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Discovering the Old town of Istanbul

  • İstanbul
  • Available in: English

About the guru Walking Guides

We are a group of English speaking, licensed tour guides who have passion for Istanbul. We love to share information about the history, culture and traditions of our city. Discover Istanbul with us.

We are a group of English speaking, licensed tour guides who have passion for Istanbul. We love to share information about the history, culture and traditions of our city. Discover Istanbul with us.

About the tour

Istanbul is one of the most fantastic cities in the world. The old town of Istanbul was the capital of great empires and the dream of the conquerers. It has many stories to be told. Explore the old town with a local guide and hear its stories in this tip based free walking tour.

In this walking tour we will discover the Roman Hippodrome area, see the famous Blue Mosque and iconic Hagia Sophia from outside, stroll through the labyrinthian streets of Grand Bazaar, visit the fabulous mosque of Sultan Süleyman (Süleymaniye) and end up the tour at Spice Market in Eminönü.

We are keeping our groups small for a better and more intimate experience.

Learn the culture and customs and see Istanbul from a local's eye.

Please note that;

Reservation is required. Please apply with full names.

We walk about 4 km (2.8 miles) in this tour, please wear comfortable shoes.

Our tours run as scheduled.No matter if it rains or snows, our guide will be there. If it is rainy do not forget your umbrella.

Meeting point
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How to find me: In front of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. The guide will carry a blue umbrella.
Tour duration: 3 hours

Tour schedule

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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, 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!

Ratings 43

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Mohammed

2 days ago

Nice tour with a nice guide who knows the city and a lot of its history. The guide had also good sugfestions and advies for our stay in Istanbul. I have only one tip: I think it would be nice to give some more options about good in Istanbul.

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Federico

6 days ago

Great tour! This was one of the most useful tours we have ever taken. Thanks!

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Katie Ashbolt

11 days ago

Fantastic tour! As it is off-peak season I ended up getting a private tour as no one else booked in and it was great! My guide was full of recommendations for lunch and dinner and even going out at night, would highly recommend

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Kenny Husin

14 days ago

One of the best walking tours I’ve been on. It was about 4 hours and we walked through some famous and not so famous landmarks. It was a great mix of touristy and local flare. A roller coaster journey from tranquil mosques to crowded markets, it’s a fantastic way to see Istanbul and spend the day discovering it’s streets. We stopped a couple of times for bathroom breaks, and even squeezed time for a kunefe. I wish I remember our awesome guides name because it was a superb experience!

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Vanessa

18 days ago

Very lovely guide, very open to all kind of questions.

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Patrick

19 days ago

Great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended it!

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