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Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour

US$ 31.94 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • Marvel at the glorious display of goods in Grand Bazaar
  • Hear tales of Byzantine and Ottoman drama and intrigue
  • Walk Divanyolu, the ancient highway to Rome
  • Explore the back streets of Sultanahmet
  • Sample local cheeses, delicious dried fruits, pistachios and Turkish Delight

Overview

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 Rustem Pasha Mosque and gain an understanding of Islam and the role it has played in Turkey’s history.

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.

Itinerary

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.

Get the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. As we tour Istanbul, your local guide will point out places to get the best local snacks and coffee, as well as show you the main points of interest along the way.

You start in the heart of Sultanahmet. From here, you’ll walk the famous hippodrome known as At Meydani or Horses Square, once the site of great chariot races.

You then proceed down Divanyolu, a historic thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine in the early 300s AD.

For a change of pace, explore the Grand Bazaar, internationally renowned as the first ever shopping mall! Take a look at the incredible array of goods for sale in any of the 4000 shops. You won’t want to miss the Book Bazaar where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729. Just behind the book bazaar is Beyazit Camii where your local guide will teach you about Islam and the mosque and the roles both play in Turkish society.

Next, you’ll explore the beautifully symmetrical mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent, including time to try Turkish tea in a tea house that has amazing views of the city.

You’ll continue tour with a visit to the Istanbul University, built by the reforming Ottoman Sultans, and learn about the role of education in the modern republic, and the amazing transformation that was undertaken during the time of Ataturk.

Tour finish 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.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily except Sunday

Duration

4 hours

Start time

Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 4 hours

Meeting point

Please make your way to 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 three minute walk from the 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

The tour ends at Sultanahmet.

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Inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Walking tour
  • Tea at local teahouse in Süleymainye

Exclusions

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

Do/Dont's

Both men and women should have shoulders and knees covered for visiting mosques. Women should carry a scarf for covering their heads in mosques. Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget the camera!

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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.

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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.
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