Full Day Private Tour of Istanbul

From: $120.00

This full-day private tour of Istanbul visits sites in the historic area of Istanbul including Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Underground Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. It is the best option for first-time visitors who only have a brief amount of time.

Private Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

Pick Up Time from Hotel: 09:00 am
Drop of Time to Hotel: 05:00 pm
Tour Duration: 8 Hours
Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized

Itinerary Details

Start your private old city tour of Istanbul with a pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul (European side).

Stop At: Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) Also known as the Sultan Ahmet Camii (or Sultan Ahmed Mosque), this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman mosques in all of Turkey.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia is one of the most impressive museums of Istanbul; built as a Christian church, then converted into a mosque, now serving as a museum.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Admission Ticket Included

Stop At: Underground Basilica Cistern
This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built-in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Admission Ticket Included

Stop At: Hippodrome
The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Topkapi Palace
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum).

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Admission Ticket Included

Stop At: Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is especially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices, and carpets. (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations).

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Admission Ticket Free

INCLUDED in the Tour Price:

  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Entry/Admission – Hagia Sophia
  • Entry/Admission – Underground Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission – Topkapi Palace


  • Personal expenses
  • Any item not included in inclusions


  • The order of the itinerary is indicative and subject to change, but all visits described will take place.

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