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Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.


  • Small-group tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city
  • Admire the breathtaking architecture and decor of the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, both gorgeous monuments from the Ottoman Empire
  • Hear about the role of the Hippodrome in the days of the Byzantine Empire
  • Browse the shops in the vibrant and historic Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the long history of Istanbul, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 participants provides a more customized experience

What You Can Expect

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Grand Bazaar

Customer Reviews

Sathaporn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I had a great experience with tour. I had an 11 hour layover in Istanbul and wanted to do something in that time frame, so I booked this tour. The tour usually picks you up at a hotel but since I was just in town for a layover, they were able to make arrangements to pick me up from the airport.
My tour guide was Lale. She was very thorough and informative of all aspects of the tour. Since it was only me on the tour she went the extra mile to make this tour a more personable experience. Not once did I feel rushed or uncomfortable. It was also great try out out some of the local street food that was suggested by her. Like another reviewer said, the tour was more like going on a trip with a knowledgeable friend.
I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to others.

Saeed A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I had an excellent experience with this well-organised tour. I didn't have much time in Istanbul and wanted a tour that was comprehensive and insightful that can be done in a day, and this was definitely it.
The guide Lale is amazing and she provided excellent context to a rich and complicated history with flair. She also has the talent of understanding her audience to adapt her guidance accordingly and this made the experience special. It was so comfortable, unrushed and natural, it felt like I was taken on a tour with a considerate and knowledgeable friend.
I would definitely recommend this tour.

Neels E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Aussie was just excellent July.6, 2016. She impressed with her thorough knowledge and pleasant personality. We really enjoyed the trip and it will be remembered for a long, long time. Pick-up time was down to the minute and I want to say a big thank you to the driver too. Shall recommend this tour without hesitation and wish that Aussie will be your guide for the day.

veronica d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Ozlem was my tour guide and she was fabulous!
I visited Istanbul with the purpose of getting to know more about the turkish culture and history, and this tour is very recommendable because it is for a reduced group of people, so it is almost personalized.
Istanbul is a bedazzling city with amazing hospitable people! I cannot wait to come back!

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