Private Istanbul Classical Tour

Everyday Guarantee Departures
1 Day
1 City
45 Reviews

Places to Visit

  • Best Seller
  • Blue Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Old City of Istanbul

Tour Program

Tour Program:

  • 8:30 AM: Meet your guide at your hotel lobby or Cruise Port of Istanbul
  • 9:00 AM: Visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) - One of the most iconic landmarks of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque is famous for its stunning architecture, including its six minarets and the thousands of blue tiles that adorn its interior.
  • 10:30 AM: Explore Hagia Sophia (optional) - A former church and mosque, this incredible structure is now a museum that showcases Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. You'll have the opportunity to see the stunning mosaics and the impressive dome that dominates the interior.
  • 12:00 PM: Visit Topkapi Palace (Optional)  - The palace was once the residence of Ottoman sultans and is a true testament to their grandeur and power. Explore its impressive courtyards, rooms, and halls, including the Harem, where the sultan's family and concubines once lived.
  • 1:30 PM: Lunch at a local restaurant - Sample some of the delicious Turkish cuisine, including kebabs, meze, and baklava. (Not included)
  • 3:00 PM: Grand Bazaar - One of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar is a must-visit for anyone visiting Istanbul. You can find everything from jewelry and textiles to spices and ceramics.
  • 5:00 PM: Return to your hotel or explore the city further on your own.

This itinerary covers some of the most famous landmarks and attractions in Istanbul and is a great way to experience the city's rich history and culture in just one day.

Tour Details Tour ID 297

Discover Istanbul's Classics: Private Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Istanbul's history and culture with our Istanbul Classical Tour. Marvel at the architectural magnificence of the Blue Mosque. 


With our expert guides, you'll gain insights into Istanbul's past and present, while savoring its culinary delights and experiencing warm Turkish hospitality. 

✅ Everyday guarantee departures 
✅ Private Local Guides
✅ Stress free tour 
✅ VIP Entrance Fees to museums and attractions

✅ Travel by luxury minivan ensures a personalized experience

✂ Fully customizable itinerary

Departures : Everyday

Starting Point : Istanbul Hotels

Duration :  6 Hours (Flexible)

Language : English


  • Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
  • Topkapi Palace (Optional)
  • The Basilica Cistern (Optional)
  • The Grand Bazaar
  • Hippodrome

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 professional licensed tour guide
  • VIP Entrance Fees to museums and attractions
  • Pick up from Hotel
  • Transfers with luxury minivan

❌ Exclusion:

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time

Q: What is the Private Istanbul Classical Tour?

A: The Private Istanbul Classical Tour is a guided tour that takes visitors on a journey through the historical and cultural sites of Istanbul, Turkey. It is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the city's rich heritage and landmarks.

Q: What are the highlights of the Private Istanbul Classical Tour?

A: The highlights of the Private Istanbul Classical Tour include visits to some of the city's most famous landmarks, such as the Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, and more.

Q: How long is the Private Classical Istanbul Tour?

A: The Private Istanbul Classical Tour typically lasts for a full day, starting in the morning and ending in the late afternoon or early evening. However, there may be variations depending on the tour operator.

Q: What is included in the tour package?

A: The tour package typically includes a professional guide, transportation to and from the sites. 

Q: What is the best time of year to take the Private Istanbul Classical Tour?

A: The tour can be taken throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the spring or autumn, when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller.

Q: What should I wear for the Classical Istanbul Tour?

A: It is recommended to dress modestly and wear comfortable walking shoes. For women, it is recommended to bring a headscarf to cover the hair when entering mosques.

Q: Can the tour be customized?

A: Yes, tour operators may offer customization options, such as the addition of specific sites or the extension of the tour duration. However, additional costs may apply.

Q: Is the tour suitable for families with children?

A: Yes, the tour is suitable for families with children, but it is recommended that children be at least 6 years old to fully enjoy the experience.

# 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

Sophia L.

Whether gazing at the city from the Blue Mosque's courtyard or savoring local delicacies, every moment was a snapshot of Istanbul's charm. It's a tour that leaves you with a deep appreciation for the city's timeless allure.

Logan K.

Istanbul unfolded like a historical kaleidoscope during this tour. Each turn revealed a new facet of the city's past, making it a riveting experience. It was like walking through the pages of a living history book, with every chapter more captivating than the last yes

Ava J.

Topkapi Palace was a highlight, offering a peek into the lives of royalty. The tour navigated through its chambers and courtyards, revealing the secrets of the Ottoman Empire. It was a fascinating exploration of power, luxury, and historical significance yesheart

Liam I.

The tour engaged all the senses, from the intricate designs of the landmarks to the tantalizing smells of the local cuisine. Istanbul came alive through a sensory overload, creating a holistic and immersive experience that goes beyond conventional tourism.

Penelope H.

