The Best of Istanbul Economically

Every Monday,
3 Day
1 City
30 Reviews

Places to Visit

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Spice Market
  • Bosphorus

Tour Program

Our guide will pick you up from the hotel for a full-day tour of the heart of Ottoman and Byzantine history. 


The highlights of the day include:

  • Hagia Sophia: Enter the magnificent Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its Byzantine architecture and breathtaking interior.
  • Blue Mosque: Visit one of the most iconic landmarks of Istanbul, known for its impressive blue tile work and grandeur.
  • Topkapi Palace: Explore the former residence of the Ottoman sultans and discover its rich history and stunning architecture.
  • Grand Bazaar: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the world's oldest covered market, where you can shop for unique souvenirs, spices, and textiles.
  • Hippodrome: Step back in time at the ancient chariot-racing track and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column, and German Fountain.
  • Basilica Cistern: Located beneath Istanbul, Turkey, the Basilica Cistern is an ancient underground reservoir from the Byzantine era. With its stunning columns and mysterious Medusa heads, it's a captivating destination for history enthusiasts.
HHK Downtown Istanbul

Located right next to Çorlulu Ali Pasha Madrasa, the hotel is approximately a 5-minute walk from Istanbul city center. This hotel is 200 ..


Optional Istanbul Tour

Embark on a memorable Bosphorus Cruise, taking in Istanbul's skyline from a public ferry.

Explore Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, and Istiklal Street. Discover hidden gems in Cicek Passage, catch the iconic Galata Tower, and enjoy the vibrant aromas of the Spice Market.


The highlights of the day include:

  • Dolmabahce Palace: Dolmabahce Palace, situated on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, is a magnificent Ottoman-era palace known for its opulent architecture and lavish interiors. 
  • Cicek Passage: Nestled in Istanbul, Turkey, is a vibrant and historic shopping arcade. Known for its lively atmosphere and diverse array of shops, it offers visitors a delightful experience of Turkish culture, cuisine, and crafts. 
  • Galata Tower: Dominating Istanbul's skyline, the Galata Tower is a medieval gem providing panoramic views of the city and the Bosphorus. Dating back to the 14th century, it offers a historic and scenic experience for visitors.
  • Spice Market: Located in Istanbul, Turkey, is a bustling and aromatic bazaar renowned for its vibrant array of spices, herbs, and exotic goods. 

​​(OPTIONAL - You can select in booking form as add-on)

HHK Downtown Istanbul

Located right next to Çorlulu Ali Pasha Madrasa, the hotel is approximately a 5-minute walk from Istanbul city center. This hotel is 200 ..


Optional Istanbul Tour

Explore the captivating Fener and Balat districts, marvel at the unique St. Stephen Church (Iron Church), enjoy panoramic views from Pierre Lotti Hill via a cable car ride.


The highlights of the day include:

  • Suleymaniye Mosque: A majestic Ottoman structure in Istanbul, Turkey, stands as an architectural masterpiece and a significant cultural symbol. Built in the 16th century, it offers breathtaking views of the city and the Golden Horn. 
  • St. Stephen Church (Iron Church): The St. Stephen Church, or Iron Church, in Istanbul, Turkey, is a historic Bulgarian Orthodox church recognized for its unique iron construction dating back to the 19th century.
  • Pierre Loti Hill: Pierre Loti Hill, overlooking the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, provides stunning panoramic views of the city. Named after the French writer Pierre Loti, it's a serene and picturesque spot accessible by cable car, offering a peaceful escape and a glimpse into Istanbul's beauty.
  • Rahmi Koc Museum: The Rahmi Koc Museum, located in Istanbul, Turkey, showcases a diverse collection of historical vehicles, industrial artifacts, and maritime exhibits. 

(OPTIONAL - You can select in booking form as add-on)

Tour Details Tour ID 266

Best of Istanbul in 3 Days: Economical City Exploration

Embark on an action-packed private guided tour that unveils the magnificence of its architecture and the richness of its history as the former capital of the Ottoman Empire.


