• Location: İstanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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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, 2-day, or 3-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.


  • 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, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Basilica Cistern

Customer Reviews

Patana T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Thank you Mr. Mustafa Tanriblir my guide for organizing this trip. Making these two days in Istanbul complete with a lot of knowledge and tips. Thank you for taking me to the wonderful dining place. I don't remember the name but it is delicious. I feel like I know a lot of Istanbul and Turkey just in two days.
Will recommend this tour to everyone.

Tan Yee K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I joined a two days' local tour at Istanbul with a lovely guide Neslihan. We went to Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace - there are more beautiful with the history shared by her. She also brought me to Spice market a shop with delicious Turkish delights and spices, Grand Bazaar and Taksim Square where I could buy many nice souvenirs with her recommendations. We also had lunch with the best Doner Kebab at Istanbul! It's a wonderful holiday for me with her company. Highly recommended.

Isma N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Istanbul Guided Tours are the local tour operator for this package, which was very professional and very responsive and accommodating all my inquries and requests.

Neslihan, the guide is really knowledgable giving us intersting bsckgrounds of each site we visited. She is nice and very helpful.

Federico F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We booked the 3 days private tour of Istanbul, and we were very happy. In particular, we booked one day for the next and Guided Istanbul Tours was able to provide us with an excellent guide Mustafa Tanribilir, who was knowledgeable, friendly, and he brought us experiencing excellent local restaurants. We did the 3 days tour, and we think that 3 days are needed to visit Istanbul properly. This is because the first day is spent pretty much visiting key milestones e.g. Blue Mosque in the old city the second day is spent on the Bosporus and visiting the remaining key milestones e.g. Galata Tower and the third day is spent visiting the less touristic part of Istanbul e.g. Pier Loti, which was definitely worth the extra day. As to transportation, Guided Istanbul Tours offers private car and private boat rentals, however Istanbul public transportation is excellent and there is no need of a car or boat. The only warning to travelers is about the extensive walking ... we topped 24k steps in one day.

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Metin was a wonderful guide, so much knowledge, so much energy, so friendly. He was very patient with all my questions, and helpful with all details such as obtaining my museum pass and Istanbul metro card. I booked the 3-day tour because I was traveling solo and felt overwhelmed with the city. Metin made sure I was comfortable, showed me places not in the guide books and gave me a wonderful introduction to an amazing city.

Daniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

My guided tour of the sights of Istanbul was by far the highlight of my trip and I could not recommend it highly enough. The tour guide called Metin Yilmaz was outstanding, he was a young, university educated, charismatic man, who seemed more like a friend than just a guide.

Metin is extremely knowledgeable about all the sights of Istanbul and it's clear he has an absolute passion for the history and culture of this great city and loves showing it off. Metin took me to all of the top sights including the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Bisilica Cistern and Grand Bizaar to name a few. Metin knew all the intricate details of every location and had an answer to every question I had, he also gave me free time to explore the locations alone if I wanted to have wander around.

In the past I have navigated sights on my own, but having an outstanding guide like Metin took the experience of sightseeing to a whole new level, which increased my enjoyment ten fold. You can completely relax and enjoy the beauty this city has to offer without having to think about a thing this means maximising your time at every sight and really absorbing the history and culture, rather than wasting time fumbling with maps and getting lost!

Metin was great company throughout the day and also took me to some hidden treasures off the beaten track - we found some authentic local food down back alleys and enjoyed a smoke at a Turkish water pipe cafe with some Turkish Tea, which was a great place to people watch and mix with the locals.

If you're in Istanbul and want to ensure you see the best this amazing city has to offer, then this tour is definitely the way to do it. Book it, you won't be disappointed and be sure to ask for Metin if he's available!

Thanks for an unforgettable time Metin!



Georgina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an amazing tour with our guide Metin, who showed us around Istanbul for 2 days and accommodated all our requests. We saw marvellous things in such a short time, our favourites being the Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge and the Spice Market. We loved the passion and involvement of our guide, and his dedication to also making us feel the local spirit and local places.

Angelica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A wonderful tour with a responsive guide, a pleasant experience.

Cressida M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had the most fabulous 2 day tour around Istanbul with Neslihan who was a brilliant guide for us as a family with 3 teenagers. She is so incredibly knowledgeable, patient, kind and fun to spend time with. The ease of having her guide our first 2 days meant we are now confidently travelling around on the metro, navigating our way round the streets and feeling very at home in this magnificent city. We would recommend these 2 days to anyone wanting to see the most extraordinary antiquities without the pressure of queues and with all the answers you need standing beside you!

Alden H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Spent two great days with Mustafa touring istanbul. Very knowledgeable, friendly and takes good photos. Highly recommended!

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