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Discover The City With A Local Guide

Istanbul day tours are half-day or full-day long journeys within the city. Multi-day options are also available.  Choose from tours done by foot, on coach or a boat.  Learn about the city of 7 hills from the best guides.  Fit as much in one day as you can.  Select which top tourist attractions you would like to see.  Treat yourself with a dinner in the evening after a long day.  All guiding is performed by certified tour guides in English language.  All dinners and shows are arranged at best Istanbul venues with best Turkish entertainers.  Prices start at as low as 28 USD. 

Consider private tours for you and your exclusive company. 

Small-group Istanbul In One Day tour

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- Book small-group Istanbul In One Day tour -          From 85 USD

Spend an insightful day on this 8-hour guided tour in Istanbul.  Visit the Hagia Sophia museum, Blue Mosque and the near-by Hippodrome.  Go into the Topkapi Palace and explore the Basilica Cistern.  Round up your tour with shopping in the Grand Bazaar.

This is one of the most popular of all Istanbul day tours among tourists. Price includes all entrance fees, tasty lunch and hotel transfer.  Let the knowledgeable tour guide plan this day for you and show you the best of Istanbul.

Note.  Some of the above attractions are closed on certain days.  Find out about an alternative attraction should your tour coincide with one of these days.

  • Grand Bazaar - closed on Sundays.
  • Hagia Sophia - closed on Mondays.
  • Topkapi Palace - closed on Tuesdays.
  • Blue Mosque - closed for prayer until 2:30 pm on Fridays.

Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace,
Basilica Cistern & Turkish dinner

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- Book Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern plus Turkish dinner tour -                From 112 USD

Get ready for a full day of adventure and exploring.  You will get a two-hour break in the late afternoon to refresh before your Turkish dinner.

Get picked up from your hotel by a luxury air-conditioned coach. Start your tour with major landmarks of Istanbul.  Visit and learn from a certified tour guide about Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Continue with two Palaces - one underwater, another - on a hill. Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace are you next stops.

Relax at your hotel after a long day.  This is one of the longest of all Istanbul day tours - eight-hour tour.  Let the new knowledge sink in at dinner time later.  Enjoy your 4-course Turkish meal and a show in the evening.  Perfect way to end your travel day in Istanbul.  

Istanbul In One Day tour
with Turkish dinner & show

- Book Istanbul In One Day with Turkish dinner & show -                      From 160 USD 

Take one of the most comprehensive of all Istanbul day tours.  Resourceful guide will walk you through major attractions in Istanbul with interesting narratives about each of the attractions.  Rest afterwards on your free time and continue to the evening dinner the Turkish style and a show. 

You will have an 8-hour day with hotel pick up and drop off included, lunch and dinner included and all entrance fees included.  Enjoy this worry-free tour Istanbul In One Day!

Bosphorus Cruise, Egyptian Spice Market
plus Turkish dinner

Istanbul bazaar with buckets full of spicesSpices by Tord Sollie

- Book Bosphorus cruise, Egyptian Spice Market and Turkish dinner tour-                 From 120 USD

Get a romantic cruise along the Bosphorus Strait with stories and tales about the palaces, world-famous night clubs and gardens along the shore.  Feel the breeze of the winds.  Take the freshest of Istanbul day tours.  See what the city is like from the water.  Continue from the smell of the water to the smell of the spices.  The Egyptian Spice Market is your next stop in this tour.  Learn from the stall owners how herbs are mixed to make healing drinks.  Get a bag of oriental aroma for yourself.

Choose from morning or afternoon start of the 4-hour tour.  Get six or two hours of free  time (respectively) before the dinner.   Do get ready for the 4-meal Turkish dinner.  It will be good!  Have fun watching the show with belly dancing and live music during the dinner time.

You will be picked up and dropped off from/to your hotel.  

Bosphorus cruise and dinner on a boat on
New Year's Eve in Istanbul

New Year in Istanbul
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- Book New Year's Eve in Istanbul tour -              From 243 USD

Plan your December 31 cruise and dinner in Istanbul now!  Leave your hotel at 9:00 pm to have a special evening on your way to the New Year.  This is an all-inclusive tour with drinks and entertainment on a boat.  Experience the romantic Istanbul.  Your Bosphorus cruise goes by the Maiden's Tower located on a small island.  Look at the magnificent Blue Mosque and mysterious Dolmabahce Palace from the water.  Watch a show with belly dancers and live music.  Get down and party your New Year's Eve away to a Turkish music.  