With flexible daily Istanbul itineraries lasting 7 hours each, our private tours offers the perfect opportunity to explore the city's top sites at your own pace.

You can pick 1 or 2 or 3 days! Please click "Make a Reservation" button for all options.

✅ Small groups max 15 person 
✅ Local Guides 
✅ Stress free tour 
✅ Travel by luxury minivan ensures a personalized experience

✂ Fully customizable itinerary

Departures : Monday

Starting Point : Istanbul Hotels

Duration :  3 Days

Language : English


  • Blue Mosque
  • Spice Market
  • The Grand Bazaar
  • Bosphorus Cruise
  • Taksim

When you open the booking form ( after you click make reservation button) you will see optional activities, so you can add them in your tour and you can customize it as you wish.

✅ Inclusion :

  • Private tour
  • Professional local guide
  • Guide meets you at central hotels

❌ Exclusion:

  • Transportation (from/back to hotel, between sites (unless transportation option is selected)
  • Museum Tickets
  • Meals and drinks
  • Accommodations

When you open the booking form ( after you click make reservation button) you will see optional activities, so you can add them in your tour and you can customize it as you wish.

  • What is the Best of Istanbul 1, 2, 3 Days Tour? The Best of Istanbul 1, 2, 3 Days Tour is a comprehensive tour package offered by Turco Travel, designed to provide you with an immersive experience of Istanbul's top attractions and landmarks. The tour is available in three different durations: 1, 2, or 3 days, allowing you to choose the option that suits your schedule and preferences.
  • What are the highlights of the tour? The tour covers a wide range of Istanbul's must-visit attractions, including iconic landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, and more. You will also have the opportunity to take a Bosphorus cruise, explore the historic Sultanahmet district, and indulge in delicious Turkish cuisine.
  • Are accommodations included in the tour package? Accommodations are not included in the tour package. However, Turco Travel can assist you in finding suitable accommodation options based on your preferences and budget.
  • Are meals included in the tour package? The tour package does not include meals, but your guide will recommend local restaurants and eateries where you can enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine during the tour. You will have the flexibility to choose and pay for your own meals.
  • How do I book the Best of Istanbul Tour? To book the Best of Istanbul 1, 2, 3 Days Tour, you can visit Turco Travel's official website at On the website, you will find the tour details and options to select your preferred duration. Follow the booking instructions provided on the website, and if you have any questions or need assistance, you can contact Turco Travel's customer support.
  • Is transportation included in the tour package? Optional, transportation is included in the tour package if you select the add-on in the booking form. You will be provided with comfortable and air-conditioned transportation for the duration of the tour, ensuring convenient transfers between attractions. Otherwise you will use public transportation with your own expense.
  • Are entrance fees to attractions included? NO, the entrance fees to the attractions mentioned in the tour itinerary are NOT included in the package price. 
  • Is the tour suitable for children? Yes, the tour is suitable for children. Istanbul has a rich history and culture that can captivate visitors of all ages. However, please note that certain attractions may have age restrictions or limitations, so it's advisable to check with Turco Travel in advance if you have specific concerns or requirements.
  • Can I customize the tour itinerary? Turco Travel offers pre-designed itineraries for the Best of Istanbul Tour; however, they may be able to accommodate specific requests or modifications depending on feasibility and availability. It's recommended to reach out to their customer support to discuss any customization options.
  • What should I bring with me on the tour? It's recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle. Additionally, don't forget to carry some local currency for personal expenses, meals, and shopping.
  • What is the cancellation policy? Turco Travel's cancellation policy may vary, and it's advisable to review their terms and conditions or contact their customer support for specific details regarding cancellations, refunds, and any associated fees.

# For cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be %20 of the total amount as penalty.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour without any penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

# For cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be no refund.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour with only %10 penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

After you submit your reservation please send copies of passports of all participants, and your arrival/departure airport transfer informations via email [email protected] For further assistance please feel free to call +905434428069

Samuel L.

