Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
Walking & Biking Tours > Walking Tours > City Walk
$82.35
Duration: 7 hours
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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

Begin your tour at the ancient Hippodrome, where thousands of spectators have marveled at chariot races. Journey to the historic Sultanhamet Mosque, now known as the Blue Mosque due to the magnificent blue Iznik tiles that fill its interior. Navigate the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and passages that house more than 3,000 shops. Bring your bartering skills. Rest at a local hangout with some traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular pastry, borek, all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah.

Make your way to one of Istanbul’s oldest markets, the Old Book Bazaar Sahaflar Çarşısı, located on the site of the Byzantine Empire’s book and paper market. Keep on the academic theme with a tour of Istanbul University’s campus. Next, stop at Suleymaniye Mosque, an Ottoman Imperial mosque and the city’s largest, located on the Third Hill of Istanbul. Marvel at its interior beauty, then ready your senses for the Spice Bazaar. Absorb the energy, bright colors, and the powerful aromas of exotic spices.

Continue exploring Istanbul’s rich religious history with a stop at the Church of St. George. Since the 1600s, the church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion. Step back in time with a tour of the Old Greek and Jewish District (Fener- Balat). See historic wooden mansions, churches, and synagogues that date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Take a ferry back to Eminonu and the Spice Bazaar Market, and end your tour full of fascinating stories and experiences.

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