Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul tours, things to do and tickets

The full list of day trips and activities in Istanbul. Favorite family holidays, group or individual tours to Istanbul with a detailed description, real reviews and photos.

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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Duration: 8 hours
Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood where many of the city’s finest architectural legacies and landmarks are found. Visit the Blue Mosque and museums of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, as well as Istanbul Hippodrome, the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern and the dazzling Grand Bazaar. A delicious 3-course lunch is also included halfway through the day.

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour ensuring a personalized experience.
Private

Istanbul Transfers: Airport, Hotel or Return Trip

Duration: 30 minutes - an hour
Relax as you arrive in Istanbul with a private transfer from Istanbul Airport to your centrally located city hotel. Pick-up service is also available from cruise ports of Salipazari and Karakoy. Transfers are available all day, every day.

The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

Duration: an hour
See the stunning Mevlevei Sema ceremony in Istanbul. Known for its whirling dervishes and dances, enjoy a complex musical repertoire called ayin and go on a mystical journey representing man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection.
Private

Istanbul’s Cultural Gems: Mosques & Museums

Duration: 8 hours
Ready for a cultural awakening? Istanbul has been a cultural melting pot for centuries and most of the cultures that once reign the city left their marks: from beautiful monuments and stunning religious establishments. During this private experience, you can see the unique contrasts and mixes of Christianity & Islam on several mosques, churches and museums throughout the city. If there’s a mosque that portrays the beliefs and the beauty of the muslim culture of Istanbul, it’s the Blue Mosque. This worshipping place welcomes you with its grand courtyard as you hear the call of prayer. Be respectful of those that go there to pray and just absorb the beauty of its beautiful decorating tiles. Curious to see how some landmarks have transformed along the years? The perfect example is, Hagia Sophia! This marvelous gem is one of the oldest churches later turned into a mosque by the Ottoman and that now works as a museum. The best thing? No need to wait in line! Thanks to your favorite local, you will be able to go straight in to admire its beautiful detailed interior. Did anyone say lunch?! Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch together with a cup of tea. Feel like a local as you take a sip and discover more about their tea traditions and coffee preparation rituals. An epic view that can't be found anywhere else awaits! Step into a dream-like palace, filled with open spaces and gardens all around. Your local host can tell the best stories for an instant royal vibe! For a true Byzantine relique, your local friend has a hidden gem in store for you! Visit Little Hagia Sophia, a non touristy small working mosque that can give you a glimpse of how the locals go to this safe place to practice their religion. And for a sweet goodbye, enjoy a pastry and a Turkish tea with your favorite local. Recap and get more unique recommendations of what to do in Istanbul before parting ways. Open yourself up to all the beautiful possibilities that Istanbul offers you. All you have to do is pick your favorite locals from the video options above and you are set! Feel free to personalize your experience, and add or change anything on the plan. The locals can’t wait to meet you!
Attractions: Blue Mosque

Hagia Sophia: Skip-the-Line Ticket with Guided Tour

Duration: an hour
Skip the line and enter the magnificent Hagia Sophia, which is the world’s largest place of worship, built by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. Enjoy a guided tour inside and see the tallest dome of the largest Christian church in the world.
Private

Istanbul Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Duration: Flexible
Let us make your arrival hassle free with an Istanbul Airport Private Arrival Transfer. Avoid all the stress that comes with trying to get from A to B when you're in a foreign country as your driver will be waiting to meet you and take you directly to your Istanbul hotel. Available from Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Private

When Europe Meets Asia: Full Day Tour

Duration: 8 hours
Where else can you go from Europe to Asia in a blink of an eye? Only in Istanbul! Want to see the best of both worlds in one day? Then this is the tour for you! Get ready to see the best Istanbul has to offer as you explore the unique charms of each side of the city. Your local insider will be by your side to show you the way on this private tour. Let’s kickstart with some classics! On the European side, you can instantly appreciate the beautiful highlights that boast in the heart of the city. The stone pillar, standing tall in the Hippodrome welcomes you with a glimpse of the Roman Empire. And what would a trip to Istanbul be without seeing the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & the Topkapi Palace? Check out the hippest neighborhood in town and do as the locals do: get on a tram and head to Karakoy. Enjoy amazing views as you cross the Galata bridge and see how locals fish along the bridge. No matter what time or day, there's always a fish to catch! Do you love art and hidden gems? Then get on the underground funicular to Galata. Check out the Galata Mevlevi House and feel inspired by this museum full of traditions, music and artisan shops. And how about some tasty treats? Along the way, you can enjoy a simit, and of course a traditional Turkish coffee! Hello Asia, nice to meet you! Take the ferry, cross the Bosphorus and mingle with the locals. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the view, and if you are lucky, you’ll spot some dolphins accompanying you for a safe travel. The hippest of them all is Kadikoy! Go straight for a delicious local lunch & to an old candy shop for the best Turkish delight. As you wander around this ‘neighborhood da moda’, you’ll stumble into a cultural gem and a must-see: the Sureyya Opera House. Here’s where your day of getting to know Istanbul comes to an end. But the fun doesn’t stop thanks to your local friend and their amazing recommendations for you to keep exploring. Want to go inside some of the highlights in this tour? It’s possible & very easy to personalize. See the videos below, pick the local you like the most and let them know what else you would like to see and/or do in Istanbul.
Private