Beyond the monuments and landscapes, the tour left us with lasting memories of cultural exchanges, laughter with fellow travelers, and a profound appreciation for Istanbul's resilience and beauty. It wasn't just a guided tour; it was a transformative journey that etched Istanbul's splendor in our hearts.

Mia W.

The use of local transportation, including trams and ferries, provided an authentic feel of Istanbul's daily life. Navigating the bustling streets alongside locals enhanced our connection to the city. It was a refreshing departure from typical tourist experiences, offering a glimpse into the pulse of Istanbul's urban rhythm.

Benjamin V.

Turco Travel's 3-day economical tour, guided by Demet, was a perfect blend of affordability and cultural richness. Demet's storytelling at the Byzantine and Ottoman relics added a vibrant layer to our journey. The well-paced itinerary made it possible to savor every moment, ensuring a memorable exploration of Istanbul.

Ava U.

The tour extended beyond daylight, incorporating evenings filled with the enchantment of Istanbul's illuminated landmarks. Night visits to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia presented a different ambiance, emphasizing the city's mystical allure. 

James T.

The guide's attentiveness to individual interests and the group's dynamics created a tailored experience. It was evident that the organizers prioritized quality over quantity, ensuring each participant felt seen and heard throughout the journey.

Sophia S.

From hotel pickups to smooth transitions between sites, the well-organized logistics ensured a hassle-free experience. This attention to detail allowed us to focus entirely on absorbing the beauty and history of Istanbul without any logistical concerns.

Vanessa R.

Istanbul came alive through the eyes of our guide Gizem from Turco Travel. Her in-depth knowledge and friendly demeanor made the tour both informative and enjoyable. The economic aspect of the tour allowed us to explore the city's economic hubs without compromising on the experience.

Emma Q.

The tour engaged us with interactive learning experiences, such as a tile-making workshop near the Blue Mosque. These hands-on activities provided a deeper connection to Istanbul's cultural heritage. It wasn't just a tour; it was a chance to actively participate in and contribute to the city's traditions.

Amelia P.

Our 3-day budget vacation was enhanced with a personalized touch by Meryem, our Turco Travel guide. She led us through the old districts with great interest for Istanbul's cultural tapestry. Deep dives into the economic and cultural subtleties of the city were guaranteed by the customizable daily itineraries.

Olivia O.

Despite the packed itinerary, the tour maintained a relaxed pace. Ample time for strolling through the serene gardens of Topkapi Palace or leisurely enjoying Turkish tea in a local cafe added a sense of tranquility to the exploration. It was a well-thought-out balance between exploration and relaxation.

Michael N.

Exploring Istanbul economically with Turco Travel was a wise choice. Our guide proved to be a treasure trove of knowledge. From the Grand Bazaar to the Spice Market, our guide's commentary added layers to our understanding of Istanbul's economic history, making this tour both insightful and budget-friendly.

Emily M.

The tour's strategic timing allowed for capturing the city's beauty in different lights. Whether framing the city from the Galata Tower or capturing the sunset over the Bosphorus, each moment was a visual feast for photography enthusiasts.

Daniel L.

Turco Travel's economical tour exceeded expectations, thanks to our guide Mehmet. His expertise illuminated Istanbul's past, making landmarks like Topkapi Palace more than just architectural wonders. The flexibility of the schedule ensured we had ample time to absorb Mehmet's insights and the city's grandeur.

Mia K.

Istanbul's culinary scene was a highlight of the tour. The guide led us to local eateries, introducing us to flavors that define Turkish cuisine. From street food at Eminonu Square to traditional kebabs in Sultanahmet, each meal was a gastronomic journey, showcasing Istanbul's diverse and delicious offerings.

Christopher J.

The tour not only covered the mainstream attractions but also unearthed hidden gems like the Little Hagia Sophia. These lesser-known treasures, complemented by insightful commentary, added a layer of discovery, making the tour a delightful blend of iconic landmarks and off-the-beaten-path wonders.

Ava I.

Our guide from Turco Travel made our Istanbul adventure unforgettable. Guide's extensive knowledge and enthusiasm made historical sites like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque come alive. The 7-hour daily itinerary struck the perfect balance, allowing us to absorb the city's charm without feeling rushed.

