Historic Off The Beaten Path Tour Of The Real Istanbul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Return Details :
    Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah., Rıhtım Cad. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 isPudding Shop Lale Restaurant


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

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul-turkey">Istanbul

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, Istanbul

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

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nuru Osmaniye Mosque, Istanbul

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, Istanbul

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

Pass By: Istanbul university, Istanbul

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

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

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

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, Istanbul

Sleymaniye 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, Istanbul

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

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


Light refreshment

Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout

Professional guide

Public transportation; ferry and bus

Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici




Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Sep-2019

    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!

  • 04-Sep-2019

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

  • 20-Mar-2019

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

  • 11-Jun-2018

    Our guide Burak Gulcan was great. Flexible and informative. However, the cost of the tour did not get us entrance into the Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace. After being in the country for 12 days we understood the cost of things. This tour was too expensive.

  • 03-Apr-2018

    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.

  • 02-Jan-2018

    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.

  • 18-Sep-2017

    What a great day! I am so glad I signed up for this tour at the last minute. My guide, Burak Gulcan, was so accommodating, well-informed on the history of Istanbul, and gave me a so much more culturally-rich experience of Istanbul than I could have gotten through the standard tours that I couldn't thank him enough. He lead me to many places, experiences, sights, tastes, and locales that I would not have seen had I been exploring on my own or stuck with the highlights tour. I would recommend him to anyone. We had a great day!

  • 17-Sep-2017

    My husband and I booked this tour in early September and enjoyed every second of it. Emre was entertaining, friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history, architecture and he personally recommended restaurants for us. I can't recommend this tour enough. To start our trip with an understanding of the city, a good grasp on the layout and knowing how to work the transportation system was a god sent! If you do one thing in Istanbul make it this tour!

  • 29-Aug-2017

    My guide Burak was wonderful. He showed me so many interesting places. We walked all over - even though the weather decided to rain - it didn't interfere with the day. I really enjoyed the day.

  • 03-Jul-2017

    The tour really gave our group a far better understanding of what it Istanbul is really like.

    Along the way, our fantastic guide Burak gave us honest and intriguing insights into his country that made us more aware of Turkey past and present.

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