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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this full-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. You’ll also tour Topkapi Palace, where you’ll gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you’ll find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

What You Can Expect

Best of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

Hagia Sophia

Customer Reviews

Maria D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Comprehensive tour. Saw pretty much most of the things on the and #39;must-do and #39; list., as well as some hidden gems.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I cannot recommend this tour enough. I took the opportunity to schedule a two-day city tour of Istanbul with MetinYilmaz. The first day was a traditional day of touring the major sites of Istanbul, although we did deviate happily a few times to explore and do some things that were unique. The second day had us do some more traditional sites Spice Market, Palace, Bosphorus River Tour, but we again went off the schedule to explore some great eateries and sights as well.

Metin was an absolute joy to be around during our tour. His command of the city, as well as his obvious love in what he does as a guide, was the highlight of our trip. One thing I am glad we did was to ask him where we might eat that he loves and dines at frequently, and not the traditional tourist dining options. I am so glad we did. We had some of the best food in out trip as a result.

My recommendation to potential tourists would be to know what you absolutely want to do, but then work with Metin to do some things off the beaten path which will only enrich your experience and give you a true taste of Istanbul.

We had such a wonderful time with Metin. I would definitely recommend my friends to book with him should they visit the city. Without a doubt, I would do it again the next time I travel to Istanbul.

Aliaa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It wasn't our 1st time in Istanbul, But thanks to our guide Ahmet it was remarkable. He was knowledgeable, decent and very attentive. I highly recommend this tour.

Ghordan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Ahmet was hands down the best guide we could have asked for while exploring Istanbul. He arrived right in time to our hotel, and then quickly explained the day he and #39;d planned. He made sure we were comfortable and built in time for coffee, leisurely lunch, and shopping. Amazing experience. Thank you!!!

Christopher S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

If you are looking for a knowledgable, friendly guide who knows his way around the city then Amit is the person you need to hire.
I was fortunate enough to spend 2 days touring Istanbul and Amit made every minute count.
Next time I go to Istanbul I will definitely hire him again !

Sean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We took this tour during a long weekend visit to Instanbul. We had a wonderful guide in Amhet, whose knowledge and personality we thoroughly enjoyed. The day flew and we now have a very good understanding of the history/architecture and culture of this great city. We moved smoothly and without queues through the city with Ahmet guidance. We highly recommend this tour and Ahmet as a guide for anyone visiting Istanbul.

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Ahmet Yildirim was a great guide. Knowledgeable and congenial, we could not have seen all the major sights in one day without him. Plus he picked a great place for a traditional Turkish lunch. If we came back, we would ask for Ahmet.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Ahmet was a wonderful guide, arrived promptly at our hotel, and took very good care of us. His English is excellent, and he was very knowledgeable about the history of his city and country. We learned so much about the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the modern Turkish Republic. Thank you Ahmet!

djnock

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Ahmet was a wonderful guide, arrived promptly at our hotel, and took very good care of us. His English is excellent, and he was very knowledgeable about the history of his city and country. All four of us learned so much about the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the modern Turkish Republic. We would definitely recommend Viator and Ahmet to future travelers to Istanbul. Thank you Ahmet!

Tiffany S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Istanbul is fantastic! Truly, there are many sights to see, many mouth watering foods to taste, and a dizzy amount of items calling you to buy them. It can be slightly daunting. Where should you go? What should you eat? Where are the best places to buy quality goods?

Instead of running around town, frantic to fit everything in, with the guided day tour, Ahmet took me around to the all the major old town attractions the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Bascilia Cistern, various monuments, and of course the Grand Bazaar.

We set out from my hotel, early, and at a leisurely pace, beating the crowds. Ahmet brought the various places to life with the rich history of area. I had ample time to roam around taking pictures, and soaking in the history and culture.

Ever patient, Ahmet guided me through the bazaar, making sure I knew how to get around, and get out. He was also able give me recommendations on where i could find higher quality items.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, well worth the price, with wonderful company.

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