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Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour provided by Tematique Tours

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Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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The former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is a vibrant city filled with magnificent architecture and a rich history as the bridge between east and west. Perfect for first-time visitors, this in-depth guided walking tour visits the main attractions like the Hagia Sophia (does not include touring inside) while also venturing to hard-to-find secret spots. Leave the navigation to your guide, who also provides illuminating commentary.
You'll start at
House of Medusa Restaurant
Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, TurkeyOur meeting point is "House of Medusa Restaurant" which is on the same street with "Basilica Cistern" (Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish). Only 30 meters away from Basilica Cistern. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of this restaurant. * Please check the exact location on Google Maps.
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  • Pass by Basilica Cistern
    Pass by Hagia Sophia Museum
    Pass by Blue Mosque
    Pass by Topkapi Palace
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    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Grand Bazaar
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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You'll end at
Mısır Çarşısı
Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, TurkeyOur tour concludes after visiting Spice Market in Eminönü and leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing
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  • Take a small-group guided walking tour through Istanbul
  • See popular attractions like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Spice Market
  • Discover under-the-radar local sights with your guide
  • Hear stories about the golden ages of Byzantine and Ottoman rule
What to Expect
After meeting your guide and small group at Sultanahmet Square, head off on a scenic stroll through one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Your guide tells stories from the heyday of Byzantine and Ottoman rule as you wander the picturesque streets. Make your way through all the main historical highlights, from the 6th-century Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia—famous for its stunning gold mosaics—to the Spice Market, which boasts more than 100 shops. But your guide also shows you local haunts and learn where residents of the diverse, sprawling city go for the best Turkish coffee.
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Important Information
Departure Point
House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Return Details
Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Professional Guide
  • Small Group
  • Gratuities (Recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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DE15 wrote a review Dec 2019
52 contributions20 helpful votes
We (2 adults) had a great experience with Erol on this walking tour. (Dec 2019) Perfect way to start off seeing Istanbul as Erol shared his passion for the city and Turkey's history as we walked around discussing the iconic structures in Old Town. Also best to do first as
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Date of experience: December 2019
60damian wrote a review Dec 2019
Abu Dhabi 2 contributions
We booked the day before and had a wonderful tour with Erol. He was informative and passionate. I would recommend this tour highly for anyone who wants an overview of the fascinating history.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Steven B wrote a review Sep 2019
Scotland, United Kingdom26 contributions6 helpful votes
Erol was punctual, polite, hugely knowledgeable and an excellent host. We really appreciated his guidance on the sights and his willingness to engage is in what we were learning about Istanbul. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: September 2019
NorthStar730440 wrote a review Aug 2019
10 contributions3 helpful votes
We did the walking tour on our first full day in Istanbul and can highly recommend! Errol was very knowledgeable, patient and professional. You will see all the major sites from the outside and Errol will provide guidance on how much time to allow as well as context for when you
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Toni353 wrote a review Jul 2019
Dublin51 contributions29 helpful votes
We booked months in advance and were surprised to find only the two of us on the tour with Erol. He said the maximum is 6 persons. We had such a good guide in Erol, we would have missed so much without his knowledge and interest. The tour lasted just about 3 hours, Erol took us
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Date of experience: July 2019
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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