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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.
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
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.

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.

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

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
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

Bursa's Cultural Treasures & Ottoman Empire Day Trip

Duration: 10 hours
Discover the foundations of the Ottoman Empire while exploring the historical city of Bursa on a private day trip with a local. This industrialized section of Turkey has an intimate relationship with the early years of the empire and boasts many cultural treasures. This incredible experience will give you insight into the Islamic traditions and its impact on the daily lives of the locals. Ready to discover Bursa’s beautiful historical gems? Visit the Green Mosque and its elegant green and turquoise-colored tiles. Hear about the ritual of praying for the Sultan Celebi and his family at the Green Tomb. And before crossing the lively Irgandi Bridge and its wonderful collection of shops selling handmade crafts, taste a delicious drink that has been enjoyed by the locals for over 8,000 years. And the discoveries are just getting started! Stop by a traditional folk house where locals take part in festive celebrations rooted in the history of the Ottoman Empire’s formation. The costumes and dances offer tons of entertainment as you learn about the local customs. Fancy a delicious lunch enjoying a local favorite? Swing by an iconic brand of Bursa and treat your taste buds to the most popular ‘Iskender Kebab’ in town. The unique blend of tomato sauce and melted butter makes this a mouthwatering meal like no other. Don’t forget to grab a timeless keepsake to take home after your trip. You’ll have the opportunity to browse around Koza Han and its fabulous silk designers. The Grand Mosque presents a beautiful finale, and the enormous structure’s domes and minarets are a magnificent display of Ottoman architecture. The local hosts are ready to take you on a life-changing adventure through the traditions of this amazing city. All you have to do is look at their profiles to select your favorite local. Each one brings their unique perspective to the tour. If you wish to customize the plan, they will tailor the trip to your interests for an unforgettable experience.

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

The Best of Istanbul with your Family in Half a Day

Duration: 2 hours
Being a huge cultural melting pot, Istanbul has plenty to offer for everyone, no matter what age! Every corner has its unique charm and you and your family can see it all in just half a day. See the best highlights with a local insider by your side, and you won’t leave anything behind on this amazing family friendly tour. In the European heart of Istanbul you can instantly appreciate the main highlights as they boast proudly in the city. And what would a trip to Istanbul be without seeing the Blue Mosque? Go with your favorite local to discover this fascinating cultural gem. Kids, are you ready for a fun time in Istanbul? During your private family friendly experience your kids can enjoy fun games and activities like a cool treasure hunt. And if you are looking for a place to run around, Gulhane Park is waiting for you! And for a sweet surprise: ice cream! Your little ones will have the time of their lives in Istanbul! 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! Time for a break, so grab a simit, Istanbul's version of a bagel. Stroll around local shops, galleries and hotspots. Enjoy the lovely atmosphere and see how the local families spend their day together. Do you love art and hidden gems? Check out the Galata Mevlevi House and let your kids get inspired by this museum full of traditions, music and cool art. Sit down with your new local friend to enjoy a Turkish coffee while your kids play some more with the fun games prepared by your favorite local. This family friendly experience is packed with incredible sights and fun games, all thanks to your local insider. Just pick your favorite one from the video options and let them know what else you would like to see while in Istanbul. Personalize everything to your needs and enjoy Istanbul to the fullest!

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

The Best of Istanbul: Half Day Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Being a huge cultural melting pot, Istanbul has plenty to offer! Every corner has its unique charm and if you want to see it all in just half a day, this is the perfect way to satisfy your need to explore! See the best of the best with a local insider by your side, and you won’t leave anything behind on this amazing & private tour. In the European heart of Istanbul you can instantly appreciate its main highlights as they boast proudly in the city. And what would a trip to Istanbul be without seeing the Blue Mosque? Go with your favorite local to discover this fascinating cultural gem. If you are looking for some cultural awakening, then Caferaga Medresesi will be one of your favorites. Step into the cobblestoned courtyard and see the work of local artisans. You’ll be amazed! Check out the hippest neighborhood in town and do as the locals do: get on a tram and head to Karaoke. 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! Time for a break, so grab a simit, Istanbul's version of a bagel. Stroll around local shops, galleries and hotspots. Enjoy the lively buzz of locals chilling at cafes with their nargile in hand. Do you love art and hidden gems? Check out the Galata Mevlevi House and feel inspired by this museum full of traditions, music and artisan shops. In this same square, there’s a little gate that will lead you to meet a very interesting character. No need to spoil the surprise, all you have to know is that you’ll be in for an inspiring treat! Sit down with your new local friend to enjoy a Turkish coffee while you both recap everything about your private tour. By the end of your experience, your love for Istanbul will be even bigger! This half day experience is packed with incredible sights and things to do, all thanks to your local insider. Just pick your favorite one from the video options and let them know what else you would like to see while in Istanbul. Personalize everything to your needs and enjoy Istanbul to the fullest!
Private

90 Minutes Istanbul Kickstart Tour

Duration: 2 hours
First time in Istanbul? Wondering where to go and what to see in this colorful city? We got you! Kickstart your time in Istanbul with a 90-minute introduction to the city with the help of your favorite local. See the main highlights of Istanbul and discover the best the city has to offer. Your local host will answer all of your travel questions and will provide you with local insights and recommendations according to your liking. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots of the city, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the city. Go to the glorious Topkapi Palace, the breathtaking Hagia Sophia, and see how two religions coexist in harmony. Hear all about the city’s remarkable infusion of cultures. Ready for a unique private history lesson? Wondering about the best places for food and drinks? Get your personal recommendations from your local host plus extra tips and tricks on what to see and do in Istanbul. Get insights on the local lifestyle and find out the true stories about the city’s past as you take in vibrant, full-of-life present Istanbul. Historical facts, local stories, and great tips & tricks. What can be more awesome than that? Any questions? Go ahead and ask your host about anything that pops into your mind and get all the answers you need for the perfect Istanbul trip. Locals always know best. And don’t forget, this private tour can be personalized 100% according to your wishes!
Private

Markets, Bazaars & Artisans Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Shopaholics rejoice! On this private tour your own personal shopper can show you a local shopping paradise! From spices to artisan goods, from Turkish lamps to tasty treats, there's something for everyone! Check out the favorite meeting spot for locals and visitors alike: Galata Tower. Here, a vibrant atmosphere is in the air and it’s easy to feel it, especially when there’s music and local artists in sight. Take a look around and maybe you’ll find that special something to alway remember your trip to Istanbul. Immerse yourself into the local culture as you visit an old-school music shop & record store, and take a splash into the local bath traditions as you check out a hamam shop with unique soaps and toiletries. Your favorite local can help you with the best recommendations! Check out Karakoy, the hip neighborhood taking Istanbul by storm. This local’s favorite area is vibrant and full of life and with plenty of places to eat and shop, it is the perfect spot to go out to. But before you continue your shopping spree, it’s time for a coffee break! Ready for some local treasures? Go to the French Passage, a historical port that’s now a shopping arcade, and uncover the many local gems that this place offers. Wander around and step into a world of scrapbooking and stationery. This paper haven is a must see! Shopping without the touristy crowd? It’s possible in Arasta Bazaar! Follow your personal shopper into this hidden bazaar where you can find the best local products. Seek and you shall find because this local market has everything! So, what would you like to find in Istanbul? Pick a local from the videos, and let them know your preferences. This shopping experience is 100% private and 100% personalized!
Attractions: Galata Tower
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