The 10 Tastings of Istanbul: Kadikoy

Duration: 3 hours
Fall in love with the flavorful local cuisine on a delicious food tour in one of the top foodie places in Istanbul, Kadikoy! Enjoy a selection of 10 food and drink tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like pide to unique dishes typical of the city such as Turkish delight; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite. This culinary tour in Istanbul is a cultural journey that takes you further than the food you’ll eat. As you enjoy authentic local bites ranging from savory, sweet as well as drinks, you’ll also discover the area and its highlights. Stop to admire the Süreyya Opera House, Fighting Bull statue, and Moda Stage Theatre and hear about their local relevance from your host as you hop from one food hot spot to the other - what can be better than that? Want to know what this food tour has in store for you? Your local foodie has you covered! And because sharing is caring, you and your group will get to try bites of famous dishes. Each of the hosts has carefully selected the tastings you’ll enjoy during this food tour. All of them passionate about food and their city, know the best spots to get the most authentic and typical bites. Pick your host according to your interests and you’ll be a part of a unique and flavorful experience catered to your taste buds. Looking for a vegetarian alternative? It’s possible! The tour has been created with alternative tastings to fit your preferences. Just let your host know! The foodie locals are ready to take you on the best food tour in Kadikoy. All you have to do is check out their profiles and pick your favorite local for a delicious culinary experience. This food tour can be 100% personalized to match your diet and allergies.
Private

Your Tailored Turkish Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Whether you're looking for the best baklava in Istanbul, an exclusive Raki tasting, on a hunt to find the best place to have a Dürüm in the city or any other food experience, your favorite local foodie has you covered! This 100% personalized food tour is here to satisfy your Turkish cravings. Trust and believe, the local foodies have explored Istanbul discovering the city bite by bite and are ready to craft the food experience of your dreams. Already familiar with Turkish food or looking for something really out of the ordinary? Feel free to get in touch with your favorite host; they know the best food hotspots. Listen to your stomach and check out the food tour options the locals have created for you. Pick the tastings that meet your eye from the list below. If what you're looking for is not there, don't worry! Let your local host know, and they'll personalize the tour even more. Imagine this, street food, premium products, and secret eateries now accessible to you! All you have to do is pick the local of your choice, share your dietary preferences, and let them work their magic. *Please keep in mind that this experience shows a base price that will change according to your requests and the personalized offer your local foodie creates for you.
Private

Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Private Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Embrace the beauty of the multicultural influences spread all around Istanbul by visiting two of its most celebrated cultural hotspots: the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Experience Istanbul like you would never have thought of: with a local! During this private experience, your new local friend will show you the unique contrasts and mixes of Christianity & Islam through visits to important cultural gathering places. If there’s a mosque that portrays the beliefs and the beauty of the muslim culture of Istanbul, it’s the Blue Mosque. This worshipping place welcomes you with its grand courtyard as you hear the call of prayer. Be respectful of those that go there to pray and just absorb the beauty of its beautiful decorating tiles. Curious to see how some landmarks have transformed along the years? The perfect example is, Hagia Sophia! This marvelous gem is one of the oldest churches later turned into a mosque by the Ottoman and that now works as a museum. The best thing? No need to wait in line! Thanks to your favorite local, you will be able to go straight in to admire its beautiful detailed interior. Did anyone say Turkish tea! Take a break and enjoy a delicious Chai together with a cup of tea. Feel like a local as you take a sip and discover more about their tea traditions and coffee preparation rituals. Open yourself up to all the beautiful possibilities that Istanbul offers you. All you have to do is pick your favorite locals from the video options above and you are set! Feel free to personalize your experience, and add or change anything on the plan. The locals can’t wait to meet you!
Attractions: Blue Mosque

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

Duration: 4 hours - 4 hours
Cruise between 2 continents as you dine on Turkish meze on a 3-hour Bosphorus cruise of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and enjoy a full program of entertainment, such as folk and belly dancing.
Private

Blue Mosque & Topkapi Palace Private Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Istanbul has been a cultural melting pot for centuries and most of the cultures that once reign the city left their marks: from beautiful monuments and stunning religious establishments. And here's where the Blue Mosque and the Topaki Palace come to play. If there’s a mosque that portrays the beliefs and the beauty of the Muslim culture of Istanbul, it’s the Blue Mosque. This worshipping place welcomes you with its grand courtyard as you hear the call of prayer. Be respectful of those that go there to pray and just absorb the beauty of its beautiful decorating tiles. An epic view that can't be found anywhere else awaits! Step into a dream-like palace, filled with open spaces and gardens all around. Your local host can tell the best stories for an instant royal vibe! For a true local experience, enjoy a couple of treats that will make you feel part of the city. Try some baklava at a locals' favorite pastry shop and be part of the tea ritual, just like a local! Open yourself up to all the beautiful possibilities that Istanbul offers you. All you have to do is pick your favorite locals from the video options above and you are set! Feel free to personalize your experience, and add or change anything on the plan. The locals can’t wait to meet you!
Private

