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Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour provided by Tematique Tours

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 15459P6
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional Guide
  • Small Group
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (Recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our 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.
  • Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our tour concludes after visiting Spice Market in Eminönü and leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional Guide
  • Small Group
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (Recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our 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.
  • Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our tour concludes after visiting Spice Market in Eminönü and leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Our tour concludes after visiting Spice Market in Eminönü and leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    House of Medusa Restaurant
    Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Our 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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  • 1
    Basilica Cistern
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Sogukcesme Sokak
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Caferaga Medresesi
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 5
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 6
    Sultanahmet District
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Walled Obelisk
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 8
    German Fountain
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 9
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 10
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 10 minutes
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5.0
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Alex Petrova
4 contributions
One of the best tours I have ever taken!
Oct. 2021
I highly recommend the tour! It’s a must if you go to Istanbul. It was my first time in Istanbul and I got to see so much of the city in just a couple of hours. The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, well prepared and experienced. The information was presented in an interesting and intriguing way. While visiting the Spice bazar I got to try local delights and tea. The guide gave recommendations about food and more places to visit in Istanbul. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience!
Written 14 November 2021
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Travellergenie
United Kingdom35 contributions
Worth it
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Erol was a wonderful guide. I think everyone who comes to Istanbul should book this. It was a private tour and Erol explained everything beautifully. We were an hour late because of the traffic but Erol was considerate and still had a smile on his face. Overall, a superb experience.
Written 6 November 2021
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Virginia T
1 contribution
Fantastic tour with Erol
Oct. 2021 • Family
Our guide Errol was fantastic. Super knowledge, friendly, and even stayed past the end of the booked tour time with us to help us buy quality Turkish delight. It was great to get an overview of the history, locations, and a real in-depth background on whatever we wanted to know. I highly recommend this walking tour with Errol - it was a lovely experience!
Written 27 October 2021
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majellaskans
12 contributions
A definite 5 star walking tour
Oct. 2021
Wow! What a morning. This walking tour with Erol is the perfect way to start your stay in Istanbul. Super informative and very knowledgeable - Erol is a great guide with very good English. The tour gives you a great idea of the layout of Istanbul and you know where to go back to for more. Our group was 4 people. Erol answers all of your questions and is a very personable lovely guy. We definitely recommend this tour and Istanbul. What a city!
Written 15 October 2021
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FrequentFlier714468
1 contribution
Fantastic tour guide of Istanbul!!
Erol was amazing! It was my mother and my first day in Istanbul and we met him in the morning and he took us all around Sultahmet (Istanbul). Rather than go inside mosques and museums, he took us around these structures and described them all—as well as walls, fortresses, layers of histories at the hippodrome, important architectural details that otherwise would look simply like modern updates. He provided complex and detailed histories including pictures so that when we visited sights inside later, we’d understand the highlights and the histories. The tour felt particularly suited to our interests and needs. For example, when we needed a break, he took us to a government sponsored rug shop/museum where we watched live demonstrations of making silk and rug weaving. He took us to a particularly excellent spice shop at the spice market where he buys his own saffron and turmeric so the shop owners were kind. Yet he did NOT make a commission. He clarified prices and translated stories by others for us at the grand bazaar. All of this was based on our requests. He even paid for our tram to return to the starting point of our tour and started us in the direction of our hotel at our conclusion. Meanwhile, the overall tour was an incredible mixture of history, contemporary circumstances of modern Turkey, and tourism tie-ins like where scenes from famous western movies were set. I can’t believe how much we saw and learned about this rich area, as well as how to do other things in the coming days. In addition, he took many photos for us. My mother and I had a terrific, rich experience with beautiful memories to treasure. Finally, Erol was less than half the price of the tour guide suggested by our hotel!! But he’s registered just like the others, and is thoroughly professional! We could have never had such an experience in days with our guidebooks, nor would we have known what was closed/under renovation while learning detailed descriptions while Erol provided photos of what we will miss. We feel confident in our navigation of this twisty, charming, mesmerizing city and even knew what traditional meal to eat last night and what local venues will give us the most varied options for upcoming lunches and dinners. Erol was THE BEST tour guide we could imagine—he went above and beyond!
Written 15 October 2021
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Seef M
2 contributions
Great tour!
Our guide, Erol, was very informative about the history of all of the locations we visited. He took time to answer our questions, made the experience interactive by asking us questions, and had no problem making stops to accommodate our curiosities at the shops in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.

