Duration: 4 Hours
Location: İstanbul
Price: 35 EUR : 27 EUR
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Sahaflar Carsisi (book bazaar)
Suleymaniye Mosque
Rüstem Paşa Mosque
explore the backstreets and hidden gems
tales of both Byzantine and Ottoman drama

Istanbul Uncovered

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 Istanbul is a beautiful city, but it pays to know where to look. Join this Istanbul tour to be shown the unmistakable icons as well as the hard-to-find secret spots that make Istanbul so captivating.

    Discover the secret haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the backstreets and hidden gems
    Explore the labyrinth that is the Grand Bazaar
    Wander through the Sahaflar Carsisi (book bazaar), one of the oldest markets in Istanbul
    Explore the Suleymaniye Mosque with a local and gain insight into Islam
    Visit Rüstem Paşa Mosque, whose interior is covered in some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced
    Be stunned by stellar views of Istanbul and hear tales of both Byzantine and Ottoman drama and intrigue.
    Schedule details
    Duration: 4 hours
    Meeting point: Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a 3-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop.
    Starting time: 8.30 AM
    Ending point: Spice Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar in Eminönü Square. Your local guide can provide instructions on how to get back to your hotel, or you are free to continue your own personal exploration.

    Get the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. As we tour Istanbul, your guide will point out places to get the best local snacks and coffee, as well as show you the main points of interest along the way.
You’ll start this Istanbul walking tour by exploring Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome. Following this, we’ll make our way to Divanyolu, a historical thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine in the early 300s AD.
We’ll then wander through some of the backstreets of the Grand Bazaar, internationally known as the first-ever shopping mall and showcasing an incredible array of goods in its 4,000 shops (but we recommend you save your shopping for later when you have more time to explore at your leisure). We’ll also stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.
Your Istanbul tour will then take you to the magnificent Süleymaniye Külliyesi, where you’ll stop off at the original Turkish baths built as part of the mosque complex, and learn all about this ritual of times past. Your guide will give you a local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea in a tea house that has amazing views of the city.
We’ll then pay a visit to the small and stunning Rustem Pasa Mosque — a highlight for sure! The first octagonal plan mosque by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, the interior is covered with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced.
We’ll finish this Istanbul tour in the Spice Bazaar area, where your leader can direct you to a local lokanta (small restaurant) for lunch, or give you some more great Istanbul tips for you to make the most of the rest of your stay.

  • Discover the secret haunts of locals in Sultanahmet

    Explore the labyrinth that is the Grand Bazaar

    Wander through the Sahaflar Carsisi (book bazaar)

  • Shopping
    Tips to Guide

  • s-inclusion Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, street stall food, snacks, ferry to Üsküdar, a traditional yoghurt drink or tea
e-inclusion s-exclusion Exclusions: Extra drinks or food, shopping along the way, and tips and gratuities for your local guide
e-exclusion s-confirmation Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
e-confirmation s-child_policy Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.