Bosphorus and Black Sea cruise + Turkish dinner

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- Book Bosphorus, Black Sea tour and Turkish dinner -      From 56 USD

Spend your day on your own and let the professionals organize your evening.  This tour picks you up from your hotel and takes you away for a romantic evening on a boat.  Straddle through the Bosphorus with its Ottoman mansions.  See the evening version of Maiden's Tower, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.  Go further to the waters of the Black Sea and enjoy your romantic time under the stars.  Dinner time includes show with belly dancing and Turkish folk music.  You will return to your sleep place full and happy before midnight.

Ortakoy and Bosphorus tour

- Book Ortakoy and Bosphorus tour -                 From 40 USD

Hop on a comfortable coach from your hotel to Ortakoy neighborhood in Istanbul for a great day tour.  You will cruise along the Bosphorus between the second and third bridges of Istanbul.  Enjoy narration of an insightful tour guide.  You will have time to explore Istanbul's colorful Ortakoy with restaurants, local and brand shops, famous Ortakoy Mosque.

This is an afternoon 2.5 hour tour with round-trip transfer and entrance fees included.

Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy and Bosphorus tour

Dolmabahce Palace entrance. Istanbul day tours.
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- Book Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy and Bosphorus tour -  

From 195 USD

Join this small-group tour to explore the baroque style Dolmabahce Palace, dazzling Ortakoy neighborhood and to cruise along the Bosphorus Strait.  You will have a knowledgeable local guide with you at all times to narrate as you go.  

This is a 6-hour tour with hotel pick up/drop off (subject to change) and entrance fees included.

Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea cruise

Kucuksu Palace from Istanbul Day Tours

- Book Bosphorus Strait and Black Sea cruise -       From 51 USD

Spend your afternoon cruising along the waters of Istanbul.  Your departure point is the Rumeli Fortress (at 1:30 pm) and a tasty lunch before cruise start.  Board the ship and off you go to a pleasant ride along the Bosphorus Strait and into the Black Sea.  Your guide will be with you at all times and narrating during the entire trip. 

Tour includes lunch, snacks and hotel pick up/drop off.  Approximate end time of the cruise is 6:30 pm.

Full-day Bosphorus and Black Sea tour

- Book full-day Bosphorus and Black Sea tour -            From 90 USD

Spend an unforgettable day in the waters surrounding Istanbul - the Bosphorus Strait and the Black Sea.  You will have a chance to swim in the Black Sea and have a tasty lunch on the deck of your ship.  Explore Istanbul's attractions along the Bosphorus Strait -  Rumeli Fortress, Anadolu Fortress and Kucuksu Palace.

The tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, lunch, entrance fees and beverages.  This is a 10-hour tour. 

Jewish quarter and Bosphorus small-group tour

- Book Jewish quarter and Bosphorus tour -              From 119 USD

Discover Jewish history through this full-day walking tour.  You will have a 3-hour break for lunch.  Enjoy informative drive around the Golden Horn with a cable car ride to Pierre Loti Hill and a beautiful boat ride along the Bosphorus Strait.  This is the most diverse of all Istanbul day tours. 

You will be picked up from your hotel to start a tour in Karakoy area. Knowledgeable guide will tell you all about history of Jewish settlers in Istanbul and walk you through several synagogues.  You will then eat Turkish food for lunch and continue your journey to the Golden Horn and Bosphorus tour.

This tour takes maximum 15 people per group.

Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus cruise
and Kucuksu Palace

- Book Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus cruise and Kucuksu Palace tour - 

From 57 USD

Dive into the history by visiting opulent Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. Please your eye and take in beautiful 2.5 hour cruise along the Bosphorus Strait.  Your guide will then take you to the Kucuksu Palace on the Asian side and fill you in with its history.

Your adventure will take a total of 5 hours.  Tour includes hotel pick up, entrance fees to both palaces and the Bosphorus cruise.  Find your own way back after the tour ends.

Bosphorus Strait and Rumeli Fortress tour

Rumeli Fortress tour

- Book Bosphorus and Rumeli Fortress tour -             From 28 USD

Take the shortest of all Istanbul day tours with a visit to Rumeli Fortress (or Kucuksu Palace on days other than Monday and Thursday) and a cruise along the Bosphorus.  

This is a 2.5 hour guided tour with breathtaking views of Istanbul and a lot of history.  Hotel pick up is included in the price.  You will have to make your way back independently after the cruise. 

Istanbul Ottoman tour

- Book Istanbul Ottoman tour -                        From 45 USD

Spend your morning discovering Istanbul's most visited landmarks - the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome with an Egyptian Obelisk.  From morning till noon your tour will be filled with history, great views of Istanbul and perfect memories to bring back.

Hotel pick up and drop off, entrance fees and an air-conditioned coach are included in the price.  This is a small-group tour, you have a choice of meeting the group at a meeting point instead of hotel (specify 24 hours before departure time). 