The Marvels of Hagia Sophia Private Tour

Duration: 3 hours
The best place to see the cultural transformation of Istanbul is Hagia Sophia. Discover how this beautiful landmark has changed throughout the years on a private tour with a friendly local. From being the biggest Catholic church in the world to later being turned into a mosque by the Ottomans. Hagia Sophia now welcomes its visitors as a museum full of cultural gems. Are you ready to explore it? The best thing about this private tour is the skip the line ticket your favorite local has for you! Go straight into this one of a kind mosque and be amazed instantly by its beautiful detailed interior. Your private tour is more than just the Hagia Sophia. For a true Byzantine relique, your local friend has a hidden gem in store for you! Visit Little Hagia Sophia, a non-touristy small working mosque that can give you a glimpse of how the locals go to this safe place to practice their religion. Did anyone say lunch?! Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch together with a cup of tea. Feel like a local as you take a sip and discover more about their tea traditions and coffee preparation rituals. And as a local treat, have some baklava! Open yourself up to all the beautiful possibilities that Istanbul offers you. All you have to do is pick your favorite locals from the video options above and you are set! Feel free to personalize your experience, and add or change anything on the plan. The locals can’t wait to meet you!
Private

The Wonderful Topkapi Palace Private Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Stunning architecture, bustling local places, and a celebration of the multiculturalism that makes Istanbul so unique. This is what this private tour is all about! Istanbul has been a cultural melting pot for centuries and most of the cultures that once reign the city left their marks: from beautiful monuments and stunning religious establishments. During this private experience, you can see the unique contrasts and mixes of Christianity & Islam with visits to the Topkapi palace and an off the beaten path mosque. An epic view that can't be found anywhere else awaits! Step into a dream-like palace, filled with open spaces and gardens all around. Your local host can tell the best stories for an instant royal vibe! Ready for a truly local sight? Visit Little Hagia Sophia, a non-touristy small working mosque that can give you a glimpse of how the locals go to this safe place to practice their religion. Open yourself up to all the beautiful possibilities that Istanbul offers you. All you have to do is pick your favorite locals from the video options above and you are set! Feel free to personalize your experience, and add or change anything on the plan. The locals can’t wait to meet you!
Attractions: Topkapi Palace

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Duration: 30 minutes
On this 30-minute tour, visit the 4th-century Basilica Cistern and discover the mystery of Medusa heads from Greek mythology.

Istanbul: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Duration: a day - 3 days
Explore Istanbul at your own pace on board a double-decker, open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See all the famous landmarks, from the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque to the splendors of the Ottoman Empire, including Dolmabahçe Palace.
Private

Istanbul Airport Private Departure Transfer

Duration: Flexible
Booking an Istanbul Airport Private Departure Transfer is the convenient way to depart Istanbul. Don't battle with trying to decipher an airport bus schedule, instead feel a sense of relief as you spot the driver who will be waiting to transfer you from your Istanbul hotel. Available from your city hotel into Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Private

Drinks & Bites in Istanbul Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Fall in love with the night atmosphere of Istanbul, and its best nightlife hot spots in Beyoğlu district. Get familiar with the locals' favorite drinks and enjoy them together with perfectly paired bites that complement the ambiance of every place you'll visit. If you're looking for a perfect night out in Istanbul this drinks and bites tour is the life of the party! Join your favorite local for a fun evening tour with not only drinks and bites but also the highlights of the area you'll visit. Discover Beyoğlu district, a vibrant area in Istanbul where the locals like to unwind and have fun at night. Your local host is a nightlife expert and is up to date with current hot spots and hip venues, so ask away and enjoy the city mingling with the locals. Visit some of the best spots in town and have a drink together with a typical local bite like cappadocian wine and kebab. Wondering about what you’ll get? Your host will tell you everything about it. More than that, your host is also happy to share insights and recommendations on what to do after the tour, all exclusively for you! And if you want to keep the night going after your tour, your host is ready to point you in the right direction for an unforgettable time in Istanbul that you won't forget! The local hosts are natural storytellers, each with a different background ranging from local cuisine to city lifestyle. They can't wait to share some of their unique stories and personal anecdotes with you! Feel like changing the route a bit? No problem, the hosts will be happy to personalize the tour to your wishes and make their Istanbul, your Istanbul!

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise from Eminonu Pier with Audio App

Duration: 2 hours
A Bosphorus cruise is one of the best things to do in Istanbul, even when you have little time to spend. Get your ticket and audio guide at the Eminonu pier, near Old Town, and board one of the boats departing every hour.

Small-Group Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul’s Egyptian Bazaar

Duration: Flexible
Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! After traveling to the bazaar by coach and learning about the city from an onboard guide, enjoy some free time to explore and browse stalls selling fresh mint, cardamom, cinnamon and more. Follow up the market visit with a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and see a collection of sights including the decadent Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Hisarı Fortress.