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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Take a hassle-free tour of Istanbul's most famous attractions with your own private guide to lead the way. You'll enjoy personalized attention on your private tour of magical Istanbul and its signature sights: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.


  • Full-day private tour of Istanbul and its main attractions
  • Superb Blue Mosque
  • Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
  • Underground Cistern
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping heaven in the Grand Bazaar
  • Lunch included
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your English-speaking guide on this special private tour
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace interior, Istanbul

On this tour you will visit the following historic sites:

Blue Mosque:
Just across from the Hippodrome, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Hagia Sophia:
One of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world, this former basilica and mosque is now the Saint Sophia Museum. Many historians have nominated it as the 8th wonder of the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics.

Underground Cistern:
The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern, located 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Topkapi Palace:
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience.

Hippodrome and Obelisk:
The Hippodrome was once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. Today it is a city park called the Horse Grounds (At Meydanı) because of its function in Ottoman times. The Hippodrome includes the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.

Grand Bazaar:
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations.)

*On Mondays from (October 20, 2015) when Hagia Sophia is closed, this visit will be replaced with a similar museum.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tibet our guide was great!! We had a group of 8 and she explained everything for us, walked at a pace that all could follow and was very accommodating. Lunch was very good. Would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We are very pleased with the entire tour. The pick up vehicle was luxurious and the english speaking guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We have a wonderful day and the lunch was also very delicious especially the baklava. Thanks Viator! Keep up the quality

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tibet, our guide was fantastic. She was at our hotel right on time, and gave us a memorable tour of the old section of Istanbul.
Her commentary/descriptions etc were just right. Not too much to overwhelm us, but all the interesting information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I loved how knowledgeable my guide was. She asked me questions in the beginning to tailor the tour around what information I wanted out of the tour. She did not rush through any of the buildings. Lunch was authentic Ottoman cuisine great food. I was impressed with the whole tour. I plan on returning to Turkey to spend more time exploring more of this wonderful city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A fabulous tour for Anyone visiting for the first time. Omar was so knowledgeable, the trip began on time and everything was brilliant

Fantastic to say it all !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Ask for Umer Omar! Very knowledgeable and patient. He comfirms eveything for the next stop while you are ar the current one so there isnt a lot wasted time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was truly outstanding. Derya was our guide, and she was amazing in all aspects: very knowledgeable, as you would expect, but she also clearly tailored the day to our interests and likes. She seemed to know when to stay with us and talk about the history and architecture and surroundings and when to give us some family time alone and meet back up a few minutes later. The itinerary is an awesome introduction to Istanbul, a city where a week is not enough. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and will certainly do more Viator personal tours during future trips.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our guide Sue-i-lya was amazing. She covered an huge number of sites during our day trip, helped us find the best spots for photos, was as knowledgeable as any guide could be and spoke wonderful English so it was a great day. We are so glad to have done a private tour since getting in big groups really slows you down. She was able to get us in and out of places before the other groups had even gotten off of the bus. Wear sturdy walking shoes since there is a great deal of walking and stairs. But, this was one of the highlights of our 3 week trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We did have some difficulty in contacting the company by phone to confirm the pickup time but we need not have worried as they did come back to us in good time by both phone and fax. The day of the tour was the worst snow in Istanbul since 1992 which saw much of the city grind to an almost halt. That said the guide arrived on time and we completed all of the tour items even if we had a snow blizzard going on. The tour covered the key sites you should see and our guide did bring it alive with a wealth of information about everything. Having a good guide like Omar helped not only understand what you were looking at but helped us get into places much quicker and know where to find the most interesting things to see.
Lunch was pretty good for something that was part of a tour and we were pleased with how that went.
The snow did mean we got a little less time in the Grand Bazar but that was purely because it closed early.
I would recommend this tour as a good way to get to see the best the city has in a relaxed but informative way.
We may yet come back and do it in hotter weather as the snow did not help but equally did not stop it being a good trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our guide was probably the most knowledgeable man in Istanbul. He shared details and insights we would not have gotten elsewhere.

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