GuruWalk Original
Free tour

The tour of ISTANBUL Old City; Byzantine and Ottoman Tales

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on October 05, 2019

We are a group of licensed, English speaking tour guides who works with History Travel. We were born and raised in Istanbul. We combine our experience in the field with our endless passion for our beloved city to create the best experience for tourists from all over the world. Do not miss our tours for fantastic walking experiences in Istanbul.

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

Tour description

"A rollercoaster journey from mosques to crowded markets, it is a fantastic way to see Istanbul" said one of our clients in the past.
We invite you to discover one of the most amazing cities on earth. This gorgeous city has many interesting stories to be told. Listen it's stories while exploring old town in this walking tour.

Discover the Roman Hippodrome, see the famous Blue Mosque,  Haseki Hürrem Baths and iconic Hagia Sophia from outside and awaken your senses at Egyptian Bazaar. Get suprised by the hidden gems, columns and cisterns.  Learn the culture and customs and see Istanbul from a local's eye.

The route;

- The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
- Hippodrome area
- Obelisk of Theodosius
- Snaked Column
- The Walled Obelisk
- German Fountain
- Blue Mosque
- Haseki Hurrem Baths
- Hagia Sophia
- Basilica Cistern
- Soğukçeşme Street
- Gulhane Park (the garden of Topkapı Palece)
- The street of Historical Restaurants of Hocapasa
- Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) - inner visit
- The New Mosque
- Eminönü District with views of Suleymaniye Mosque and Galata Tower.

Are you ready to fall in love with Istanbul?


RESERVATION IS REQUIRED  because we have a limited space in our tours for a better experience.

Please provide a whatsapp number or a valid e-mail adress that you regularly check. We may ask confirmation about your attendance when we are fully booked. We kindly require you to answer our message to guarantee your spot in the tour.

We designed this tour for solo travelers, couples, small groups and families. Big group reservations(more than 6 people including kids) are not accepted.

No interior visits during the tour except Egyptian Bazaar.

We end up the tour in front of the EGYPTIAN BAZAAR in Eminönü Square.

The tour is only in ENGLISH.

Our tours are conducted by professional and licensed tour guides, and it's totally free to book and join the group. Considering that these tours are our guide's full time job to make a living and it will be a moderate-sized  group for your comfort, we recommend rewarding the guide minimum 10 € \ 10 $ \ 350 Turkish Liras per person for her\his job.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Binbirdirek, Atmeydanı Cd. No:46, 341...
    Binbirdirek, Atmeydanı Cd. No:46, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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    In front of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. The guide will carry a BLUE FLAG.

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    Outside visit
    The museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
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    Outside visit
    Obelisk of Theodosius
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    Outside visit
    The Serpentine Column
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    Outside visit
    The Obelisk of Constantine
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    Outside visit
    German Fountain
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    Outside visit
    Blue Mosque
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    Outside visit
    Ayasofya Haseki Hurrem Baths
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    Outside visit
    The Hagia Sophia Mosque
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    Outside visit
    Topkapı Palace Museum
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    Outside visit
    Soğukçeşme Street
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    Outside visit
    Basilica Cistern
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    Outside visit
    Gülhane Park (Garden of the Topkapı Palace)
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    Outside visit
    Hoca Paşa
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    Outside visit
    Egyptian Bazaar
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    Outside visit

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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Sharat 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
The tour started on time and the guide had good knowledge about the city's past which is very crucial in understanding the city with such a layered history. We covered all the places as per the schedule (although we couldn't get into the Spice bazaar as it was shut due to Eid), but he covered the details from outside the Bazaar. In the end he gave practical tips which really helped us for the rest of the tour. Highly recommend this tour.
Karen 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Very informative and fun with a couple of rests en route too
tommaso 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Bellissimo tour molto utile come prima giorno a Istanbul
Dawn 20 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Fantastic walking tour, really informative and interesting.
Kamila 20 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Rozhodně doporučuji tuto prohlídku, nejlépe hned první den pobytu. Průvodce byl naprosto skvělý, profesionál, ochotný, nápomocný a schopný odpovědět jakoukoliv naši otázku ať už z oblasti historie, jídla, architektury atp. Jeho výklad byl plynulý a srozumitelný a tudíž jsem mohla bez problémů překládat z angličtiny do českého jazyka bez přerušování průvodce, opakování výkladu nebo jeho návaznosti. Získali jsme spoustu informací nejenom o vzniku a historii města a jednotlivých památek, ale také informace o nynějším každodenním životě, turecké kultuře, tipy co ochutnat z místní turecké kuchyně, kde se dobře najíst za přijatelné ceny atd. Byli jsme velmi spokojeni a moc jsme si tuto prohlídku užili! Moc děkujeme za úžasný zážitek!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for 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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