About Istanbul One Day Tour

A detailed, comprehensive Istanbul 1 day tour with a local guide...

Istanbul is one of the capitals of the world, and while it is an endless source of inspiration and there is always more to discover in this amazing city, the historical peninsula attracts most attention.

While you are walking in the Hippodrome, the Underground Cistern or when you enter impressive Hagia Sophia, you can try to feel the atmosphere of Constantinople, and in places like Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace you can easily get the idea about life in Ottoman times. With its famous examples of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, Sultanahmet district is always one of the favourite places of our guests

Hagia Sophia: The Church of Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia is one of the most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It was used as a mosque during Ottoman period and nowdays it is one of the most visited museums in the world.hagia sophia

Byzantine Hippodrome: Hippodrome provided an unrivalled opportunity to show people the emperor’s power, wealth and generosity in lavish public entertainments that went on for days at a time, often coinciding with public holidays. The Egyptian Obelisk, the serpentine column and the German fountain of Willhelm II are sites to be visited.

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Blue Mosque: its official name is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, but it is known more popularly as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles that decorate the inside walls. There are some 20,000 or so of them, handmade ceramic tiles that decreased in quality over time due to the sultan fixing the price in advance, and not taking inflation into account.

Grand Bazaar: The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world with more than 4000 shops where handmade carpets, jewelery, leather and souvenirs are sold.

Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans and one of the oldest and the largest remaining palaces in the world. Today, it is used as a museum to exhibit works of art and many priceless artifacts. The harem section is not included in this tour.

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Underground Cistern: The cistern was known in Byzantium as the Basilica Cistern. Justinian was the founder of the largest underground cistern, built after the Nika Revolt in 532. The number of the inhabitants of Constantinople increased and there was a problem with water supply, so the Basilica Cistern was used to store water for the Great Palace.

Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

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  • As a solo female traveler, I will admit I was a little nervous visiting Istanbul to attend a wedding. Ertunga quickly put my mind at ease. The people of Turkey were very kind and I felt very safe. Eutunga was a wealth of information with regards to both history and culture. I greatly enjoyed my time with him and can’t recommend him more! I look forward to returning for touring more of the country with his guidance.
    Nicola H
  • With only a limited amount of time in the morning before a 2pm flight, we wanted to have a taste of Istanbul before leaving. Turkey Tours arranged a personalized tour to suit our time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made extra efforts to tell us about the history we were seeing. His English was very good. Thank you for making our brief visit very memorable.
    Bestweb - Modesto, Kaliforniya
  • We used Turkey Private tours to do a day tour of Istanbul. We had an excellent guide, Oz, who was so knowledgeable. With only three in our group, we were able to get around the crowds. We were in Mini van with air con. & saw all the top sights, and were given options during the day, so we could change itinerary to suit what we wanted to see, and stay as long as we wanted. It was excellent
    John A Sidney, Avustralya
  • We had a private guide, Ugur, who was very knowledgeable and took us to all the places he thought he would see. We learned a lot about the culture and history of Turkey and it was fascinating. It was much cheaper than the excursion through the ship and we got personal attention and being older, our guide worked at our pace instead of trying to keep up with the ship excursion. I would definitely recommend you look into this before going to Turkey as it worked out wonderfully for us.
    Barb D Hamilton, Kanada

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Our Istanbul tour guides are locals who have very good knowledge not only about the sights in the area, but also about the history of Christianity.

They are all fluent in English, and some of them guide also in other languages.

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Annual Average Temperature Humidity Graph for Istanbul

The hottest months in Istanbul are July and Agust, with an average temperature of 25 °C. The coldest month is January with a lowest temperature of 5°C. On average, January is the most and November the least humid month. Please click on the Graph to zoom in

Some Questions

Is one day enough for Istanbul?

Istanbul is a very big city and it has such a great historical importance, that it would be better to spend 2-3 days there if possible. One day tour can cover only the main sights in the historical peninsula, the Sultanahmet District.

Is Istanbul a walkable city?

Istanbul definitely is a walkable city. Actually, you should avoid traffic whenever it is possible. You can enjoy walking from one site to another in the Sultanahmet area, along the Bosphorus promenade or in Beyoglu District, walking in the Istiklal Street from Taksim Square to Galata Tower.

What is the best time to visit Istanbul, Turkey?

The best times to visit Istanbul are from March to May (spring) and between September and November (autumn). During these months, the weather is fine and room rates are average.