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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Private Guided Tour 1 or 2 Days with Private Van

Bosphorus Cruise

  • Schedule

    Everyday from 09:30 to 16:30
  • Languages

    English (Extra charge for ohter languages)
  • Hotel Pick up & Drop off

    Free Shuttle Service
  • Guides

    Private professional tour guide

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Private Guided Tour 1 or 2 Days with Private Van

Overview Duration: 7 hours each day
  Tour starting point: Hotel or cruise port
  Tour ending point: Hotel or cruise port
  Timeline: The tour starts at 9:30 AM – Ends 4:30 PM
  Includes: Professional tour guide, private tour, private van
  Excludes: Entry tickets, lunch and drinks, tips to guide

Schedule Day 1: Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, German Fountain, Grand Bazaar
  Day 2: Suleymaniye Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Spice Market, Taksim, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower

Inclusions Private professional tour guide
  Private tour
  Private van

Exclusions Entry tickets for the museums and attractions
Lunch and Drinks
  Tips for Guide and Driver

What to expect You will visit most important sites of the city with this 2 days shore excursion and private tour. Family friendly professional tour guides will ccompany you which will make things easier and comfortable in most of the touristic places, museums and palaces the tour guides have the priority can skip the lines. The best part is the tour is customizable for so you can add new places you would like to see or remove the places you don’t want to see.


You will meet with your tour guide at your hotel lobby or cruise port to start your tour.


Ancient hippodrome that the Romans and Eastern Romans had been arranged Chariot races was one of the largest of the Roman period.

Topkapi Palace:

The first imperial palace of the Ottoman Empire built after the conquest of Constantinople from 1478 had been home to 24 generations of the Sultans.

Hagia Sophia:

The famous Hagia Sophia from 6th century used to be the patriarch church of the city. It had been the largest church in the world for over 9 centuries. And used to be the patriarch church of the Eastern Romans where Emperors held coronation ceremonies.

Blue Mosque:

Second largest mosque in the old city built by the order of Sultan Ahmet The 1st also known as Sultanahmetmosque which is the original name. Decorated with blue and turquoise tiles.

German Fountain:

Gift from German Keiser Wilhelm the 2nd to the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid the 2nd.

Grand Bazaar:

Largest historical bazaar in Istanbul from 1460. 3700 square meters 4000 shops and 61 streets located under its roof considered as the first mega mall of the world.

** Old city shore excursion ends at Grand Bazaar. You can use our private transportation to go back to the hotel.

On your second day shore excursion you will see highlights of Istanbul like the famous sancturaries and bazaars. So you will learn not only history but also the local traditions, culture and lifestyle of the country. You will meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby or cruise port to start your tour.

Suleymaniye Mosque:

The biggest historical mosque in the old city built by the order of Sultan Süleyman The Magneficent from 1557. Constructed by the most famous Turkish architect Sinan. It represents the golden age of the Ottoman Empire and offers one of the best scenery from panaromic garden.

Basilica Cistern:

It was built in 6th century and used to keep fresh water for he city during Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empire periods. It has many columns inside like a basilica which is the reason it is called Basilica Cistern.

Spice Market:

It was one of the main trade centers of the old city during Ottoman times. It is located close by Bosphorus and Golden Horn. The traders used to come here when they get the city by seaways.

Taksim Istiklal Street:

Famous pedestrian street of Taksim surrounded by historical buildings, passages full of local shops and historical nostalgic tram.

Galata Tower:

Another symbol of Istanbul from 14th Century constracted by Genoesen colonists used for many different purposes over the centuries. You will see the tower from outside.

** Your Istanbul highlights shore excursions will end after you see Galata Tower and you can use our private transportation on your way back to the hotel.

Please Note Topkapi palace will be closed on Tuesdays. Audio guides available on demand otherwise tour guide will do the presentation. Grand Bazaar will be closed on Sundays. The mosques has dress code so it will be beneficial to bring a scarf. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

  • Q: How can I meet with the tour guide?

  • A: The guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to start your Istanbul shore excursion.

  • Q: Are the guides licenced?

  • A: Of course. Our tour guides are licenced from Ministry of Culture and Tourism. (Unlicenced tour guides are illegal in Turkey.)

  • Q: Which language is avaliable for this tour?

  • A: We can arrange a tour guide in English, Spanish.

  • Q: How to buy enterance tickets for museums and attractions?

  • A: The tour guides have priority in most of the touristic places in Istanbul so your guide will assist you without waiting in the queue.

  • Q: Will there be lunch break?

  • A: There will be lunch break during your private tour given by your tour guide and you can decide where to eat.

  • Q: How can I book and how do I pay?

  • A: You can book from your hotel or tour sales point, travel stores and also you can visit IBO Tours website. You can pay for this tour with credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or cash in any currency.

  • Q: How can we enter to the mosques are there any rules to obey?

  • A: There is a dress code women must cover their hair and man are not allowed to wear shorts you can either bring your scarf or burrow it from the mosque. Also shoes must be taken off.

  • Q: Can we add something to the tour?

  • A: Yes this is a fully customasible tour.

  • Q: How about shopping in Istanbul?

  • A: During the tour you will visit the most famous bazaars in Istanbul so you can experience the tradition of shopping. You can find unique handcrafted products like carpets rugs ceramics leatherware and textile.

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