Old City Tour: From Constantinople to Istanbul

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Haktan
Quality Verified Registered on April 03, 2019

Hi, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I traveled to 30+ countries joining free walking tours whenever I had a chance and collecting the good practices of other guides. I studied in the USA and taught at different universities so I know how to keep people's attention when I tell the incredible stories of this amazing city. If you read the reviews about my tours you'll see the word "funny" in almost every review. I don't want to brag about humour but let me tell you this much I once made a group of Polish people laugh 😎. Last but not the least, The Guardian published an article about my tours. I use audio headsets during my tours so you won't miss anything even when we are walking and talking. Looking forward to meeting you! Haktan

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

 Tour details:

Would you like to capture the essence of this city in a fun and informative way in couple of hours? Then this tour is a must-do for you! 

Capital city of both Roman and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul has a lot to tell you about those civilizations. While visiting its Hippodrome and talking about the monumental columns and obelisks on it we will talk about the Roman heritage in the city. Visiting one of the most elegant mosques of Architect Sinan, we will have a chance to see a classic Ottoman Mosque and talk about its past and present. We will also see a traditional Bazaar, a Hamam, learn about the Blue Mosque take amazing photos and finally learn about the amazing history of Hagia Sophia. 

  • German fountain 
  • Hagia Sophia (from outside)
  • Blue Mosque 
  • Hippodrome 
  • The Walled Obelisk
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • Serpent column
  • Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque
  • Arasta Bazaar
  • Nakkaş Cistern

 Useful information for the traveler:

-No ticket is needed for any place we will enter.
-You may want to bring a scarf to enter the mosques.
When the tour ends you will be able to pay the guru whatever you consider fair. Some will pay €10, others $50. It's up to you!

-The agency for my tours is Eyupsultan Travel A-10425

 Looking forward to meeting you!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Binbirdirek, German Fountain, Atmeyda...
    Binbirdirek, German Fountain, Atmeydanı Cd., 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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    In front of the German Fountain with a tour guide tag and an ORANGE UMBRELLA.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • 2
    Free admission
  • 3
    Free admission
    Sokullu Mehmet Paşa
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Blue Mosque
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Arasta Bazaar

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Jo 22 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
It was so interesting and funny! Beste tourguide we had so far! Directly booked a second tour with him! ❤️
Tijana 22 Apr 2024
Novi Sad

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
There’s something special about the people who can make history interesting and have the whole group listening and thinking about what can they ask about the topic. Everything I heard was valuable and presented in fun and thought-out way so it makes sense and helps you a lot in order of getting to know Ottoman’s culture. I would go tomorrow again and recommend Haktan definitely.
Carlos 22 Apr 2024
Santo Domingo

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
This is the best tour I have taken part of. Haktan gave many interesting information about the sites and the history of Turkey. Haktan's improvisational humour is very funny, although one particular joke was a bit raunchy. This is a "can't be missed tour", so book it next time you are in Istanbul.
Guilherme 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Very good. Recommend
Peter 16 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Outstanding tour. Haktan is very well informed and gives tons of local tips. Highly recommend
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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