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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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Overview
See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of Istanbul. Wind through the hills of Fener, home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church and colorful Greek and Ottoman Houses. Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
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You'll start at
Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
Alemdar, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, TurkeyPudding 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
    Hippodrome
    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
    Pass by 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, TurkeyIt ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.
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Highlights
  • 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, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Duration
7h
Return Details
Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah., Rıhtım Cad. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Inclusions
  • Light refreshment
  • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout
  • Professional guide
  • Public transportation; ferry and bus
  • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici
Exclusions
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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It was a good tour for a first-time visitor. We were a group of 5 + english-speaking guide. We walked 14 km during approx 7 hours. “Off-the-beaten-paths” sounds as if one would visit smth really non touristic. Bear in mind that this tour is still very much about touristic
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I really enjoyed this tour because it gave me the experience to the local community experience. We walked on back shortcut alley, took a local bus & ferry ride & even tried some local food (baklava & trumva) & drink (ayran) where the locals hangout too. Reminder to wear
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Resul is an superb tour guide. He gave us many insights into Istanbul’s rich history and Turkish culture. From New to Old Town Istanbul, we were able to truly experience not only the classic tourist destinations such as the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, but also live life like
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Booked through TripAdvisor with very good communication of tour details. Met guide Abdulla (Apple!), outside the Pudding Shop which is easy to locate in locality of Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque at a sensible 0900 start time. Super knowledgeable guide who explained
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Yunus was very knowledgeable and I was really impressed with his knowledge of the architecture and story behind the building of the Süleymaniye mosque specifically. The vendors we visited as part of the trip were informative about the products they sell but were not pushy at
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By: Real Istanbul Tours
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EstherG_000
New York City, New York
41
For a Great First Introduction to Contemporary and Historic Istanbul — Look No Further!
We went on the half day tour with our guide, Emre. Not only was he very knowledgeable and engaging in sharing
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L_Natalia
Moscow, Russia
20
Good tour but not really “off the beaten”
It was a good tour for a first-time visitor. We were a group of 5 + english-speaking guide. We walked 14 km during
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Iskandar S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6720
Experiencing the locals
I really enjoyed this tour because it gave me the experience to the local community experience. We walked on back
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Aashu123
184
Amazing authentic tour guide
We were so lucky to have Apo as our tour guide! He was friendly, passionate about his city and extremely
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Rosanecarvalho77
Paranavai, PR
30
I highly recommend this tour!
I highly recommend this day Istanbul tour as a way to see Istanbul and learn about the amazing culture this
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astitbadrawanti
Victoria, Australia
12
From New and Old Town: Exploring the Corners of Istanbul
Resul is an superb tour guide. He gave us many insights into Istanbul’s rich history and Turkish culture. From New
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Sweet786
London
88103
Enchanting Istanbul with an awesome guide!
Amazing tour!! Top sites half day tour with Emir Sagir I just got back from Istanbul with wonderful memories!
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Paola-Morejon
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
81
Amazing
We had a fantastic guide Emre ( find him on Instagram: @emrethetourguide). There is no better way to get to know
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VinnieLondon_SE2
Doha, Qatar
422102
Insightful tour of some of main sights with a bit more!.
Booked through TripAdvisor with very good communication of tour details. Met guide Abdulla (Apple!), outside the
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Dick S
164
very personalized experience
We had a 5 hour very extensive and informative tour by our guide, Emir. The experience was so great that we
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NycTechnochic
44
Perfect if you don't want to deal with crowded tourist venues but still want a taste of the history, culture and cuisine
Yunus was very knowledgeable and I was really impressed with his knowledge of the architecture and story behind
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Lynda M
New York City, New York
30
2 weeks Turkey and Istanbul
Fantastic experience. 1 week spent travelling to Cappadocia, Ankara, Antalya, Kas with our tour guide Yunus Emre.
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debbiedZ5621CI
Lincoln, United Kingdom
41
Excellent way to see more of Istanbul
This was an excellent tour, we saw places and had experiences that we would never have done without this tour, my
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luke265
Badung, Bali, Indonesia
5820
Great way to see another side of Istanbul
Emre was great on guiding and has a wonderful knowledge about the city and its history. Really thankful that he
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LesD890
Dublin, Ireland
24572
a must do on day one of your visit to Istanbul
a great way to orientate yourself and Emir our guide was great. You walk the street absorbing the atmosphere find
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