Turkey's capital is a beautiful city and it pays to know where to look to find its most memorable highlights. Join this tour to discover the iconic sights as well as the lesser-known gems that make Istanbul so captivating. Discover the secrets haunts of locals in Sultanahmet and explore the back streets to find the city's hidden highlights.
Start by exploring Istanbul's ancient Hippodrome and then Divanyolu, a historical thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine in the early 300s AD. Wander through some of the alleys of the Grand Bazaar, admiring an incredible array of goods in its 4,000 shops. We also stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.
We then take you to the magnificent Suleymaniye Kulliyesi, where the original Turkish baths were built as part of the mosque complex to learn all about this ritual of times gone by. Your guide will give you a local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea at a tea house with amazing views of the city.
Visit the small but stunning Rustem Pasa Mosque, the first octagonal mosque built by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The interior is decorated with some of the most exquisite Iznik tiles ever produced. We finish the tour at a spice bazaar where your guide can give you some handy tips on how to make the most of your stay.