Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

7 hours (Approx.)
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 Turkey

The Theodosius Cistern is one of many ancient cisterns of Constantinople that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey

Duration: 20 minutes

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

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 Turkey

An old madrasah which turns into a coffee shop

Duration: 25 minutes

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

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 Turkey

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 Turkey

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

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Tahtakale District, Istanbul Turkey

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 Turkey

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 Turkey

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 Turkey

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

Meeting point

Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:6, 34400 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • 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


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Drinks

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


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

April 2022

Seeing the different parts of Istanbul with Salih was a fantastic experience, he showed us great spots for photos and explained all different historical sights to us clearly and we had good fun too. You get a good days walking in too!

April 2022

Salih was a great guide Has a great disposition and so knowledgeable I won’t go into the itinerary because it is already on the site but it is a very good overview of the main sites plus some of the lesser areas The carpet shop visit was very informative particularly the lesson on how silk is ma...

April 2022

Gülce was a superb tourguide and we had a blast. She was very well organized, knowledgeable and fun. She took us to see some important monuments like the Suleyman Mosque but also some fantastic hole-in-the wall cafés for great kebab, baklava and even shisha. She gave us language and culture tips ...

Nikki S
April 2022

What a great day we had with our tour guide, Salih! Our first visit to Istanbul and our first day in the city! Salih took us to so many places in one day we felt he left us with a good feel for the city and many personal recommendations! Salih was an excellent guide, super knowledgeable about all...

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