Full Day Istanbul City Tour

Best of Istanbul Tour

Istanbul is one of the most famous cities. The city is described as the cultural capital of Turkey. In addition to its relatively dense population, the city’s historical buildings are also popular. Every year, many local and foreign tourists visit here as part of different Istanbul tour packages.

Thanks to the best of Istanbul tour, you will have a chance to visit different regions of Istanbul. Both historical and natural beauties will make you enjoy your vacation. This Istanbul tour includes cable-car and cruise on the Bosphorus activities.

Duration: Full Day
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: 08:30
Ending Place: 17:00
Transportation: +


08:00 – 08:30 am ─ You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul.
You will be transferred to the first location of the Istanbul city tour. Then, the tour starts.

  • The first destination will be Ancient Hippodrome. This area is located in the city center. This structure has been used by the Byzantines as the center of sportive activities in the past for many years. The region also has structures such as Kaiser Wilhelm II Fountain, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Constantine Porphyrogenitus.
  • The second destination is the Blue Mosque. This structure is quite magnificent and has a total of 6 minarets. The building will be an excellent destination especially for those who are interested in the history of religions.
  • The third destination is the Hagai Sophia Museum. The museum is an area used as a church in the past. This famous museum, which was later used as a mosque, is open to visitors. The mosque can sometimes be used as a place of worship. This structure is one of the most famous buildings in Istanbul.
  • The fourth destination was Grand Covered Bazaar. This bazaar is a cultural market where traditional and historical objects are sold. This market is located in a closed area. In general, the structure of the market has been the same for many years.
  • You will have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
  • The fifth destination is Golden Horn. This region is known as the Haliç in Turkish. The Golden Horn presents a historical story and a natural beauty to the people. Many sea tours are organized on the Haliç. Especially during the summer holidays, such trips can be extremely enjoyable.
  • The sixth destination is Pierre Loti Hill. From this area, you can watch the whole Golden Horn and have a drink. Pierre Loti Hill has a breathtaking view from a high area. There are also restaurants and cafés where you can have a snack. In addition to the area from the Cable Car to the down to Eyup district, there will be many views of the area.
  • Finally, you will be visiting the Bosphorus between Asia and Europe. Bosphorus is made Istanbul one of the most important cities in the world for centuries. It will cut your breath. There will be many buildings along the cruise on the Bosphorus tour. These structures can be listed as Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Kempinski, Maiden’s Tower, Beylerbeyi Palace, Old Pasha Villas, Rumeli Fortress.
  • You will be able to examine all the buildings listed above in the Bosphorus tour. Our licensed tour guides will give you historical and structural information about each building you see during the tour.

17:00 ─ The best of Istanbul city tour is ended.
You will be transferred back to your hotel in Istanbul.


  • Pick up and drop off from Central Hotels.
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Bosphorus Boat Cruise
  • Cable car on Pierre Loti Hill
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fees
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Buses
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the lunch
  • Any extra fees for transportation if your hotel is not central


Closed Days

  1. Blue Mosque is closed on Friday due to Friday Prayer. No Replacement.
  2. Hagia Sophia is closed in the winter period on Monday. Replaced with Underground Cistern.
  3. Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday. Replaced with Handicraft Store.


12 reviews for Best of Istanbul Tour
  1. Gillian

    My assistant booked the last minted excursions in Turkey from the web online. I didn’t think my day tours would be this good. This tour company pays attention to its business and cares a lot about the quality of the tours. Especially my tours in Istanbul and Cappadocia day tour were great. They were very well organized, not crowded, and had guides who were knowledgeable about Turkey and history knowledgeable. They are very chatty and exciting people, there was never a dull moment with them as our guides. I wonder how my Ephesus and Pamukkale day tour will be tomorrow. I will recommend this company to all my friends around.

  2. Bernad

    A must-do in Istanbul. Had this tour a year ago and had the chance to take it this year again with my girlfriend. An extraordinary experience with the best travel team in Turkey. Travel services and level of knowledge has increased even more this year. Everything was so detailed in the tour program and they really take care of you and your family’s needs in a day. Communication was good and English skills nice. You can contact them on whatsapp as well. Hope can visit other cities of Turkey on our next vacation. Thank you.

