Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour


35 EUR

This unique tour is designed for curious travelers who want to discover what Istanbul is really about. Sign up to see the city’s top sights, explore beyond the beaten track, enjoy authentic Turkish experiences and more!

Duration: 7 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish


  • Explore the hidden streets of the Old City
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the Nuri Osmaniye Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Awaken your senses at the Spice and Grand Bazaars
  • Discover Fener-Balat – the old Greek and Jewish quarter
  • Use public transport like an Istanbul local
  • Learn about Islam, Turkish culture and the modernisation of Turkey
  • Relax like a local and drink tea from a tulip glass
  • Try hookah smoking in cafés where locals socialise


Our tour begins at the ancient Hippodrome where thousands of spectators were once entertained by chariot races. Afterwards, we’ll navigate the labyrinth of streets and passages of the Grand Bazaar that are home to more than 3000 shops.

We’ll then take a break at a popular local hangout where you’ll get to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah (Turkish water pipe) smoking.

The next stop on our journey will be Istanbul’s largest mosque – the Süleymaniye Mosque. You’ll then need to prepare your senses for the enticing aromas of the Spice Bazaar. Afterwards, we’ll visit the Church of St. George. Istanbul is a city with a rich religious history and nowadays it’s composed of many different religions.

Our day concludes with an old-world cultural experience that no other city in the world can offer! A tour of the old Greek and Jewish quarter (Fener-Balat) will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The tour ends with a ferry ride back to Eminönü.

What’s included & not included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Public transportation
  • Entry fees
  • Turkish pastry
  • Turkish tea or coffee
  • Baklava
  • Hookah
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately 1-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop.

Reviews from travellers (6)


Great way to see the highlights
Tiur operator was great. Very knowledgeable of all the sites and genuinely able to provide good insights into history, life in Istanbul and Turkey today, and how to make the most out of my trip.
Would highly recommend.
Awesome Tour
The wife And I did a full day tour and it was great! We got to see a lot of the main attractions and the guide did a great job telling us about the past of each area and building. He lead us to several key areas of the city and then took us to areas we might had no idea had such history. The tour was well worth it and a great time.
thoroughly informative and worth it.
the tour captured all the aspects that one was expecting although i added hagia sophia to the itinerary it did not deter from it.

our guide was very fluent in his understanding of the history and way of life of istanbul and offered incredible insight to this beautiful city full of history.

thinking back to our day spent with him brings back wonderful memories. he offered us local's insider which we greatly valued and needed as we were planning a shopping trip the day after.

my one major critisism with like a local is that i still havent received money that i booked another tour prior to booking this one on the 14th May 2018; that tour was full at the time and i was sent an email notifying me that the funds will be returned to my bank account, this has not yet happened and today is the 30th May 2018.
other than that, the like a local is a brilliant idea

We did the "Real istanbul" on our first morning in the city. Emre, our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the city and was able to quickly get us orientated. He was passionate about sharing the culture, traditions and religion which have played their parts in shaping the city and its people. The tour took place in the main sites but also gave us a taste of some of the more quieter and hidden areas just a few steps from the tourist trails.
Emre bought some local teas, pastries and organised a hookah at a traditional cafe and later provided baklava. we used bus and ferry too to go old greek district and to come back from there to Eminonu

This is great tour to do on your first day. The tour started at 9 am and finished about 5pm and was well paced for the guests.
Like its own name says, this was a Real Istanbul Tour as we got to see touristic areas as well as local spots which we all loved. Yunus took his time and energy to explain us everything making us feel so full of knowledge and very confortable every where we'd go. He showed us gorgeous places and let us try some delicious food! Teshekurlar!!
I've just returned from a short trip to Istanbul where I wanted to see as much as possible. I decided to get some assistance, so I booked myself on Real Istanbul Tour. The tour started with Hippodrome, the Blue-Mosque and Hagia Sophia. After which, we had leisure time in a hookah cafe to enjoy shisha smoking, drink Turkish tea and eat delicious food. Our guide then showed us Istanbul off the beaten path, visiting colorful areas, listening to Turkish music and tasting local deserts. We returned back by ferry, to end the journey in the grand Bazar to do some shopping.The tourguide was easygoing and was not rushing us. I absolutely loved my weekend escape to Istanbul!
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  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

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