Istanbul Adventure: Old City to Lesser-Known Sites

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on April 01, 2023

We're a duo of full-time licensed tour guides in Istanbul, Hakan & Emre, both with many years of experience in guiding and interesting background stories. Hakan is a born & raised Istanbulian, he grew up in urban Istanbul in a traditional family that owns a bakery. Spending his entire life in Istanbul, Hakan had the privilage to become a student in the most historical school in Turkey, Istanbul University. Having the opportunity to spend his student years in the only school located in the Old City of Istanbul, he learned the area like the back of his hand. After graduating from collage, he got his first job as a journalist. Fascinated with his hometown's history and the tourism sector, he went to his second university, and became a licensed tour guide. He's been working since 2019. Emre on the other hand, has his roots going back over a century in Istanbul. He spent his childhood in central Istanbul, and found himself abroad for his highschool studies. Later came back to Istanbul, and decided to learn the world's hardest language: Chinese. Spent 4 years in China, mastering the language and even participating in a band that performed in bars and festivals. Came back to his hometown Istanbul to finally realize his teenage dream of becoming a tour guide, did his masters in guiding and got his license. He's been guiding tourists in multiple languages since 2018.

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

Tour description

Don't just book a tour. Book an adventure.

Start with the must-see sites of the Old City, learn about Istanbul's most important landmarks, and delve deeper into lesser-known sites that are massively underrated in the same tour. 

You will witness the change of environment as you walk from the most touristic part of the city into a more serene and beautiful area where the blue meets the green and poetically ends with an incredible sea view. 

The tour includes:

✅ Must-See sites (check route below for details)

✅ Lesser-known, underrated sites

✅ Bosphorus viewpoint

✅ Insider tips & recommendations

✅ Best photo spots

✅ Small break

✅ Active walking tour, 4 km route

✅ Essential information on all sites

✅ Access to online PDF guides

✅ Additional offers

You will not only access all the essential information about the Old City of Istanbul but will unlock an underrated area of the city with a local that you probably would have missed otherwise.

You will love it.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Sultanahmet, Binbirdirek, 34122 Fatih...
    Sultanahmet, Binbirdirek, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
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    Your guide will be waiting in front of the Egyptian Obelisk (Obelisk of Theodosius) with a GREEN flag. The obelisk is a giant stone column with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs on it, located in the center of the Hippodrome, which is located between the Blue Mosque and Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum.

  • 1
    Free admission
    Egyptian Obelisk

    We meet in front of the 3500 years old Egyptian Obelisk.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Hippodrome Square

    We walk through the ancient Hippodrome Square where once tens of thousands of Romans and Byzantines watched violent chariot races.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Blue Mosque

    We walk through the courtyard of the stunning Blue Mosque, talk about its history and the story of Sultan Ahmet.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Hagia Sophia

    We take stunning pictures of Turkey's #1 historical landmark, the time defying 1500 years old Hagia Sophia, and unveil its deep history.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Hürrem Sultan Hammam

    We pass in front of Turkey's #1 hammam, a 500+ years old historical Turkish bath commissioned by the most famous woman in Ottoman History: Hürrem Sultan.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    German Fountain

    We'll see one of Istanbul's most famous meeting points, a gift from the last German emperor, Kaiser Willhelm II.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Column of Constantine

    The name says it all. But there's more to it, and you won't be expecting it.

  • 8
    Free admission
    Hidden Shisha Spot

    We'll discover the hidden favorite of local shopkeepers where they chill with a bubbly shisha and a cup of tea after a long day at work.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Ancient Book Bazaar

    We enter and pass from one of the oldest book bazaars in the world, the Ottoman second hand book bazaar.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    University Square

    We'll see the largest and oldest city square in Old City: Beyazit Square, the square of Istanbul University, the oldest and biggest university of Turkey.

  • 11
    Free admission
    Suleymaniye Mosque

    Biggest and arguably the most beautiful mosque built during the Ottoman empire. The most underrated site in Istanbul that is truly breathtaking.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Stunning Bosphorus Viewpoint

    We'll take incredible pictures of the city from above, with the stunning Bosphorus strait in the middle.

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    Outside visit
    Other surprise places :)

    Can't spill all the beans at once!

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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Elsa 16 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Very interesting tour - learnt a lot and guide know how to make it entertaining. Would recommend !
Clement 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
It was the best way to discover the old city of Istanbul ! So much history to discover and Emre shared it all with us. He also has the best adress for ice cream ! Thanks a lot and we’ll recommend this tour to our friends visiting the city.
Tamino 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I can absolutely recommend you the tour with Hakan. He has a deep knowledge about Istanbul and is very kind. You can ask him anything you are interested in. Don't doubt booking this tour.
Mayank 14 Jun 2024
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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Great walking tour, exceeded all expectations - Hakan was extremely knowledgable and we didn't even realize how 3hrs flew by. He took us to both, the very touristy spots, but also some extremely local spots and seeing the dichotomy in vibes and crowds was very interesting. My experience of the old city would be completely different without his insights. Highly recommend this experience where you can support someone local who's passionate about their city over some corporate tour business that takes big commissions.
David 11 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
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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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