Old City Tour: From Constantinople to Istanbul

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Haktan
Quality Verified Registered on April 03, 2019

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. I have four different tours and there is no overlap between them. If you do all four of them, I will give you a diploma and declare you an Istanbul guru :) Looking forward to meeting you! Haktan

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • 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! Its time is arranged for the easiest entrance to Hagia Sophia because the line is usually much shorter in the evenings. 

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 enter Hagia Sophia. Its definitely the highlight of this city and the highlight of this tour. I will finish the tour in its courtyard so whoever wants can go back inside and spend more time in beautiful Hagia Sophia after the tour. 

  • German fountain 
  • Hagia Sophia  (INSIDE)
  • Hippodrome 
  • The Walled Obelisk
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • Serpent column
  • Ibrahim Pasha Palace
  • Sokullu Mehmed Pasha Mosque (Hidden Gem!)
  • Nakkaş Cistern
  • Arasta Bazaar
  • Blue mosque (outside)
  • Hurrem Sultan Hamam (from outside)

 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! (minimum contribution is €10 per person around the world.)

 We look 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

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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faezeh 19 Mar 2023

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Travelled alone - Mar 2023
I really enjoyed the tour. This tour was recommended by one of my friends and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wishes to visit Istanbul. Haktan is a pro and he is delightful. He gives you interesting details for every place that you visit. If I had a longer stay in Istanbul, I would attend all other tours that he is offering as well!
Ema ... 18 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
Haktan is a really easy going and flexible guide; on a very interesting and fun way explained many historical, specific facts about the old town of Istanbul; his english is excellent and he is ready to help you out with any necessary facts and friendly suggestions; long story short - you need to book a tour with him!!!
Karen 17 Mar 2023
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Travelled alone - Mar 2023
Uno de los mejores walking tours que he tomado! El guía fue impecable; profesional, divertido, auténtico y con mucho amor por su país que comparte con un estilo único. Lo recomiendo definitivamente.
Kart... 08 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Definitely an above and beyond guide! Haktan enhanced our tour in every way her could, more than other tours I've been on for sure. He was very passionate and knowledgeable about topics relating to Istanbul
The ... 03 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
We had such an amazing time with Haktan on this tour, highly recommended and so much fun to be around him!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people 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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