The expertise of our guide was invaluable. Their in-depth knowledge transformed the tour into a scholarly exploration. They effortlessly answered questions, turning the tour into a dynamic dialogue. This personalized touch added immense value to the experience heart

Jackson G.

Istanbul Classical Tour masterfully blended sightseeing with cultural exploration. The itinerary's balance between historical sites and local experiences provided a comprehensive understanding of Istanbul. It felt like I not only saw the city but truly experienced it.

Ella F.

The stories shared during the tour lingered long after the visit. Each site had its own tale, and our guide's storytelling prowess made these narratives unforgettable. It was more than a tour; it was a narrative journey through Istanbul's captivating history.

Carter E.

Our tour with Turco Travel, led by Mehmet, was both memorable and educational. Exploring the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Mehmet seamlessly intertwined historical facts with captivating anecdotes. The tour was a perfect balance of learning and enjoyment, leaving us with lasting impressions of Istanbul's classics yes

Abigail D.

Beyond the monuments, the tour immersed us in Istanbul's vibrant culture. From bustling bazaars to hidden gems, we discovered facets of the city that aren't just in the history books yes It was a holistic exploration, capturing the essence of Istanbul heart

William C.

Exploring the cobbled streets around these landmarks transported me to different eras. It was a dream for history enthusiasts, seamlessly blending the past with the present yes

Scarlett B.

The Blue Mosque's intricate tile work and the grandeur of Hagia Sophia showcased Istanbul's architectural splendor. The tour not only showcased these marvels but provided historical context, enriching the visual experience with a deeper understanding of their significance.

Daniel A.

Navigating the Hagia Sophia, our guide highlighted its transformation from a church to a mosque, embodying the city's rich cultural fusion. Our guide's insights added layers of complexity to this fascinating narrative.

Victoria Z.

The warmth of Turkish hospitality was a highlight of the tour. From the moment we started, our guide made us feel like welcomed guests in Istanbul. Their passion for the city and its history was infectious, creating a memorable and personalized experience heartyes

Elijah Y.

Turco Travel's Istanbul Classical Tour, guided by Ahmet, provided a personalized exploration of Istanbul's treasures. Ahmet's attention to detail and ability to tailor the experience to our interests made the tour feel like a bespoke journey, deepening our connection to the city's cultural heritage.

Aurora P.

Beyond the historical marvels, the tour treated us to Istanbul's culinary gems. Sampling local delights was a delightful addition, offering a taste of the city's vibrant food culture. It was a sensory journey, blending history with the flavors of Istanbul heart

Mason W.

Our guide's insightful narratives transformed the tour into a rich tapestry of Istanbul's past and present. It was not just a sightseeing experience; it was a deep dive into the city's soul. The stories shared added layers of meaning to each historical site we explored.

Emily V.

Stepping into the Topkapi Palace felt like entering a realm of opulence and history. The tour offered a captivating glimpse into the lives of Ottoman sultans yes The intricate details of the palace and the expert narration made this visit truly unforgettable heart

Benjamin U.

Istanbul Classical Tour was a journey through time and beauty. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia left me in awe of their architectural grandeur. The expert guides added depth to the experience, sharing captivating stories that made these iconic landmarks come alive.

Mia T.

Demet, our guide from Turco Travel, brought Turkish history alive on our Istanbul Classical Tour. Navigating through Hagia Sophia's grandeur, she narrated tales of empires and conquerors, making the past resonate with the present heart

Oliver S.

This tour was a sensory and intellectual delight. The Blue Mosque's beauty, Hagia Sophia's grandeur, and Topkapi Palace's historical significance were captivating.

Chloe R.

Istanbul's past was clearly reflected by the Blue Mosque's grace, the majesty of Hagia Sophia, and the historical richness of Topkapi Palace. A highlight of the trip was hearing the guides' stories, which gave the experience dimension and richness heartyes

Aiden Q.

The Classical Tour of Istanbul was an exciting voyage of wonder. The tour was very remarkable due to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides who provided a personal touch.

Zoey P.

Enchanting were the historical splendor of Topkapi Palace, the timeless beauty of Hagia Sophia, and the intricate beauty of the Blue Mosque. Through the interpreters' engaging storytelling, these historical sites were brought to life, enhancing the tour's educational value and emotional resonance.

Lucas O.

Our Turco Travel guide, Cenk, expertly revealed Istanbul's captivating tales. He created an impressive picture of the Hagia Sophia's evolution through time as he walked through it smiley The historical nuances woven into this cultural treasure were better understood because to Cenk's skill as a storyteller yes

Grace N.

Istanbul's rich history was exhibited by the magnificent Blue Mosque, the splendor of Hagia Sophia, and the lavishness of Topkapi Palace. The tour was enhanced by the guides' knowledge and enthusiasm, making it a fascinating and unforgettable experience yes

Samuel M.

