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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 May 12, 2019

Rasul was fantastic. Knowledgeable, funny, personable and sensitive to different group members. Stitched together the threads of our limited information in a way that far exceeded expectation. A day we will not forget. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Bronwen C
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

I booked this because it said off the beaten track track. Oms delivered. He walked us around some of the tourist attractions, like the hippodrome and the Süleymaniye Mosque. He took us to the another cistern, not the basilica, the one they’ve opened recently. Which...More

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank Irishpersonhappy
Reviewed April 30, 2019

When signing up to this tour, I had a feeling it was going to be great. And it indeed lived to the expectations! Emre is knowledgeable, kind and patient. The tour is very insightful and well delivered. I definitely recommend it!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

We did this tour with Emre which made it such a wonderful experience. Emre is very personable and full of history and knowledge of Istanbul and Turkey which he conveyed in a way which made it very easy to understand. We covered a lot of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Sharron R
Reviewed April 22, 2019

This was one of the best tours we've had anywhere, ever. Everything about it was exceptional beginning with the price which I still can't believe we paid so little for in light of ALL that was given and received. First of all the tour guide...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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August 5, 2019|
Response from Culture72984 |
Hi, we have 2 kids ages 5 and 2 and are interested in a private tour either on November 26th or 27th. Is the tour doable with young kids? If it rains, are we able to reschedule?
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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