Istanbul is the constant beating of the wave of the east, against the rock of the west. Over thousands of years the lands have been home to so many civilizations that if Earth was a single land, Istanbul would be its capital. Come and join us for this *free walking tour to discover the secret haunts of the old city.
(*This is a Tip Based tour and subject to availability)
1.15pm Monday to Sunday
We start our tour with the Blue Mosque, aka Sultanahmet Mosque, known for its blue tiles it was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice.
We continue to stroll through The Hippodrome of Constantinople, a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square), with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.
Once we reach the Hagia Sophia or “Ayasofya” we admire this monumental structure built in 537 as the Church of the Holy Wisdom by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, later a mosque, now Hagia Sophia is a museum.
The walking tour continues through the backstreets to the Caferağa Madrasah, built in the 16th century and turned into a cultural center in 1989 with 15 classrooms/exhibition rooms, a big salon and a garden where traditional Turkish handicrafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry and so forth are taught, made and sold. This not-so-known spot may quickly become your favorite part of Istanbul.
Our next stop will be the greatest labyrinth of Istanbul called The Grand Bazaar. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops you will surely enjoy finding your way through and to the Ancient Spice Bazaar, also called the “Egyptian Bazaar”. It was Built in 1660 next to the then busy, industrial port of Eminönü. The product was shipped to and from everywhere within and outside of Ottoman lands.
Our Local Professional English speaking Tour Guide will make sure you get the most out of Istanbul on your 3 Hour Tematique Free Walking Tour.
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. Feel free to ask your guide for further information about the city, or places of special interest.
All our guides are professional licensed tour guides and volunteer their time for you. You will decide the value of this tour by tipping your guide.
Our guide Erol was very knowledgable and gave useful insider tips to continue exploring city on our own. Highly recommended activity for the first time visitors