Top 20 Things To Do In Istanbul, Turkey 2021

Top Tours and Activities In Istanbul, Turkey


Best of Istanbul: 1, 2, or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

132 Reviews


Visit top-sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide in 1-2 or 3 days;
Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace.
Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside). 
Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.

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Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home

69 Reviews


Visit a typical Istanbul family household for a home-cooked meal, and then explore the backstreets of Sultanahmet with a guide, meeting locals and experiencing popular Turkish pastimes. A fascinating insight into Turkish hospitality and culture, the 4-hour evening tour is the perfect experience if you want to discover Istanbul as the locals know it. Feast on a 3-course meal, explore off-the-beaten-path streets, and enjoy a football or backgammon game. There’s even an option to try smoking a shisha pipe!

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

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Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, Bosphorus Cruise, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

45 Reviews


If you want to pack Istanbul’s highlights into one fascinating day, this full-day tour, including a Bosphorus cruise, obliges. With an expert guide, skip the main lines at the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, and make an early visit to the Blue Mosque. See the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace, and after a Turkish lunch, explore the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. Then, after your scenic Bosphorus cruise, relax at a rooftop cafe near Galata Tower, ogling the stunning views. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.

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7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara

41 Reviews


Tick through Turkey’s classic sights on this spellbinding 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Istanbul. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert guide, explore the emotive World War I battle sites of Gallipoli, the breathtaking Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, and the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia. In-between, ogle the white rock terraces of Pamukkale, swim in the hot springs at Hierapolis, view the ruins of Troy and much, much more. The tour includes six nights’ accommodation plus breakfast and dinner on each day.

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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

22 Reviews


Discover the main highlights in Istanbul’s old town during this small size full day tour with an expert tour guide. Visit old town, the Unesco world Heritage sites, see the acknowledged archaeological and natural monuments, unrivalled artifacts during the tour and will enjoy the privileges that we will gladly arrange for your utmost pleasure to explore the Turkish way. This tour runs everyday 09:00 – 17:00 and there will be 1 – 10 people in the group.

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Turkish Coffee Tour and Coffee-Making Class

20 Reviews


Perfect the art of pouring a delicious cup of Turkish coffee on a 3.5-hour coffee tour that includes a coffee-making class! Practice preparation techniques at a local coffee shop and stop at several venues for coffee tastings. You’ll learn about the long tradition of making Turkey’s national drink as you visit the spice bazaar, Ottoman coffee storage sites and some of the oldest coffee houses in Istanbul. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 coffee lovers.

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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

17 Reviews


Discover Istanbul’s artistic and historical gems on a half-day city tour with luxury transport by Mercedes minivan included! With a local guide, tour the opulent Dolmabahçe Palace and enjoy visits to Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the famous Spice Bazaar. Learn about the city’s history from Byzantine times to the modern day, and explore Balat, the Jewish quarter. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.

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Skip the Line: Topkapi Palace Tour in Istanbul Including Imperial Harem

17 Reviews


Open doors to rooms rarely seen by most visitors during a small-group, skip-the-line tour of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Typical tours provide the same tour day in and day out. However, during this visit to the palace, you will not only be able to bypass the lengthy entrance lines, you'll follow an adaptive route that visits the latest openings and includes access to the Imperial Harem. You'll also enjoy an amazing recount of the palace’s history during this story-filled adventure fit for a sultan. Numbers limited to 15, ensuring a small-group experience.

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Istanbul Two Continents Tour Including Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise

11 Reviews


Experience the two faces of Istanbul, the world’s only city situated on two continents, on this enjoyable full-day city tour. Traveling in a Mercedes minivan, head for the Spice Bazaar to peruse its colorful stalls, and tour the sumptuous Dolmabahçe Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman emperors. Drift by Istanbul’s sight-crammed European and Asian shores on a Bosphorus cruise, and asborb panoramic views of both sides of the city from the Bosphorus Bridge. With a maximum of 12 people, get personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.

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Private Half-Day Tour: Istanbul's Two Continents

10 Reviews


From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour private afternoon tour shows you the best of magical Istanbul.