Istanbul Classical Tour was an engrossing investigation of the city's artistic assets. The calm of the Blue Mosque, the majesty of Hagia Sophia, and the historical wealth of Topkapi Palace provided a strong link to Istanbul's history. It was an intense and instructive experience because of the layers of significance that the guides' narratives brought.

Lily L.

Our guide from Turco Travel orchestrated a multisensory adventure in Istanbul. From the mesmerizing call to prayer at the Blue Mosque to the aromatic spice markets, every moment was curated for a complete immersion. Our guide's passion for the city was contagious, making it an unforgettable experience heartyes

Noah K.

The magnificent design of the Blue Mosque, the imposing presence of Hagia Sophia, and the lavishness of Topkapi Palace offered a comprehensive picture of Istanbul's history. 

Ava J.

This tour offered a fascinating glimpse into Istanbul's soul. The guides' passion for storytelling made the journey both educational and emotionally resonant, making it a standout experience yes

Christopher I.

Istanbul Classical Tour was a delightful revelation of the city's cultural gems. The Blue Mosque's intricate details, Hagia Sophia's timeless beauty, and the stories embedded in Topkapi Palace created a profound connection to Istanbul's history.

Hannah H.

In addition to teaching us about Istanbul's rich history, our lovely Turco Travel guide Gizem, also exposed us to the city's delectable cuisine heart We experienced the warmth of Turkish hospitality while perusing local markets and indulging in traditional Turkish cuisine a delightful fusion of history and cuisine yes

Ethan G.

Istanbul's past was vividly depicted by the Blue Mosque's tranquil ambience, Hagia Sophia's regal charm, and Topkapi Palace's historical magnificence. The trip was fascinating and enlightening because to the guides' engaging narration.

Stella F.

The Istanbul Classical Tour was a sensory delight, from the mesmerizing Blue Mosque to the iconic Hagia Sophia. Exploring Topkapi Palace was like stepping into a living history book yes The guides' passion and insights elevated the experience, making this tour a true celebration of Istanbul's cultural richness heart

Matthew E.

Istanbul's Classical Tour was a cultural immersion that surpassed expectations. The guides' expertise and anecdotes added a personal touch, making it an unforgettable journey through Istanbul's classics.

Lila D.

This tour was a captivating blend of history and beauty. The Blue Mosque's elegance, Hagia Sophia's grandiosity, and the opulence of Topkapi Palace were enchanting. The guides' narratives wove together the threads of Istanbul's past, creating a vivid tapestry that will linger in my memory.

Caleb C.

Our excellent Turco Travel guide, Mehmet, showed us around the magnificent Topkapi Palace. His evocative narration took us back to the era of harems and sultans, illuminating the palace's fascinating past and undiscovered treasuresyes

Maya B.

Awe-inspiring sights included the elaborate tile work of the Blue Mosque, the magnificence of Hagia Sophia, and the depth of history found at Topkapi Palace. With the background information provided by the informed guides, this tour was an enjoyable and thorough examination of Istanbul's cultural assets heart

Julian A.

The intricate details of the Blue Mosque and the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia showcased Istanbul's architectural brilliance yes The Topkapi Palace, steeped in history, was a testament to the city's grandeur. Overall, a must for those seeking a deep dive into Istanbul's historical gems heart

Sophia Z.

Gizem our guide from Turco Travel, skillfully unraveled the architectural marvels of Istanbul. Standing in the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, I marveled at the intricate details while absorbing Gizem's insightful commentary, which added layers of meaning to these iconic structures yesheart

Wyatt Y.

This tour's exploration of Istanbul's masterpieces was amazing. The magnificent Topkapi Palace, the calm atmosphere of the Blue Mosque, and the stately Hagia Sophia all provided a strong link to the city's history.

Addison F.

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia were breathtaking, and Topkapi Palace's tales were fascinating. The guides' expertise added layers to the experience, creating lasting memories of Istanbul's architectural and historical wonders yes

Owen W.

From the intricate designs of the Blue Mosque to the stories echoing within Hagia Sophia's walls, each moment was a step back in time. The guides' passion for history added depth, making this tour a perfect immersion into Istanbul's cultural tapestry.

Audrey V.

Turco Travel's Istanbul Classical Tour was an extraordinary journey through time. Our guide, Selçuk, seamlessly wove together the tales of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, creating an immersive experience that deepened my appreciation for Istanbul's rich history heart

Jackson U.

Topkapi Palace was a highlight of the Istanbul Classical Tour. The opulence and historical significance were captivating. The tour's seamless blend of architecture, history, and Turkish hospitality made it an unforgettable exploration of Istanbul's rich heritage.

Isla T.

Istanbul Classical Tour was a mesmerizing journey through history. The Blue Mosque's grandeur and Hagia Sophia's timeless beauty left me in awe heart The expert guides enriched the experience, weaving tales of Istanbul's past. It's a must for anyone wanting to delve into the city's cultural treasures yes

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