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Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour

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Istanbul, Turkey
Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour

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Overview

Make your Istanbul adventure totally unique with a 1- 2- or 3 day private sightseeing tour. Opt for a single day and see the whole of the Old City, plus the Grand Bazaar. Extend the tour to include a second day and visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim, and Istiklal Street, plus a Bosphorus cruise. Please note that your guide is happy to alter the itinerary completely to accommodate your personal interests.
  • Get the personalized experience of a private tour
  • Customize the itinerary to suit your personal interests
  • Make the most of your limited time in Istanbul
  • Relax in courtesy hotel pickup and drop-off
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1 , or 2 days (depending on option selected)
Private Tour
Food and drinks
Gratuities (suggested)
Museum/Attraction Tickets
Overnight Accommodation
Lunch
Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)

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Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located, meeting point with tour guide is the front of Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya).
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays
  • Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day
  • For last minute bookings, tour starting time can be flexible.
  • Galata Tower will be visited from outside as tour guides have no priority to skip the line due to Galata Tower regulations
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Unique Ephesus Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line:1 or 2 Days Private Istanbul Guided Tour.

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  • "More expensive than some tours but flexible and informative and a great way to pack in as much as possible in two days in the company of a passionate, warm-hearted and humorous local." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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Best guide
Barry_R
, May 2022
We had a wonderful two days with Kadir kucukeren. He is extremely knowledgeable and seemed to know people at every stop where his connections got us a place at the head of the line even when there was not supposed to be an advantage for guides. He took us to several shops in the grand bazaar to help my wife find a specific high quality designer purse - and she found it! You will be very glad you selected Kadir as your host while in Istanbul.
star-5
Our first visit to Istanbul
hongyun_d
, Apr 2022
Our first visit to Istanbul, Its a Beautiful city and lots of fantastic sites to visit in the old town part of the city. Our guide Emily is very friendly and knowledgeable, she explained all sites we visited in detail and asnwered all questions we had uing the visit. I highly recommend Emily.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Turkey 2022
Luciana_C
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was amazing, Cisem was very helpful, explained all the history, recommended places to shop and eat. We had a great experience. Thank you Cisem
star-5
Easy and fun!
Tracy_B
, Feb 2022
My husband and I toured Istanbul with Mehmet for two days and had a wonderful time. We only had a couple days in the city on our way to another country, so we decided it would be best to purchase the tour for our time constraints. Mehmet was accommodating and added in a stop for Turkish Breakfast on our second day, which we really enjoyed. Overall I would recommend this tour for how easy and stress free everything was.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Welcoming and beyond!
Melissa_T
, Mar 2021
Kadir was my guide for the day! He went above and beyond with showing me everything and more. He answered all my questions and more. He also told me how to get around the city using the Istanbul card. Thank you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Private tour
tomoko127
, Feb 2020
We had one day private tour with Ilker. He picked us up from our hotel in old town and toured old and new town by public transportation. We enjoyed his knowledgeable guide and availability of our requests. Due to our schedule, we still have a lot to see left. If we have a chance to come back to Istanbul, we want to have another tour with him.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
So worth it
BJSPEED
, Jan 2020
My friend and I were heading to Istanbul and wanted to get the most bang out of our three full days without having to worry about where to go/what to see and in what order. I booked the 2-day private tour a couple of days before and our guide, Fatih, did an amazing job of adapting the itinerary to fit our interests. We did some history and hit the major sights, but he quickly understood that we wanted to have more local experiences and to try all the foods we had heard about, Fatih took care of everything and helped us maximize our time in Istanbul. I can’t wait to return and highly recommend this tour as the best intro ever to Istanbul.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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5 Stars for our 2 Day Tour with Fatih!
Billie_S
, Jan 2020
Our guide, Fatih, was simply wonderful. He met our girls' group at our hotel and crafted a 2 day tour for us. We quickly found our groove and he catered to our interests. He is a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer EVERY single question we could possibly think of. He worked overtime both evenings without being inconvenienced. In fact, he even took the opportunity to show us one of his favourite places for dessert! By the end of two days, we felt that we had seen the best of the city and made a new friend. It would have been impossible to navigate all of the winding streets, language barrier, boat ferries, and more without his help. Don't hesitate to book with Fatih.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Best guide ever
MARCELA_Z
, Jan 2020
We love to travel and we have experience with guided tours. But honestly Mine has been our best tour guide! She really knows and is nice how she explains everything. We are very pleased.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. Best Regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best of Istanbul: 1 or 2 Day Private Tour ( FUN DAY) Recommended 100%
