Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)

Last Updated on September 26, 2020

Visit Istanbul’s most famous landmarks, museums, structures, neighborhoods on one of these top Istanbul sightseeing tours. Take a sightseeing tour of Istanbul and learn from the professional guides as they show you the best sights of the city. Enjoy the exciting historical and cultural facts about the city on these top rated and most visited landmarks and city walking tours, a double decker bus tour, a Bosphorus cruise, etc.


Which Sightseeing Tour Should I Take?

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

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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.

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


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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 neighboorhood, 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.

Book Istanbul 1, 2 or 3-Day Guided Tour

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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts



Istanbul in One Day Highlights Tour

This is our collaborator Istanbul Welcome Card, providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. Has great traveler ratings and comments.

You’ll visit the iconic sites such as the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Harem, learn the highlights of Istanbul from a local guide and discover the historical peninsula and learn the whole story of Istanbul.

Your local guide picks you up at 09:00 from your Hotel in Sultanahmet or Taksim area and together you will start discovering the city like a local with public transportation.

A 6-7 hours tour. A great value for money. You can cancel the reservation free of charge 14 days before departure.

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Tour of the City on Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)The Big Bus Istanbul hop on hop off tour provides service to 19 stops and at least 46 attractions (28 landmarks, 15 attractions and 3 shopping places) on two lines on just one ticket. The sightseeing bus runs every 30/60 minutes and lets you see the most popular popular sights along the interesting and different districts and neighborhoods of the city. And what is great that you can all do it in a couple of hours.

Book Your Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus City Sightseeing Tour

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A Tour of Hagia Sophia

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)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.

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A Tour of Topkapi Palace Museum & Harem

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)This is our collaborator providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. They offer Topkapi Palace and Harem 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 Topkapi Palace and famous Harem section 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 rooms, gardens, galleries, collections and the decoration from the past and today that tell the story of Topkapi Palace.

Book Your Topkapi Palace & Harem Guided Tour

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A Tour of Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)This is our collaborator providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. 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.. A great value for money. And free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.

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A Tour of Dolmabahce Palace Museum

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)This is our collaborator providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. One of the most glorious palaces situated on the banks of Bosphorus in Besiktas. The whole palace building is breath taking. The palace houses more than 50,000 objects along its hundreds of rooms. The interior of the palace reflects the grandeur of the epoch, and designed like the luxurious European palaces. A great value for money. And free cancellation with a FULL REFUND up to 24 hours in advance.

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Bosphorus Cruise / Boat Tour

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)This is a popular, unique and fantastic forms of entertainment and sightseeing during your Istanbul stay. It is also one of the best ways to discover and enjoy the most beautiful sights and sounds of the city over the sea. Typical Bosphorus Cruise start from the Eminonu pier in every hour.

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

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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Private Yacht

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)

You can enjoy an exclusive sightseeing experience on the Bosphorus from the private deck of your yacht on a 2 to 3 hours private cruise past some of Istanbul’s most famous sites. You’ll admire the beautiful scenery with 360 degree views from the spacious upper fly-bridge, or enjoy relaxing in comfort on the sun deck or in the comfortable outdoor and indoor lounges.

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


Galata Tower and Walking Tour

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)This is our collaborator providing in-depth guided tours in English to Istanbul’s most visited attractions. You’ll experience and enjoy the city from one of the best point of views on top of the Galata Tower. You’ll also enjoy a short walking tour with a guide along the touristic Galata neighborhood. Galata has the living memories of different cultures, nationalities, religions.

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Tour of the Princes’ Islands

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)Once was the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes, and with its stunning pinewood scenery, the Princes’ Islands are one of the best preserved natural areas and sights in Istanbul. It is one of the best attractions and weekend breaks in Istanbul both for locals and tourists.

You can take a 1 hour cruise to the islands, have a great day out by full tour of the island on the horse-drawn carriage, rest in a cafe by the sea, a lunch at a local fish restaurant. Or you can have a romantic overnight stay in one of the pretty hotels on the island.

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

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Tour the city’s popular sights on bike

Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours (2020 No Regrets Insider Guide)Being outdoors and touring the popular tourist spots on bike is definitely a great attraction. Wind through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sultanahmet. Explore the Golden Horn, the hub of culture and entertainment in the Beyoglu district. Navigate the maze of vendors selling Turkish rugs, spices and lamps in the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia.

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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

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Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount.

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Online City Pass – Istanbul Tourist 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.

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Alternative Sightseeing Tours & Buying Channels

Here we only suggest the proven ways and top rated ones with travelers’ comments. You can feel free to book one of the below top selling tours.

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


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