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What To Expect
Get the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. Be stunned by the city's stellar views and hear tales of Byzantine and Ottoman drama and intrigue. Throughout the tour, your local guide will point out places to get the best local snacks and coffee, as well as show you the main points of interest along the way.
Start your Istanbul walking tour by exploring Istanbul's ancient Hippodrome. Following this, make your way to Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, which is considered to be somewhat of an architectural marvel, due to the steep slope of the ground beneath it. The mosque is also famed for its stunning collection of Iznik tiles.
Then head to Divanyolu, a historical thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine, in the early 300s AD. Slip into an ancient han, located on the edge of the Grand Bazaar, for a quick look at some of the local craftsmen going about their daily work.
For a change of pace, explore the Grand Bazaar, internationally known as the first ever shopping mall, and take a look at the incredible array of goods for sale in any of the 4,000 shops. We'll also stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.
Your Istanbul tour will then take you to the magnificent Suleymaniye Kulliyesi, where you'll stop off at the original Turkish baths built as part of the mosque complex, and learn all about this ritual of times past. Your guide will give you local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea in a tea house that has amazing views of the city.
Pay a visit to the small and stunning Rustem Pasa Mosque, the first octagonal plan mosque by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The mosque's interior is covered with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced.
We'll finish this Istanbul city tour in the Spice Bazaar area, where your leader can direct you to a local 'lokanta' (small restaurant) for lunch, or give you some more great Istanbul tips for you to make the most of the rest of your stay.
Tour of Sultanahmet
Tour of the Grand Bazaar, Book Bazaar, Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque
Tea at a local teahouse in Suleymainye
Meals and drinks (unless specified)
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.
As dress standards are conservative throughout Turkey, modest clothing is strongly recommended. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Turkish people do not wear shoes within the home so it is suggested that easy slip-on shoes be worn. The weather in Turkey is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters range from freezing cold to extremely hot and humid in Summer (June, July and August). Short shorts, tank or singlet tops are unacceptable.
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