Explore Istanbul's most wondrous monuments including Saint Sophia and the Basilca Cistern on this afternoon tour of the historic city. Stroll through…
What people are saying about Hippodrome, Istanbul
The name of this tour is misleading as we actually visited the most popular tourist spots and not any places that we couldn't have found independently. Our guide, Caner (pronounced Jan), was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and professional. Long past the tour was meant to be over, he joined us for lunch and walked us to a reputable place to learn more about and purchase a carpet. This tour is a worthwhile endeavour if you've newly arrived in the city and want to get some basic history and geographical bearings. You don't get to explore the places in depth, but you can do that on your own time. One thing to note is that GetYourGuide didn't have the updated meeting point information correct so be sure to check through all of the information and question them should there be more than one meeting point listed.H
The hidden tour was one of the best days we spent in Istanbul. My friend and I were the only two in the group and Fatih - our guide - was very flexible in accommodating our requests. He is very passionate about his job, and proud of Turkeys historical achievements. Fatih met us at the pick-up point on time, and informed us of the schedule. My friend and I were very impressed by Fatih's level of knowledge. We enjoyed listening to the details and wanted to hear more. Fatih's communication skills and English proficiency was unexpectedly perfect. I would highly recommend you ask for Fatih to be your guide for the tour when booking online through GetYourGuide. Wishing you all the best and an unforgettable hidden tour memorable experience.
Our guides were very thorough and took us to a lot of places I wouldn't have found otherwise, like the Old Book Bazaar. They also showed us a reliable vendor in the spice market, who welcomed us in their shop and offered us tea. It was a good balance of sightseeing with background information (sometimes these walking tours can get a bit dull with too much information and not enough action). Small group made it easy to get around and quite intimate. After our tour, we all went to lunch together, so it goes to show how personable and friendly our guides were. Definitely worth the price and highly recommended!
Lovely places to visit - There is not much to do at the Baslica Cistern apart from take pictures at different angles to get some lovely effects. When music is playing it resonates throughout and is pleasing to the ears. Grand Bazaar is awesome and a wealth of things to see and do. Do not like the repetition of so much of the same thing. After a while it all merges into one!!!! Hagia Sophia is interesting to view and worth the visit and understanding some of its history.
Tolga our tour guide explained the history of each of the sites. He showed us a hidden courtyard cafe near Topkapi to which I retired several times for lunch or coffee. Suleymaniye Mosque was beautiful - my favourite mosque ever. Tolga's explanation of Sinan's architecture made the complex come to life. I would recommend this tour to others with enthusiasm! Many thanks Tolga and Get Your Guide.