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Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour

Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour
Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour
Hidden Istanbul Walking Tour

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
  • Discover the secret haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the backstreets and hidden gems
  • Visit the architecturally fascinating Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, famous for its large quantities of Iznik tiles

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 Sokullu Mehmet Pasa 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.

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 you will make your way to Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, which is an architectural marvel, due to the steep slope of the ground beneath it. The mosque is also famed for its stunning collection of Iznik tiles. 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 (but we recommend you save your shopping for later when you have more time to explore at your leisure). We’ll also stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.

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.

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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 The German Fountain — the octagonal, domed fountain at the entrance to the Hippodrome, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Use the Sultanahmet tram stop as your reference.
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.
During Ramadan (18th June to 17th July) you will not be able to purchase alcohol and some elements of entertainment (eg. Belly Dancing) will be withdrawn.

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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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