Multi-day Istanbul tours
with accommodation

Istanbul tours with accommodation
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3-day Istanbul tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

- Book 3-day Istanbul tour -                                 From 240 USD

This is the most laid back of all Istanbul day tours with enough stops for you to look around, enjoy local meals and have the information sink in.  Let a local tour guide plan the three days for you and show you major Istanbul attractions.  You will have private free time to be able to include any other spots of interest to the itinerary.  Your guide will be with you at all times planned by this tour. 

Tour includes 4-star accommodation in Istanbul, most meals and airport transfers on first and last days of your trip.  Perfect for couples!

4-day Istanbul city stay package

- Book 4-day Istanbul city stay package -                  From 411 USD

Spend 4 days in Istanbul discovering the city of 7 hills with a friendly and resourceful tour guide.  Visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi and Dolmabahce Palaces, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern.  Have a shopping spree in the Grand Bazaar, world's largest covered market where you can find almost anything - most come here for exquisite gold and silver jewelry.

This is an all-inclusive tour.  Enjoy your worry-free vacation!

Istanbul day tours

Inside Grand BazaarAt Grand Bazaar by Dennis Jarvis

- Book private city tour -                  From 120 USD

Get a private tour and choose morning or afternoon start of your day.  Let the experienced guide walk you through 2,500 years of history.  This is one of the most informative of all Istanbul day tours.  Learn about the Hippodrome and its activities, the Blue Mosque with its magnificent court yard, the Hagia Sophia and its story from the Byzantine times.  You will stop by the Ottoman Sultan's residence the Topkapi Palace.  End the tour with introduction to the Grand Bazaar.  It is recommended to have a tour of the bazaar before you start shopping there.  This private tour includes a break for lunch. 

Private Ottoman Experience tour

- Book private Ottoman Experience tour -              From 38 USD

Spend 4 hours on this Istanbul day tour exploring Ottoman Istanbul. You will see the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and the magnificent Topkapi Palace.  

This is a morning tour and starts at 9 am with either pick up from your hotel or an agreed meeting point.  All entrance fees are included. Excellent tour guide and a comfortable vehicle are guaranteed!

Private tour : Istanbul's Two Continents

- Book Istanbul's Two Continents tour -             From 38 USD

This is a 4-hour afternoon tour which will give you lots of history, breathtaking views and a personal touch to Istanbul.  You will have a chance to alter itinerary to your preference.  Otherwise the tour foresees visiting Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus tour under the Bosphorus Bridge and birds-eye view from Camlica Hill on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Tour includes all entrance fees, hotel pick up and drop off, transfer by a comfortable vehicle.

Private tour of Jewish heritage

Istanbul SynagogueAshkenazi Synagogue by Senia L

- Book private tour of Jewish heritage -        From 62 USD

Learn about Jewish heritage in one of the two Istanbul day tours with Jewish quarter in them.  Private tour guide will narrate your every step. Start your adventure at the Galata Tower.  Explore all the area around the tower - Galata Jewish quarter.  After visiting the main synagogues in the Galata area and learning about life of Jews in this territory proceed to the Golden Horn and first Jewish settlement in Istanbul - Balat.  You will visit synagogues in Balat area and learn about history of Sephardic Jews.  This is a four-hour tour.  You will have an early start in the morning and be dropped off at your hotel at around noon time.

Private flexible tour

- Book private flexible tour -                         From 68 USD

Select what Istanbul attractions you want to visit.  Pick your own time and pace.  Decide if you want half- or a full-day tour. Friendly knowledgeable tour guide and a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle are guaranteed.

You will be contacted by your guide before the date of your Istanbul day tours to discuss your preferences.  Select from points of interest on the European or Asian side of Istanbul.  Only you and your company will be in this private flexible tour.  Meals and entrance fees are not included in the tour price.

Private tour: Istanbul In One Day

- Book private Istanbul In One Day tour -            From 112 USD

Explore Istanbul with a private tour guide on a comfortable vehicle and get introduced to main attractions - the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern.  

This is an 8-hour tour with lunch and entrance fees included (except for entrance to women's quarters - Harem - in Topkapi Palace).

Private Sultanahmet Old city tour

- Book private Sultanahmet Old city tour -            From 250 USD

Trust your time and curiosity to the most popular of all private Istanbul day tours.  Visit all attractions located in Istanbul's historical Sultanahmet disctrict.  You will explore the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica cistern with an opportunity to shop at the Grand Bazaar.   

This is a per-group price with duration of 6 hours.  Bring a party of up to 10 to this private tour of Istanbul. 

(!) At the end of the day, when you are done with your Istanbul day tours, please take a few minutes to test your gained knowledge on this Istanbul quiz by National Geographic.