Istanbul Old City Tour with Highlights

Istanbul, Turkey

Experience hosted by Cengiz

  1. 4 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

1- If the tour you want to join is not on the date and time you want, I can rearrange the tour for you if you send a message.

2- I am exempt from curfew because I have a professional license. For this reason, I am authorized to tour every day of the week :)

This is the ultimate tour for first time visitors to Istanbul. We visit the most fascinating sights of historical Istanbul (Sultanahmet area) in this specially curated one day tour that provides the perfect introduction to the old city.

Hagia Sophia - The Church of the Divine Wisdom will welcome us at the beginning. Then we'll head to a few historical Ottoman and Byzantine buildings that are much less known and are used today outside of their purpose.

We arrive at the monumental entrance of the Grand Bazaar by following the Divan Yolu, known as the "Road to the Imperial Council" in the Ottoman period.

This tour takes in Istanbul’s biggest sights and goes beyond them to show you the bustling energy of the city’s coffee houses, bazaars, and traditional workshops.

Which sights do we visit on this tour?
-Hagia Sophia
-Blue Mosque
-Madrasa ( Moslem School )
-Cistern
-The Hippodrome
-Grand Bazaar
-Coffee Houses
*Lunch is optional and not included

Take a journey through the history of one of the world’s greatest cities with a professional guide bringing its secrets to life...
If you have furher questions please not hesitate
1- If the tour you want to join is not on the date and time you want, I can rearrange the tour for you if you send a message.

2- I am exempt from curfew because I have a professional license. For this reason, I am authorized to tour every day of the week :)

This is the ultimate tour for first time visitors to Istanbul. We visit the most fascinating sights of historical Istanbul (Sultanahmet area) in this specially curated on…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Turkish Coffee
  • Equipment
    Postcard as a gift

Meet your host, Cengiz

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I am licensed tour guide issued by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. I've recently doing my PHD on Ancient Greek Languages in the Istanbul University and also publish some specific articles about my city, fashion,food and culture as an author.

Some of my favorite things are cooking, photography, exploring unseen places. That's why you can ask me to take a photo of you anytime and anywhere.

Making new friends all around the world and sharing experiences is always gratifying me. Happy to give a local touch to your Turkey vacation :)

PS: Unlicensed tour guiding is illegal in Turkey. Please ask your guide whether he/she has a license.
I am licensed tour guide issued by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. I've recently doing my PHD on Ancient Greek Languages in the Istanbul University and also publish some specific articles about my city, fashion,food and culture as an author.

Some of my favorite things are cooking, photography, exploring unseen places. That's why you can ask me to take a photo of you anytime and anywhere.

Making new friends all around the world and sharing experiences is always…
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Where you'll be

This tour will take place in the historical city area around one of Istanbul's most special settlements.
It is easy to reach Karaköy, Eminönü and Beyazıt by tram.

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 157 reviews.

Pablo
January 2022
Cengiz was a perfect guide from start to finish. He was very clear in his explanations and told us a lot about the history of the city and the places we visited. He also took the time to show us good photo spots with superb views of the city, and to give us good addresses and advice for the future. We even overflowed the 4 hours initially planned. The visit was made in a very small committee making the experience even more pleasant. His English is perfect and intelligible. We thoroughly recommend!
Viktoriya
January 2022
Even if you have visited places Cengiz is offering to visit, you will very possibly learn a lot of new things. Very friendly guide! Nice mix of the history and stories around the places.
Erick
January 2022
Cengiz is a thoughtful and masterful storyteller. He provides a great overview of major Istanbul highlights peppering in humor and involving group tour members in discussion. Grateful for his help in navigating the bazaar when it came to ensuring prices were at actual market value. All tour details carefully planned. Communicative.
Visha
January 2022
A really nice introduction to the old part of Istanbul! The tour is nicely paced and very informative - with some good stops for snacks and tea. Recommend this to start off your time in the city!
Sam Houston
January 2022
Cengiz was a knowledgeable, considerate guide. His English was amazing, as was his effort to cater to his clientele. He even walked me to the tram afterward, and helped me purchase a pass on the correct line to get me back to Beyoglu. Cengiz also never forced us to shop in specific stores!
Felipe
January 2022
A fabulous way to start a trip to Istanbul. Cengiz was an extremely knowledgeable tour guide. We learned so much about each of the sites on this tour. Despite going to some of the most popular tourist destinations in Istanbul, he made it feel personal and like we were seeing the real version of each site—not just the highlights. We had lovely stops at a charming coffee place and a hidden lunch counter in the Grand Bazaar. We were so glad to see parts of the Bazaar most visitors never see or find.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 10 guests in total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

Scarf ( for mosque )
Some cash money

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.