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Old City Tour
Hand-picked Istanbul Map
Transportation to starting point
On this five hours walking tour, you will be introduced to must-see monuments of the old city (Sultanahmet) of Istanbul. Starting from Sirkeci Train Station, famous from Orient Express lines, you will visit the biggest central park of Istanbul: Gülhane Parkı. Gülhane Park was once part of Topkapi Palace which witnessed to series of interesting historical events. Here we will talk about Tanzimat Fermanı - the edict that official started westernization in the Ottoman Empire.
Our walk will continue with an extensive visit to Hagia Sophia Museum, once the biggest church of the world. You will be introduced to capturing Hagia Sophia anecdotes by Byzantine historians, emperors as well as Ottoman sultans and chronicles.
Our walking tour goes on with visits to Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque in Turkish), Underground Cistern and Grand Bazaar. Showing you the backstreets and local parts of the bazaar, we will prove you that the bazaar is not a touristy place at all. You will listen to the past of Grand Bazaar and find out what's interesting of its today..
We will end our tour with a recently renovated historical library from the Ottoman era and an old madrasa which is currently a Turkish coffee house.
Small Group Walks: Join our weekly organised small group Istanbul old city walk. During this full-day Istanbul walking tour you'll be meeting interesting people from all around the world and have this chance to learn from each other. Our small group tours are limited to 15 people.
Comprehensive Visits: We take our jobs seriously meaning your guided walk will be around interesting anecdotes based on primary resources. Without boring you, we will underline and show you some of the most interesting and least talked details.Variety of Choices for lunch: Everyone has different tastes and preferences. Considering this, we wanted to give few alternatives for the lunch break based on our Hand-picked Istanbul map which we will give you for free at the beginning of our tour. We will make our ways to the Grand Bazaar area where there are plenty of local lunch options. Choose whatever you like and eat as much as you like without any fix menus or limitations. Just to give you an idea, average lunch costs between 30-40 TL.