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Explore Istanbul On This Off The Beaten Path Full-Day Private Tour



  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Food and Drink, Architecture, Culture

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Activity Level


  • Language



Embark on this dynamic exploration that allows you to explore the must-see highlights and hidden gems of Istanbul. Marvel at the stunning landmarks of the Egyptian Obelisk, Blue Mosque and the vibrant Grand and Spice bazaars. Continue to navigate through the hidden gems of the Balat and Fener neighbourhood, and take a ferry to visit Karakoy, the Old Jewish town, where your guide will share anecdotes about the city's Jewish heritage.  

  • Unearth the history of the Hippodrome and Karakoy, the Old Jewish town
  • Enjoy a local kebab-tasting session and explore the Spice Bazaar
  • Explore the hidden gems of the Balat and Fener neighbourhood
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    • Firstly, we'll meet in front of the German Fountain. It is in the Hippodrome of Constantinople, just next to the Blue Mosque. Here, you will also see the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpent Column.
    • Afterwards, we'll start exploring back streets and hidden corners. Along the way, the guide will show you a cistern from the Roman period. He will explain the history, local life, little stories, and anecdotes. We will also see local restaurants and cafes.
    • Then, we'll visit the Column of Constantine the Great, a 500-year-old bathhouse, the 600-year-old Grand Bazaar, and a 400-year-old handicraft center.
    • Next, we'll have a kebab-tasting session and view Istanbul University from the outside. 
    • We'll visit the gorgeous Suleymaniye Mosque, a great masterpiece with thorough explanations. We'll stop at a viewpoint and a terrace cafe to see the best view of Istanbul and walk through local markets. 
    • Continue to the Spice Bazaar. After enjoying the bazaar, we'll cross the road to take the bus or taxi to the old Greek town.
    • Explore Balat and Fener, the Old Greek towns. Here, we'll see charming apartments and hipster-like cafes and restaurants.
    • Finally, we'll take a ferry and finish at Karakoy, the Old Jewish town. This neighbourhood also has a hipster-like atmosphere. We'll end at the Galata Bridge with fantastic views of Istanbul.
What's Included
  • English-speaking guide
What's Excluded
  • Cost of transfers (bus/ferry)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Entrance fees (if any)
Know before you go
  • This is a walking tour of the off-the-beaten-path of historical Istanbul. We will generally be walking, but we will also use trams, buses, and ferries. This way, we will make a big circle around the old city.
Meeting Point

German Fountain, Binbirdirek, At Meydanı Cd, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • R


    Balat's Colorful houses were the highlights

    Istanbul's magic came alive on this tour, From the iconic landmarks to the lesser-known gems, every moment was filled with wonder. The Egyptian Obelisk, Blue Mosque, and vibrant bazaars offered a glimpse into the city's rich history and culture. Exploring the hidden neighborhoods of Balat and Fener was a true adventure, and the ferry ride to Karakoy was the perfect finale, providing insights into Istanbul's fascinating Jewish heritage. An experience I'll cherish forever

  • G


    Felt like a tour of a comic book

    Wonderful and colorful houses of Balat, felt like we were in a Comic book, amazing views

  • A


    I do not know what was that, the tour was amazing though

    Walking through the narrow pathways and visiting the historic synagogues, I couldn't help my emotions by the deep-rooted Jewish legacy woven into the fabric of the neighborhood. Delving into these ancient sites felt like a genuine voyage into Istanbul's multifaceted history.

  • S


    Tour with a lot of onformation

    From the historic remains of the Hippodrome to the vibrant markets of Karakoy and the Spice Bazaar, Istanbul's every facet resonates with resilience and energy. Navigating the intricate lanes of Balat and Fener exposes a vibrant blend of cultures and faiths, mirroring the city's diverse heritage.

Starting From


USD 119 / group

Total number of people (Min: 1 , Max: 20)