Discover a hidden side of Istanbul as you explore Sultanahmet with a local guide. See local mosques, markets, and more, and take in the city’s major attractions. Learn about the Ottoman Empire, and visit the vast Grand Bazaar and a historic spice market.
What to Expect
Explore a different side of Istanbul on a 4-hour walking tour that takes in some of the city’s hidden sites. Learn more about the practice of Islam as you stop at mosques with your local guide. Explore street bazaars and taste the local cuisine.
Walk to the Hippodrome of Meydani, where Byzantines enjoyed chariot races. See the Blue Mosque, an Istanbul landmark, before walking along Divanyolu, originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine as a road to Rome, more than 950 miles away.
Explore the Grand Bazaar before making your way through local markets to the famous Old Book Bazaar. Visit Beyazit Camii Mosque to see the beautiful stone and wood craftsmanship and masterful stained glass windows. Pass Istanbul University, built by the reforming Ottoman Sultans, and learn about the education system in Turkey today.
Marvel at the beauty of the Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent. Visit the royal tombs of Süleyman and his cohort Roxanna. Enjoy sublime city views and pause for tea in the sunken garden.
Continue on to the hectic trading area of Istanbul, where you’ll find crumbling Byzantine buildings and Ottoman architectural relics. Hear stories of how the merchants of the past lived. See the hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque, acclaimed for its stunning Iznik ceramic tiles.
Wander through local markets as you head for the Spice Market, and learn how the produce is used in Turkish cooking. You may be able to try some authentic Turkish Delight!
The tour ends at the busy Eminou port, close to Galata Bridge, where you may want to try a traditional balik etmek lunch of fish sandwiches.
- English-speaking guide
- Transportation as indicated
What's Not Included
- Extra drinks
- Additional food
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
Meet at Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a 3-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop.
What to Remember
Tour operates with a maximum group size of 12 participants.
Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is both conservative and modern. On this walking tour you will visit a variety of mosques. To respect this, and for your own comfort, modest clothing is recommended. This means clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for both men and women. Women should bring a scarf (easily purchased in Istanbul) to cover their head.
The weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters can be freezing cold and it can be extremely hot and humid in summer (June, July, and August).