Istanbul Highlights: Half Day Small Group Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 3 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Ideal for first time travelers who wish to familiarize with Istanbul, this 3-hour sightseeing walking tour allows you to discover landmarks and legends that have shaped the modern Istanbul. You’ll stroll through Sultanahmet Square and Ancient Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and amble past Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, hidden areas and bustling streets of Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Your 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. Learn about art, food and architecture while discovering the city’s top rated sites from outside. Choose from morning or afternoon departure.

• Spot Istanbul’s landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern
• Learn about the city’s history from your guide
• Wander the city’s secret backstreets
• Stop by Grand Bazaar and Spice Market

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

Learn about Basilica Cistern and discover the mystery of Medusa heads from Greek mythology and recognize a scene in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love..

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Admire the impressive dome one of the world's architectural masterpieces once was the world’s largest cathedral..

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

The historical city of Istanbul, the only city in the world located on two continents, was the capital of three great empires; Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Caferaga Medresesi, Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul Turkey

The Caferağa Medresseh is a former medrese and now recognized as an important center of Turkish classical arts where traditional Turkish handicrafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry and so forth are taught, made and sold.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sogukcesme Sokak, Soguk Cesme Sokak, Istanbul Turkey

This is a small street with beautiful historic Ottoman era houses

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Learn about the residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans and hear the glory of the past.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey

This beautiful square and a great place to make a stop, relax and take photos of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque by many tourists has five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes with traditional Ottoman architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Go to the former Hippodrome of Byzantine chariot races, see the ruins and hear the stories behind the scene

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: German Fountain, Hippodrome Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Constructed as a present from German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898, it represents one of the most beautiful monuments in Istanbul.

Stop At: Serpent Column, Hippodrome of Constantinople, Istanbul Turkey

Also known as the Serpentine Column, Plataean Tripod or Delphi Tripod, is an ancient bronze column at the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Walled Obelisk, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

A Roman monument in the form of an obelisk. It is situated at the southern end of the ancient chariot-racing track of Constantinople

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

Istanbul's Kapalı Çarşı is high on most tourists' itineraries, and for a good reason. This enormous site is the largest covered market in the world with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops on a total area of 30,700 m², attracting between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily...

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Indulge in some shopping in Grand Bazaar. 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Tahtakale District, Istanbul Turkey

"Shop till you drop" in Tahtakale, a sub-district of Istanbul's Eminönü, where you can find anything and everything you are looking for, all for resonable prices.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Experience the bustle of the Spice Market and lose yourself among the spice, herbs, nuts and Turkish Delight stalls.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Eminonu Square Eminonu Square, Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

An area renowned for its restaurants, cafe culture and shops.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Istanbul, Istanbul

Istanbul is a holy city, where mosques, churches and synagogues exist side by side.

Pass By: Galata Koprusu, Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425 Turkey

This bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the old city with Beyoglu, the modern district of Istanbul.

Pass By: Halic, Istanbul Turkey

Halic (Golden Horn) means inlet in English separates the old and new sections of Istanbul.

  • Professional Guide
  • Small Group

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved.
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market is closed on July 9, 10, 11, 12, 2022 due to Sacrifice Feast Holiday
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Departure Point

House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Return Details

Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

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


3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


15 Apr, 2022

Erol was very knowledgeable on the history and local knowledge of Istanbul. I would highly recommend.


19 Mar, 2022

This was a wonderful experience to start our Trip in Turkey. It was very informative and insightful. Our guide was very knowledgeable.


16 Aug, 2021

It was an amazing experience. Mr erol was so nice and helpful. I would definitely recommend him. You will not regret it.


03 May, 2021

I would recommend this tour to anyone who is coming to Istanbul for the first time. You’ll get a general knowledge and a basic orientation of the city. Erol will provide you with a lot of information about Istanbul’s rich history, from early Byzantine time to present day. Also, thanks to him we got to Kadikoy which is a beautiful part of Istanbul, and indeed something we (me and my girlfriend) liked. Even though it was a bit cold and windy, it was a time well spent on our first morning in Istanbul! Thanks, Erol!

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