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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul provided by Real Istanbul Tours

Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
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About
Istanbul is one of the world’s most spectacular cities, a former Ottoman and Byzantine capital that’s now a vibrant modern metropolis. Most visitors stick to well-trodden highlights, but you’ll visit under-the-radar sights and hear illuminating commentary during this in-depth tour—while still ticking off the city’s top historical attractions. You’ll haggle for spices, chug a cup of Turkish coffee, and sail the Bosphorus, leaving all the navigation to your guide. 
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  • Duration: 7h
  • 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, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
In-depth, off-the-beaten-track tour of Istanbul
Tick off the main sights and also explore under-the-radar neighborhoods
Get a rare peek at Old Greek and Jewish quarters, plus Istanbul University
Perfect for first-time visitors or anyone wanting a deeper cultural exploration
What to expect
Begin your tour at the Hippodrome, where thousands of spectators once marveled at chariot games. Your day includes travels on foot and public transportation, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Travel from ancient to medieval eras with stops at the Serefiye Cistern and the Grand Bazaar, where you can take a Turkish coffee break and haggle for souvenirs in over 4,000 different shops. Next, you’ll head to Istanbul University and an old book market, and then get a peek at Suleymaniye, considered the loveliest of the Ottoman-era mosques. After a stop at the cavernous Spice Market, veer off the tourist track in the city's Old Greek and Jewish neighborhoods, where you’ll see centuries-old wooden mansions. Finally, get views of Istanbul from the water with a scenic ferry ride across the river.
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Important information
Inclusions
Light refreshment • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout • Professional guide • Public transportation; ferry and bus • Lunch • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Drinks
Duration
7h
Departure details
Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant - For further explanation perhaps use the Sultanahmet tram stop as a reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately 1-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop
Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey It ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.
Inclusions
Light refreshment • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout • Professional guide • Public transportation; ferry and bus • Lunch • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Drinks
Departure details
Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant - For further explanation perhaps use the Sultanahmet tram stop as a reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately 1-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop
Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey It ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.
Duration
7h
Return details
Karaköy Pier, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey It ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.
Additional information
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 10 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; May 13th,14th, 15th, July 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23th in 2021
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
    Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant - For further explanation perhaps use the Sultanahmet tram stop as a reference. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines run through Sultanahmet, approximately 1-minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop
    See address & details
  • 1
    Serefiye Sarnici
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Kapali Carsi
  • 2
    Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Istanbul Universitesi Rektorlugu
  • 3
    Suleymaniye Mosque
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Sahaflar Carsisi
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Balat & Fener Tour
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Cathedral Church of St George
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Karaköy Pier
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mah, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd. No:13, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
    It ends near Galata Bridge and Karakoy Tram Station and your guide can explain how to go back to the hotel.
    See address & details
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flowergirl
6 contributions
Perfect tour, you will learn. a lot!
Apr 2021
My mom and I really enjoyed the city tour with Apo. He is an excellent guide, very knowledgable and you would definitely learn a lot from him about the city and its history. We visited places that you wouldn't know or even be able to find on your own. It was very relaxed and flexible. Do not hesitated to book this tour you will be very happy you did!
Written April 25, 2021
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ChristineN
5 contributions
Excellent and Informative Tour with Apo!
Oct 2020
We reached out to Real Istanbul Tours at the last minute and they responded promptly via email. The next morning, we met up with Apo, our tour guide and right off the bat, he greeted us graciously. Sometimes, you can just tell when someone loves his job and is as excited as you are. He was full of energy which helped us kick start the day. It just so happened that we were the only ones on the tour and therefore, we got the private tour treatment! Apo speaks English fluently and is extremely knowledgeable about all the sites we visited and encouraged us to ask questions, which added to the pleasant experience of not feeling rushed to move from one site to another. We asked for a few tea breaks that weren't on the itinerary and Apo happily agreed without hesitation. The tour ended up going past the scheduled ending time by 2 hours but Apo never complained and kept reiterating that as long as his guests are satisfied, he is too. We were so impressed with his customer service that we booked him again for another walking tour the following day. The service on the 2nd day was just as great as the 1st day. We felt that we gained a friend with Apo. Thank you so much for your hospitality!
Written November 6, 2020
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YYL
2 contributions
Don't hesitate to book this tour!
Sep 2020 • Solo
Highly recommended! Trustworthy agency for sure! Ask for Emir Sagir to be your guide if possible but I do believe the rest of the team is as good as him (came across his colleagues along the way and they all seem nice). You'll get a local friend rather than just a guide! He is friendly, open-minded, professional at the same time. Always attentive to your needs and try his best to arrange things you would like for you! And this tour specifically is for travel lovers - if you're looking for some interesting history, stories, cultures about Istanbul and Turkey, rather than cliche big names! Ofc get the taste of Turkish tea, coffee and delights! - Emir kept feeding me along the way literally!
Because of this great experience, I booked another two day's private trip with Emir without any hesitation and left it to him to decide the itinerary for me (only mentioned a bit what I'd like to do). He is not the only tour guide I tried in Istanbul - trust this tells you how amazing he is!
Written September 21, 2020
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Winstonthedog
Porto, Portugal628 contributions
Fantastic Tour
Salih was an incredible guide that showed us non touristy neighborhoods. I loved this tour and the relaxed, flexible vibe.
Written September 7, 2020
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Philipp B
13 contributions
The best experience
Aug 2020 • Solo
Literally one of the best tours of my life. Specifically wanna highlight Apo, the extremely educated, kind and interesting guide... an incredible man overall! Really recommend. Thank you for everything!
Written August 11, 2020
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Emyrald S
Durango, CO25 contributions
Super Knowledgable Guide + Wonderful Tour of Istanbul
Jul 2020
Great Tour! Salih was super knowledgeable and we asked him SO MANY questions that he had the answers to. We felt safe + confident wandering the streets of Istanbul with him and would certainly book future tours with him + this operator!

