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Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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The former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is a vibrant city filled with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the bridge between east and west. Perfect for first-time visitors, this in-depth guided walking tour covers the main attractions while also venturing to hard-to-find secret spots. Leave the navigation to your guide, who also provides illuminating commentary.

After meeting your guide at Sultanahmet Square, head off on a scenic stroll through one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Your guide will tell stories from the heyday of Byzantine and Ottoman rule as you wander the picturesque streets. This tour aims to give you an overview of the city, its historic attractions, museums, foods and eateries, local arts and traditions etc. *We are actually visiting Grand Bazaar and Spice Market but don't visit Museums and/or Palaces inside.
  • Take an in-depth guided walking tour through Istanbul
  • See popular attractions like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Spice Market
  • Discover under-the-radar local sights with your guide
  • Hear stories about the golden ages of Byzantine and Ottoman rule
What to Expect
After meeting your guide at Sultanahmet Square, head off on a scenic stroll through one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Your guide will tell stories from the heyday of Byzantine and Ottoman rule as you wander the picturesque streets. You'll make your way through all the main historical highlights, from the sixth-century Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia—famous for its stunning gold mosaics—to the Spice Market, which boasts more than 100 shops. But your guide will also show you less visited attractions. Take a peek at Caferaga Medrese, a 16th-century madrasa that is now a handicrafts center. You’ll also discover local haunts and learn where residents of the diverse, sprawling city go for the best Turkish coffee.
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Departure Point
Basilica Cistern, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Return Details
Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Small Group
  • Gratuities (Recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 August 2019 via mobile

We did the walking tour on our first full day in Istanbul and can highly recommend! Errol was very knowledgeable, patient and professional. You will see all the major sites from the outside and Errol will provide guidance on how much time to allow as...More

2  Thank NorthStar730440
Reviewed 26 July 2019

We booked months in advance and were surprised to find only the two of us on the tour with Erol. He said the maximum is 6 persons. We had such a good guide in Erol, we would have missed so much without his knowledge and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Toni353
Reviewed 29 June 2019

Thought we would do this tour on our first day in turkey. Looking to see what time I should meet the guide tomorrow and the trip was cancelled with no notification other than an email that a refund was made. I was looking forward to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Travelbuddez
Reviewed 25 June 2019 via mobile

Excellent value ..paid the lovely girl what I thought it was worth..she and we were both pleased....spent a very enjoyable morning..we went and revisited at length later...

Date of experience: June 2019
3  Thank CHRIS W
Reviewed 23 June 2019 via mobile

We did the Free Walking Tour with Erol and found it very good!! Erol knows a lot about history and culture and loves to share it. Try to do the tour at the start of your visit. Very recommendable!

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14 June 2019|
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Response from TravelGrs | Reviewed this property |
Our meeting point was close to Basilica Cistern. Cost was indicated on TripAdvisor and was minimal- idea being to tip the guide what you feel the tour was worth.
Zeyneb K
4 June 2019|
Response from Zeyneb K |
Of course we'd be paying admission fees but if we paid you would you be willing to act as a guide for us during our 3 day stay
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