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Constantinople Small-Group Tour of Istanbul with Lunch

9 Reviews


Rewind to Istanbul’s days as Constantinople on an 8-hour tour of the city’s Byzantine churches and monasteries. With a guide, explore the Christian sanctuaries built during the Byzantine Empire. See the glittering mosaics and frescoes of Chora Church — now Kariye Museum — and view the church-turned-mosque sites of Pantocrator and Pammakaristos. Explore palatial ruins and more as your guide brings them to life with historical commentary. Lunch at a restaurant is included and numbers are limited to 15 for a personal experience.

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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

9 Reviews


See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of Istanbul. Wind through the hills of Fener, home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church and colorful Greek and Ottoman Houses. Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant

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Modern Art Tour of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata and Istanbul Modern Art Museum

8 Reviews


Gain insight into on-trend Turkish art on a 3.5-hour walking tour around Istanbul’s contemporary galleries as well as the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. With an expert guide, passionate about modern Turkish art from the 19th century onward, explore popular galleries around Istiklal Street as well as avant-garde exhibitions around the burgeoning artistic neighborhoods of Tophane and Karaköy in Beyoğlu. Finish with a visit to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum to admire more of the city’s thought-provoking artwork.

This tour operates with a maximum of 15 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience with your expert guide.

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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

8 Reviews


Treat your palate to authentic Turkish delicacies on this 3-hour Istanbul evening food tour. With a food-loving guide, delve into sidestreets and hidden food haunts to eat and drink like the locals do. Enjoy mouthwatering 'borek' (flaky pastry), down 'raki' (aniseed liquor), sample moreish street food and visit a 'meyhane' (tavern) to nibble on classic mezes with the early evening crowds. Learn about Istanbul’s culinary history and fads, and enjoy in-depth attention from a guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.

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Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

7 Reviews


Admire the best of Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul on this full-day tour of this endlessly absorbing city. Traveling in a luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, check out five top Istanbul attractions that recall these two all-powerful empires. Visit the extraordinary Hagia Sophia and beautiful Blue Mosque, marvel at the treasures of the Topkapi Palace, once the court of Ottoman sultans, and explore the atmospheric Grand Bazaar, whose roots date to the 15th century. With numbers limited to 12, this small-group tour ensures you get in-depth attention from your guide.

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10 Day Private The Best of Turkey Tour

6 Reviews


Embark on a 10-Day Guided Private Tour of Turkey from Istanbul. Visit some of the top archaeological and cultural highlights of Turkey.
Visit Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Aphrodisisas, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale and Gallipoli on this 10-day trip. Experience high quality tour services with experienced tour guides with fluent English, latest model, air-conditioned and fully insured tour vehicles, superior hotel accommodations, delicious local cuisines and domestic flight. Experience the great history, culture, friendly people, delicious cuisine and splendid natural beauty.

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Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Süleymaniye Mosque and Lunch

5 Reviews


Take an Istanbul sightseeing tour with a difference: one that visits the beautiful Süleymaniye Mosque instead of the Blue Mosque, plus three other iconic sights. With a knowledgeable guide, absorb the calm beauty of the Süleymaniye, Istanbul’s largest mosque, which was built for Süleyman I in the 16th century. Plus, visit the underground Basilica Cistern, explore the Grand Bazaar, and marvel at the treasures, courtyards and harem of the Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans. Your full-day tour includes a tasty 3-course Turkish lunch at a hotel midway through.

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Private Tour: Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Tour

5 Reviews


Experience the best of Ottoman Istanbul on this full-day private tour. Accompanied by an expert private guide, visit top Istanbul attractions including the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and captivating Grand Bazaar. Also, visit the spectacular Hagia Sophia during its regular opening hours, or upgrade to enjoy a crowd-free visit either before or after its official opening times. Your tour also includes lunch at a traditional restaurant, as well as personalized attention from your private guide. A very special way to witness the highlights of old, Ottoman Istanbul!

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Istanbul Wi-Fi Access: On-the-Go Mobile Hotspot Device Rental

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Make the most of your time in Istanbul with on-the-go 3G Internet access via the Mobile Hotspot, a wireless portable router device for smartphones, tablets and laptops. With coverage that lasts for 3, 5, 7 or 14 days, the hotspot allows you to surf the net without roaming charges or the hassle of finding free Wi-Fi zones. The device is delivered to your Istanbul hotel or airport and collected when your coverage ends. It’s the ideal way to join social networks, live chat and check out Istanbul online.

