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Secrets of Istanbul: Small Group Istanbul Walking Tour


Get deep into the life and secrets of Istanbul! Discover the hidden marvels of old Istanbul town and explore its puzzled streets with an expert local guide who knows the secrets of the city.

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Visit the historic Hippodrome area; the famous Blue Mosque; the 300 year old Çorlulu Ali Pasha Madrahsa; explore the Grand Bazaar; the Suleymaniye Mosque complex and the hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque; taste famous Turkish Delights in cafés made popular with the locals; have some free time to bargain at the famous Spice Bazaar; and walk to see the picturesque Galata Bridge to take in the view of Istanbul’s two continents. Finish your tour with a delicious lunch by the Golden Horn.
Tour Highlights
- Explore the hidden streets of Old Istanbul.
- Learn about Islam and Turkish culture and the modernization of Turkey.
- Visit the Blue Mosque and learn about the Hagia Sofia (from the outside – visit inside after the tour in your own time).
- Walk on the ancient roadway dotted with the ruins of Roman columns. Explore the Grand Bazaar and learn the local art of bargaining.
- Browse the book markets where the first books were printed during the Ottoman era.
- See the 300 year old Çorlulu Ali Pasha Madrasah with it's impressive Ottoman architecture.
- Learn about the famous Suleymaniye Mosque complex with its eateries, libraries and hamams.
- Visit the hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque with its spectacular blue Iznik tiles.
- Relax and drink çay from a tulip glass like a local and try nargile in cafes where Turkish people socialize.
- Taste authentic Turkish produce including Turkish delight, baklava, dried apricots, roasted almonds, halva and fresh cheese.
- Have many great photo opportunities and more.
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Adult/Child (Age 12 & over)
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USD 40.00
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Adult/Child (Age 12 & over)
USD 57.14
USD 57.14
Child (Age 6-11)
USD 40.00
USD 40.00
  • Duration: 5 hour(s)
  • Available: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Lunch / English-speaking guide / Glass of çay and Nargile / Turkish Delight tasting
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 08:30 Check-in & Tour begins
  • Hippodrome area, Blue Mosque
    25249_orig Start the walking tour by entering the Blue Mosque with its six minarets and beautiful tiles which were made in Iznik (the birth town of Ottoman Empire).
  • Constantine Column
    Short briefing about the Hagia Sophia and Roxana Baths and then walk to the ancient Hippodrome where your guide will tell you about the Constantine Column, the Serpentine Column and the famous Obelisk which was shipped from Egypt to the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius in 6th century AD.
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar
    Here your guide will brief you on the history of the Grand Bazaar with its labyrinth of streets lined with textiles and products for just about everything! Learn the local art of bargaining here. (Closed on Sundays)
  • Sahaflar Book Market
    9360291_orig Stroll to the nearby Sahaflar Book Market where books were printed for the first time during the Ottoman era. Now the market sells all kinds of old and new books to students, travellers and locals. Here you will learn about Islam and the holy book, the Koran.
  • Suleymaniye Complex
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  • Tea Break
    Your guide knows a great hidden teahouse here where you can drink cay (tea) and try nargile with its intoxicating aroma and fruity flavours
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque, Spice market & Taste famous Turkish Delights
    8896670_orig It is the time to taste some delicious Turkish desserts – Lokum. Take your time to see the spice market which will introduce you to a mountain of Turkish spices, Turkish delight and local handicrafts.
  • Lunch by the Golden Horn
    4557004_orig Then it is the time to relax and take in the local lifestyle with a delicious lunch. After lunch your guide can instruct you on how to get back to the hotel and give you many other options of what to do in your free time.
  • 13:30 Check-out
Additional Note(s)
    • This tour has daily departure for a maximum of 10 people.
    • This tour involves entering mosques. Ladies and gentlemen are required to dress appropriately by covering their shoulders and ensure coverage past their knees. Ladies will need to cover their heads. Scarfs are available at the mosque, but feel free to bring your own scarf to use. In addition, for your convenience it is best to wear shoes that are easy to remove.
    • Please note that Grand Bazaar is close on Sundays. We also visit Spice market which is open everyday and Spice market has similar products that Grand Bazaar have.
    • Please note we do NOT enter the Hagia Sophia museum, you will be able to visit the museum in your own free time.
    • Gratuity is not included in the price.
    • Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made after 08:30 local time, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 57.14
USD 57.14

Taxes & fees included

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Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 5 hour(s)
Availability Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
Meal Lunch
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