Guided tour

Hidden Istanbul: 4-Hour Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

71 reviews

Hidden Istanbul: 4-Hour Walking Tour

From US$ 37.25 per person

Discover a hidden side of Istanbul as you explore Sultanahmet with a local guide. See local mosques, markets, and more, and take in the city’s major attractions. Learn about the Ottoman Empire, and visit the vast Grand Bazaar and a historic spice market.

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Duration 4 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the back streets and hidden gems of Sultanahmet
  • Walk along "Divanyolu," the ancient highway to Rome
  • Visit Suleymaniye mosque and get an inside understanding of Islam
  • Explore the amazing labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar
  • Discover a spice market in the middle of the city
  • Wander through the Sahaflar Carsisi (book bazaar), one of the oldest markets in Istanbul
  • Hear tales of both Byzantine and Ottoman dramas
Full description
Explore a different side of Istanbul on a 4-hour walking tour that takes in some of the city’s hidden sites. Learn more about the practice of Islam as you stop at mosques with your local guide. Explore street bazaars and taste the local cuisine. Walk to the Hippodrome of Meydani, where Byzantines enjoyed chariot races. See the Blue Mosque, an Istanbul landmark, before walking along Divanyolu, originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine as a road to Rome, more than 950 miles away. Explore the Grand Bazaar before making your way through local markets to the famous Old Book Bazaar. Visit Beyazit Camii Mosque to see the beautiful stone and wood craftsmanship and masterful stained glass windows. Pass Istanbul University, built by the reforming Ottoman Sultans, and learn about the education system in Turkey today. Marvel at the beauty of the Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent. Visit the royal tombs of Süleyman and his cohort Roxanna. Enjoy sublime city views and pause for tea in the sunken garden. Continue on to the hectic trading area of Istanbul, where you’ll find crumbling Byzantine buildings and Ottoman architectural relics. Hear stories of how the merchants of the past lived. See the hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque, acclaimed for its stunning Iznik ceramic tiles. The tour ends in the Spice Bazaar area, where your leader can direct you to a local lokanta (small restaurant) for lunch, or give you some more great Istanbul tips for you to make the most of the rest of your stay.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tour of Sultanahmet, the Grand Bazaar and the Book Bazaar
  • Tea at a local tea house
  • Visit to the Süleymaniye Mosque complex
  • Visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque
  • Extra drinks
  • Additional food
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet at Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a 3-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop.

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Important information

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  •  Tour operates with a maximum group size of 12 participants
  •  Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is both conservative and modern. On this walking tour you will visit a variety of mosques. To respect this, and for your own comfort, modest clothing is recommended. This means clothing that covers the shoulders and knees for both men and women. Women should bring a scarf (easily purchased in Istanbul) to cover their head
  •  The weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the time of year
  • Winters can be freezing cold and it can be extremely hot and humid in summer (June, July, and August)
  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
  • Travelers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted a maximum of 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months, or proof of vaccination
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 71 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Super Excellent Tour - thanks to our guide Fatih.

The hidden tour was one of the best days we spent in Istanbul. My friend and I were the only two in the group and Fatih - our guide - was very flexible in accommodating our requests. He is very passionate about his job, and proud of Turkeys historical achievements. Fatih met us at the pick-up point on time, and informed us of the schedule. My friend and I were very impressed by Fatih's level of knowledge. We enjoyed listening to the details and wanted to hear more. Fatih's communication skills and English proficiency was unexpectedly perfect. I would highly recommend you ask for Fatih to be your guide for the tour when booking online through GetYourGuide. Wishing you all the best and an unforgettable hidden tour memorable experience.

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September 29, 2016

Felt like a local!

Abdullah, my guide, is Very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of Istanbul. I was alone in the tour so I also had him as my photographer and had all the time that I needed at the Spice Market :). Answered all my questions about the places we visited. Went to areas that are not usually seen by foreign tourists. Had a tea in a cafe overlooking the stunning view of the Golden Horn. Loved the place that I revisited it the next day :)...All in all, this tour is worth recommending and I would love again to have Abdullah as my guide when I go back to Istanbul in July!

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May 28, 2016

Enjoyed`the intimate walking tour in snowy conditions

We were lucky enough to have Emre Aldeniz as our guide who kept us fully briefed on the "hidden" joys of old Istanbul, he had an in depth knowledge which he shaed with the 4 of us, so a very intimate 5 hoiurs were spent - slowed down by the snowy conditions. Emre was excellent.

January 4, 2016

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