Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

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Approx. 3 hours
Availability : 9.00am - 13.00pm
Max People : 6

A small group tour with maximum 6 people, interactive and ensures you get the best Istanbul experience in the company of an expert local guide.

Take a guided walking tour through Sultanahmet Area, Old Istanbul

Discover under-the-radar local sights with your guide

Hear stories about the golden ages of Byzantine and Ottoman rule

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is a walking tour with a difference, aimed to make you feel like a local and introduce you to Istanbul’ historic gems! Learn about art, food and architecture while discovering the city’s top rated sites. Our small-group format ensures a personalized experience and especially good for those visiting Istanbul for the first time.

What to Expect

You’ll see top attractions like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and neighborhood gems like Egyptian Obelisk at the ancient Roman Hippodrome. As you walk, you’ll learn the history of this contemporary city and its ancient roots. 3-hour walking tour of Istanbul’ hidden treasures with an expert 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. Feel free to ask your guide for further information about the city, or places of special interest.

The former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is a vibrant city filled with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the bridge between east and west. Perfect for first-time visitors, this in-depth guided walking tour covers the main attractions while also venturing to hard-to-find secret spots. Leave the navigation to your guide, who also provides illuminating commentary.

After meeting your guide at Sultanahmet Square, head off on a scenic stroll through one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Your guide will tell stories from the heyday of Byzantine and Ottoman rule as you wander the picturesque streets. You’ll make your way through all the main historical highlights, from the sixth-century Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia—famous for its stunning gold mosaics—to the Spice Market, which boasts more than 100 shops.

But your guide will also show you less visited attractions. Take a peek at Caferaga Medrese, a 16th-century madrasa that is now a handicrafts center. You’ll also discover local haunts and learn where residents of the diverse, sprawling city go for the best Turkish coffee.

What's Included

Professional guide

Small-group tour

Walking Tour

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure and Return

Pudding Shop (Lale Restaurant), This restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately a 3-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop.

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Our tour concludes in Eminönü where Galata Bridge is, leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing.

Additional Information

Please Note: This tour aims to give you an overview of the city, its historic attractions and museums etc. but we don’t visit attractions inside.
For this trip to run, a minimum of 2 people are required to book.
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
Dress code is smart casual
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

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Enrique AC

Couple Traveller
Muy bueno, informativo e interesante

Nuestro guía nos explicó la historia de la ciudad, los edificios mas importantes, nos llevó también a disfrutar deliciosos dulces típicos. Nos tuvo mucha paciencia y contestó todas nuestras dudas sobre la historia, la ciudad y la cultura. Muy recomendable

October 3, 2018

Laura Arias

Couple Traveller
Nuestro primer día en Estambul !!

Una maravillosa forma de comenzar nuestra estancia en Estambul! Un tour verdaderamente completo, mostrando los monumentos emblemáticos a visitar, te contextualiza históricamente muy bien, incluyendo anécdotas curiosas. Erol fue muy amable, durante el recorrido nos fue dando tiempo para curiosear, respondió a todas nuestras preguntas, y las recomendaciones que nos dio sobre lugares que visitar fueron un acierto. Todo nos fue muy útil para aprovechar al máximo el resto de días de nuestra estancia!

September 30, 2018

Gisella Mercaldi

Couple Traveller
very interesting walking tour with Erol

Our guide Erol gave us an very thourogh introduction to the Old City and its history. t was a very comprehensive tour, highly recommended to have indications on what to see and how.Erol is also very knowledgeable and makes sure to deliver his presentations in an interactive way, which make things even more interesting. Thank you very much!

August 28, 2018

Raissa Pabryk

Group Traveller
Istanbul tour

Our guide Erol was great ! Nice tour, excellent knowledge about Turkey past and contemporary history! Thanks from Geoffrey, François and me !

August 28, 2018

Angelina Degerman

Couple Traveller
Informative tour

Our guide Erol is very knowledgeable and it was a really nice tour. We traveled with a baby and a kid, and we all enjoy it very much. I wish there could be some brief insights about local food (what to taste or try) along the guided tour.

August 18, 2018