Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour - in Istanbul - LikeALocal Guide

Off The Beaten Path of Real Istanbul Tour

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40 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
The tour is exactly what it is marketed as - a trip off the beaten track. We saw the non-mainstream sights with a very knowledgeable guide, who was both attentive and informative while letting us enjoy the sights on our own a little bit. Fantastic way to finish off your Istanbul experience!
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Highlights

  • 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

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Description

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.

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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

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. (Lâle Pastanesi Pudding Shop Restaurant Divanyolu Caddesi 6, Sultanahmet)

Reviews from travellers (7)

5.0/5

As good as its words
The tour is exactly what it is marketed as - a trip off the beaten track. We saw the non-mainstream sights with a very knowledgeable guide, who was both attentive and informative while letting us enjoy the sights on our own a little bit. Fantastic way to finish off your Istanbul experience!
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.
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.

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5.0/5

Fantastic
It was a great experience. We had a very competent guide, very knowledgeable and attentive to our questions and needs. This is an ideal option if you are travelling with family (3-5 people), keeps it very personal and entertaining. Definitely would recommend it to a friend!
Enchanting Istanbul with an awesome guide!
Top sites half day tour with Emir
I got back from Istanbul with some wonderful memories!
They started with my first tour on the first day of my arrival.
I met Emir, the tour guide, at the pudding shop.
He was punctual and friendly on introduction.
Then went on to Hagia Sophia, I was impressed with the level of knowledge he had and the ability to share his sense of humour alongside an awesome tour!
Honestly this was my favourite tour of the city and top sites.

I would highly recommend this tour early on in your visit because you get fast track entry to the sites so you're not waiting around in the long queues.
Whether you're travelling alone or in a group, definitely book the tour with Emir! You really got a sense of him being proud of his city and how he loved sharing his knowledge with others!

Wishing him all the best to his future!
Until the next visit!
R
Great tour
Our guide was knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. We enjoyed getting a taste of the rich history and not spending the entire day doing it.

We’re well traveled and enjoy seeing the highlights of any spot we visit but we’re not interested in dragging things out unnecessarily. Our guide picked up on that and got us to the best spots with maximum efficiency. He even accommodated our schedule change graciously due to a mix up on our part.

Would absolutely recommend!
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Tour operated by: Real Istanbul Tours