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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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Fatih, Turkey
Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Discover Istanbul on a full-day tour that travels on foot and public transit to historic landmarks and local cultural hubs. Start by touring the Hippodrome, Serefiye Cistern and Grand Bazaar, then take a break for Turkish coffee, pastry and hookah (tobacco pipe). Visit the book and paper market Sahaflar Çarşısı, which started in the Byzantine era, then tour Istanbul University. Continue to Suleymaniye Mosque, the Spice Bazaar and the Church of St George before winding through the districts of Fener and Balat — the old Greek and Jewish neighborhoods.
  • Full-day off-the-beaten-path walking tour of Istanbul
  • Experience Istanbul like a local while traveling on foot, and by ferry and bus
  • See top sites including the Hippodrome, Serefiye Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Spice Bazaar
  • Stop into the Church of St George, located near the Golden Horn
  • Rummage through rare books at Sahaflar Çarşısı, a market on the site of a Byzantine book and paper bazaar
  • Visit the campus of Istanbul University
  • Learn the history of the old Greek and Jewish districts of Fener and Balat
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Light refreshment
Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout
Professional guide
Public transportation; ferry and bus
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant - For further explanation perhaps use the Sultanahmet tram stop as a reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately 1-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop

Return Details

Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

It ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.

  • 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 10 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; May 13th,14th, 15th, July 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23th in 2021
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Real Istanbul 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Won't spoil anything, but it was so worth that if you miss it, you'll regret it (specially when you hear from others about those places and "how could you miss it?!")." See review


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Fascinating Alternative Perspective of Istanbul
, Jun 2021
Extremely knowledgeable guide, full of detailed information you will hear nowhere else, especially as relates to the more modern history of Istanbul. I hadn’t read about any of the sites we were shown in any of the tourist guides, and would have completely missed this entire side of the city. I now leave the city feeling I have gotten a fairly comprehensive view of it considering the brevity of my stay. I never do guided tours, but I am extremely glad I did this one - worth every penny. Thank you so much for everything, especially your kindness, in sharing yourself and your experiences, n answering all our questions, and making sure we were taken care of throughout the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Hidden gem of istanbul
, Nov 2020
It was an amazing exprience.. our guide i think his name was Salem was so knowledgeable, he knows so much... he was an amazing tour guide with good attitude.. ver friendly... he was awesome
, Sep 2020
An excellent tour with a brilliant guide in Salih Gam who was very knowledgeable, funny and had an in-depth understanding of the areas he took us to. A great tour which does delve into the less touristy and well-known areas of Istanbul but that have their own history and atmosphere.
Fabulous day, fabulous guide
, Sep 2020
Salit was an excellent guide. He was friendly, very knowledgeable and flexible with us. His English was very good and he gave us lots of recommendations. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a more personalized experience. Thanks for a great day!!
Great tour!
, Nov 2019
What a great tour. Apo was knowledgeable, personable and a great host. The tour was paced just right to take in a lot but also enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes. We would highly recommend both this tour and Apo!
Simply the best
, Oct 2019
I thought this tour was great. We learnt heaps about the history, culture, architecture and food of this fascinating city. I would recommend this tour.
A "must" tour!
Erik M
, Sep 2019
That was an amazing tour. From touristic bits to 100% local. Experiencing the areas where only locals know how to reach out and seeing the incredible life around some of the most charming areas in the city. Won't spoil anything, but it was so worth that if you miss it, you'll regret it (specially when you hear from others about those places and "how could you miss it?!"). Our guide was a major part of that as well. She was super open minded and gave the true input about Istanbul from a turkish person perspective. But have to be honest here and say that it's a tough tour. There people out there, ready to walk for hours (like me), up and down the local hills, under a very hot weather (probably). If you're not into getting to know the city by foot, that might not be your kind. If you're a walker, you HAVE TO take that tour!
Off Beaten with Apple
Lourdes G
, Sep 2019
Apple (as he likes to be called) is an excellent and fun guide. I couldn't have asked for a better day tour.
istanbul weekend
, Mar 2019
fantastic authentic experience.would recommend to not understand previous bad reviews.excellent
Our guide Burak Gulcan was great...
Sandra R
, Jun 2018
Our guide Burak Gulcan was great. Flexible and informative. However, the cost of the tour did not get us entrance into the Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace. After being in the country for 12 days we understood the cost of things. This tour was too expensive. Sandi
1 traveler found this review helpful

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