Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

7 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 12
Mobile ticket


See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of Istanbul. Wind through the hills of Fener, home to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church and colorful Greek and Ottoman Houses. Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant


  • Light refreshment
  • Practice of hookah at favorite local hangout
  • Professional guide
  • Public transportation; ferry and bus
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Serefiye Sarnici

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Serefiye Sarnici, Binbirdirek Mh. Piyer Loti Cd. No: 2/1, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

The Theodosius Cistern is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Please note: Depending visiting times, it may be changed with Binbirdirek Cistern

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkiye

The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of İstanbul's Old City and has been so for centuries.

Stop At: Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, Mollafenari Mh., Istanbul 34120 Turkiye

An old madrasah which turns into a coffee shop

Duration: 25 minutes

Pass By: Istanbul Universitesi Rektorlugu, Fuat Pasa Cad. Beyazit, Istanbul Turkiye

Founded in 1933, Istanbul Universitesi (Istanbul University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the metropolis of Istanbul.

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

Süleymaniye Mosque. Built by the most important architect of Ottoman times, Arhitect Sinan, this superb monument is Istanbul's largest mosque complex

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Sahaflar Carsisi, Istanbul 34430 Turkiye

The Second Hand Book Bazaar has been a book and paper market since Byzantine times.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Tahtakale District, Istanbul Turkiye

Great street bazaar that you will see almost everything is being sold and very popular bazaar by locals

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Balat & Fener Tour, Istanbul Turkiye

Formerly Istanbul's Greek Orthodox and Jewish neighborhoods, today Fener and Balat are known for their dilapidated yet beautiful old houses and more...

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Cathedral Church of St George, Fener Rum Patrikhanesi Sadrazam Ali Pasa Cadesi, Fener, Istanbul 342 20 Turkiye

Located in one of the oldest parts of Istanbul, in Fatih, the Cathedral Church of Saint George is a Greek Orthodox Church which is still in working order

Duration: 20 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Meeting point is Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant to departure the walking tour
  • Minimum capacity is 2 persons. We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to insufficient reservations. We will do all we can to reschedule your tour or a refund will be provided.
  • Stroller accessible
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Our tours are done by public transportation and walking so if you have any serious mobility issues, we advise you to book a private tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Parents of children under 6 years are advised to book a private tour
  • On Religious Fests Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are closed; May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, July 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th in 2022
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
March 2023

Atahan was a friendly and knowledgeable guide who made our tour such a nice experience. Even in the rain he had a bright smile and personality. We learned so much from him. Thank you. Chris and David.

November 2022

It was a long day tour. However, they reduced the experience with fewer locations. I took the tour before. They didn't take to any hookah place or the church. Finished at a location and expected to return on your own. Wasn't very satisfied.

November 2022

What a great tour! Our guide, Salih, was truly amazing. He had such a wide knowledge base of everything Istanbul and beyond. And we really were off the beaten path. I highly recommend this tour!

November 2022

Great day exploring Istanbul with Salih. He was a terrific guide and made it a great experience. Would highly recommend.

May 2022

What a fantastic tour, our guide was great, easy to chat to, full of interesting information and pretty laid back. There were only two of us on this tour with our guide and when we agreed we would like to eat like a local he found a great street restaurant where we had an excellent kebab sitting ...

May 2022

it was a great experience to walk through the old part of the city and see how the people used to live. the visit to the church was superb. a must see. the 15 minutes light show in the cisternae was magical.

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