Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour

Istanbul is a beautiful city, but it pays to know where to look. Join this Istanbul Orientation Walking tour to be shown the unmistakable icons as well as the hard-to-find secret spots that make Istanbul so captivating.This is a walking tour with a difference, aimed to make you feel like a local and introduce you to Istanbul’ historic gems! Learn about art, food and architecture while discovering the city’s top rated sites. Our small-group format ensures a personalized experience and especially good for those visiting Istanbul for the first time.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Small Group
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

    This spacious Roman built cistern shows off impressive Roman engineering was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul has been backdrop for many movies over time. Its cavernous depths make a great retreat on hot summer days.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Began its life as a church in 532 AD, converted into a mosque after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and now a museum since 1935. By general consensus, it is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments built under the direction of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage site in Istanbul and famous for its lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics and the massive dome...

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sogukcesme Sokak, Soguk Cesme Sokak, Istanbul Turkey

    This is a small street with beautiful historic houses which are leaning against the wall of Topkapi Palace.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans is the subject of more colorful stories than most of the world's museums put together. Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked here between the 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman empire. About 24 sultans ruled from the Topkapı Palace for nearly four centuries during the Ottoman Empire's 600-year reign

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Caferaga Medresesi, Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul Turkey

    The Caferağa Medresseh is a former medrese and now recognised as an important centre of Turkish classical arts where traditional Turkish handicrafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry and so forth are taught, made and sold.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque by many tourists because of its bluish interior decoration( blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design), is the most important mosque of Istanbul standing next to the Byzantine Hippodrome in the old city center..

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Arasta Bazaar, Sultan Ahmet, Istanbul Turkey

    Traditional, buzzy market street lined with small stores selling spices, pottery, rugs & souvenirs.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey

    This beautiful square and a great place to make a stop, relax and take photos of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: German Fountain, Hippodrome Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    Constructed as a present from German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898, it represents one of the most beautiful monuments in Istanbul.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Serpent Column, Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul Turkey

    Also known as the Serpentine Column, Plataean Tripod or Delphi Tripod, is an ancient bronze column at the Hippodrome of Constantinople (known as Atmeydanı "Horse Square" in the Ottoman period). It is part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally in Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 324.

    Duration: 5 minutes

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

    The mosque is the first mosque ever which was built in Baraque Style and you can easily see it if you have an eye for the detail.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Walled Obelisk, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    The Walled Obelisk or Masonry Obelisk (Turkish: Örme Dikilitaş) is a Roman monument in the form of an obelisk. It is situated at the southern end of the ancient chariot-racing track of Constantinople's central barrier, beside the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Serpentine Column.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Sultanahmet District, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

    "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

    The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople. Today it is a square with a few fragments of the original structure surviving. Monuments decorating the Hippodrome include the 3500-year-old Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column...

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Tahtakale District, Istanbul Turkey

    "Shop till you drop" in Tahtakale, a sub-district of Istanbul's Eminönü, where you can find anything and everything you are looking for, all for resonable prices.

    Duration: 10 minutes

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

    No visit to Istanbul is complete without stopping by the atmospheric Spice Bazaar with roots dating back to 1660, this is one Istanbul's most famous bazaars. 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. Stalls also sell caviar, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

    Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is high on most tourists' itineraries, and for a good reason. This enormous site is the largest covered market in the world with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops on a total area of 30,700 m², attracting between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily...

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Return Detail :
    Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Tematique Tour

Activity ID: V-15459P2

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