Get the most out of Istanbul in the company of an expert local guide. As you tour Istanbul, 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. You'll start by exploring Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome. Following this, you’ll make your way to Divanyolu, a historical thoroughfare originally mapped out by Emperor Constantine around 300AD.
Then, wander through some of the backstreets of the Grand Bazaar, internationally known as the first-ever shopping mall, showcasing an incredible array of goods in its 4,000 shops. Stop by the book bazaar, where the first printed book in Turkey was sold in 1729.
Afterwards, your tour will take you to the magnificent Süleymaniye Külliyesi, where you’ll stop off at the original Turkish baths built as part of the mosque complex and learn all about this ancient ritual. Your guide will give you a local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea in a tea house that has amazing views of the city. You will pay a visit to the small and stunning Rustem Pasa Mosque — a highlight for sure! This is the first octagonal mosque by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, and you will find the interior covered with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced. You will finish your tour near the Spice Bazaar, where your leader can direct you to a local lokanta (small restaurant) for lunch, or give you some more great Istanbul tips for you to make the most of the rest of your stay.