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Free* Istanbul Morning Sightseeing Walking Tour

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FREE* at 9.15am
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FREE* at 9.15am
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3 Hours
Availability : Monday to Sunday
Sultanahmet at 9.15am
Eminönü
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 12
Tour Details

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)

Departure & Return Location

We’ll meet at 9.15 am by the ATM machine for DENIZBANK which is located in front of "Havaren Cafe" on the same street with "Underground Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnici) in Sultanahmet, Your guide will be waiting for you with Tematique Tour sign.

Address:  Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. No:16, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul,
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Departure Time

9.15am  Monday to Sunday

Price Includes

  • Professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour

Price Excludes

  • Tip for Guide
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Any Private Expenses

Complementaries

  • City Map
What to Expect

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.

  • Most visited highlights of Istanbul in 3 hours
  • Learn about the history of 1500 hundred years old Hagia Sophia.
  • Learn about Topkapı Palace and its role in the Ottoman monarchy
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Solo Traveller

Tolga was a really nice guide, he show me really interesting places in Istanbul, exactly what I was looking for a tour 🙂

If you have the time don’t doubt to go with him, you see and learn things that you probably wouldn’t without the tour and it’s free! Thanks Tolga!

March 2, 2018

Ksenia T

Group Traveller

We had a free tour that covers main attractions in Old city. The guide Erol knows much about Istanbul, not only history but interesting facts, customs and traditions. He is very polite, easy to understand and answered any question we had. Thank you very much, you’re cool! We highly recommend this tour to everybody!

December 27, 2017
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