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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

  • 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
Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
From US$ 80.28
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Off The Beaten Path Real Istanbul Tour - Small Group
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Private Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul with 2+ People
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Private Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul with 1 Person
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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. 

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 Blue Mosque 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.
Reviews (20)
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Reviewed today
Apo our guide was excellent

We actually had a private tour as we were the only two people booked. Really enjoyed Apo and his explanations were all very interesting. Would definitely recommend.

Thank pettypettydog
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour 🥂

Me and my wife had this wonderful tour this Saturday. After all, it turned out to be a private tour, although we paid the regular price for a group tour. Our guide, Abdullah, was very enjoyable and entertaining, walked us through a lot of places...More

Thank Sorin Ţ
Reviewed 1 week ago
Gold standard

We travel a lot and try and do a tour on the first day to understand a city. Emre was just great. Insightful, easy to be with and happy to adapt the tour to make sure we got the most out of it. Recommended without...More

Thank Forsabarca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Well worth the price

We loved Ozge. She showed us around, spoke excellent English, was very informative, and showed us things we never would have found on our own. Great way to explore some of the less touristy areas of Istanbul.

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 2 October 2018
Friendly and informative small group tour

Having only one full day in Istanbul ,we chose to take this Historic and off the beaten track walking tour . We are so glad and really enjoyed our day with our lovely guide Ozge. My husband was dubitative at first ,but was so glad...More

1  Thank jaqattak
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22 May 2018|
Response from cfandkn | Reviewed this property |
I am sure that you could do so as the guide is very flexible. Also, public transport in Istanbul is efficient and easy to use. Enjoy!