Introduction to Guided Istanbul Tours
Welcome to Guided Istanbul Tours, your gateway to an unforgettable exploration of Turkey, a country where ancient traditions meet modern wonders. Turkey is a land of captivating beauty, rich history, and diverse cultural experiences. To fully immerse yourself in the country's charm and unlock its hidden treasures, we highly recommend embarking on a guided tour.
Among the myriad of tour operators available, Guided Istanbul Tours stands out for its exceptional service, comprehensive offerings, and passionate commitment to providing an enriching experience.
Why Choose Guided Istanbul Tours?
At Guided Istanbul Tours, we specialize in private tours led by licensed guides who are true experts in their field. Our meticulously designed tours are aimed at providing you with a deep dive into Istanbul's history, culture, and iconic landmarks. With our tours, you can expect a seamless and enriching journey that uncovers the hidden gems of this magnificent city.
Benefits of a Guided Tour
Opting for a guided tour offers numerous advantages that enhance your overall experience. Our tours provide a structured itinerary, ensuring you visit all the must-see locations without the hassle of planning and navigating on your own. Moreover, our knowledgeable guides bring each site to life with their in-depth information, fascinating insights, and captivating storytelling. Their expertise ensures that you gain a deeper understanding of Istanbul's historical significance and cultural nuances.
Exploring Istanbul with Guided Istanbul Tours
We offer a variety of Istanbul tours that cater to different interests. Here are a few highlights:
- Classical Private Istanbul Tour: This full-day walking tour covers key historical sites that are within a 5-minute walking distance from each other. The tour includes visits to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar.
- Golden Istanbul Tour: This special tour includes visits to unique places that are difficult to visit on your own. The tour covers the Suleymaniye Mosque, Church of Chora, Pierre Loti Hill, Fener and Balat towns, Dolmabahce Palace, and more.
- Istanbul Food Tour: This tour takes you off the beaten track to sample the real tastes of Istanbul. The tour includes visits to local markets, a tea-coffee break, a ferry ride to the Asian side of Istanbul, and a sampling of various Turkish delicacies.
- Museums of Istanbul: This tour is perfect for those seeking a great cultural activity in Istanbul. The tour includes visits to the Archeology Museum of Istanbul, Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia), Mosaic Museum, and more.
- Jewish Heritage Istanbul Tour: This full-day tour includes visits to Beyoglu & Pera, Galata Quarter, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Jewish Museum, and the Jewish Quarter of Balat.
- Pera Walk with Bosphorus cruise by private yacht: This tour includes a walk down Istiklal Street, a visit to Galata Tower, and a 2-hour private yacht tour along the Bosphorus.
- Istanbul Intense Tour: This tour includes visits to the splendid Topkapi Palace, Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sofia), and the stunning Mosque of Rustem Pasa.
Each tour includes the services of a private professional English-speaking tour guide, all entrance fees to the sites, private transportation by non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles, and pick up and drop off to the hotel.
Daily Istanbul Walks
With Guided Istanbul Tours, you can book a unique "Daily Istanbul Walks" tour that takes you off the beaten path. This tour is designed to immerse you in the local culture and lifestyle of Istanbul. Starting from Tahtakale, a bustling local shopping area, we guide you through the historic Spice Market, the beautiful Rustem Pasa Mosque, and across the Bosphorus to the residential area of Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul.
The journey continues back to the European side, passing by the Dolmabace Palace and up to Taksim via a funicular. A stroll down Istiklal Street gives you a taste of Istanbul's vibrant nightlife. The tour concludes with a visit to the iconic Galata Tower and a walk across the Galata Bridge, finishing in Eminonu. With our expert guides, you'll experience Istanbul as locals do, making your visit truly unforgettable.
Day Trips: Exploring Beyond Istanbul
We also offer a variety of day trips from Istanbul, allowing you to explore the rich history and culture of Turkey beyond the city's borders. Here are some of the day trips you can select from:
- Ephesus Tour: This tour takes you to the ancient city of Ephesus, where you'll explore the Isa Bey Mosque, the Great Theater, and the Temple Of Artemis, among other sites.
- Cappadocia Tour: This tour takes you to the unique landscapes of Cappadocia, where you'll visit the Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum, and Uchisar.
- Gallipoli Tour: This tour takes you to the Gallipoli Peninsula, where you'll visit the Gallipoli National Park, Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, and various war memorials and cemeteries.
- Iznik (Nicea) Tour: This tour takes you to Iznik, where you'll visit the St. Sophia of Iznik, the archeology museum, the Green Mosque, and a local Iznik Tiles workshop.
- Bursa Tour: This tour takes you to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottomans. You'll visit the village of Cumalikizik, the Green Mosque & Tomb, the Grand Mosque, and the Silk Market.
Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour: This tour takes you to Pamukkale and Hierapolis, where you'll explore the snow-white terraces and waterfalls of Pamukkale and the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis.
Turkey Tours: Discover the Richness of Turkey
Guided Istanbul Tours offers an extensive 13 day Turkey tour that takes you beyond Istanbul to explore the country's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. The tour includes visits to several key cities and historical sites.
The journey begins in Istanbul, where you explore the city's iconic landmarks, including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar. From Istanbul, the tour takes you to the historic battlefields of Gallipoli, the ancient city of Troy, the cultural hub of Pergamum, and the vibrant city of Kusadasi.
In Ephesus, you'll explore the remains of the Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsus. The tour also includes a visit to Pamukkale, known for its snow-white terraces and waterfalls, and the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis.
The journey continues to Antalya, where you'll visit the splendid Roman Amphitheatre in Aspendos and the old port town of Side. From Antalya, the tour takes you to Fethiye, a city known for its natural beauty.
The tour includes bed & breakfast accommodation, private and scheduled tours, all entrance fees, all transportation, and meals as indicated. The tour can be extended or shortened upon request.
Bosphorus Tours: A Voyage through History and Beauty
We also offer a variety of Bosphorus tours that allow you to experience the beauty and history of Istanbul from a unique perspective.
The 2-hour Bosphorus Cruise Tour by Private Yacht is an exclusive experience that offers breathtaking views of historical buildings, palaces, and mansions. The yacht is ideal for small groups and provides a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere. The tour includes a complimentary tea or coffee and the option to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on board.
The Half-Day Bosphorus Tour includes a visit to the Spice Market and the Rustem Pasa Mosque, famous for its Iznik tiles, followed by a 1.5-hour boat tour. The boat tour offers charming views of Ottoman houses, bridges, palaces, and fortresses.
The Full Day Bosphorus Tour with Dolmabahce Palace & Pera is a comprehensive experience that includes the same itinerary as the Half Day Bosphorus Tour, with additional visits to the Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim, also known as Pera. The tour includes a lunch break and ends with a walk across the Galata Bridge.
All tours include the services of a professional English-speaking tour guide, cruise tickets, private transportation, and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Other Tours: Maximizing Your Istanbul Experience
If one of the above tours doesn’t match your time constraints or interests, consider one of the following:
Istanbul Layover Tours, designed for travelers with a layover in Istanbul. Depending on your schedule, we can organize a special tour that includes visits to the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Underground Cistern, Grand Bazaar, and the New City part of Istanbul, also known as Pera. The tour ends with a typical Turkish dinner at a local restaurant.
For those interested in cultural performances, we offer a Turkish Show with Dinner. This tour includes a scenic night drive to the restaurant, where you'll enjoy a full-course meal of fine Turkish cuisine accompanied by music and dance performances in traditional surroundings.
We also offer the Whirling Dervishes Show, a sacred ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. This is not a theatrical spectacle but a serious religious ritual that provides a unique cultural experience.
Lastly, we provide Private Airport Transfers to and from Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport. This service offers a more comfortable and reliable alternative to taxis.
The Integral Role of Private Guides in Guided Istanbul Tours
Private guides are the cornerstone of our tours at Guided Istanbul Tours. They are instrumental in enriching your Istanbul tour experience, transforming it from a mere sightseeing trip into a deep, insightful exploration of the city's rich history and vibrant culture.
Expertise and Knowledge
Our private guides are not just well-versed in Istanbul's history and culture; they are passionate storytellers who bring the city's past to life. They delve beyond the surface, providing fascinating insights, intriguing anecdotes, and lesser-known facts that you wouldn't find in a typical guidebook. This depth of knowledge allows you to gain a more profound understanding of Istanbul, its people, and its heritage.
At Guided Istanbul Tours, we believe that every traveler is unique, with their own interests and preferences. Our private guides are committed to tailoring the tour to your specific interests, whether you're drawn to historical sites, local cuisine, art, or architecture. This personalized approach ensures a unique and engaging experience that resonates with you, making your tour truly unforgettable.
Booking Your Tour with Guided Istanbul Tours
Embarking on your journey with us is straightforward. To get started, simply fill out the form below to connect with our travel experts. They will work closely with you to craft the perfect tour itinerary that aligns with your interests and preferences, ensuring your next visit to Turkey is everything you've dreamed of and more.
Guided Istanbul Tours is dedicated to offering a rich, informative, and personalized tour experience. We invite you to explore Istanbul's history, culture, and iconic sites in-depth, guided by our knowledgeable and passionate private guides. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, or a sightseer, we promise a unique and engaging experience that caters to your interests. Discover the vibrant city of Istanbul with us, and create memories that will last a lifetime.