Best of Istanbul Tour in One Day

See Top 5 Sights of Istanbul; Hippodrome Monuments, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.

from $49*/person
Private Tour Guide Skip the line 6 hours

A tour for everyone

Our Best of Istanbul tour takes in five top Istanbul attractions. Cheer at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Gaze in wonder at the Blue Mosque. Thrill to Topkapi Palace and the Harem. Reflect quietly in the Hagia Sophia. Bargain in the Grand Bazaar.

What to expect?

Who's this tour for?

This is the best selling tour of Istanbul as it covers the major touristic sights of Istanbul.

  • First time visitors,
  • If you are coming back to Istanbul after some time,
  • Expats and students in the city,
  • If you are having a long layover between flights,
  • If you have one day in Istanbul,

What to expect?

  • See the most unmissable top Istanbul attractions in a single day
  • A clear overview of Byzantine and Ottoman histories
  • Learn about the main events and religious milestones of Istanbul’s history
  • An introduction to the city to help you decide which tour to choose next
  • A guide to Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture

What's included?

  • Professional Guiding Service
  • Admission Fees for the museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Pick-up & drop-off to your hotel (*)
If the hotel is not in the Old City, transportation cost (public, taxi or private van depending on the group size) will be paid by the clients.

What's not included & why?

To give our guests more option and flexibility for lunch, we do not include in our prices.

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Want to see these sights with an expert?

Tour Itinerary

Tour of Istanbul's classic sights in the Old City.

#01 - The Hippodrome of Constantinople

We visit the Hippodrome of Constantinople on our Best of Istanbul tour. Listen to your guide and feel the excitement and danger of chariot racing. Learn about the early Roman history of the city. Hear the stories behind the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column.

#02 The Blue Mosque

In the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet, enjoy the serene interior. This magnificent six column structure represents the pinnacle of Ottoman religious architecture.

#03 Topkapi Palace & Harem

On the Best of Istanbul tour we enter the magnificent Topkapi Palace. A series of courtyards and halls contain fabulous displays of precious jewels and important religious artefacts. The public rooms of the palace are a worthy backdrop to the splendour and intrigue of the Harem.

#04 Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya Museum)
We visit the Hagia Sophia, originally built in 537 AD as a Greek Orthodox Church. When Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city in 1453 AD, it became a mosque. In 1935 it was converted to a museum. The interior, with its enormous dome, delights with glorious mosaics, galleries and suspended Islamic pendants.
#05 The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar is an essential stop on the Best of Istanbul tour. Known as the Kapali (Covered) Çarşi in Turkish, it was originally built in the middle of the 15th century. It started out as a small textile market. Now, the huge sprawling bazaar takes up 64 streets and boasts more than 20 entry gates.

Dynamic Tour Pricing

Dynamic pricing is the reduction of the price per person when the number of people in your party increases. The more people in your group - the less you pay per person.

Private tour prices per group size

1 adult $140 2 adults $180 > $90 per person 3 adults $216 > $72 per person 4 adults $252 > $63 per person 5 adults $290 > $58 per person 6 adults $342 > $57 per person 7 adults $378 > $54 per person 8 adults $416 > $52 per person 9 adults $459 > $51 per person 10 adults $490 > $49 per person * For larger groups please contact us.

Additional Tour Information:

How To Book & Pay?

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

Easy Cancellation

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: “Booking Terms“.

Legal Notice:

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

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