Discover Islamic Culture Through Walking Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: iWalk
Quality Verified Registered on August 30, 2021

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Tour description

Welcome to Istanbul Dear Walkers!

Islam is the major practiced religion in Turkiye and in order to discover its characteristics we design this tour for walkers who come from non-islamic background.

As a route of the tour we have 2 Unesco World Heritage Destinations of Old City, Suleymaniye Mosque and Pantakrator Monastery.  The tour route finishes at more local, residential area of practising muslims.

We will take off from the daily relations of muslims into the social practices in order to understand Islam as it is explained inner and external peace. 

In this tour program we would like to cover 

> Daily and weekly practises of muslims in the mosque context
> Social life in the local practising muslim areas
> Sufism, mystical understanding of Islam

Visiting the following places all in a row:

  • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Suleymaniye Historical Ottoman Mansions
  • The Aqueduct of Valens 
  • Zeyrek Mosque (Formerly a church) 
  • Zeyrek Cistern Panoramic Old City View Terrace
  • Tokadi Sufi Cemetary
  • Old City Local Butcher Bazaar
  • Fatih Mosque and the Complex
  • Atpazarı as local muslim youth cafes 
  • Malta Bazaar
  • Islamic Instıtutions, Charity Organisations (from outside)

*Please note that at the end of the tour, you are expected to tip the guide minimum 10 Pound, 10 Dollar, 10 Euro or 400 liras per person

**Please dress modestly as we have mosque visits during this tour. (We recommend bringing along scarves and shawls to be able to cover certain parts of the body)

*** The tour duration, tour route and stops may vary depending on the guide and the number of participants. 

**** Smoking and consumption of alcohol are strictly prohibited during the tour.

Themes of the tour #islamiculture #islamiccivilisation #halalfood

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Süleymaniye, Süleymaniye Cd. No:21, 3...
    Süleymaniye, Süleymaniye Cd. No:21, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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    I will be waiting you in front of the Coffee Gutta

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Suleymaniye Mosque
  • 2
    Outside visit
    At Pazarı Street for Local Muslim Youth
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Pantakrator Monastary(Currently Mosque)
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Ladies' Market
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Tomb of Mehmed the 2nd, Conqueror of Constantinople
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Malta 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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Robert 18 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
The walk did not proceed because the guide didn’t turn up despite a number of messages through the Guru App asking for confirmation.
Julie 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Very good experience if you want to open your mind about islam religion in Turkey.
Katharina 13 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Brilliant tour to get to know Istanbul’s kind people and their hospitality. The tour offered us to get to know the every day life in Istanbul, especially when we visited the Islamic culture Centre. I highly recommend doing this free walking tour to experience more than the common touristic places in Istanbul.
Laura 13 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Faith was extremely knowledgable and passionate about Islamic culture and we felt able to ask him any questions. He taught us the principles of Islam, showed us how and why Muslims pray, took us to an Islamic education centre, provided literature for those who wanted to read more and took us to many varied Islamic mosques and sites and explained what we were seeing with the history behind it. It was nice to understand what we were seeing rather than just admiring beautiful architecture and objects. I especially liked the converted mosque with the Viking graffiti, hidden mosaics and demonstration of sound amplification from the Imam. Very personal and local experience with a lot of interesting education and tour of a less touristy area
Patty 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
I love walking tours and this was a really good one. I like to keep an open mind about others’ religions because I like to learn, and this tour did not disappoint. Fatih was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the Islamic religion/culture. The mosques were amazing. It was a very hot day, so maybe on such days, the length of the tours could be shortened a bit. As I mentioned, the tour was great and I would highly recommend it.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 30 people.
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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