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Explore The Best Of Istanbul In 3 Day Private Tour

4.8

(5)

  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Shore Excursion

  • Duration

    3 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English

Description

Embark on a 3-day journey in Istanbul, a city that has witnessed many thriving civilizations throughout history. Explore the tiny cobbled streets and the colourful historical architecture of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque. Immerse in the culture of Istanbul at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, and add five stars to your vacation by experiencing the famous Bosphorus cruise ride.

Highlights
  • Admire the beauty of the world-famous Hagia Sophia
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque
  • Explore Istanbul's culture and delicious cuisine at the Grand Bazaar
  • Enjoy a cruise ride on the Bosphorus waterways
  • Day 1: Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque expand_more
    • Meet your tour guide and begin your visit with a stroll through the Sultanahmet area. Boasting two of the largest mosques in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahmet Mosque, this area has hundreds of years of history that has seen the likes of many civilizations. 
    • See the Hagia Sophia, also known to locals as the Aya Sofia, now a museum but was once a church before it was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire's reign. Head upstairs to the mosque to see the mosaics and the incredible details covering the museum ceiling and pillars. Inside the mosque, a pillar to the left of the door is considered sacred, so be sure to touch your hand to it as many of the locals do.
    • Head to the Sultanahmet Mosque. Along the way, there are many interesting monuments and statues, including the Hippodrome and an obelisk gifted by Egypt. Inside the grounds of the Blue Mosque, spend time in the courtyard to see thousands of tiny blue tiles in the interior of the Sultanahmet Mosque, making it clear why it is also more commonly known as the Blue Mosque.  
    • Make your way to one of the rooftop bars of the nearby side streets for spectacular views of the sunset. From the rooftop bars, you will have spectacular views of the Blue Mosque's minarets and of the sun sinking into the Aegean Sea.

    Note: The Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays.

  • Day 2: Grand Bazaar and Bosphorus Cruise expand_more
    • Spend your second day in the old city with a visit to the vibrant Grand Bazaar. With over 4000 tiny, independently owned shops, it is easy to get lost in the maze of the bazaar. The covered bazaar was built in 1455 and is filled with life and character, offering visitors hundreds of ceramics, clothes, jewellery, and beauty shops.  
    • For a great lunch spot around the bazaar, head to one of the falafel shops on the main road. With low prices and delicious food, these places serve traditional Turkish and Middle Eastern food. Wash your food down with the local beer Efes, or grab one of the freshly brewed pots of tea, known to locals as Cay.
    • After enjoying a delicious lunch, wander to the Golden Horn River and catch a boat for the nighttime Bosphorus tour. The boat will head up the Bosphorus River and provide you with ultimate views of the sunset. Be sure to look at both sides of the land; the European side has more historical views, while the Asian side has more green space and natural views.

    Note: The Grand Bazaar is often closed on Sundays.

  • Day 3: Topkapi Palace, Spice Bazaar and Cistern expand_more
    • Spend your last day in the old city visiting Topkapi Palace. Once the home of many great sultans of the Ottoman Empire, the palace sits on the confluence of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn Rivers. With plenty of rooms and gardens to explore, visit the palace kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and hammam to learn a lot about the history and culture of the early and mid-Ottoman Empire reign. One of the most incredible displays in the museum is the jewellery and swords that were once owned by the Sultans.  
    • In the afternoon, head to the Spice Bazaar beside the Golden Horn river. The Spice Bazaar is filled with vibrant colours and aromatic smells, selling loose-leaf tea, spices, and desserts. Be sure to taste test some of the incredible Turkish desserts including baklava, a sweet pastry dessert, and lokum, a sweet, chewy, and fruity dessert.
    • The bazaar is closed on Sundays.
    • After the Spice Bazaar, spend an hour visiting the Basilica Cistern. An ancient Roman aqueduct, one has to head underground to walk along a wooden walkway built over the remnants of the rain-water. At the end of the walkway, two Medusa heads hold up two of the original columns of the aqueduct.
    • Return to your stay at the end of the tour.

    Note: The Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

What's Included
  • Professional English-speaking Turkish guide
What's Excluded
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fee, if any
Know before you go
  • Please wear modest dresses on the tour. 
  • Travellers can select the transport as a add-on while checking out.
Meeting Point

İstanbul, Türkiye

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
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    Sergio

    Navigating Landmarks with Care and attention to details

    During our 3-day tour with my brother, we had the pleasure of being guided by Remzi, who was truly exceptional. His punctuality and attention to detail were commendable, ensuring we didn't miss any key landmarks and even accommodating our dietary preferences. Thanks to special permits, we experienced minimal waiting in line, which was a huge plus. However, I wish there had been more storytelling during our visits to the landmarks, adding depth to our experience. Overall, it was a valuable investment, especially for those with limited time and no fixed itinerary. Our journey with remzi was both memorable and enriching.

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    Salma

    Unveiling Istanbul's Hidden Treasures with Remzi

    Remzi exceeded our expectations with his exceptional tour of Istanbul. From iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar to hidden gems like the underground cisterns and Pierloty Hill and Eyüp, every stop was a fascinating discovery. Remzi's insights not only shed light on the historical significance of each site but also provided valuable cultural and religious perspectives, enriching our understanding of Istanbul's heritage and Islam. Did you know that the underground cisterns once stored water for the Byzantine Palace? Remzi's depth of knowledge truly made the tour unforgettable. We left feeling more connected to the city's culture and history. Without hesitation, we highly recommend Remzi for an insightful and enriching exploration of Istanbul.

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    Ademir

    Tailored and Cheerful tour with Ugur

    Traveling with our three children, we had the pleasure of experiencing Ugur's excellent guidance. Ugur was not only cheerful but also tailored the tour to match our pace and preferences.

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    Charlie

    Seamless and Enlightening exploration with remzi

    Our experience with Remzi was truly outstanding. With his expertise and knowledge, he ensured we had skip-the-line tickets, eliminating any waiting time. Remzi provided comprehensive insights into Istanbul's history and culture, allowing us to customize our itinerary according to our preferences. His flexibility and ability to adapt to our changing plans made the experience even more enjoyable. Overall, it was an excellent experience, and I would highly recommend it!

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    Chloe

    Flexible and customisable tour

    Our tour guide, Remzi, led us through the three-day tour with flexibility, allowing some customization due to my prior visit to Istanbul. Remzi's wealth of knowledge and assistance greatly enriched our experience. While the option of a private car seemed unnecessary given the close proximity of sites, the tour still involved a fair amount of walking, roughly around 12 km per day.

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USD 393 / group
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Total number of people (Min: 1 , Max: 10)