Highlights of Istanbul Private Tour: 1 Day, 2 Day or 3 Day Private Tour

Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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  • Istanbul
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Overview

Situated between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a city of two continents. It has a timeless charm that takes you to a journey from modern Turkish republic to Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman eras.

Our optional day tour/s will take you to the wonders of this fascinating city with the local experts:

You explore all the highlights of the old city on Day 1. Visiting attractions are Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophia - Topkapi Palace - Hippodrome - Caferaga Madrasa - Grand Bazaar.

Second day covers Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Bosphorus Boat Tour, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower (outer visit) and Galata Bridge.

Third day takes you to the City Walls of Constantinople, Chora Museum, Fener, Balat, Greek patriarchate, Ayyub al Ansari Mosque, Pierre Loti Hill.

You have options to book only private tour guide OR guide and private vehicle according to the location of your hotel. We are looking forward to welcome you in the city of two continents!

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

The center for entertainment, amusement and sports in the city during the Roman and Byzantine Empires. The Egyptian Obelisk, the serpentine column and the German fountain of Willhelm II are sites to be visited.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, one of the most revered masterpieces of the Islamic world, is famous with its blue ceramic tiles and six minarets.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world, was used as a mosque during Ottomans and now serves as a museum.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Caferaga Medresesi, Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul Turkey

Located in the city center, Caferaga Medresesi is an exhibition hall with exhibits of art and music. The building was designed by Mimar Sinan, one of the most prominent architects of the Ottoman Empire, and originally served as a religious school. Today it hosts 15 halls decorated with works of students and Turkish artists.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

The former imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans and the oldest and the largest remaining palaces in the world. Today, it is used as a museum to exhibit works of art and many priceless artifacts. The harem section is not included in this tour.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world with more almost 4000 shops owing rich collection of handmade carpets, jewelery, leather and souvenirs.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The Spice Market is located in Eminonu, and it has very different scents and spices. The smells of cinnamon, pepper, and ginger make your mouth water. Here, you can buy saffron, thyme, cardamon, paprika, or mint leaves.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The mosque was built in honour of the grand vizier Rustem Pasha, by order of his wife Princess Mihrimah, Süleyman the Magnificent's daughter.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

You embark the public boat at Eminonu and take a tour around 2 hours. This tour will give you chance to see the summer palaces of the Ottoman Royal Family and beautiful houses of Istanbul.

Duration: 2 hours

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

Taksim Square is a major tourist and leisure district in the Istanbul suburb of Beyoglu. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network.

Duration: 1 hour

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

Istiklal Caddesi, the city’s main pedestrian boulevard, is lined with 19th-century buildings housing international shopping chains, movie theaters, and cafes. The dense network of side streets is filled with bars, antiques shops, and rooftop eateries with Bosphorus views.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

(Outer visit only) Considered one of the oldest towers in the world, Galata Tower is one of Istanbul’s most recognizable structures. Built in 1348 to protect the city from fires, it was later used as a prison and an observation tower.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Dolmabahçe Palace is one of the most important palaces in Turkey, located right on the shore of the Bosphorus. It was built in mid 19th century and served as a residence for the monarchs until the abolition of the sultanate in 1922. It has now been converted into a museum.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Galata Koprusu, Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425 Turkey

Galata Bridge is located on the natural harbour Golden Horn.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chora Museum, Kariye Mahallesi, Kariye Camii Sokak, No: 18 EdirnekapI Fatih, Istanbul 34087 Turkey

The Chora Church, also known as the Kariye Camii, was built in the Byzantine era. It is considered to be one of Istanbul’s best preserved monuments from that period. The mosaics and frescoes that adorn its interior are among the most well-preserved examples of Byzantine painting from the last period of East Roman art.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Balat, Istanbul Turkey

Balat is a neighborhood that is known as down-to-earth, with colorful houses and streets with cobble. The neighborhood has hip cafes and cutting edge galleries next to old school neighborhood grocery stores.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Fener & Balat, Fener & Balat, Istanbul

The former Greek neighborhood of Fener and nearby the old Jewish quarter of Balat have historical heritage that is very rich, as well as a very popular tourist zone of Istanbul.

Duration: 1 hour

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

The Church of St. George is a major Eastern Orthodox church located in Istanbul, Turkey, the largest city in Turkey and, as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire until 1453 and of the Ottoman Empire until 1922.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Walls of Constantinople (Istanbul City Walls), Istanbul Turkey

The Walls of Constantinople were constructed in the 5th century, under Emperor Theodosius II, as a means of defending the city from foreign invaders. They were later expanded and strengthened by the emperor Leo I.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pierre Loti Tepesi, Idris Kosku Cad. Eyup, Istanbul 34050 Turkey

Pierre Loti, a famous French writer, is reached on getting to this ridge on which the perfect view of Golden Horn can be watched.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Eyup Sultan Mosque, Cami Kebir Sk. No:1 Merkez Mh, Istanbul 34050 Turkey

This mosque is one of the most sacred important ones dedicated to Abu Ayyub al Ansari, one of the companions and standard-bearer of Prophet Muhammad.

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions
  • Licensed professional local tour guide
  • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby

Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Admission Fees for all the sites and museums as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Public transportation during the tour if needed
  • Personal expenses
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Chora Museum
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market will be closed during Religious Fest of Ramadan (2022 May 2-3-4), during Eid al Adha (2022 July 9-10-11-12) and on Republic Day (October 29)
  • Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays till 2 - 2.30 pm due to the Sermon. There is only outer visit on Fridays.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum is closed during the prayer times
  • This is a walking tour as all the highlights are located in a big pedestrian square and so close to each other.
  • Our tours fill up quickly during high season. Early bookings are highly recommended in the season (April-May-June-July-August-September-October).
  • If your hotel is in Sultanahmet area, you don't need to choose vehicle option.
  • This is a private tour for your group up to 8 people.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Sura Design Hotel & Suites, Alemdar, Ticarethane Sk. No: 13, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel if it is located at the city center or Galata port. If not, meeting point is the Sura Design Hotel at the old city.

For the centrally located hotels, your guide will pick you up on foot.

If you choose private vehicle option, please make sure that your hotel is located centrally. Otherwise there will be an extra charge for that.

Ports

  • Galata Port Istanbul



Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

6 to 7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

JamesW12

07 May, 2022

Great tour. Guide was very accommodating to our schedule and adjusted the itinerary for what we had already seen and had yet yo see.

57sierrab

23 Oct, 2021

Having a tour guide show us the city made our experience so much more special. Our tour guide Ali was so knowledgeable and delightful to spend the day with. I highly recommend him!

Daniel F

23 Oct, 2021

Ali is wonderful! Friendly, informative, flexible and very kind. I recommend him strongly as a tour guide and as an interesting person to meet during a stay in Istanbul

Patricia_L

25 Aug, 2019

We had a great day and learnt so much about Turkish history and culture through or guide Ozgur. He really took the time to explain things and adapt the tour to meet our needs. Highly recommended for a start into Istanbul!

Jessica_L

20 Jun, 2019

Ali was an absolutely fantastic tour guide - really friendly and hugely knowledgeable about Istanbul and it's history. Everything was really smooth and we were really looked after throughout. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting a introduction to the city!

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