Do yourself a favor and get the real taste of Istanbul by exploring with a knowledgeable local.
Written July 13, 2020
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Mark P
Wakefield, UK12 contributions
A brilliant day in Istanbul
Mar 2020 • Family
Our guide Salie was excellent. He took us to many interesting places we would not otherwise have visited. He provided historical information which he had researched carefully. At the Hippodrome, for example, he had maps and pictures to support his explanations. Last but not least, he knew where we could get a good lunch and where we could try a hookah pipe.
Written March 16, 2020
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Kathryn H
Huddersfield, UK6 contributions
A great introduction to Istanbul
Mar 2020
My friend and I took this tour on our first day in Istanbul and it was a great introduction Rasul our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. During the tour we learned a great deal about the history of lstabul and the very diverse cultures past and present. Our guide was able to give us some very useful tips about other places to visit during our stay
We travelled by bus and ferry which got us around this vast city and helped us get to grips with the excellent public transport system. Mostly we walked which was great as we got to experience the different sights, sounds and smells of the city.
We would highly recommend this tour
Written March 7, 2020
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Anthony P
3 contributions
Fun Experience
Jan 2020 • Friends
Fun tour to take. Our guide was very informative taking us to some very beautiful historical landmarks. It is a bit of walking, but well worth it, getting to see some of the real parts of Instanbul.
Written February 6, 2020
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L_Natalia
Moscow, Russia7 contributions
Good tour but not really “off the beaten”
Jan 2020 • Couples
It was a good tour for a first-time visitor. We were a group of 5 + english-speaking guide. We walked 14 km during approx 7 hours.

“Off-the-beaten-paths” sounds as if one would visit smth really non touristic. Bear in mind that this tour is still very much about touristic places (grand bazaar, suleymaniye mosque, spice bazaar, cistern (just not the biggest one), etc).

Generally, this was our first trip to Istanbul and we liked the tour and the guide.
Written January 7, 2020
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Real Istanbul tours is THE BEST OF THE BEST!
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great tours; great guide
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Amazing authentic tour guide
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I highly recommend this tour!
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very personalized experience
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Amazing - and very informative!
It was was a small group (total of 4 people + the tour guide), therefore the tour was very personalized. The tour
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Delightful City and Delightful Guide
My husband and I did the whole day walking tour of Instanbul with our guide Abuallah or "Apple" as he requested we
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Full 2 week group tour of Istanbul and other Turkey sites
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Guide Taner was fantastic, more a friend than a guide
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