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  2. Istanbul
  3. Grand Bazaar

Istanbul: Old City Half-Day Bike Tour

Product ID: 27044
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Cycle the imperial streets of Istanbul and see more than you would on a walking tour. Bike past the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, and get off the road to explore leafy parks and waterfront paths.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the imperial streets of Istanbul by bike
  • Cycle a full course of the Hippodrome following the path of great chariot races
  • See the Monumental Gate of Topkapi Palace, residence of the Sultans for more than 400 years
  • Admire the architectural masterpieces of the Ottoman architect Sinan
  • Bike along the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara waterfronts
Full description
Explore Istanbul by bike and see some of the most beautiful sights of the city while burning off some calories. You will ride your bike through palaces, mosques, churches, parks, and the most characteristic districts of historic Istanbul, and including Eminönü. Depart from Balat, ride to Eminönü and admire the Galata Bridge, New Mosque, and Spice Bazaar. Look across the Golden Horn to the district of Beyoglu. Ride along the waterfront to Gülhane Park, an oasis of peace extending over the slope of Topkapı Palace.

Leaving the park, catch a glimpse of the former gate of the Grand Vizier's residence. Take a short ride to Sultanahmet Park and see the city’s iconic St. Sophia and Blue Mosque. Run the full lap of the Hippodrome, just like the Roman horse-chariots used to, and admire the obelisks that dominate the street. Pass through its imposing gates of Topkapı Palace, the magnificent residence of the sultans, and proceed downhill to the Marmara waterfront. Here you will see some still-standing stretches of the Theodosian walls, which once protected the city.

Some more thrusting on the pedals takes you to the Süleyman complex, considered the masterpiece of the Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Next stop is the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest closed markets in the world. Here you can lose yourself in the maze of galleries and bargain for handmade carpets and antiques. Continue downhill to Eminönü, and proceed back to Balat.
Includes
  • Professional guide service
  • Bike rental
  • Drinks (water and tea/coffee) and snacks
What’s Not Included
  • Pick up or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Karaköy Kahvesi in the Balat neighborhood.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility

From £132.22 Per group up to 1

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Product ID: 27044