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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul provided by Real Istanbul Tours

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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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Istanbul is one of the world’s most spectacular cities, a former Ottoman and Byzantine capital that’s now a vibrant modern metropolis. Most visitors stick to well-trodden highlights, but you’ll visit under-the-radar sights and hear illuminating commentary during this in-depth tour—while still ticking off the city’s top historical attractions. You’ll haggle for spices, chug a cup of Turkish coffee, and sail the Bosphorus, leaving all the navigation to your guide. 
  • You'll start at
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
    Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant - For further explanation perhaps use the Sultanahmet tram stop as a reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately 1-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop
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  • 1
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Serefiye Sarnici
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Nuruosmaniye Camii
    Stop: 25 minutes
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    Pass by
    Kapali Carsi
    Istanbul Universitesi Rektorlugu
  • 4
    Sahaflar Carsisi
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 5
    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 6
    Suleymaniye Mosque
    Stop: 25 minutes
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  • 7
    Cathedral Church of St George
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 8
    Balat & Fener Tour
    Stop: 50 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Karaköy Pier
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah., Rıhtım Cad. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
    It ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.
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  • In-depth, off-the-beaten-track tour of Istanbul
  • Tick off the main sights and also explore under-the-radar neighborhoods
  • Get a rare peek at Old Greek and Jewish quarters, plus Istanbul University
  • Perfect for first-time visitors or anyone wanting a deeper cultural exploration
What to Expect
Begin your tour at the Hippodrome, where thousands of spectators once marveled at chariot games. Your day includes travels on foot and public transportation, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Travel from ancient to medieval eras with stops at the Serefiye Cistern and the Grand Bazaar, where you can take a Turkish coffee break and haggle for souvenirs in over 4,000 different shops. Next, you’ll head to Istanbul University and an old book market, and then get a peek at Suleymaniye, considered the loveliest of the Ottoman-era mosques. After a stop at the cavernous Spice Market, veer off the tourist track in the city's Old Greek and Jewish neighborhoods, where you’ll see centuries-old wooden mansions. Finally, get views of Istanbul from the water with a scenic ferry ride across the river.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Return Details
Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah., Rıhtım Cad. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Light refreshment
  • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout
  • Professional guide
  • Public transportation; ferry and bus
  • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant to departure the walking tour
  • Minimum capacity is 2 persons. We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to insufficient reservations. We will do all we can to reschedule your tour or a refund will be provided.
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Our tours are done by public transportation and walking so if you have any serious mobility issues, we advise you to book a private tour
  • Parents of children under 6 years are advised to book a private tour
  • On Religious Fests Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed ( june 4th,5th, 6th, August 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th )
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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YYL wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions
Highly recommended! Trustworthy agency for sure! Ask for Emir Sagir to be your guide if possible but I do believe the rest of the team is as good as him (came across his colleagues along the way and they all seem nice). You'll get a local friend rather than just a guide! He is
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Date of experience: September 2020
Winstonthedog wrote a review Sep 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia617 contributions187 helpful votes
Salih was an incredible guide that showed us non touristy neighborhoods. I loved this tour and the relaxed, flexible vibe.
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Philipp B wrote a review Aug 2020
13 contributions1 helpful vote
Literally one of the best tours of my life. Specifically wanna highlight Apo, the extremely educated, kind and interesting guide... an incredible man overall! Really recommend. Thank you for everything!
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Date of experience: August 2020
Emyrald S wrote a review Jul 2020
Durango, Colorado24 contributions7 helpful votes
Great Tour! Salih was super knowledgeable and we asked him SO MANY questions that he had the answers to. We felt safe + confident wandering the streets of Istanbul with him and would certainly book future tours with him + this operator! Do yourself a favor and get the real
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Mark P wrote a review Mar 2020
Wakefield, UK12 contributions7 helpful votes
Our guide Salie was excellent. He took us to many interesting places we would not otherwise have visited. He provided historical information which he had researched carefully. At the Hippodrome, for example, he had maps and pictures to support his explanations. Last but not
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Date of experience: March 2020
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  • Duration: 7h
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