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  • Secrets of Istanbul: 5-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

    1. Secrets of Istanbul: 5-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

    Your 5-hour guided walk begins in Sultanhamet, in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul. From here you’ll head to the Blue Mosque, where you’ll admire the 6 minarets and stunning tiles that were made in Iznik, the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. Next your guide will tell you about Hagia Sophia and the Roxana Baths before continuing on to the ancient Hippodrome. Hear about the famous obelisk that was shipped from Egypt to the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius in 6th century A.D. Walk along the ancient roadway past the Ottoman Parliament House and then make your way to the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the labyrinth of streets lined with textiles and most every other kind of product as well! You can learn the local art of bargaining here. Enjoy a stroll to the nearby Sahaflar Book Market, where books were printed for the first time during the Ottoman era. Learn about Islam and its holy ...

    Salih is a fantastic guide! He is very knowledgable and personable. We absolutely loved the tour, and definitely will use him again. Highly recommended!

  • Hidden Istanbul: 4-Hour Walking Tour

    2. Hidden Istanbul: 4-Hour Walking Tour

    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. Vis...

    great guide, good knowledge about each site- needs more on the bigger picture and overall story of the city.

  • University to Findikzade & Samatya Full-Day with Lunch

    3. University to Findikzade & Samatya Full-Day with Lunch

    Istanbul University, established by Constantine the Great, is likely one of Europe’s oldest universities. You’ll begin your walking tour with a the stroll starting from the Roman Forum of Taurus. On this full-day tour, your guide will show you interesting parts of the Bayazit district, and tell you stories about unlucky Sultan Mustafa III. You’ll also hear about the Byzantine Monks of the Myrelaion Monastery and see the square used for executions in Byzantine Constantinople. In Haseki you’ll see amazing mosques, a variety of churches, Roman remains, and many historical sites. Samatya is an area that historically has been inhabited by Armenians. See their Surp Kevork, also known as Sulu Monastery, dating to a time before the Ottoman conquest. Visit Greek orthodox churches such as Hristos Analipsis and Haghios Menas. There are Latin churches to see, as well as impressive mosques such a...

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What people are saying about Istanbul University

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 66 reviews

Salih, my tour guide, was absolutely fantastic and full of knowledge. He was very understanding with my needing to reschedule and immediately offered an alternate time to accommodate. His English is impeccable and his knowledge and understanding of his city of Istanbul is vast. I'm so grateful I took his tour as we got to be around the wonderful locals and take a break and get out of the touristy, yet history rich neighborhoods of Istanbul. He is full of great tips on what to do to get the most out of the city. I'm very happy I took his tour and would take again.

Top private tour of Istanbul

Our guide Öner was very friendly and adapted the tour to our wishes and took a lot of time. The food was very tasty and you can tell that Öner is very familiar with the culture and history of Istanbul. He loves what he does, you can tell! There were two of us, as the rest of the group only spoke Turkish that day. Our tour was in English. could not have been better. Thanks!

Salih is a fantastic guide! He is very knowledgable and personable. We absolutely loved the tour, and definitely will use him again. Highly recommended!

Worth the tour if you want to understand the history behind all the majestic places in Istanbul.

Iskender was very knowledgeable and professional. I recommend booking this anytime.