Best Istanbul English Guided Tours (No Regrets Insider Advice)

Visit Istanbul’s most visited attractions and sights on one of these top Istanbul English guided tours. Take this sightseeing and landmarks tour of Istanbul and learn from the professional guides as they show you the best places to explore in the city. Enjoy the exciting historical and cultural facts about the city on these famous landmarks, museums and city walking tours, etc.

Which Guided Tour Should I Attend to?

Here, we only suggest the proven tours and top rated ones with travelers’ comments. And they are only English.

Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

This is Get Your Guide’s top selling and certified tour, which means it has gained one of the best traveler experiences. Has great traveler ratings and comments.

You’ll discover the magic of Istanbul on a private 1 or 2-day walking tour with skip the line tickets. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Istiklal Street.

Insider Advice: Kickstart your Istanbul adventure with the Istanbul E-Pass or Istanbul Tourist Pass. These passes provide free access to around 70+ top attractions, tours and essential local services in the city with around 70% savings.

Duration: 7 hours – 2 days
Live tour guide: English, Spanish, German, Japanese
Pick-up from the front desk of your hotel in Istanbul

Book Highlights of Istanbul Guided Tour

Just click the red button above to buy your 1 or 2 Day Private Guided Tour of Istanbul online. We recommend you book in advance to guarantee your place.

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

This is also Get Your Guide’s top selling tour. Has great traveler ratings and comments.

You’ll see the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customized tour with private guide. Marvel at some of the city’s most significant sights including Topkapi Palace, Chora Church, Basilica Cistern, Fener-Balat neighborhood, and many more.

Duration: 7 hours – 3 days
Live tour guide: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Pickup is available from centrally-located hotels in Istanbul, by your guide on foot.



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Book Istanbul 1, 2 or 3-Day Guided Tour

Just click the red button above to buy your 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour of Istanbul online. We recommend you book in advance to guarantee your place.

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

A Tour of Hagia Sophia

This is our collaborator providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. You’ll save time with skip the long queues. A great value for money. And free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.

You’ll enjoy Hagia Sophia with one of the few historian guides available in Istanbul, who will tell you about each detail and story about the museum, and you’ll have a detailed look at the architecture, mosaics, construction, the imperial dome, upper galleries and the decoration from the past and today that tell the story of Hagia Sophia.

Book Your Hagia Sophia Guided Tour

Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount. Just click the red button above and make sure you see the discounted price on the official page.

A Tour of Hagia Sophia

This is our collaborator providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. They offer Hagia Sophia guidance with fast track entry tickets. You’ll save time with skip the long queues. A great value for money. And free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.


You’ll enjoy Hagia Sophia with one of the few historian guides available in Istanbul, who will tell you about each detail and story about the museum, and you’ll have a detailed look at the architecture, mosaics, construction, the imperial dome, upper galleries and the decoration from the past and today that tell the story of Hagia Sophia.

We recommend the below ticket options for the great value for money.

  1. Hagia Sophia with Audio App (no need a guide, audio guide will lead you for all + 5% discount)
  2. Hagia Sophia Tour with Historian Guide (if you want a pro-guide with you + 5% discount)
  3. Combo Ticket & Tour (all in one – Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern, our favorite, no need to look for else, trust us + 5% discount)
  4. Istanbul Must See Highlights Tour (another combo with Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque & Bosphorus Cruise)
  5. Hagia Sophia: Guided Highlights Tour and In-App Audio Guide (great one)
  6. Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour (good one)
  7. Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour (good one)

Wanna learn more about Hagia Sophia Museum?

Topkapi Palace Museum

A must visit place, a magnificent oriental palace, one of world’s richest museums, as well as one of the world’s greatest architectural works.

We recommend the below ticket options for the great value for money.

  1. Topkapi Palace Ticket, Tour, Audio App (great one, guide and audio app will lead you for all + 5% discount)
  2. Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Historian Guide (if you want a pro-guide with you inc. Harem + 5% discount)
  3. Combo Ticket & Tour (all top-3 one – Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace & Basilica Cistern, our favorite, no need to look for else, trust us + 5% discount)
  4. Istanbul Must See Highlights Tour (another combo with Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque & Bosphorus Cruise)
  5. Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour (good one)
  6. Topkapi Palace & Harem Tour with Entry Ticket (good one)

Wanna learn more about Topkapi Palace Museum?

A Tour of Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square

This is offered by Istanbul Welcome Card and we highly recommend. You’ll discover and enjoy all the historical buildings from outside that surround the ancient imperial square of Istanbul. Between the monuments, your guide will take you through the ages of Istanbul – from antiquity to modern times.

During this tour, we will discover all the historical buildings from outside that surround the ancient imperial square of Istanbul. Between the monuments, your guide will take you through the ages of Istanbul – from antiquity to modern times.

Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount. Just click the red button below and make sure you see the discounted price on the official page.

Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square Tour & Historian Guide

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Dolmabahce Palace Museum

One of the most glorious palaces situated on the banks of Bosphorus in Besiktas. The whole palace building is breath taking.

We recommend the below ticket options for the great value for money.

  1. Dolmabahce Palace and Harem Tour (superb one, quick entrance, pro guide will lead you for all + 5% discount)
  2. Dolmabahce Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio (another superb one comes with audio app)
  3. Guided Istanbul Tour: Bosphorus Cruise with Dolmabahce Palace Ticket (very good combo)
  4. Dolmabahce Palace Entry with Guided Tour Skip The Ticket Line (good one)

Wanna learn more about Dolmabahce Palace Museum?

Galata Tower and Walking Tour

Galata Tower, topped with a distinctive witch’s-hat roof, is one of the most impressive and popular landmarks in Istanbul.

Dating back to 14th century, the tower is an old Genoese tower overlooking the beautiful Istanbul and has a massive cone shaped structure that was built at approximately 38 meters above the sea level and rises to a height of 62 meters above its base.

  1. Galata Tower Ticket and Walking Tour (best one with a guide + 5% discount)
  2. Galata Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket and Audio Guide (good one with audio)

Wanna learn more about Galata Tower?

Tourist Discount Cards & Tickets Advice

Istanbul has several tourist discount cards. You’ll have access to variety of major Istanbul attractions and services with a fixed price and save a lot. This is by far the most practical and cheapest way to explore Istanbul, as well as get airport transfer, public transportation card, unlimited internet, etc. Below you can see our recommendations. There is also Museum Pass for museum lovers.

Online City Pass – Istanbul Welcome Card

The is an innovative city pass. It includes fast track entry to 9 museums (Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Harem, Basilica Cistern, etc), 3 tours with historian guide, 20 rides with public transportation (IstanbulKart), Bosphorus Cruise and digital guide book and city map. It also offers 20% discounts at the most important Istanbul attractions on their shop. With this card you’ll skip the long ticket lines and not have to pick anything up.

Buy Your Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe

Click the red button to go straight to Istanbul Welcome Card, our best collaborator and inventor of the card.
Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount.

Wanna learn more about Istanbul Welcome Card?

Online City Pass – Istanbul E-Pass

This is a digital travel discount pass that is delivered to your phone upon your purchase online, and will be ready to use at your arrival. It includes 35+ attractions and services including skip the line access and guided museum tours, dinner cruise, hop-on & hop-off Bus, airport transfer, and many more.

Buy Your Istanbul E-Pass

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