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Istanbul Essentials Tour: A Captivating free walking tour of Istanbul
Hello, I'm Mertcan, a licensed and independent tourist guide from Istanbul. My passion for traveling and exploring new cities has taken me to many different places, but there's nothing quite like guiding tours in my home city of Istanbul. When I guide tours, I take great care to make them as engaging and informative as possible. I understand that visitors to Istanbul may have limited time to see everything, which is why I keep my tours short and packed with interesting information. I focus on the main points of the city's history and culture, giving visitors the chance to explore further on their own if they wish. I limit my tours to 12 people in order to ensure I can attend to each person individually. As a guide, I strive to create a personalized experience for each of my visitors. Whether you're a solo traveler, a family with kids, or a group of friends, I will tailor my tours to suit your needs and interests. I'm also happy to share insider tips and recommendations for other places to visit or things to do in Istanbul, so you can make the most of your time in this incredible city. So if you're looking for a knowledgeable and friendly guide to show you around Istanbul, look no further than me. Join me on a journey through the city's rich history and vibrant culture, and let's create unforgettable memories together :)
Ready to explore the ancient city of Istanbul like never before? Join me on a tour that takes you through the heart of the city, from iconic landmarks like Haghia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern to must-visit spots like the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar.
We will also visit the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts to talk about the foundations of the old Hippodrome, as well as the Palace Mosaics exhibit. Relax in the verdant Gülhane Park and discover the vibrant neighborhood of Eminönü.
Book now for an unforgettable journey through Istanbul's rich history and culture!
We'll be taking a tour to see only the exteriors of these places, while I provide information about each location. This will give you the opportunity to visit them at your own pace in the future with your MuseumPass!
What will we visit on this tour?
Meeting point:Binbirdirek, German Fountain, At Meyd...Binbirdirek, German Fountain, At Meydanı Cd, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
I will be in front of the German Fountain (Alman Çeşmesi). You can recognize me by my purple umbrella.
1Outside visitKaiser Wilhelm Fountain
The German Fountain (also known as the Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain) is a beautiful and historic fountain located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a gift from the German Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, and was built between 1897 and 1900.
2Outside visitHaghia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia is a historic and architectural landmark located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was originally built as a cathedral by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 537 AD, and served as the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years. After the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque, and served as such for almost 500 years.
3Outside visitBasilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern is an ancient underground water storage system located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built in the 6th century during the Byzantine era, and was used to store water for the nearby Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings in the area.
4Outside visitHippodrome of Constantinople / Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a public entertainment and sporting arena located in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey). It was built in the 3rd century AD, and was used for chariot racing, athletic contests, and other events.
5Outside visitGreat Palace Mosaics Museum
The Great Palace Mosaics Museum showcases a collection of ancient mosaics from the Byzantine era. The mosaics were originally part of the Great Palace of Constantinople, which was the primary residence of the Byzantine emperors.
6Outside visitGülhane Park / Istanbul Archeology Museums
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums is a complex of three museums that houses a vast collection of ancient artifacts and treasures from various civilizations.
7Outside visitSirkeci Train Station
Here is the last stop for the Orient Express!
We will walk through the Sirkeci district, to the Spice Bazaar in Eminönü.
9Outside visitGrand Bazaar
Here, our journey comes to an unforgettable finale, as we explore the labyrinthine alleyways and bustling markets of one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets.
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).