carebit
, Dec 2019
I was very pleased with their support and willingness to accommodate all the requests from our end. All our experience with the company was very positive and we are looking forward in contacting them again for a trip to Istanbul would arise soon.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. Best Regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
star-5
Brilliant 100% recommended
Tahr_A
, Dec 2019
Wounder full experience our Tour guide was so professional and informative. We really had good time to see around, best tour ever had.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. Best Regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
star-5
Customized and very flexible tour! Excellent guide!
Wander698074
, Nov 2019
The tour delivered exactly what it promised and we had the flexibility of changing the program around a bit to accommodate the closed days of certain sites. Our guide Numan was excellent and very attentive. His knowledge of history is great, yet he made sure to ask if we wanted light, medium, or lots of explanations to match our preference. Numan was also nice enough to go with me to the pharmacy to get medicines when my daughter got sick. The driver was also very helpful and kept an eye on our belongings and our purchases. The only change I can think of is that it's probably better to just do the tour without a vehicle for the simple reason that most of the sites are in pedestrian areas and, for the others, it takes a long time to get through the traffic, so maybe the tram would be better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excelent tour
Yadira_M
, Nov 2019
I was looking for a private tour of 7 hours to visit Istanbul. After searching the web I called viator and they found the best tour for me. My tour guide was Saban, he was so profesional!, he picked me up at the airport with a driver and made my short visit a very good experience. He was always very respectful with a very good sense of humor and he gave me all the historic information regarding the sightseeing. I totally recommend this tour operator in Istanbul!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. best regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
star-5
Fantastic guide - ensured we got the most out of this wonderful city
ANDREW_L
, Nov 2019
Our guide was lovely. Kind, knowledgeable, informative. She ensured we proceeded at our pace, and involved us in choices with how we would cover the various sites over the 2 days. Would 100% recommend Viator and Cicek for this trip. It made it an unforgettable weekend in Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. best regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Istanbul in two days,
343don
, Oct 2019
Our tour through VIATOR with guide, Cicek Hekimgil, was a delight. We got to see all the mayor sights, and Cicek was very well informed and her English was excellent. We had lunch both days at her recommendation as well as dinner the night before. Couldn’t have been more satisfied.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. best regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
star-5
2 day private tour
colinpaterson48
, Sep 2019
Our guide,Kadir Kucukeren, arrived at our hotel right on time both days and gave us two very full days. He was well prepared with a recommended order for the main building visits, along with a route and full history through each (particularly Topkapi Palace), all tailored to our questions and preferences. While we covered most of the principal sights the first day, when it came to the second we managed to wander off-piste to an extent and pick up some great insights into how the city had worked historically and how lives are still led, particularly around the Grand Bazaar. We finished with a boat tour along each side of part of the Bosphorus. More expensive than some tours but flexible and informative and a great way to pack in as much as possible in two days in the company of a passionate, warm-hearted and humorous local.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us to share your recent experience about our Acency we are looking forward to welcoming you in your next trip in the very near future. best regards, Unique Ephesus Tours
star-5
Great city tour
PaulCr130T
, Aug 2019
This tour allowed us to see a great deal of this beautiful city. The guide was terrific, showing us all the highlights and then some.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
2 journées très intéressantes !
Andr_L
, Apr 2022
Le guide était excellent ( Genk). Il a su nous situé quant à l’histoire des monuments visités. Il a aussi proposé et adapté des visites non prévues à l’horaire ce qui a enrichi ces deux jours d’excursion. Nous sommes très satisfaits de ce tour avec guide et chauffeur. Nous le recommandons fortement afin d’avoir une vue globale de cette magnifique ville : Istanbul.
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Muy insatisfechos
Ivn_B
, Apr 2022
El tour es perfecto si quieres ir de compras, el guía nos llevo por las tiendas que él conocía más que enseñarnos la historia de Estambul por la que pasó muy por encima. No nos ha gustado la experiencia, esperamos que se hubiera adaptado más a lo que buscábamos y no nos tuvimos posibilidad de salirnos de su ruta pese a ir mi pareja y yo únicamente. Recomendamos que dejéis claro desde el principio vuestras prioridades para que no os pase como a nosotros, que nos llevo de compras por las tiendas de sus amigos y de igual manera para comer. Acabamos el tour dos horas antes de la hora prevista porque ya no tenia más cosas que contarnos, solo enseñarnos las “mejores” tiendas
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Gracias por tu comentario, nos mejoraremos gracias a tus comentarios, su recorrido fue un recorrido privado, no visitó ningún lugar obligatoriamente. Además, nuestras guías brindan información sobre la historia y la cultura y también brindan información sobre los productos producidos en Turquía, usted ha visitado los lugares donde se producen estos productos a pedido suyo. pero no es obligatorio, los huéspedes pueden visitar los lugares de su interés.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Vale la pena
Carmen_A
, Apr 2022
Vale la pena para dos días Poder visitar todo y te cuenta todos los detalles de todas las cosas recomendable

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