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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of Istanbul. Wind through the hills of Fener, home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church and colorful Greek and Ottoman Houses. Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
  • In-depth, off-the-beaten-track tour of Istanbul
  • Tick off the main sights and also explore under-the-radar neighborhoods
  • Get a rare peek at Old Greek and Jewish quarters, plus Istanbul University
  • Perfect for first-time visitors or anyone wanting a deeper cultural exploration
What to Expect
Begin your tour at the Hippodrome, where thousands of spectators once marveled at chariot games. Your day includes travels on foot and public transportation, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Travel from ancient to medieval eras with stops at the Serefiye Cistern and the Grand Bazaar, where you can take a Turkish coffee break and haggle for souvenirs in over 4,000 different shops. Next, you’ll head to Istanbul University and an old book market, and then get a peek at Suleymaniye, considered the loveliest of the Ottoman-era mosques. After a stop at the cavernous Spice Market, veer off the tourist track in the city's Old Greek and Jewish neighborhoods, where you’ll see centuries-old wooden mansions. Finally, get views of Istanbul from the water with a scenic ferry ride across the river.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Return Details
Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah., Rıhtım Cad. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Light refreshment
  • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout
  • Professional guide
  • Public transportation; ferry and bus
  • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant to departure the walking tour
  • Minimum capacity is 2 persons. We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to insufficient reservations. We will do all we can to reschedule your tour or a refund will be provided.
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Our tours are done by public transportation and walking so if you have any serious mobility issues, we advise you to book a private tour
  • Parents of children under 6 years are advised to book a private tour
  • On Religious Fests Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed ( june 4th,5th, 6th, August 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th )
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were met by our guide, Abdullah (Apo). We were guided through non-touristy areas of the amazing city of Istanbul and treated to authentic refreshments at quaint establishments throughout the day. Our guide was knowledgable and fun. We had a great time,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Salma H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is my family's first visit to Istanbul. We traveled from MA, USA to spend three days in Istanbul and continue on to Marmaris. We wanted to get a good sense for Istanbul and the title of this tour "Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Juliana O
Reviewed August 4, 2019

This is a wonderful way to experience parts of Istanbul that many tourists miss. Having Abdullah (Apo) as our guide made this special tour even more special. He's fun to be with, intelligent, open and attentive. A great way to learn about Turkey from a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank origerstel
Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

Doing this tour was a complete hit because of our amazing guide Abdullah. He is a knowledgeable, down-to-earth and attentive guide who is willing to discuss any topic and has no prejudice. Moreover, I did not feel well the night before the tour and almost...More

1  Thank 595jerej
Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

I had a long layover in Istanbul and scheduled a tour into the city instead of sitting at the airport all day. They arranged a pick up at the airport into the city where I met my guide Ozkan, who was terrific. I had been...More

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July 29, 2019|
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Response from Frances H | Reviewed this property |
We met at the Pudding lale restaurant which is 1-2 minutes away from agia Sofia. The tour ended at Galata ferry stop. I agree vehicle pick ups aren't necessary if your hotel is in a central location.
May 10, 2019|
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Response from Louvenia A | Reviewed this property |
I agree. It is per person. But trust me, once you experience this tour, every thought about the money you paid disappears. In fact, you may feel you really didn't pay enough for this value.
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