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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

Manish P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was really a great experience. Our Guide Ahmed from Guided Istanbul Tours really made this day one to remember. We experience the city at our own pace, saw the sights, had great conversations about not just the history, but the people, culture and politics of Turkey. A special thanks of course to Ahmet, and a big thumbs up for the tour....Thanks.

Trevarin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Ahmet was a great guide over our two days in Istanbul. We managed to not only see the major highlights but a few hidden gems as well. His knowledge of the city is exhaustive and he made us feel comfortable at all times. Would highly recommend his services.

Wesley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Istanbul is an amazing city and the tour planned by Rosa was well worth every penny. Always working hard to make sure I was getting the full Istanbul experience.

Aparna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We only had a day in Istanbul and since we were staying in Old Istanbul Hotel Almira - highly recommend! we booked the walking tour through Viator. Our guide Ahmet came and picked us up at our hotel at 9 am. He then took us to Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and Spice bazaar Topkaki palace to closed that day. He then took us in a tram to Dolmabache palace and then back to our hotel around 5 pm. It was a lot of walking, but we covered a lot. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was great day spent visiting many historical sites in the beautiful city of Istanbul.

Ilyas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had an anazing day tour in Istanbul. Mr. Ahmet, the tour guide was an excellent resource, very knowledgeable, professional and a very pleasant personality. He arrived right on time, took us on a very informative tour, stopped by one of the restaurants recimmended by him for lunch, very authentic and amazing food. He was worth every penny spent on the tour. Highly recommend this tour!!!

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 !

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