At the edge of Europe, where the continent connects with Asia, lies the beautiful country of Turkey. This nation is world-wide known for its perfect mix of western and oriental cultures. And there is no place in Turkey that demonstrates this harmonious lifestyle better than its capital – Istanbul.
Istanbul’s population ranges from 12 million to 19 million people, making it not only one of the biggest cities in both Europe and Asia but also in the world. It is also Turkey’s cultural, financial and tourist hub. Visiting Istanbul, you will definitely not run out of things to do and places to see. Thanks to its rich history and unique culture, this multicultural metropolis welcomes millions of tourists every year.
Apart from history, culture, art, architecture, and food, Istanbul brings the charm of the Turkish old tales together with a modern impressive skyline downtown. Either you are looking for ancient architecture or modern skyscrapers, you can find them all in the city of Istanbul!
Istanbul, with its special location at the edge of two big and prominent continents, has brought many benefits to Turkey, as well as wars and conflicts over the years.
Taking several free tours around the city, listening to your guides introducing the history and art of Istanbul, you will learn that this place used to be end point of the famous Silk Road. You will gain an understanding about the wars and conflicts that happened because of territorial, financial and religious issues and how the Turkish managed to bravely survive them all.
One of the best ways to start a trip in Istanbul is to take a free walking tour around, so you can get a sense of this beautiful city. There are many free walking tours offered, and all include an English speaking guide.
Most essential free tours will walk you through the top highlights of the Old Town for 2-3 hours, so you can learn about Roman and Ottoman history, culture and traditions. The must-see spots include the Hippodrome, the Walled Obelisk, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the charming traditional houses lined in Souk Cesme Street.
Any high quality free tour will take you to see the three top attractions of Istanbul: the exterior of the massive Topkapi Palace, the beautiful Blue Mosque and the multicultural Hagia Sophia.
After visiting these wonders, we highly recommend spending more time around the neighborhoods of Karaköy and Galata. These areas represent the western face of the city, and were inhabited by predominantly Christians and Jews. In a free tour, you will dive into authentic Turkish life and see some of the most magnificent churches and synagogues of these areas.
Finally, your visit to Istanbul wouldn’t be complete without indulging in some retail therapy. The must-go Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world, and the perfect place to buy mouth-watering baklava, exotic perfumes, traditional decorations, and much more. To get the best deals, though, you must be ready to bargain!
Book some free tours today and find out everything about Turkish history, food, culture and art. At the end of each tour your guide will also provide you with a list of great recommendations for restaurants, markets and things to do!
Free Tours are walks provided by passionate local guides without requesting any upfront payments. They allow every traveler, no matter their budget, to experience and enjoy what a place has to offer.
Free Tours guests are travelers of all ages and backgrounds seeking to enjoy authentic experiences. Independent tourists usually book Free Tours because they are looking for special activities, where they can learn historical facts, but also get an overview about the local culture, environment, and people.
Yes. Free Tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis, so they are completely free unless you decide to make a contribution according to how much you enjoyed the experience. Guides appreciate receiving tips of any amounts at the end of the tour, but it’s completely voluntary to do so.
Yes. It’s mandatory to make a booking to ensure group sizes remain manageable and Guides can provide a better experience for all guests. Making a booking is absolutely free and it will take you less than one minute!