the ancient ruins, learn about the historical and cultural heritage of Constantinople and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of modern Istanbul.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The Topkapi Palace is a grand and historically significant palace located in Istanbul. It served as the primary residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. The palace complex is known for its stunning architecture, beautiful courtyards, and extensive collections of art, manuscripts, and other treasures.

The Topkapi Palace consists of several interconnected courtyards and buildings, including the Imperial Harem, where the sultan's family resided. The palace also houses the Treasury, which contains an impressive collection of priceless jewels, including the famous Spoonmaker's Diamond and Topkapi Dagger.

Today, the Topkapi Palace is a popular museum and a major tourist attraction, offering visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Ottoman sultans and the rich history of the empire. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, drawing visitors from around the world to explore its magnificent grounds and learn about its fascinating past.

Duration: 2 hours

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

Basilica Cistern Museum is one of the most important cultural assets where we can trace the traces of glorious Istanbul history. This grand underground cistern, built by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I (527-565), is nicknamed “Yerebatan Sarayı” (Sunken Palace) among the public due to its numerous marble columns rising from the water. It is also known as “Bazilika Sarnıcı” (Basilica Cistern) by some, as it was built on the site of the former Stoa Basilica, which was a basilica.

the Basilica Cistern visited by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Impresive Roman empire structure as featured in Dan Brown's novel, "Inferno" and James Bond "From Russia with Love"

The Basilica Cistern is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all around the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Unique time to Discover Turkish Handcrafts ( Turkish Carpets, Leathers, ceramics) shopping opportunities

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar, also known as the Kapalıçarşı, is one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets, located in the heart of Istanbul. Dating back to the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar is a sprawling complex of over 60 streets and alleys, housing more than 4,000 shops and stalls.

The bazaar is a vibrant and bustling place, offering a wide array of goods, including jewelry, carpets, textiles, ceramics, spices, leather goods, and traditional Turkish crafts. It's a paradise for shoppers looking for unique souvenirs and gifts.

The architecture of the Grand Bazaar is a sight to behold, with its labyrinthine layout, vaulted ceilings, and colorful displays. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of Istanbul as they wander through the maze of shops and interact with local merchants.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Bilgins Leather & Fur Cağaloğlu, Mollafenari, Bab-ı Ali Cd. No:5, 34120 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

Biggest Leather and Carpet Producer in Turkey. Traditional shopping opportunities.

Pass By: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Home to some of Istanbul’s most recognizable attractions, the Sultanahmet District is an ideal place to explore the city’s complex history. With the rose-colored Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) sitting across from the six minarets of the Blue Mosque and down the street from the energetic Grand Bazaar, this neighborhood packs in a wealth of culture.

  • Professional Private Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Fast Track Ticket Avaliable
  • We will skip the line to buy the tickets for Topkapi palace and Basilica Cistern
  • Guide will meet you at central Istanbul Hotels, Airbnb Locations or ISTANBUL CRUISE PORT GALATAPORT
  • Unique time to discover Turkish Handicrafts Traditional Shopping Opportunities at BILGINS

  • Lunch
  • Full Day Vehicle or Transfer (Depends on option selected)
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Gratuities (suggested)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays can be replaced with alternatives.
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays can be replaced with Spice Market.
  • Ladies should bring scarf to cover heads
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour guide will meet you at Istanbul Hotels, Airbnb Locations or ISTANBUL CRUISE PORT (GALATAPORT- Sali Pazari). there are 3 options:

1) Guided tour

2) Guided tour with Transfers ( pick up and Drop off included)

3) Guided tour with Full Day Vehicle. ( Full day vehicle, Airport Transfer and tour, Customizable tour, Pick up and Drop off included)

We COLLECT the all tourist from their places. If location is not centrally located, please contact the operator.

ıf you want to meet with Guide in a location. meeting point is the front of Serpent column (Yılanli sutun).


  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkiye


  • Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


6 to 8 hours

User's Reviews


01 Feb, 2024

Very nice tour. We were picked up in a van at our hotel and transported to the area where we started our tour. We saw all the big sights and received lots of valuable insights and historical information. Our guide was very kind and did a nice job explaining things to us. His English was very good and we enjoyed our time with him.


23 Jan, 2024

Caner was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable, kept a pace that worked for us, and he was so much fun. This is the perfect tour to do to see the best sites in Istanbul. We were only there for a day and we got so much out of our time with Caner.


10 Jan, 2024

Best experience , my history obsession cane alive with Buraks knowledge and passion. Not only was he knowledgeable but also so fun and took his time while I shopped and spoke to locals. Best experience and will definitely be back and request Burak again.


03 Jan, 2024

This turned out to be a 1x1 private tour instead of a group. The licence tour guide Caner Oztekin was nothing but brilliant. Highly experienced and gave us a tour that really suits our pace and liking. We are pretty laid back and just have average expectations. He did his very best to accommodate. Well worth the asking price for a day tour.


03 Jan, 2024

Great job. He was very accommodating to the family. We were able to skip the lines and got to see more in less time. Thank Matt!

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