Turkey Istanbul City Sightseeing Tours

One of the best ways to discover Istanbul is probably to join one of the Istanbul sightseeing tours, add your holiday to a Bosphorus Cruise tour, visit Prince's Island, and visit popular theme parks like Isfanbul, Miniaturk, or Aquarium. Istanbul has so much to visit, view, and explore. Becoming a part of the city via Istanbul sightseeing tours for a while is an exceptional experience. So do not miss it.
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Full Day Istanbul City Tour Including MuseumsFull Day Istanbul City Tour Including Museums

Full Day Istanbul City Tour Including Museums

Join us for a full-day tour of Istanbul, one of Turkey's most magnificent cities. You'll be captivated by the city's irresistible charm, culture, rich history, and beauty. Our tour will take us to the stunning Old City, where history and modern life blend in perfect harmony. This is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Istanbul's rich history, culture, and religion, and to savor its cuisine and much more. Once you've experienced Istanbul's boundless energy, even the most routine activity will become an exhilarating adventure.

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2 Days Special Istanbul City Tour2 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

2 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

This package offers a captivating Istanbul City Tour along with one-night accommodation, providing a wonderful chance to discover the enchanting beauty of Istanbul's Old City while enjoying top-notch service.

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Daily Half Day Istanbul City TourDaily Half Day Istanbul City Tour

Daily Half Day Istanbul City Tour

We have very special Istanbul half day tours are held twice morning and afternoon. We offer high quality Istanbul city tours, Our comfortable vehicles and knowledgeable local guides are ready and waiting for you. Please contact us by choosing the most suitable tour for you.

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3 Days Special Istanbul City Tour3 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

3 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

Here is a 3-day package with very competitive prices that will enable you to explore and enjoy Istanbul Old City to the fullest. The package provides perfect service, including guidance, transfers, and 2 nights accommodation. 

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3 Days Special Istanbul City Tour
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Pierre Loti Hill & Cruise On Bosphorous TourPierre Loti Hill & Cruise On Bosphorous Tour

Pierre Loti Hill & Cruise On Bosphorous Tour

Looking for an unforgettable Istanbul experience? Travel Shop Booking team of experts can help plan the perfect itinerary for you and your loved ones, complete with the must-see landmarks, top experiences, and tasteful extras. From the famed Istanbul Pierre Loti Hill & cable car to the awe-inspiring Golden Horn, we have got you covered! Don't wait any longer and start planning your dream trip today!

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5 Days Special Istanbul City Tour5 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

5 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

Looking to explore some of Turkey's most beautiful sites but don't have time for a whole vacation? Look no further than our Istanbul Vacation Package! This amazing set includes a stay in the old city of Istanbul, a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, and visits to historical sites like the Ortaköy Wharf and the Blue Mosque. It's the perfect way to see all the sights without spending weeks on end away from home. Don't wait any longer – book your dream trip today!

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Full Day Princes Islands Tour IstanbulFull Day Princes Islands Tour Istanbul

Full Day Princes Islands Tour Istanbul

Are you excited about visiting the breathtaking Princes Islands? The Istanbul Princes Islands Tour takes you to charming Buyukada, where you'll enjoy a delightful boat cruise around the island's striking landscapes. Take in the breathtaking natural beauty and historical sites while mingling with other travelers and relaxing in the tranquil atmosphere. Reserve your spot today!

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Full Day Princes Islands Tour Istanbul
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Istanbul Heritage Walking TourIstanbul Heritage Walking Tour

Istanbul Heritage Walking Tour

We will see the colorful Ottoman houses near the UNESCO World Heritage precinct. Take the journey to the old Byzantine city walls, the sacred Eyup Mosque complex. Take a cable car to the breathtaking Pierre Loti Café.

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Istanbul Heritage Walking Tour
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4 Days Special Istanbul City Tour4 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

4 Days Special Istanbul City Tour

This 4-day Istanbul package includes a fantastic Bosphorus Cruise on the Istanbul Straight in addition to the traditional 2- or 3-day tours of Istanbul. On the tours, you will not only enjoy Istanbul Old City but also cruise along the breath taking Bosphorus Strait and see the fascinating historical structures during the cruise. 

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Discovering Galata & Sultanahmet and Turkish FoodDiscovering Galata & Sultanahmet and Turkish Food

Discovering Galata & Sultanahmet and Turkish Food

Free Walk Old Istanbul Tour Galata Tour Sultanahmet Tour Turkish Food Tasting.

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Discover Turkey Istanbul City Sightseeing Tours

Istanbul City Sightseeing Tours offer a fast and convenient way to explore the gems of Istanbul, particularly its historic old city. The popular tourist attractions in Istanbul, such as Galata Bridge, Tophane, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Sishane, and more, are included in the route of Istanbul City Sightseeing Tours.

