Highlights of Istanbul Private Full Day Tour

The best choice for any first-timer, Highlights of Istanbul private tour, is a full-day private tour. Discover what has made Istanbul such a majestic and historically significant city by hitting all of the hot spots and then some!

Duration : 6 Hours


  • Full day tour of Istanbul's top sites with an expert licensed tour guide
  • Skip the lines at Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern


Great way to explore all main sites of Istanbul in one full day tour. Having a private tour guide for your party will give a great flexibility. You will cover the main sites like; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace. 

Tour can be customized to be a full or half-day tour. You may skip Topkapi Palace to have it as a half day tour.

Please note:

  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and replaced with Spice Bazaar
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Dolmabahce Palace or you can have the tour as half day.
  • Tour price is same for one or 2 people ( 180 Euros )


What is included

  • Licensed tour guiding
  • Entrance fees
  • Pick up by public transportation or Taxi from any hotel in the city center.
  • Tea or Turkish coffee
  • Foods and drinks not listed in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for the tour guide


Your guide will meet you at your hotel or port and then you will head to the old city by public transportation or taxi
It is not recommended to have a private vehicle as most sites in the old city are within walking distance and the old city is closed for vehicles. We can include a private vehicle upon your request
It is a private tour, you can decide to have breaks anytime.
It is a private tour and can happen in English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and in other languages depends on the availability

Meeting point

At your hotel or port


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15 May 2021 - 10:34

Tripadvisor User ALex B

I booked this private tour with my husband so that we could see the sites we wanted, skip the lines, and not be bogged down by other people or a full-day tour that dragged on. Our guide, Abdullah (aka Apo) was super funny and knowledgeable. The best part was when he sat us down outside of Hagia Sophia in a secluded corner of the courtyard (he called it the VIP section) away from the crowds. There, he took 15 min to give us the backstory of the church/mosque before we went in. This way, we knew what to look for and what to appreciate. It was also a welcome respite from the June heat. I would HIGHLY recommend the private tour, which was reasonably priced and allowed us to skip the lines and get a more intimate grasp of the sites we wanted to see. Of note, the guide came to our hotel to chaperone us to Sultanahmet, and the prices of taxi, tickets, and tour were all included in the quoted price. Be sure to tip your guide!!!

15 May 2021 - 10:31

Tripadvisor User Dick S.

We had a 5 hour very extensive and informative tour by our guide, Emir. The experience was so great that we immediately booked a full day for the next day. Because he was so full of knowledge - historical and contemporary- we really felt that we had a truly personalized experience. We felt comfortable asking all sorts of questions and felt that we understood a little better Istanbul life. I would highly highly recommend this company and if possible, request Emir

15 May 2021 - 10:30

Tripadvisor User EstherG

We went on the half day tour with our guide, Emre. Not only was he very knowledgeable and engaging in sharing about the histories of each site, we found him to be really open and personable. Through Emre, we gained a richer appreciation for Istanbul. During each site tour, he was able to highlight or point out a little extra which piqued and sustained our interest during the tour. It is without a doubt that the historical sites of Istanbul are magnificent, but with Emre, our experience was amplified greatly. We would highly recommend this tour with Emre!