The Best of Istanbul in Half a DayPrivate Tour

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Istanbul with this epic half-day tour.
Adults: 4 Children: 0

Things to know


4 hrs

Suitable for:

Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is not included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.


  • Skip the line entrance tickets to the world-famous Hagia Sophia.
  • Entry to the supremely beautiful Blue Mosque.

Other inclusions:

  • A friendly, professional, English-speaking tour guide for your own private group.
  • Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places.
Meeting points: At the Egyptian Obelisk (The obelisk of Theodosius) in the centre of the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

What makes this tour special

This whistle-stop tour of Istanbul's highlights is great for those who wish to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time.

Note: The Blue Mosque is a religious place of worship, so please dress respectfully. Shoulders and legs must be covered, and head coverings are available at the mosque entrance for free. You will also be given a bag at entry in which to put your shoes.

The Best of Istanbul

In this amazing half-day highlights walking tour of Istanbul, you will have the chance to be fully immersed in the history and culture of this great city. Your first stop will be to the absolutely stunning Blue Mosque, the 17th century triumph of Sultan Ahmet I, and one of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul. Look out for the mosque's unique undulating exterior featuring myriad domes and six slender minarets. Gorgeous blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior, giving the building its unique name. 

Venturing forth to the Hagia Sophia, commissioned by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, consecrated as a church in 537, converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and finally promoted as a museum by Atatürk in 1935- you will find exquisite artistry of Byzantine architecture and rich history of the region than this great temple.

Divine Beauty 

As you enter the Hagia Sophia you can not help but be awestruck by the utter beauty of the extraordinary architecture and sense of the divine that will envelop you inside. The walls are covered with astonishing biblical images that miraculously have survived a tumultuous history. Do not feel overwhelmed, as your expert city guide will be talking you through the fascinating history of the building as well as the significance of the iconography and art you will find there.

Your final stop will be to the colourful Grand Bazaar, built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461, it expanded to eventually cover the vast labyrinthine treasure trove you see today. You will feel immersed in the ancient marketplace, exploring your way down narrow lanes to watch craftsmen and artists at work, whilst stopping for an obligatory Turkish treat and cup of mint tea. 

Travel Curious Tip: 
If you politely ask market sellers, they will wrap up fragile gifts for your flight home.

We built this tour because it allows visitors to appreciate the architectural beauty of Istanbul. 

What you'll see

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Prioritising Your Safety

Free cancellation

Do not fret, we have you covered with our 48 hrs cancellation policy.

Avoid the crowds

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Authentic Experiences

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Professional Guides

All guides are handpicked, trained and licensed to ensure you are immersed in the local culture

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QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <hello@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

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To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <hello@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
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