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Secrets of Istanbul

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 24 reviews.Fatih, Turkey

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Experience hosted by Salih

4.5 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will visit the stunning Blue mosque from inside and walk by the remaining of the Roman chariots hippodrome where monuments ( Egyptian obelisk ( 1500 B.C, Serpent column 500 B.C, Constantine column 10 B.C. ) have survived despite the invasion, riots and earthquakes. We will walk on the ancient Roman road with the column survived from the Constantine forum, walk in the 18 century Nur-u Osmaniye mosque, experience bargaining culture in Grand Bazaar and explore its secret hans ( work shops), learn about the commerce from the Silk Road to present day. We will visit a local börek maker ( filo pastry ) and sample some of the pastries made of cheese, mushroom, minced meat, Spinach and more. After this, will have a tea/coffee and shisha /waterpipe break at a 300 years old cafe which was a former Medressa ( religion school ). We will walk into a old book market where the books were printed for the first time in Arabic letters. Pass by Istanbul university , and visit Istanbul most scenic Suleymaniye mosque ( 1550 ) with spectacular view over the Bosporus and Golden Horn. We will visit Tahtakale local market, Spice Bazaar and conclude the tour with a delicious lunch at a local restaura
We will visit the stunning Blue mosque from inside and walk by the remaining of the Roman chariots hippodrome where monuments ( Egyptian obelisk ( 1500 B.C, Serpent column 500 B.C, Constantine column 10 B.C. ) have survived despite the invasion, riots and earthquakes. We will walk on the ancient Roman road with the column survived from the Constantine forum, walk in the 18 century Nur-u Osmaniye mosque, experience bargaining culture in Grand Ba…

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What's included

  • Food
    We will sample some pastry on the way to coffee break at about 10:30 and we...
  • Drinks
    You will have the option of Turkish Çay- tea, Turkish coffee, lemonade and...
From ₹3,676
/ person
Sat, 31 Oct
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹3,676 per person
₹3,676 per person
Sun, 1 Nov
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹3,676 per person
₹3,676 per person
Mon, 2 Nov
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹3,676 per person
₹3,676 per person

Meet your host, Salih

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 24 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I have the experience of 10+ years to run walking tours in Istanbul and the rest of Turkey. I live in Istanbul for last 20+ years and l’m in love with this magic city. I speak Kurdish, Turkish, English and Spanish. Istanbul is the city which has many places to be discovered and walking tours are the best way to do it.
P.S. l also have two cohosts who might be guiding my guests. My cohosts are Onder Denker and İsrafil Oncel.
Whatsapp : + 90 534 200 5565
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Where you'll be

We will taste borek at a hidden pastry shop. After this we will follow with tea/ coffee and sisha ( optional ) break at a 300 years old cafe which was a former religion school. Visiting Tahtakle local market and where where local shop, sampling spices and Turkish delights at aromatic Spice Bazaar. Visit Blue mosque, Grand Bazaar and Roman chariots hippodrome and learn about Romans and Ottomans history and architecture.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 24 reviews.

Inge
March 2020
Salih will do his best for you to really experience this amazing city Istanbul. He is both expert and passionate about Istanbul and he is able to transmit his knowledge and emotion. He is very kind and answers all of your questions. You will go to places only locals know. I booked both the morning experience of the places you cannot miss in the Old City and that of the afternoon to meet more intimate spaces lived by locals. Both of them will give you a side of Istanbul you would not like to miss. I highly recommend both experiences.
Salih will do his best for you to really experience this amazing city Istanbul. He is both expert and passionate about Istanbul and he is able to transmit his knowledge and emotion…
Julian
January 2020
Salih delivered an outstanding tour of Istanbul's secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole morning with his expert knowledge and his personal experience. If there is anything you should do in Istanbul make this one of your top priorities you won't be disappointed.
Salih delivered an outstanding tour of Istanbul's secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole morning with his expert knowledge and his personal experience. If there is anything you sh…
Molly
November 2019
We had a wonderful time with Salih. He has a vast knowledge of Istanbul. He was easy to talk too and connect with.
Els
November 2019
What I learned from the 2 experiences I did with Salih was that it pays to hire an experienced guide. Salih was professional, fun, prepared, personable, and open minded. His years of experience as a guide in Istanbul are a great asset. He is also a nice guy who loves what he does.
What I learned from the 2 experiences I did with Salih was that it pays to hire an experienced guide. Salih was professional, fun, prepared, personable, and open minded. His years…
Ana Luz
October 2019
Took Salih’s tour this morning and I will say made my stay in Istanbul memorable and meaningful. The best aspect of the experience is Salih’s sense of humor and willingness to build rapport with clients.
Dale
October 2019
I was lucky to be alone on the tour, It's money well spent. In every country I visit I always make sure to know more about the place, history and culture. Salih was not a tour guide that day, he was a friend who showed me the famous places in Istanbul and most importantly he let me experience to be a local on that day. The experience was great that time passed so fast. I hope he continue his passion in sharing the rich culture of Istanbul to the visitors. When you're in Turkey don't miss this experience!
I was lucky to be alone on the tour, It's money well spent. In every country I visit I always make sure to know more about the place, history and culture. Salih was not a tour guid…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

Please wear confortable shoes and choose the shoes which are easy to take off when you visit the mosque s

Ladies need to cover their hair while inside the mosque. We suggest you to bring a scarf. However, if you don’t have one you can borrow one at the mosque.