Benjamin H.

This economically designed tour delivered exceptional value for money. The inclusion of entrance fees, private transportation, and a knowledgeable guide made it a cost-effective choice. Istanbul's grandeur was presented in an accessible manner, proving that an enriching exploration of this mesmerizing city doesn't have to break the bank.

Sophia G.

The well-organized itinerary ensured that every moment was maximized. Without feeling rushed, we covered Istanbul's gems efficiently. From the intricacies of the mosaics at Chora Church to the bustling energy of the Egyptian Bazaar, the tour's time management allowed for a comprehensive experience in just three days.

Noah F.

Ahmet from Turco Travel truly brought Istanbul's history to life during our 3-day exploration. His passion for the city was contagious as he shared captivating stories about the Ottoman Empire. The tour's economic aspect didn't compromise the quality; we experienced a rich cultural immersion without breaking the bank.

Isabella E.

Our guide seamlessly intertwined historical narratives with contemporary insights, offering a holistic understanding of Istanbul. Beyond the monuments, we delved into the city's heartbeat, understanding its modern dynamics. This added layer of knowledge enhanced the tour, making it a well-rounded exploration of Istanbul's past and present.

Liam D.

The tour inclusively covered major landmarks, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of Istanbul's significance. From the religious importance of the Blue Mosque to the political history embedded in Hagia Sophia, every facet of the city's heritage was thoughtfully incorporated.

Grace C.

It afforded us the liberty to explore sites like the Hippodrome and Suleymaniye Mosque at our own pace. This flexibility added a personalized touch to the tour, catering to individual interests and preferences.

Ethan B.

Istanbul's cultural diversity unfolded through visits to the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. The guided exploration allowed us to engage with local vendors, savoring the vibrant atmosphere. The tour's economic aspect didn't hinder the authentic cultural experience, creating memories of bustling markets and aromatic spice stalls.

Olivia A.

The tour intelligently included a Bosphorus cruise, a highlight that provided a unique perspective of Istanbul's skyline. The blend of Europe and Asia on either side of the strait was visually arresting. The economical nature of the tour didn't compromise on the enchanting views and cultural richness along the Bosphorus.

Michael Z.

Turco Travel's 3-day economical tour of Istanbul was a delightful blend of history and architecture. Our guide expertly navigated us through the city's iconic sites, providing insightful commentary that added depth to each location. 

Aria Y.

As the former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul's tour offered a glimpse into the opulence of that era. The Topkapi Palace, with its stunning courtyards and royal chambers, transported us back in time. The knowledgeable guide added depth to the experience, narrating tales of the empire's grandeur.

Andrew X.

The private guided tour expertly showcased iconic structures like the Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. The flexibility of the itinerary allowed for unhurried exploration, letting us marvel at the intricate details and craftsmanship of these remarkable buildings.

Scarlett W.

Istanbul tour provided an immersive experience into the city's historical wonders. From the grandeur of Hagia Sophia to the intricate details of the Blue Mosque, each site resonated with the rich tapestry of Istanbul's past. The seven-hour daily itinerary allowed for a deep dive into the city's captivating history.

Nina P.

The Best of Istanbul Economically tour exceeded my expectations in every way. Istanbul is a city steeped in history and culture, and this tour provided a fantastic overview of its top attractions. The Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque were absolute highlights, and the guide offered informative insights.

I'm giving this tour a well-deserved 5-star rating because it not only covered the must-see sites but also allowed for some free time to explore and soak in the atmosphere on my own. The group size was manageable, making it easy to interact with the guide and fellow travelers. If you're looking for an economical yet comprehensive Istanbul experience, this tour is an excellent choice.


Ethan J.

The Best of Istanbul Economically tour was a great introduction to this vibrant city. We visited some of the iconic landmarks like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, which were awe-inspiring.

The reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that, the group was quite large, which made it challenging to hear and stay together at times. Nonetheless, it's a cost-effective way to see the highlights of Istanbul, and I enjoyed the experience.

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