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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

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

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 or Nakkas 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 or Nakkas 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. (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum)

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 September 2015

We had a excellent tour guide, he has fluent English and rich of Turkry history and knowledge.We has truly a wonderful one day trip in Istanbul. We highly recommmend Omar as the best local guide in Istanbul.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful tour. Our tour guide was ilker ulus. He is very personable and is English was very easy to understand. His knowledge of the the sights and local culture is excellent. It provided us with an in depth knowledge of istanbul that we could not have gotten on our own. I would highly recommend this tour and ilker as your tour guide while traveling in istanbul.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide, Gokhan was the best. I would recommend him and Viator any time. Thanks for a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

No doubt , perfect by all means. superb services in all aspects

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Kahan was excellent! Every part of the tour was well taken care of and my family of four rellay enjoyed Istambul.

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 !!!

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