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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

Fatih, Turkey
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7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Discover Istanbul on a full-day tour that travels on foot and public transit to historic landmarks and local cultural hubs. Start by touring the Hippodrome, Serefiye Cistern and Grand Bazaar, then take a break for Turkish coffee, pastry and hookah (tobacco pipe). Visit the book and paper market Sahaflar Çarşısı, which started in the Byzantine era, then tour Istanbul University. Continue to Suleymaniye Mosque, the Spice Bazaar and the Church of St George before winding through the districts of Fener and Balat — the old Greek and Jewish neighborhoods.
  • Full-day off-the-beaten-path walking tour of Istanbul
  • Experience Istanbul like a local while traveling on foot, and by ferry and bus
  • See top sites including the Hippodrome, Serefiye Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Spice Bazaar
  • Stop into the Church of St George, located near the Golden Horn
  • Rummage through rare books at Sahaflar Çarşısı, a market on the site of a Byzantine book and paper bazaar
  • Visit the campus of Istanbul University
  • Learn the history of the old Greek and Jewish districts of Fener and Balat


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istanbul weekend
, Mar 2019
fantastic authentic experience.would recommend to not understand previous bad reviews.excellent
Our guide Burak Gulcan was great...
Sandra R
, Jun 2018
Our guide Burak Gulcan was great. Flexible and informative. However, the cost of the tour did not get us entrance into the Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace. After being in the country for 12 days we understood the cost of things. This tour was too expensive. Sandi
A fascinating day out artfully paced...
Ian T
, Apr 2018
A fascinating day out artfully paced by Burak whose knowledge of Istanbul's history is encyclopaedic. Burak clearly loves this city and has a wonderful ability to bring it to life with stories and detail that he matched to our interests and understanding.
A great day tour that took us down...
Judith B
, Jan 2018
A great day tour that took us down many back streets of Istanbul that we would never have seen. The tour was well paced and our guide Burak did a great job explaining the history and culture of this wonderful city.
What a great day! I am so glad I...
Duane M
, Sep 2017
What a great day! I am so glad I signed up for this tour at the last minute. My guide, Burak Gulcan, was so accommodating, well-informed on the history of Istanbul, and gave me a so much more culturally-rich experience of Istanbul than I could have gotten through the standard tours that I couldn't thank him enough. He lead me to many places, experiences, sights, tastes, and locales that I would not have seen had I been exploring on my own or stuck with the highlights tour. I would recommend him to anyone. We had a great day!
My husband and I booked this tour in...
Tammy S
, Sep 2017
My husband and I booked this tour in early September and enjoyed every second of it. Emre was entertaining, friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history, architecture and he personally recommended restaurants for us. I can't recommend this tour enough. To start our trip with an understanding of the city, a good grasp on the layout and knowing how to work the transportation system was a god sent! If you do one thing in Istanbul make it this tour!
My guide Burak was wonderful. He...
cletia h
, Aug 2017
My guide Burak was wonderful. He showed me so many interesting places. We walked all over - even though the weather decided to rain - it didn't interfere with the day. I really enjoyed the day.
The tour really gave our group a far...
Anna B
, Jul 2017
The tour really gave our group a far better understanding of what it Istanbul is really like. Along the way, our fantastic guide Burak gave us honest and intriguing insights into his country that made us more aware of Turkey past and present.
Amazing to get out of the tourist...
Jeanette D
, May 2016
Amazing to get out of the tourist areas and see the real Istanbul. A great way to become comfortable with Istanbul right away!

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