A detailed, comprehensive Full Day Private Istanbul Tour with a local guide

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.

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.

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.

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.

We can customise your full day Istanbul Tour.  Contact us for details.


  • 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


After you meet your guide you will be taken to the Old City.
You will visit Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia.
After optional lunch in one of the local restourants, you will visit Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Tour Price

These are group prices, not per person

  • 1 to 2 pax 140 euros (160 usd)
  • 3 to 4 pax 160 euros (185 usd)
  • 5 to 8 pax 190 euros (215 usd)

Please contact us if there is more than 8 pax in your group.


Traffic is a big problem in Istanbul so it is better to use the public tram or taxi.
However if you prefer to have a private vehicle, we can always arrange it for you. Please contact us for this option.
You can see our vehicles


Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Istanbul (port pier or Hotel lobby)
End location: Istanbul (port pier or Hotel lobby)
Duration: Approximately 8 hours
This is average tour duration; tour is tailor made so guests are free to decide about its duration.

What’s Included

Professional guiding service, transport (public tram or taxi).

What’s Extra

Entrance fees (free for children until the age of 8; please do not forget to bring an id or passport copy as an age proof), lunch (10 USD per person).
Tips to the driver and guide and other personal expenses.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

130 Turkish Lira – We will need Local currency for entrance fees.
You can either purchase entrances yourself with credit card or cash or your guide can purchase the tickets and you can reimburse him/her at the end of the tour.