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Fatih, Turkey
Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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
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Professional Guide
Small Group
Gratuities (Recommended)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul , Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:13-15 D:17, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Your guide ( wears a tourist guide badge, so easy to spot) will meet you on the street, outside the entrance to "Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul". Located on “Yerebatan Street” where the tram lines (T1) run through Sultanahmet, approximately 2 minutes walk from Sultanahmet tram stop.

Mısır Çarşısı , Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Our tour concludes after visiting Spice Market in Eminönü and leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market is closed on July 9, 10, 11, 12, 2022 due to Sacrifice Feast Holiday
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tematique Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour.

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star-5
Exceptional
KOLAWOLE_O
, Jul 2022
I would like to say first that Mr Tulga is an amazing fellow, he made the experience an exceptional one for me. He’s so knowledgeable about the history of Istanbul, with all the places he took me to, I can conveniently explore Istanbul all by myself. He also speaks very good English. I’ll definitely reach out whenever I come to Istanbul again, thank you for the phenomenal experience.
star-5
Fantastic experience with Erol!
Megan_H
, Jul 2022
We had a fantastic day discovering Istanbul with our tour guide, Erol. The tours are capped at a maximum of 8 people, but it was just the two of us on this particular day. Erol is experienced, organized, engaging and an encyclopedia of knowledge on the centuries of history in Istanbul and Turkey! This tour was a highlight of our trip to the country - I couldn't recommend it enough. Thank you, Erol!
star-5
Good way to explore and map key monuments & bazaars with a great guide.
Adarsh_K
, Jul 2022
Erol, our tour guide was fabulous, amazing knowledge about history, extremely patient, sharing intricate details about the places we visited. He had some great stories to tell with cool references from movies. This tour is good way to map Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, covering all key monuments and bazaars. With the understanding, one can pick and choose places to spend time subsequently.
star-3
A good intro to Istanbul Old Town
Daniela_P
, Jul 2022
A good overview of the main sights if you’ve never been to the city before. Doesn’t give entry anywhere due to the short time.
star-5
Istanbul Walking Tour
Mary_H
, Apr 2022
Tolga, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable about our tour to the Haggia Sophia, Blue Moque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Spice bazaar. We were not rushed around, it was at a lovely pace. He guided us to the Spice Bazaar where we bought Turkish Delight and drank ftpruit tea. He also gave us advice about other sites worth visiting such as Galatea Tower. Tolga’s passion for the history and architecture shone through. I would highly recommend Tolga and the Tour.
star-5
Istambul first walk
Jorge_F
, Mar 2022
Nice guide, good for having a first image of the touristics options in the center of the town wits some tips for having nice and ship meals
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Outstanding guide, memorable experience!!
Ferne_L
, Mar 2022
Erol was amazing, there were no silences because of how much he knew. The private tour was incredibly worth it, the three hours flew bye and he answered every single question in so much detail. Couldn’t recommend Erol enough.
star-5
Above expectations
Luc_S
, Nov 2021
This tour with Erol was more than what we expected : see all the main sights in a few hours so we can go back and take our time at the ones we wanted. The surprise was that Erol was exceptionally knowledgeable and generous sharing historical and architectural details at each sight. Highly recommended.
star-5
Excellent, knowledgable and fun great English
Irene_M
, Nov 2021
Erol was a excellent guide. We phoned him before the start of the tour, he gave us directions to meet up him, as the taxi left us a few blocks away. He was very knowledgable and took his time to explain the history mixing it current day life in Istanbul, he gave advise on the best times if you wanted to go inside the mosque.
star-5
Great way to know the city
Sue_Kanji
, Nov 2021
Had a fantastic day with Orel. He is very knowledgeable about the city and gave us great local tips. I highly recommend Orel for the walking tour
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highlights of Old Instanbul historical sites
Robert_H
, Oct 2021
As a last day on a 2 week trip we wanted an overview of Istanbul without going with a large group on a bus. Erol was the very best tour leader who provided information in an interesting, fun and enjoyable way. He also provided inside photos of several sites. His English is excellent and he was able to keep us on schedule. Highly recommended
star-5
Second tour of Istanbul with Erol
Nawar_A
, Oct 2021
This was my second tour of Istanbul with Erol, it was such a pleasant walking tour of the city where we started near Ayah Sofiah and ended near the Galatah bridge. Erol’s knowledge gave a great context to this tour, highly recommend it.
star-5
A day around Sultanahmet
Franklyn_D
, Sep 2021
It was a good walking tour. It started on time, and my Tour guide was Erol. He is Very knowledgeable about the content of the tour and even if it was only me, he made sure that I will be provided with the best informations. Especially for the history around Istanbul, the Sultans and the historic mosque. We also went through the Grand Bazaars and the Egyptian spice market. It lasted like 3 hours but definitely worth it for 1st time visitors of Istanbul.
star-5
Thank you, Erol!! 10/10 tour!
Mia_W
, Sep 2021
A huge thank you to Erol for the wonderful tour! We (American family of 4) had such a lovely time and saw everything we wanted to see including the major attractions/monuments. Erol knows so much about the history and culture here in Istanbul and answered all of our questions. One of our favorite parts was trying Turkish Delight and tea in the Spice Bazaar. Highly recommend to do this tour on your first day when you visit because you can get a good sense of the city and see where you might want to return to during the rest of your stay.
star-5
Great experience!
Ilyas_F
, Sep 2021
We had a great time with Erol. We covered a lot of Ottoman history in a relatively short amount of time. Would definitely recommend this tour for your 1st or 2nd day in Istanbul.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Fatima_E
, Nov 2020
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.
star-5
Friendly and informative
AnnCarter
, Sep 2019
Erik was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and happy to answer our questions. Highly recommend.
star-5
Excellent and patient guide
Aishwarya J
, Sep 2019
Erol was an amazing guide - very knowledgeable and very patient with as as we made stops and took our time with places. His grasp of history and his style of guiding were excellent
star-5
Erol was our guide and we found him...
CARL_B
, Apr 2018
Erol was our guide and we found him to be very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Excellent walking tour and the time flew past. would say 5 star service....please tip him well as you are getting a lot for next to nothing.
star-5
Tolle Erfahrung!
wr2ynnhndh
, May 2022
Erol hat mit seinem unglaublichen Wissen über die Historie von Istanbul einen sehr guten Eindruck über die Geschichte Istanbuls gegeben. Sehr zu empfehlen!

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