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Old City Tour: From Constantinople to Istanbul

Your Guru: Haktan
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5.0
61 ratings
  • İstanbul
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some amazing places and tell you their even more amazing stories! I studied in the USA and travelled to more than 30 countries joining the walking tours whenever I had a chance. I always dreamt of doing such tours in Istanbul and I got my tour guiding degree and started... More

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some amazing places and tell you their even more amazing stories! I studied in the USA and travelled to more than 30 countries joining the walking tours whenever I had a chance. I always dreamt of doing such tours in Istanbul and I got my tour guiding degree and started doing it 3 years ago. So far I've received great reviews and met a lot of amazing people. Looking forward to meeting you! Haktan

About the Tour

I offer this tour in the evenings too in order to avoid the summer heat of Istanbul and to enter Hagiasophia when there's no line. 

Tour details:
We will meet in front of the German Fountain at the Hippodrome.

  • German fountain
  • Hagia Sophia  
  • Hippodrome 
  • The Walled Obelisk
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • Serpent column
  • Ibrahim Pasha Palace
  • Ottoman school building
  • Sokullu Mehmed Pasha Mosque (Hidden Gem!)
  • Little Hagia Sophia
  • Nakkaş Cistern
  • Arasta Bazaar
  • Blue mosque (outside)
  • Hurrem Sultan's Hamam (from outside)
  • Sinan Erdebili Sufi Lodge


 Useful information for the traveler:
- The blue mosque is under restoration, but we will enter the Sokullu and Little Hagia Sophia mosques.
-No ticket is needed for any place we will enter.
-You may want to bring a scarf to enter the mosques.

 We look forward to meeting you!

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: In front of the German Fountain with a tour guide tag and a YELLOW BACKPACK.

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are accepted. The maximum number of attendees per booking is 30 people.
Minimum of attendees:
A minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (61)

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Mfon
07 Jul 2022 London
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Travelled alone - Jun 2022

Hakan handled the large grp well, gave us history, told us funny stories, answered lots of questions and made suggestions of areas, restaurants we could visit when in Istanbul - Cheers Hakan

Julie
05 Jul 2022 Nantes
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Travelled in couple - Jul 2022

Great tour with Haksan, he’s very interesting and fun. The evening tour is very pleasant and quiet.

HERNANDO
03 Jul 2022 Manville
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Travelled alone - Jul 2022

He knows all the city facts and historical events. Has been one of my best city tours.

Eric
03 Jul 2022 Montreal
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Travelled in group - Jun 2022

Natalia
03 Jul 2022
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Travelled alone - Jun 2022

I had only a few hours in Istanbul and decided to sacrifice my sleeping time to going onto excursion. That was the best decision I’ve ever made! Very educational and enlightening tour. Intelligent and witty and charming guru Haktan. Thank you and GOD bless people who belong to this website community! You make the world a better place!

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!