Best Highlights of Istanbul

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Fatih, TR
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Fatih, TR
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Experience the Best Highlights of Istanbul with this private tour. Skip the ticket lines and explore all the historical and famous monuments without wasting any time. With a professional and local guide, you'll discover the hidden gems of this magnificent city in just one day. Not only will you visit the iconic landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, and the Blue Mosque, but you'll also get insider tips on the best food stops, cafes, and local street foods, as well as the top shopping places. This unique tour guarantees you the highest points and the best information about Istanbul, allowing you to fully enjoy your vacation. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 5 hours - 7 hours
  • Suitable for 1-7 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Customizable itinerary to suit your interests
  • Skip the ticket lines at historical monuments
  • Professional local guide for a comprehensive experience
  • Insider tips for the best food and shopping spots
  • See all the iconic highlights in just one day
  • Bottled water
  • Private tour
  • Guide meets you at central hotels
  • Professional local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Museum tickets and entrance fees

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Experience the vibrant and captivating city of Istanbul like never before with the Best Highlights of Istanbul Tour. This private tour offers a customizable itinerary designed to cater to your interests, ensuring you get the most out of your visit to this historical and culturally-rich destination. Say goodbye to long lines and waiting at ticket counters, as your professional and local guide takes you on a journey through time and reveals the must-see monuments and hidden gems of Constantinopolis/Istanbul.

What to expect:

Embark on a 5 to 7-hour adventure that covers the top highlights of Istanbul. Begin your journey at the majestic Topkapi Palace, an Ottoman treasure offering a glimpse into the opulent lives of sultans. Marvel at the architectural brilliance and learn about the rich history that permeates every corner of this magnificent palace. Continue to the iconic Hagia Sophia Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and witness its seamless blend of Byzantine and Islamic architectural styles. Delve into the mysterious depths of the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground reservoir that showcases a 360-degree historical light show. Step back in time at the Roman-era Hippodrome, the site of chariot races and political events during the Byzantine Empire. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Blue Mosque, also known as Sultanahmet I Mosque, with its awe-inspiring domes and intricate tile work. Conclude your tour at the legendary Grand Bazaar, the oldest covered bazaar in the world. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of shops filled with treasures and unique souvenirs, and experience the bustling atmosphere of this historical marketplace.

Who is this for?

The Best Highlights of Istanbul Tour is perfect for all those seeking an immersive and informative exploration of Istanbul's rich history and cultural heritage. Whether you are a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply a curious traveler eager to discover new places, this tour caters to all. From solo travelers to families and groups, everyone can benefit from the personalized attention of a private guide and a customized itinerary designed to suit your preferences. This tour is also suitable for those with limited time, allowing you to cover the major highlights of Istanbul efficiently and effortlessly.

Why book this?

Book this tour to unlock the secrets of Istanbul with the expertise of a knowledgeable local guide. Skip the long lines and enjoy priority access to the most popular landmarks, making the most of your time in this fascinating city. Your guide will provide insider tips on the best food stops, including local restaurants, cafes, and street food vendors, ensuring you savor the authentic flavors of Istanbul. They will also share their expertise on the best shopping spots, helping you find unique treasures and high-quality souvenirs. With a wealth of historical knowledge and local insights, your guide will elevate your experience, making it truly unforgettable.

Good to know:

The Best Highlights of Istanbul Tour lasts between 5 to 7 hours, allowing you to make the most of your time in Istanbul. The itinerary is customizable based on your interests, ensuring a personalized experience. You will be able to explore famous landmarks such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and the Blue Mosque, among others. The tour also includes a visit to the Grand Bazaar, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and shop for unique souvenirs. Your knowledgeable guide will provide historical and cultural insights throughout the tour, enriching your understanding of Istanbul's fascinating past.


Travelers who have experienced the Best Highlights of Istanbul Tour rave about the exceptional service and depth of knowledge provided by their guides. They applaud the efficiency of skipping long lines, allowing them to maximize their time exploring the city's incredible landmarks. Many reviewers also praise the local insights shared by their guides, which led them to hidden gems and local culinary delights. Overall, customers express their satisfaction and appreciation for the memorable and insightful experience provided by this tour.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Topkapi Palace

Ottoman palace

Admission Not Included

Hagia Sophia Mosque

See the old 6th century monument that built in 532 as a Cathedral, converted into a Mosque in 1453, for a long time it was a museum. Since 2019 until now serving as a mosque again…

Basilica Cistern

Used to save fresh water! Just restored and opened showing 360 degree lightning historical show.

Admission Not Included


Oldest Roman hippodrome in 2nd century,

Blue Mosque

Islamic pray building original name Sultanahmet I Mosque

Grand Bazaar

Dates back to 1661 oldest covered bazaar in the world with nearly 3600 shops and 22 doors inside. Magical and historical place



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During our 5 day trip to Istanbul, we had Sema as our guide for 3 days (she was referred to us by a close friend who had her as a guide in 2022). Sema is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul and the Roman/Ottoman empire and she is also very fluent in English. It is very easy to become friendly with her, she is so easy-going and willing to put herself out for any request made by us, whether it was shopping or food tasting or just general questions. Over the 3 days, she showed us all the highlights of Istanbul (both the European as well as the Asian side) and explained to us the history and current status for all of them. Her historical knowledge of every place is phenomenal!!! She also took us around for food tasting as well as shopping, especially with the specific requirements that we had in mind. And the places that she took us for baklava and turkish delight and turkish coffee and turkish tea as well as chicken rolls and fish rolls served us delicious lip-smacking food. Thank you Sema for an unforegattable experiance of the beautiful city of Istanbul. I would highly recommend Sema for anyone visiting Istanbul.


We are grateful to our guide Sema for showing us all the main highlights of Istanbul, while giving us information about the history and modern use of all places. She also give us really good tips on where to shop, what else to see, and what to do in Istanbul


Sema did an excellent job. She took us everywhere we wanted to go (haha Sophia, blue mosque, sisterns, hippodrome, spice market, and grand bazar) and showed us all of the cool things (apple pie place, ice cream trick place). If we didn't want to do something she'd skip it. She had a lot of knowledge about the history of Istanbul. Highly recommend.


We had Sema as our guide for two days and it was the best experience ever! She took us to all the important landmarks, reserved a private boat tour and Turkish bath. She shared wonderful restaurants and detailed history of Istanbul. I highly recommend her to anyone traveling to this beautiful city.


A knowledgeable guide, who can understand the group she is dealing with. We were a family with kids and she managed to keep her pace so as to suit everyone without letting anyone feel left out. We now have beautiful pictures with landmarks of Istanbul. Sema showed us places of the bazaar that we would have never reached and brought us to taste amazing food. We enjoyed our day, and would like to thank our guide who is still so helpful after the tour with her advices.


It was a very Nice with Sema in Istambul. A perfect tour in one day. She was very kind, and She knows everything a about the city history. I recomend her tours!


Sema was a big help and was incredibly knowledgeable and Istanbul is a really cool city that has a lot more than just hagia Sofia which I think the average person misses out on


We really like the experience also our Gide Sema show us the best places for pictures. The best tour in Istanbul


I never knew Istanbul could be so interesting, beautiful and energetic. Our tour guide Sema was fabulous! Thru her, we were able to bypass the long lines to the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkia Palace and the cisterns. She reserved a private yacht for us to cruise the Bosporus and took us to the Grand Bazzar, Spice Market and great restaurants. We were able to end a busy day with an evening at the Turkish bath. I would do it all over again immediately.


Thanks for taking pictures! It was my first time visiting a mosque, and I was surprised at how beautiful it was. I was also happy that the guide kindly took photos for me.
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