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Istanbul: Guided Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience

Product ID: 335386
Get an in-depth look into what Istanbul is really about. This tour has been designed to introduce you to the real Istanbul, and is an alternative tour to see the many different sides of the city.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn about the Roman Chariot races in the Hippodrome
  • Learn how to bargain like a Turk in the Grand Bazaar
  • Drink Turkish coffee and learn about your future in a 300-year-old Medresah
Full description
Your experience will begin with the ancient Hippodrome, where thousands of spectators were entertained and kept happy by the chariot races. Whilst there you will witness a cistern which was recently discovered in 2010, and you can navigate through the labyrinth of streets and passages that are home to more than 4,000 shops, which is known as the Grand Bazaar.

You will soon take a break to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular Turkish pastry called borek, all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah at a favorite local hangout. Following that you'll visit Istanbul’s largest mosque, titled the Suleymaniye Mosque. It is an Ottoman Imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, and is breathtaking due to both its size and interior beauty.

From the mosque you will visit a Spice Bazaar which is full of colors and the powerful aromas of exotic spices. Istanbul is a city which has a rich religious history, and is now composed of many different religions. Your next stop will be the Church of St. George, which since the 1600s has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion.
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Tea and coffee
  • Hookah
  • Entrance-fees
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Public transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts. Your Guide will be waiting you infront of Pudding Shop.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• This tour will take place rain or shine
• Please not that lunch and transportation are not included
Customer reviews
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Our guide was excellent, very friendly, knowledgeable and informative. Istanbul amazed us, definitely a must in to do list, we will come back. Thank you Ouz

February 8, 2020

A fantastic experience, I recommend to anyone interested in places, history, and stories that are in front of your nose but hidden in a way that just insider finds them book a tour. We enjoyed it very much !

January 31, 2020

Tolle Tour in der du sofort einen Eindruck von der Vielfalt der Stadt als Schmelztiegel der Kulturen und Religionen erhältst. Die Zisterne ist atemberaubend. Das jüdischorthodoxe Viertel einfach nur schön und bunt. Wie waren begeistert.

February 24, 2020

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Product ID: 335386