  3. Marcos

    Each phase of the itinerary was excellent. From picking up at the airports, the driver, the local guides, and also visiting sights. The hotels were nice and clean. Toursce.com team is the best.

  4. Wendy

    Magnificent Istanbul tour itinerary. Toursce’s tour guide was a faultless tour guide, very knowledgeable on the sites we visited. The hotel was very good, clean and in the center. And this small group made us feel like family far away. Overall, precise tour service and the best company in Turkey!

  5. Luciano

    Istanbul was an incredible experience overall. Our tour guide Ms. Eylul (Ms. September) was extremely knowledgeable of the culture, history, places; restaurants, and areas of Istanbul. We got to enjoy our full-day tour at Saltanamet Square. She speaks three languages; we did the Spanish tour and he explained everything and cleared all my doubts. She was patient, respectful, professional and he coordinated our time perfectly to be available to get the most of our time and get to visit everything. She recommended visiting Dolmabache Palace palace which we didn’t know anything about it and the experience was breathtaking. ToursCE (our travel organization) we recommend the travel team and their lovely tour guides highly, they are extremely educated.

  6. Katie

    This is Istanbul and it an amazing city with thousands of years of rich history & culture. Ozan was our tour guide and he was simply the best. Super professional, friendly, kind, and so smart person. He knew everything about this city’s history, and he did a great job explaining everything. My parents are history and nature lovers. This tour was one of the best in a short period for them. Ozan was also very flexible with the schedule, tailoring it fit our specific interests and requests although we didn’t alter the designed schedule too much since it offered everything. Thank you for your advice to book this tour privately for my family. We had more time with our personal tour guide in the city. We will come back again. Thank you very much.

  7. Christine

    The best decision I made when booking my trip to Istanbul was choosing the best of the Istanbul tour. Turkey, for my Istanbul vacation. I had an awesome time in Istanbul, Turkey. There are dozens of options to choose from when picking a trip from this travel company. I suggest to read through them all and pick what best suits your goals for the tour. If you have a short time then this tour is the best option in Istanbul. I highly recommend choosing the best of Istanbul full day sightseeing tour for history and natural beauty. It is the 8-hour tour of Istanbul also, included boat cruise between Europe and Asia continents. That is an amazing day! This is a regular group tour but if you like that they can customize privately for your group as well. Our tour guide knowledgeable and very kind. Meanwhile, they adjusted the itinerary based on our needs and dropped us off right back at our hotel at the end of the day. The best part was to see the old city included Blue Mosque,d Hagia Sophia museum, and Bosphorus in one tour. I will choose your other tours when I come back in the future. Thank you.

  8. Paul

    Reha was an amazing tour guide today. Great insight and extremely helpful to my family. we would recommend anyone looking to take a day tour in Istanbul, especially to the old city and Bosphorus. Just wonderful in Istanbul. Thank you very much.

  9. Alfred

    Me and my wife love to discovering new cities and cultures. Main reason of our desicion was that turkish culture is completely different than ours in america. Your foods is kinda spicey but but excellent, and ofcourse the true hospitality. We decide to do this tour private couse for thepeople like us around 60’s hard to act with group. Every spot we visit was fabulous. Our guide she was a real lady. And specialy shoping at spice bazaar was huge fun. I’m glad that we choose the right agency for the right trip.

  10. Zackary

    From the time we arrived in Istanbul until we checked into our return flight, the guides and the travel team took care that we moved effortlessly from place to place and that our lack of of language knowledge caused no problems. Thank you so much for that great day.

  11. Evans

    The trip was outstanding. This travel company arranged the trip and met all our expectations. Everything about it was perfect. The guides and drivers were wonderful. Excluding traffic =)

  12. Ronald Mclaren

    Being on our 50’s, we thought a private tour would be more comfortable for us.We almost always did private tours in the cities we have visited..First time in Istanbul turned to a great experience experience thanks to the effort of our agent and the tour guide. We had very short time but they made it a great trip. Istanbul is a a living history and in every step you come across a heritage. We learnt quite a lot from our guide. She was excellent. Thanks a lot..

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