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4 Day Turkey Tour: Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale

5 Reviews


If you would like to visit most famous places in Turkey, this tour is exactly for you: including Cappadocia, with its valley, canyon, cave hotels, balloon rides(Balloon ride is Extra Cost Optional), hills and unusual rock formation; Ephesus, one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire and Pamukkale, the city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

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Private Guided Istanbul Day Tour

5 Reviews


Explore Istanbul's rich history and magnificent architecture as you visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar on a full day guided tour.

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Best of Istanbul Tour

5 Reviews


Experience the scope of Istanbul with this full-day, small-group tour. Led by a local guide, explore the main attractions of the city, including Pierre Loti Hill, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome. Ride up a cable car and cruise on the Bosphorus for the full Istanbul experience. Transfer to and from your hotel is available (please take a look at inclusions and exclusions for the transfer details).

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Private Layover Tour by My Local Guide Istanbul

4 Reviews


You have a long layover in Istanbul and don't want to sit at the airport for all these hours. You want to go the center but not feeling safe or not sure how to do that on your own and don't want to risk your next flight. Here we are with providing you a service of a friendly local guide who know the city very well and will make many things to do fir in your time with no rush.
As this is a layover tour so we will need to arrange the tour according to your flight landing time. You can discus the itinerary with your guide when you meet him/her at the airport. You can see some or all sights below from inside if your flight lands before 4 pm. However, if your flight lands after 4pm then you will see these sights from outside only.
Sight to See : Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Topkapı palace, Basilica Cistern
Optional Activities : Cruise in the Bosporus, food market in Asian side, Turkish bath, dinner at local restaurants, Baklava tasting.

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Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary

4 Reviews


A Private Day Trip to 'must' to visit places: Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary. Enjoy this excellent tour and receive a Red Carpet Treatment by a Private Tour Guide and luxurious Mercedes-Benz Vehicles.

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Istanbul Asian Side: Uskudar and Kadikoy Small-Group Tour with Lunch

4 Reviews


Delve into Üsküdar and Kadıköy, two of Istanbul’s alluring Asian-side neighborhoods on an 8-hour tour. Catch a Marmaray train under the Bosphorus to visit some of the Ottoman mosques of history-steeped Üsküdar including Semsi Pasa, Mihrimah Sultan and Yeni Valide. After a 3-course lunch, explore the churches and highlights of buzzing Kadıköy. Stroll along the charming waterside, visit the fish market and fashionable Moda district, and then finish with a 20-minute Bosphorus boat ride. Numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention.

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Luxury Small-Group Tour of Imperial Istanbul Including Lunch

4 Reviews


Discover Istanbul’s Imperial highlights on a full-day, small-group city tour by luxurious Mercedes minivan! Travel in style around central Istanbul while learning about its Imperial days as the city of Constantinople under Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman rule from an expert guide. Sit down to enjoy a 4-course Turkish meal in the renowned Matbah restaurant, and enjoy in-depth tours of Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Topkapi Palace (and the harem rooms), Chora Church and Hagia Sophia. Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention.

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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day or Full Day Private tour

3 Reviews


The best choice for any first timer, Top sites of Old Istanbul, is a half-day and optional full day private tour. Discover what has made Istanbul such a majestic and historically significant city by hitting all of the hot spots and then some!

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2 Day Cappadocia Tour from Istanbul

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2-day Cappadocia Turkey tour by plane for both Northern and Southern parts of Cappadocia, with an optional choice of Hot Air Balloon, as well as with English and Spanish speaking guides, lunch, transportation and all entrance fees.

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1-Night and 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Accommodation and Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Cappadocia tours from Istanbul includes airfares, excellent 2-day tour and a hot-air balloon ride plus accommodation.