Turkey Istanbul City Sightseeing Tours now include new destinations such as Besiktas and Beylerbeyi Palace, enhancing the array of attractions in Istanbul's old city. These tours offer an excellent opportunity to explore the best places to visit in Istanbul, Turkey.

Explore Istanbul tours and packages to witness the beauty of the city's attractions. Additionally, consider checking out Istanbul Antalya tour packages and Cappadocia from Istanbul tours to discover more of Turkey's hidden treasures.

Top visiting sights in Istanbul

  • Visit the Hagia Sophia 
  • Wander around the Blue Mosque also called Sultan Ahmed Mosque
  • Explore the Topkapi Palace
  • Shop at the Grand Bazaar
  • Take a Bosphorus Cruise
  • Visit the Spice Bazaar
  • Walk through the historic Sultanahmet Square
  • Discover the Istanbul Archaeological Museums
  • Visit the Chora Church (Kariye Museum)
  • Relax in Turkish Bath (Hamam)
  • Explore the Asian Side of Istanbul- Kadikoy and Moda

    Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours / Daily Tours

    1. Full Day Istanbul City Tour Including MuseumsBest Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Start your tour by exploring notable historical objects: Obelisk of Theodosius from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, German fountain donated by Wilhelm II. 

    Visit the Blue Mosque: Famous for its distinctive blue tiles and  features six minarets dominating Istanbul's skyline.    

    Explore the Topkapi Palace: Originally the residence of Ottoman monarchs. Now houses the jewel-studded Treasury, imperial treasures, and valuable Oriental porcelain exhibitions.

     Learn about the origins of the Hagia Sophia Mosque: A landmark for both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires and boasts an impressive dome and intricate decorations.   

    Discover  lively bazaar:    - Hundreds of stores offering textiles, handicrafts, fragrances, and antiques.

    2.  Pierre Loti Hill & Cruise On the Bosphorus Tour Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Begin your journey by discovering iconic historical artifacts: Obelisk of Theodosius from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, German fountain gifted by Wilhelm II
    Visit the Blue Mosque: Marvel at its rare blue tiles and six majestic minarets
    Explore the Topkapi Palace: Step into the former residence of Ottoman emperors, featuring the jewel-studded Treasury, imperial collections, and priceless Oriental porcelain displays
    Experience the Hagia Sophia Mosque: Delve into a structure of equal significance to both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, boasting an awe-inspiring dome and breathtaking mosaics
    Conclude your tour with a visit to the bustling bazaar: Wander through dozens of shops offering a wide array of goods, from luxurious carpets and textiles to aromatic spices and unique souvenirs, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Istanbul's bustling market.

    3. Full Day Princes Islands Tour Istanbul Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Explore Istanbul's famous Princes' Islands on a scenic cruise across the Marmara Sea.
    Witness iconic landmarks such as Topkapi Palace, Maiden's Tower, numerous mansions along the Bosphorus, and Ottoman palaces from a different angle.
    Enjoy a stopover at Buyukada, a popular summer destination boasting sandy beaches and picturesque pine forests, once the favored retreat of Byzantine princes.
    Take in magnificent vistas from the hilltops of Isa and Yucetepe, offering breathtaking views of the surroundings.
    Visit attractions on Buyukada, including the Hagios Georgios Koudounas Church, the Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage, and the Museum of Princes' Island.
    Roam around the charming old streets with their vintage architecture, immersing yourself in the island's rich history.
    Rent bikes to explore the island's scenic pathways or relax on its inviting beaches.
    Indulge in the culinary delights offered by the restaurants and bars scattered throughout the area, adding to the leisurely ambiance of the island experience.

    4. Istanbul Heritage Walking Tour Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Discover the Golden Horn, a historic inlet offering scenic views of Istanbul.
    Admire the colorful Ottoman houses near the UNESCO World Heritage precinct.
    Journey to the old Byzantine city walls and explore the sacred Eyüpt Mosque complex.
    Take a cable car ride to the breathtaking Pierre Loti Café, offering a panoramic 180-degree view of Istanbul.
    Enjoy a ferry cruise along the Golden Horn, one of the longest natural harbors, witnessing the city's beauty from the water.
    Experience various modes of public transportation, including tram, ferry, bus, and cable car, immersing yourself in local life.
    This activity includes fees for tram, cable car, and ferry cruise, ensuring convenient access to transportation.
    Snacks and tea/coffee are provided for your enjoyment throughout the excursion.

