WHAT TO EXPECT?
You will find our representative who will be escorting you for your Istanbul walking tour sharp at 08:00 a.m. Your day long expedition will start with a pick up right from your hotel and then you will find Istanbul old city looking forward to welcoming you at its best.
Istanbul walking tour will enable you to travel around a different side of Istanbul old city taking in some of the hidden sites of the city. Stop at the mosques during istanbul walking tour and learn more about the practices of Islam with your local guide. Roam around the streets of the bazaars and amuse your taste buds with local cuisines.
Read on to find out more in detail:
Walk to the Blue Mosque that is an Istanbul landmark that was originally marked by the Emperor Constantine as a road leading to the Rome during your Istanbul walking tour. It is more than 950 miles away. Make sure you check out the vast courtyard on the Northwest side of the complex. It has the beautiful fountain and also the main tourist entrance into the Blue Mosque itself is here too. The interior of the mosque is covered in around 20,000 blue tiles. They are filled with 262 windows creating an alluring explosion of the color. Apart from the attraction for the tourists of Istanbul walking tour, it is still an active mosque in every manner.
Then let your eyes be mesmerized by the dim medieval lighting, dramatic black and gold interior and around almost 1,500 years of interesting history of the Aya Sofia. You will find yourself in the back time and will be confused by the blend of elements i.e. Islamic, Orthodox, and Catholic origins. Aya Sofia is known to be one of the greatest religious buildings in the whole world. It has compelling golden mosaics coupled with a riot of domes and minarets that focus on the central dome. It had remained unrivaled as an architectural masterpiece for centuries. So how about thinking about the Istanbul walking tour and not visiting the Aya Sofia? It would be like missing the greatest part of the history during walking tour of Istanbul.
Enjoy visiting Hippodrome of Meydani while exploring the beauty of Istanbul old city. This is the place where the Romans enjoyed their chariot races. This was the only large project in 203 AD. In 324 AD the Roman emperor decided to turn it into a U-shaped stadium with seating capacity on both sides. Going down further during walking tour of Istanbul; look for the three main Roman era monuments here i.e. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Columns, and Constantine Obelisk.
Walking tour of Istanbul will be incomplete if you will not walk through the local markets. Our guide will take you through the Grand Bazaar and then to the local markets leading to the Old Book Bazaar. You can roam around the Grand Bazaar for an hour and see the surprises that Istanbul old city has for you with it. Take a break for lunch at Grand Bazaar of the Istanbul old city. You will not be charged extra for the lunch. It will be included in your Istanbul walking tour but yes drinks will be excluded.
Once done with the lunch, we will continue our Istanbul walking tour and will make our way to the topkapi palace. You will find there a small yet funky fountain building on approaching the gate. This fountain was built by Sultan Ahmed III in 1728. During the second half of the Ottoman Empire, it served as a meeting point. It is considered to be one of the most relevant historical landmarks when one is enjoying his or her walking tour of Istanbul.
RUSTEM PASA MOSQUE:
Last but not the least, spend time looking at the astounding beauty of the Rustem Pasa mosque. Even a quick visit to Istanbul is not considered complete until and unless one visits this mosque so how can Istanbul walking tour be done without visiting this mosque. It was designed by an Ottoman imperial architect and was built in 1561. In the beginning, cobalt blue and turquoise tiles were used but then in 16th century pale purple and sage green tiles were introduced. As the day will come to be closed at 05:00 p.m., journey back to your hotel, take rest while thinking about the places visited in a day while exploring the Istanbul old city.
People or guests of Turkey who are willing to understand the pride and culture of the country must opt for the Istanbul walking tour. All the above-mentioned places are ranked to be the top attractions for the tourists in Istanbul. Allow us to take you for Istanbul walking tour and show you the grandeur of the city in every possible manner. Though the war has altered several of the sights over the centuries but still the Old Town Istanbul has still a lot to offer to its visitors. It is still an amazing melting pot of the architecture and the cultures that you will fail to find anywhere else in the whole world. We at haqqitours.com will offer you value for your paid money at our best. We will ensure that it would be the efficient way of seeing all the main sights in a matter of a day.
Guided Istanbul walking tour of Istanbul art scene
Pick-up from your Istanbul hotel
Live tour commentary provided in English and Arabic
KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK:
Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Istanbul and old city hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
You will receive confirmation of your exact pick-up time when you call to confirm your reservation. Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.
You can cancel free of charge until 48 hours before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.