Historic Off The Beaten Path Tour Of The Real Istanbul


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 isPudding Shop Lale Restaurant


  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Small-group tour
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local

Details about this tour

This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul
The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Serefiye Sarnici, Istanbul
The Theodosius Cistern is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Nuru Osmaniye Mosque, Istanbul
Located next to the Grand Bazaar, Nuruosmaniye Mosque was built in the mid-eighteenth century and it is the earliest example of Ottoman Baroque architecture.
Duration: 25 minutes
Pass By: Kapali Carsi, Istanbul
The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of stanbul's Old City and has been so for centuries.
Pass By: Istanbul University, Istanbul
Founded in 1933, Istanbul Universitesi (Istanbul University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the metropolis of Istanbul.
Stop At: Sahaflar Carsisi, Istanbul
The Second Hand Book Bazaar has been a book and paper market since Byzantine times.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Spice Bazaar, Istanbul
Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul
Sleymaniye Mosque. Built by the most important architect of Ottoman times, Arhitect Sinan, this superb monument is Istanbul's largest mosque complex
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Cathedral Church of St George, Istanbul
Located in one of the oldest parts of Istanbul, in Fatih, the Cathedral Church of Saint George is a Greek Orthodox Church which is still in working order
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Balat & Fener Tour, Istanbul
Formerly Istanbul's Greek Orthodox and Jewish neighborhoods, today Fener and Balat are known for their dilapidated yet beautiful old houses and more...
Duration: 50 minutes


  • 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

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

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


  • Steve C

    fantastic authentic experience.would recommend to anyone.do not understand previous bad reviews.excellent

  • Sandra R

    Our guide Burak Gulcan was great. Flexible and informative. However, the cost of the tour did not get us entrance into the Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace. After being in the country for 12 days we understood the cost of things. This tour was too expensive.

  • Ian T

    A fascinating day out artfully paced by Burak whose knowledge of Istanbul's history is encyclopaedic. Burak clearly loves this city and has a wonderful ability to bring it to life with stories and detail that he matched to our interests and understanding.

  • Judith B

    A great day tour that took us down many back streets of Istanbul that we would never have seen. The tour was well paced and our guide Burak did a great job explaining the history and culture of this wonderful city.

  • Duane M

    What a great day! I am so glad I signed up for this tour at the last minute. My guide, Burak Gulcan, was so accommodating, well-informed on the history of Istanbul, and gave me a so much more culturally-rich experience of Istanbul than I could have gotten through the standard tours that I couldn't thank him enough. He lead me to many places, experiences, sights, tastes, and locales that I would not have seen had I been exploring on my own or stuck with the highlights tour. I would recommend him to anyone. We had a great day!

  • Tammy S

    My husband and I booked this tour in early September and enjoyed every second of it. Emre was entertaining, friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history, architecture and he personally recommended restaurants for us. I can't recommend this tour enough. To start our trip with an understanding of the city, a good grasp on the layout and knowing how to work the transportation system was a god sent! If you do one thing in Istanbul make it this tour!

  • cletia h

    My guide Burak was wonderful. He showed me so many interesting places. We walked all over - even though the weather decided to rain - it didn't interfere with the day. I really enjoyed the day.

  • Anna B

    The tour really gave our group a far better understanding of what it Istanbul is really like.

    Along the way, our fantastic guide Burak gave us honest and intriguing insights into his country that made us more aware of Turkey past and present.

  • Jeanette D

    Amazing to get out of the tourist areas and see the real Istanbul. A great way to become comfortable with Istanbul right away!

USD 78.84
Per Person
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