    5. Daily Istanbul Polonez Village Tour Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Experience the charm of Polonezkoy, a tranquil village just a 25-minute drive from Istanbul's European side.
    Find respite from the city's hustle and bustle in this verdant paradise, where nature and culture harmonize.
    Immerse yourself in life's simple pleasures amidst flowered pastures and lush forests, breathing in the fresh air.
    Learn about the village's rich history as a Turkish settlement founded by Polish immigrants in the 19th century, now known as Polonezkoy.
    Enjoy the annual cherry festival in the autumn and witness the blooming fruit trees in spring.
    Visit the Czestochova Mother Mary Church and Polonezkoy Cemetery to delve deeper into the village's heritage.
    Explore the serene church, tucked away from the main road and surrounded by daisies, radiating peace both inside and out.
    Pay your respects at the small, peaceful cemetery where the Polish founders and residents are laid to rest.
    Rent bicycles or horses for a leisurely ride through the idyllic countryside.
    Discover local organic products, cherry and walnut liqueur, Polish pies, and breads produced by Polish families still farming the land.

    6. Half Day Dolmabahce Palace Tour Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Explore Dolmabahce Palace, located on the coast of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, designed to rival the grandeur of Versailles Palace in France.
    Over a million tourists visited in 2019 to marvel at its opulence, beauty, and radiance.
    Built between 1843 and 1856 by Sultan Abdulmecit as part of the Tanzimat Reforms, aimed at modernizing the Ottoman Empire to European standards.
    The palace comprises three distinct sections: the Administrative Section (Mabeyn-i Hümâyûn), the Private Section (Harem), and the Grand Ceremonial Hall.
    With two regular floors, an attic, and a basement, the palace spans a ground area of 14,595 m2, boasting 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 toilets, and 6 Turkish baths, making it Turkey's largest palace.
    While the palace design follows traditional Turkish architecture with a central hall surrounded by rooms, it also incorporates Western architectural styles such as Baroque, Rococo, and Neo-Classical, blending Ottoman and Western aesthetics.
    Admire the exquisite decor featuring Hereke carpets, Baccarat crystals, Sèvres and Yildiz porcelains, and paintings by Western artists, along with gifts from various state leaders, enhancing the palace's splendor.

    7. Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise & Turkish Night Show Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Embark on a luxurious dinner cruise night out in Istanbul, offering gourmet foods and panoramic views of the Bosphorus, separating Europe and Asia.
    Cruise along the Bosphorus and marvel at historical landmarks like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumeli Fortress, Fatih Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Maiden's Tower, alongside Istanbul's renowned nightclubs.
    Experience an unparalleled combination of romantic ambiance, fresh cuisine, stunning views, and live entertainment, making it Istanbul's premier Bosphorus Dinner Cruise.
    Enjoy post-dinner entertainment with professional DJ music and traditional show programs, or simply unwind with a drink while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
    Tour Highlights include sailing up the Bosphorus, a gourmet dinner, unlimited local drinks (alcoholic), DJ music, Anatolian Folk Dance, and a Belly Dancer performance.
    Show Program features Katibim Show, Asuk Masuk, Traditional Mixed Folk Dance, Belly Dancer, and Caucasian Folk Dance, providing a rich cultural experience for guests.

    8.  Instagram Photo Tour Galata Tower, Bosphorus and Hidden Gems! Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Capture the memories of your Istanbul visit with a professional photoshoot, ensuring you make the most of this breathtaking city.
    Your own photographer will lead you to unmissable angles and capture a range of photos during this phototour, allowing you to enjoy the moment while preserving it forever.
    The tour begins near the Galata Tower, continues with a walk to Karakoy Umbrellas, and concludes with the stunning view of the Bosphorus.
    Your photographer will meet you at the location and skillfully guide you through the photoshoot, leveraging their local knowledge and eye for detail.
    Following the photoshoot, receive your edited photos in a digital gallery link within 48 hours, delivered directly to your phone or email.

    9. European Side Coast Tour of Garipce Village, Rumeli Fortress and Balat Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Explore the Balat/Fener area, once the center of Greek Orthodox life during the Ottoman Empire, with your guide providing insights into its rich history.
    Witness panoramic views of Ortakoy, Arnavutkoy, Bebek, Istinye, Tarabya, Sarıyer, Garipçe, and Rumeli Feneri.
    Ortaköy: Experience the bustling Ortakoy Square, known for its popularity among Istanbul's youth and elegant cafes, restaurants, and shops.
    Tarabya: Discover the charming village of Tarabya on Istanbul's European side, renowned for its appearance in old Turkish films and hosting significant buildings, including the Presidential Palace.
    Garipçe: Visit the tranquil village of Garipçe in Istanbul's Sarıyer district, known for its quiet environment away from the city noise and its reliance on animal husbandry and fishing for livelihood.
    Embrace the seaside ambiance of Garipçe, characterized by its calm and peaceful atmosphere, and experience the village's conservative structure and local lifestyle.
    Explore the village square, bustling with market stalls and restaurants serving delicious seafood, all situated along the picturesque coastline.

