Our meeting point is the Fuego Cafe & Restaurant in Sultanhamet – located in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul. From our meeting place we start the walking tour by entering the "Blue Mosque" with its six minarets and beautiful tiles. Then we will visit the "Hagia Sophia / Ayasofya" and walk to the ancient "Roman Hippodrome" where I will tell you about the Constantine Column, the Serpentine Column and the famous Obelisk. And then we will walk "Basilica Cistern", the largest surviving Roman cistern in İstanbul which was built in 6th century during emperor Justinian. After visiting the places listed above before arriving to Grand Bazaar if you feel hungry there are some local places where we can have a quick lunch. Then we make our way to the "Grand Bazaar", here I will brief you on the history of the Grand Bazaar with its labyrinth of streets lined with textiles and products for just about everything and we will see the oldest part of the Grand Bazaar! Learn the local art of bargaining here. After the Grand Bazaar I will take you to a great hidden cafe which is 300 years old where you can drink cay (tea) and we will make a general review of our tour together while sipping our teas.
Hello dear travellers, welcome to my beloved city İstanbul. After finishing my studies and graduating from the Tourism Guide Department of University, I have been working as a Professional Tourist Guide, licensed under the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism for five years. My main concern is to share the cultural,social and daily life of my city and my country with my guests while walking around the historical paths of İstanbul. Be part of my Treasures of Istanbul Tours for a memorable experience.
The teas after our tour will be my offer to you.
1-Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia closed on Monday .) 2-Blue Mosque (Visit is not possible on Friday due to quite limited access because of the Friday Prayer) 3-Roman Hippodrome 4- Basilica Cistern 5-Grand Bazaar (Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday, replaced with Egyptian Bazaar)
Since we will walk during our tour, it is better if you put on your walking shoe.
The ticket fees and lunch are not included to the tour price. -Ticket fee for Hagia Sophia is 72 Turkish Liras. -Ticket fee for Basilica Cistern is 20 Turkish Liras. -And for lunch we can find some local food to eat for 20 Turkish Liras on our tour ruote.
İstanbul Old City Tour