Tours and Tickets by Istanbul Tour Studio
The Magnificent Ottomans - Private Walking Tour
Step into a world of sultans, soldiers and scholars on a 5-hour, private walking tour of Ottoman Istanbul. Trace a route through the heart of the old city, from the corridors of Topkapi Palace to the Istanbul Library and Süleymaniye Mosque. Learn about life in Ottoman times as you see the city’s most iconic landmarks and architectural highlights. Visit a vibrant spice bazaar and historic tombs, a medieval arsenal, fountains and hamams. Enjoy the personal experience of a private tour and get unique insights into Turkish history and culture.
Jewelry Workshop at the Grand Bazaar
Instead of perusing Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar for jewelry, make your own during this 3-hour workshop. Make your way to one of the bazaar's hidden inns to meet your teacher, a master craftsman who has been making jewelry for decades. After a cup of Turkish tea and an introduction, let your teacher lead you through the steps to make a one-of-a-kind ring of your own. Your class is limited to 4 people to ensure personalized attention.
Spiritual Sunday Walk
Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s diverse religious communities with a private, 4-hour Sunday walking tour that takes in some of Turkey’s traditions and places of worship. Trace a route from an Armenian Gregorian church to a Sufi Mevlevi house, see a Sephardic synagogue and explore Ottoman-era mosques. Learn about the customs and practices of each group, and get a glimpse of the city’s vibrant mosaic of beliefs. Following the tour, you’ll have the option to attend a moving Sufi ceremony at Galata Mevlevihanesi.
Traditional Boat Trip and Fener-Balat Areas Walking Tour
Explore Istanbul like generations of Turks — by boat and on foot — with a 6-hour tour of two historic, atmospheric neighborhoods. Navigate the Golden Horn on a 30-minute trip from Karaköy to Fener in a fishing boat, and take sweeping views of the the city from the water. Follow your guide through Fener and Balat’s colorful streets, and see narrow lanes lined with traditional houses. Visit Orthodox sites, a classic local coffee house and see the Byzantine art at the Chora Museum before returning to your hotel.
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Daria Dietrich wrote a review Jul 7
Review of: ISTANBUL OLD CITY TOUR (Small Group)
We (one family of 2 adults and 2 children, 7 and 9 y.o.) had a wonderful one day tour in the beginning of December 2019! Our guide was Esin. She was just great, very caring and details oriented, and told us many interesting facts about Istanbul and the most important for us,…
Date of experience: December 2019
Whole_World_Explorer wrote a review Mar 2020
Odessa, Ukraine3 contributions5 helpful votes
One of the best places to see in Istanbul! I recommend to hire a personal guide and customize your excursion to include all the places you want to visit in one or two days.
Date of experience: July 2019
Claire D Ayed wrote a review Feb 2020
We had a walking tour through Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosques, the grand bazzar and the Basilica Cistern in February 2020, my group was 28 people, mostly teenagers 14-17yrs, they enjoyed the sites, and the history, our guide Esin spoke very clearly and gave such a broad history…
Date of experience: February 2020
Shaneinmelbourne wrote a review Feb 2020
Collingwood, Australia6 contributions
Keira wrote a review Feb 2020
Sinan and team created a customised scavenger hunt in the Arnavutkoy neighbourhood for a team building activity. They were able to include our company values and use businesses in the area our brand is affiliated with. They were extremely professional, always in contact and kept…
Date of experience: January 2020