Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Familiarize with Istanbul
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Home » Cultural Tours » Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

Easy        3 hours(Approx.) 

See Istanbul’s most notable landmarks and secret backstreets on this small-group walking tour. Learn about the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman history from an English-speaking guide. Pass by Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Bazaar. On this tour, learn about the attractions, but not venture inside. Discover where locals eat and drink.

  • Spot Istanbul’s landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the city’s history from your guide
  • Wander the city’s secret backstreets
  • Stop by Grand Bazaar and Spice Market 
Meeting point

Ideal for first time travelers who wish to familiarize with Istanbul, this 3-hour sightseeing walking tour allows you to discover landmarks and legends that have shaped the modern Istanbul. You’ll stroll through Sultanahmet Square and Ancient Roman Hippodrome, and amble past Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, hidden areas and bustling streets of Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. 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. Choose from morning or afternoon departure.

What’s Included

Professional guide
Small-group tour (Max 6 people)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Pricing Details:

Adults Age (18-99): 1 Person: €30.00 | 2 Person: €40.00 | 3 Person: €54.00 | 4 Person: €64.00 | 5 Person: €70.00 | 6 Person: €72.00

Childeren Age (10-17): €10.00

Basilica Cistern:

This spacious Roman built cistern shows off impressive Roman engineering was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul has been backdrop for many movies over time. Its cavernous depths make a great retreat on hot summer days.

Soğukçeşme Sokak:

This is a small street with beautiful historic houses which are leaning against the wall of Topkapi Palace.

The Caferağa Medresseh:

The Caferağa Medresseh is a former medrese and now recognised as an important centre of Turkish classical arts where traditional Turkish handicrafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry and so forth are taught, made and sold.

Hagia Sophia:

Began its life as a church in 532 AD, converted into a mosque after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and now a museum since 1935. By general consensus, it is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments built under the direction of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage site in Istanbul and famous for its lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics and the massive dome…

Topkapı Palace:

Imperial residence of Ottoman sultans is the subject of more colorful stories than most of the world’s museums put together. Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked here between the 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman empire. About 24 sultans ruled from the Topkapı Palace for nearly four centuries during the Ottoman Empire’s 600-year reign

Walled Obelisk:

The Walled Obelisk or Masonry Obelisk (Turkish: Örme Dikilitaş) is a Roman monument in the form of an obelisk. It is situated at the southern end of the ancient chariot-racing track of Constantinople’s central barrier, beside the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Serpentine Column.

German Fountain:

Constructed as a present from German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898, it represents one of the most beautiful monuments in Istanbul.


The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople. Today it is a square with a few fragments of the original structure surviving. Monuments decorating the Hippodrome include the 3500-year-old Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column…

Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque:

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque by many tourists because of its bluish interior decoration( blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design), is the most important mosque of Istanbul standing next to the Byzantine Hippodrome in the old city center..

Serpent Column:

Also known as the Serpentine Column, Plataean Tripod or Delphi Tripod, is an ancient bronze column at the Hippodrome of Constantinople (known as Atmeydanı “Horse Square” in the Ottoman period). It is part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally in Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 324.

Sultanahmet Square:

This beautiful square and a great place to make a stop, relax and take photos of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Tahtakale Market:

“Shop till you drop” in Tahtakale, a sub-district of Istanbul’s Eminönü, where you can find anything and everything you are looking for, all for resonable prices.

Spice Market:

No visit to Istanbul is complete without stopping by the atmospheric Spice Bazaar with roots dating back to 1660, this is one Istanbul’s most famous bazaars. Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. Stalls also sell caviar, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits.

Departure Point:

House of Medusa Restaurant:
Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul:

This restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines (T1) run through Sultanahmet, approximately a 2-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop. Your guide will be waiting for you in font of this restaurant.



Return Details:


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

124 Reviews
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Florian Hölscher 🇩🇪

Couple Traveller
“Great tour”

Erol provided a great tour for us and we learned many interesting facts that we would have missed otherwise. I highly recommend this tour!

April 11, 2021

Liam us

Solo Traveller
Excellent Overview

I did this tour my first full day in Istanbul and it was a great way to get oriented to all the important sites in the old city. If you are just arriving here or only have a short time to see all the sites I would highly recommend this tour. My guide Erol was very knowledgeable and helpful in welcoming me to the city. Istanbul is beautiful in the snow!

March 2, 2021

Павел П 🇷🇺

Couple Traveller
Интересно и информативно!

Такая прогулка — идеальный способ познакомиться с самыми значимыми местами и достопримечательностями района Султанахмет. Спасибо нашему гиду Erol за отлично проведённое время! И отдельная благодарность за небольшую дегустацию местных сладостей)

February 17, 2021

213kelseyc 🇪🇺

Couple Traveller
Perfect Tour

Erol was an excellent guide! Lucky me, I came during the pandemic, so I got my own private tour. First time in Istanbul, and learned so much. Erol was very knowledgeable, good at English, and super considerate – even to the point that he made sure that nothing I samples in the market had gelatin in it, since I’m a vegan. Definitely recommend!

November 30, 2020

Fatima_E 🇪🇬

Family Traveller
Amazing Experience

We had such a great experience on this tour. Our guide was Erol and he was so knowledgeable on
everything we saw. We covered so much in about 3 hours and I got to see everything I wanted to. We
will definitely be back on this tour or a similar one when we return to Istanbul.

November 4, 2020