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Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Sightseeing Tour plus Istanbul by Night Turkish Food Tour

3 Reviews


Discover Istanbul on land, water and a plate on this exciting Super Saver that combines two best-selling Istanbul tours at a discounted price. Enjoy a full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour that includes visits to the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace and Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and a tasty 3-course lunch and cruise on the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Plus, dip into Istanbul’s culinary scene on a guided evening food tour. Visit hidden food stops, sample local delicacies, grill kebabs at a barbecue joint, and savor mezes in a lively 'meyhane' (tavern).

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5 Day 4 Night Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Ephesus Tour

3 Reviews


One of our most popular Turkey tours guided exclusively in English.
With daily departures all year around. Tour includes visiting the highlights of western Anatolia such as Gallipoli Battlefields, Troy Ancient City, Pergamon Acropolis, Pamukkale and Hierapolis, Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary with flight from Izmir to Istanbul.

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Istanbul Shore Excursion from Istanbul Port

3 Reviews


You will love to Visiting the Istanbul city's most important landmarks, including the beautiful Hagia Sophia, stunning Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and lively Grand Bazaar.

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Troy And Anzac In 1-Day From Istanbul

3 Reviews


Drive along the Marmara Sea from Istanbul to Troy and Gallipoli on a full day tour.

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Eyup, Pierre Loti Hill, and Kariye Museum: Guided Day Tour from Istanbul

3 Reviews


Beat the crowds of Sultanahmet and discover a new side of Istanbul on this small-group 8-hour tour of Eyup, Pierre Loti Hill, and the Golden Horn. You'll visit the Eyup cemetery, Pierre Loti Hill, the Kariye Museum (Chora Church), the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate, and the Suleymaniye Mosque, and pick up bags of local color along the way.

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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

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See Istanbul in the most delicious way: through your taste buds. Traverse the stunning, hilly city on this 5-hour guided tour, eating your way through street food stalls and bazaars. Take a stroll through historic and colorful Kadikoy Market, converse with fishermen on the Galata Bridge, eat some of the best baklava this side of the Bosphorus and then walk it all off by strolling the streets as your guide shares evocative historical details on this eye- and taste-bud-pleasing metropolis.

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2 days 1 night Gallipoli and Troy Tour

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2 days 1 night Gallipoli & Troy Tour offers a full package from Istanbul hotel door to back to Istanbul hotel door including a visit to Gallipoli Battlefields and Troy Ancient Site. You will visit all landing beaches, Lone Pine (Australian Memorial), Chunuk Bair (New Zealand Memorial), 57. Regiment (Turkish Memorial) . You will see intact tunnels and trenches from WW1 and guide will explain the battle from both Turkish and Allied perspective. A visit to Homer's Troy will be included in the next day before you depart for your hotel in Istanbul. Both days lunch will be provided as well as breakfast on the way from Istanbul to Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Small-Group Afternoon Tour of the Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

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A great afternoon tour to the history of two Empires ''Roman and Byzantine'' visiting the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern on a small group. Perfect choice for every Istanbul visitor.

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Private: Romantic Evening Cruise on the Bosphorus on Your Own Yacht

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Enjoy a unique cruise in Istanbul by night on a private yacht. Glide along the Bosphorus with palaces and bridges illuminated by night and take in incredible scenery while sipping cocktails and other beverages.

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Private Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Kadikoy

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Discover Istanbul’s Asian-side cuisine and sweet treats on this 4-hour food tour with a private guide. Ride a ferry over the Bosphorus, roam the Asian-side food markets, and sample assorted local staples at the hidden eateries of Kadıköy as you learn about Turkey’s culinary heritage. Sample meatballs and local cheese; and try mouth-watering treats such as a cream-filled baklava and more. Finally, enjoy a Turkish coffee before catching the return ferry. Enjoy a more intimate experience and personalized attention from your guide on this private tour.

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Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

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Sightsee in Istanbul and save the pennies, too, on this exciting Super Saver that combines a market visit and cruise with an evening folklore show and dinner! Choose from two start times to suit your schedule, and then explore the Egyptian Spice Market with an expert local guide. Browse the stalls, meet friendly traders and then see the sights of the Bosphorus Strait on a cruise. In the evening, enjoy a 4-course dinner and drinks while watching an Anatolian folklore and belly-dancing show.

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