As stated in the tour description, we did not actually go inside Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. We made sure to revisit those locations the next day equipped with all the information the Erol provided us with during our tour.

Thanks so much!
Written 13 October 2021
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AndresDLD
5 contributions
Perfect start to Istanbul
Sep. 2021 • Couples
This Tour is a great start for your trip in Istanbul. Erol will give you all the knowledge that is essential for your stay in Istanbul, after this tour you will understand everything much better and also helps you to make quick choices on what you need to see if you have a short stay. We really recommend this tour and Erol.
Written 28 September 2021
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Suzan M
Northville, MI126 contributions
Most delicious taste of Istanbul
I had wanted to explore Istanbul with kids and family. We did not want an all day trip but something that would give us a taste of Istanbul. This was probably the most ideal for us. Actually I cannot emphasize how great this excursion was. Erol, our tour guide was phenomenal. He give us detailed history and was incredibly patient with us. He was kind to take picture of us and answered all our questions. We were all so appreciate of his genuine care for his country. It was a must needed exploration that did not tire us out. If your in Turkey, we definitely recommend this tour, but Erol was what made the tour even more facinating. Due to certain circumstances, he was so professional in accommodating our needs and concerns on our tour. Thank you Erol
Written 20 August 2021
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Aleksandar B
2 contributions
Great experience!
Jul. 2021
This was the best spent money in Istanbul.
Erol is a great guide, all the time keeps you interested. Other then the places we visited with him he also gave as advices what else should we see and which food to try.
It's a pity we didn't do a food tour with him, but looking forward to it when we visit Istanbul next time.
Thank you, Erol!
Written 8 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
It is great to hear that our tours give amazing experiences and are worth it. You are always welcome to Istanbul for delicious Turkish food and combine with the great cultural background of the country.
Written 27 August 2021
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dasha o
1 contribution
Highly recommend
May 2021 • Friends
It was a very cool overview tour for those who come to Istanbul for the first time. Erol is one of the best guides I’ve ever seen and heard. Strongly recommend to start your visit with this tour.
Written 30 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are so glad to hear your great comments about our tour and guide. We wish to see you on our another tour one day.
Written 5 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great tour to learn how istanbulites live!
This was our second tour with Etol. What a treat! Of course we saw the Galata Tower, walked on İstiklal and saw Ta
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Great experience
Candid, informed tour covering history and modern day perspective. Friendly and courteous guide with super sense of
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Experiencing Istanbul with a local
Erol was very knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful history of the culture and food. He was very engaging and frie
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Our favourite walking tour
We had a private tour through Galata and Beyoglu with Erol today. It was a great way to experience the vibrant city
Tiffany H
Tiffany H
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Delicious & taste of culture!
Errol was a wonderful food guide! He was very knowledgeable about the culture and traditions. It was great to have
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Great experience!
We had one of the best tours ever with Erol. Very knowledgeable, very good English, and most of all very passionate
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AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL
Erol was an amazing tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and sweet. He had an answer for every question and was very
tt1580
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Excellent
We booked a half day tour with this company during our amazing holiday in Turkey. It was our 3rd day in Istanbul. I
khallile2021
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Very knowledgable about everything and really fun
I've already reviewed the Haghia Sophia and Topkapi Palace tour, but as we also did this tour with Erol as our guid
khallile2021
khallile2021
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Very knowledgable about everything and really fun
Apologies for the late review Erol! You were an incredible tour guide for the three days that you showed us around
fahadmk
fahadmk
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Amazing Tour , Amazing Tour Guide!!!
Erol was AMAZING! I have been to Istanbul 4 times now and I have taken tours every single time but this one was ab
359krystelp
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Lots and lots of absolutely delicious food!
Errol was a great guide! He took us to soooo many different places to try the best and most traditional foods in Tu
batiksophia
batiksophia
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Great
The tour was absolutely fantastic! We visited not only common places, but also really hidden treasures! You never s
Elkin A
Elkin A
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Erol is great!!!
Very knowledgeable and flexible tour around Istanbul, as my wife and I had only a couple of hours during our stopov
213kelseyc
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Perfect Tour
Erol was an excellent guide! Lucky me, I came during the pandemic, so I got my own private tour. First time in Ista
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