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Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Marvel at the glorious display of goods in Grand Bazaar
  • Hear tales of Byzantine and Ottoman drama and intrigue
  • Wander into a hidden han and observe workmen at their craft
  • Explore the Suleymaniye Mosque with a local and gain insight into Islam
  • Visit the architecturally fascinating Rüstem Pasa Mosque
  • Discover the secret haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the backstreets and hidden gems
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Sunday


    4 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The restaurant is located on the street, where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a 3-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop.
    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Spice Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar in Eminönü Square.
    Your local guide can provide instructions on how to get back to your hotel or you are free to continue your own personal exploration.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Explore the well known sights of Istanbul and venture into roads less traveled on this enthralling walking tour.

    Then dive into the labyrinth that is the Grand Bazaar, renowned as the world’s first shopping mall. Marvel at the glittering gold jewellery, the fine leather, the exquisite ceramic tiles and much more. Bibliophiles will be in seventh heaven in the book bazaar.

    Visit Süleymainye Mosque Complex and Rüstem Paşa Mosque, whose interior is covered in some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced!

    Rub shoulders with local shoppers at stalls laden with delicious cheeses, pistachios and Turkish Delight. Sample some of the produce before heading to the Egyptian Spice Market with its exotic aromas.

    From 1 Jan 2016, instead of Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, we will visit Rüstem Paşa Mosque, whose interior is covered in some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced!


    In the company of an expert, English speaking guide, explore the must-see sights and discover the little known gems of one of the world’s most fascinating cities on the Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour.

    You'll start this Istanbul walking tour by exploring Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome, known as At Meydani or Horses Square, once the site of great chariot races. Then make your way to Divanyolu, a historical thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine in the early 300s AD.

    Next on your Istanbul walking tour, you will slip into an ancient han, located on the edge of the Grand Bazaar, for a quick look at some of the local craftsmen going about their daily work. Wander through some of the backstreets of the bazaar, internationally known as the first-ever shopping mall and showcasing an incredible array of goods in its 4,000 shops. We’ll also stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.

    Visit the magnificent Süleymaniye Külliyesi, where you’ll stop off at the original Turkish baths built as part of the mosque complex, and learn all about this ritual of times past. Your guide will give you a local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea in a tea house that has amazing views of the city. You will then visit Rustem Pasa Mosque; the first octagonal plan mosque by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, the interior is covered with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced.

    End this Istanbul city tour in the Spice Bazaar area, where your leader can direct you to a local ‘lokanta’ (small restaurant) for lunch, or give you some more great Istanbul tips for you to make the most of the rest of your stay.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English speaking guide
    • Walking tour
    • Tea at local tea house
    • Visit to the Süleymaniye Mosque complex
    • Visit to the Rustem Pasa Mosque


    • Transportation
    • Additional drinks at tea house
    • Aya Sofya entrance fee (approx 20 Turkish Lira)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    The standard of dress throughout Turkey is both conservative and modern. This tour visits mosques so modest clothing is required. This means both men and women should have shoulders and knees covered. Ladies should have their own scarves to cover their heads. This easily can be bought in Istanbul.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the season – freezing cold in winter and hot and humid in summer (June, July and August)If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry in the country. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.