Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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  • 7 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of Istanbul. Wind through the hills of Fener, home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church and colorful Greek and Ottoman Houses. Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant

Highlights

  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Small-group tour
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul Turkey

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Serefiye Sarnici, Binbirdirek Mh. Piyer Loti Cd. No: 2/1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The Theodosius Cistern is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nuruosmaniye Camii, Mollafenari Mah. Vezirhan Cad. Fatih, Istanbul 34120 Turkey

Located next to the Grand Bazaar, Nuruosmaniye Mosque was built in the mid-eighteenth century and it is the earliest example of Ottoman Baroque architecture.

Duration: 25 minutes

Pass By: Kapali Carsi, Eminounu Eminounu, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of İstanbul's Old City and has been so for centuries.

Pass By: Istanbul Universitesi Rektorlugu, Fuat Pasa Cad. Beyazit, Istanbul Turkey

Founded in 1933, Istanbul Universitesi (Istanbul University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the metropolis of Istanbul.

Stop At: Sahaflar Carsisi, Istanbul 34430 Turkey

The Second Hand Book Bazaar has been a book and paper market since Byzantine times.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Süleymaniye Mosque. Built by the most important architect of Ottoman times, Arhitect Sinan, this superb monument is Istanbul's largest mosque complex

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Cathedral Church of St George, Fener Rum Patrikhanesi Sadrazam Ali Pasa Cadesi, Fener, Istanbul 342 20 Turkey

Located in one of the oldest parts of Istanbul, in Fatih, the Cathedral Church of Saint George is a Greek Orthodox Church which is still in working order

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Balat & Fener Tour, Istanbul Turkey

Formerly Istanbul's Greek Orthodox and Jewish neighborhoods, today Fener and Balat are known for their dilapidated yet beautiful old houses and more...

Duration: 50 minutes

Inclusions
  • Light refreshment
  • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout
  • Professional guide
  • Public transportation; ferry and bus
  • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici

Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant to departure the walking tour
  • Minimum capacity is 2 persons. We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to insufficient reservations. We will do all we can to reschedule your tour or a refund will be provided.
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Our tours are done by public transportation and walking so if you have any serious mobility issues, we advise you to book a private tour
  • Parents of children under 6 years are advised to book a private tour
  • On Religious Fests Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed ( june 4th,5th, 6th, August 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th )
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Departure Point

Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey


Return Details

Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah., Rıhtım Cad. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 16 Sep 2019 -

Erik M

That was an amazing tour. From touristic bits to 100% local. Experiencing the areas where only locals know how to reach out and seeing the incredible life around some of the most charming areas in the city.
Won't spoil anything, but it was so worth that if you miss it, you'll regret it (specially when you hear from others about those places and "how could you miss it?!"). Our guide was a major part of that as well. She was super open minded and gave the true input about Istanbul from a turkish person perspective.
But have to be honest here and say that it's a tough tour. There people out there, ready to walk for hours (like me), up and down the local hills, under a very hot weather (probably). If you're not into getting to know the city by foot, that might not be your kind. If you're a walker, you HAVE TO take that tour!

Image - 04 Sep 2019 -

Lourdes Bernade G

Apple (as he likes to be called) is an excellent and fun guide. I couldn't have asked for a better day tour.

Image - 20 Mar 2019 -

Steve C

fantastic authentic experience.would recommend to anyone.do not understand previous bad reviews.excellent

Image - 03 Apr 2018 -

Ian T

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.

Image - 02 Jan 2018 -

Judith B

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.

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