    10. Daily Bozdag Film Plateau Tour Best Istanbul Sightseeing Tours

    Sogut: Discover the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, conquered by Ertugrul Gazi in 1231. Explore the old-style living of Turks and traditions, as well as the actual filming locations from the Diriliş: Ertugrul series.
    Harzemsah Palace: Visit the stage of the TV series Bozkir Arslani Celaleddin and witness the intrigues of throne games.
    Kulucahisar Castle: Explore the site of a significant battle fought in 1285 between the Byzantines and the Turks, marking the first castle conquest in Ottoman history. Experience the history of Osman Gazi's conquest and the resulting acceptance of Turkish rule by the Christian inhabitants.
    Kayi Obası: Immerse yourself in the setting of TV series such as "Diriliş Ertugrul" and "Kuruluş Osman." Try on traditional Turkish costumes, enjoy activities like horse riding and witnessing craft production, and gain insights into the daily lives of the Kayı people. Witness performances like archery, wrestling, and horse shows by the cast of "Kurulus Osman."
    Yenisehir: Visit the town featured in "Kuruluş Osman," situated near Bursa. Explore Osman Bey's Mansion and learn about the strategic significance of Yenişehir and Kopruhisar in facilitating raids on Iznik.
    Bozdogan Film Studio Museum: Experience the rich history of Bozdag Film Coats through iconic projects and globally acclaimed TV series. Explore the origins of these shows and get a close look at the scripts and costumes used in filming.

    Best Things to do in Istanbul

    1. Bosphorus supper Cruise Tour: Enjoy a delicious supper while seeing Istanbul's lit skyline. As you sail along the beautiful waves, take in renowned locations like the Bosphorus Bridge and the Dolmabahce Palace. 

    2. Whirling Dervish Show: Experience the enchanting Sufi culture with a spectacular display by the Whirling Dervishes. Observe the Mevlevi Order's mystical perform, which features exquisite twirls and captivating music and provides insight into Turkey's unique cultural legacy. 

    3. Turkish Bath Experience: For a truly relaxing experience, take a revitalizing Turkish bath, also referred to as a hammam. Experience a relaxing sauna session, following by an exhilarating scrub and massage therapy that will leave you rejuvenated and invigorated. 

    4. Bosphorus via Boat excursion: Take a picturesque boat excursion around Istanbul's famed river, the Bosphorus. Cruise by historic sites, exquisite waterfront houses, and lovely fishing towns, all while taking in stunning vistas of the city landscape and the tranquil waters of the Bosphorus. 

    5. Balat Walking Tour: Travel forward in history with a guided walking tour of Balat, one of Istanbul's oldest and most picturesque districts. Walk through small cobblestone alleys dotted with colorful residences, antique synagogues, and Byzantine cathedrals to immerse yourself in the region's fascinating past and lively atmosphere. Discover hidden jewels, lively markets, and local eateries while enjoying the true appeal of this dramatic region.

      Istanbul Attractions:

      Sultanahmet tourist attractions; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Sultan Ahmed Square, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Hippodrome of Constantinople.

      Taksim  tourist attractions: Taksim Square, Istiklal Avenue, Gezi Park, Ataturk Cultural Center, Madame Tussauds Istanbul, Taksim Republic Monument, Tunel, Atlas Passge, Franch or Algiers Street.

      Kadikoy tourist attractions: Bagdat Avenue, Kadikoy Moda Park, Haydarpasa Terminal, Kadikoy Bull Statue, Kadikoy Fish Market, Bahariye Street, Kadikoy SALT Galata.

      Karakoy tourist attractions: Galata Tower, Karakoy Pier, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Kılıç Ali Pasha Complex, Galata Bridge, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Karakoy Lokantasi.

      Balat tourist attractions: Chora Church (Kariye Museum), Fener Greek Patriarchate, Balat Rum School, Ahrida Synagogue, Church of St. George, Iron Church (St. Stephen of the Bulgars), Balat Houses.

      FAQs Istanbul 

      Is Istanbul the oldest city in the world? How old is the city of Istanbul?

      Jericho, in the West Bank, holds the record of being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It dates back to 11,000 years ago. In contrast, Istanbul is around 2,500 years old. So Istanbul is not the oldest city in the world.

      Is Istanbul walkable?

      The old city and Taksim in Istanbul can be explored on foot. However, travelers may need transportation to reach these areas from their hotels.

      What's the best time to visit Istanbul?

      Spring, summer, and autumn stand out as the best times to visit Istanbul when the weather is pleasant for touring the city. Additionally, December, while not excessively cold, can also be considered a viable time to explore Istanbul.