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.