Free Tour in Istanbul

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Get your Free Walking Tour in Istanbul (the one city that lies in both Europe and Asia) and discover the culture and attractions of Istanbul, the history of the old city, its incredible places, stories & legends with entertaining and great local guides.

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  • Date/Hour

    Todos los días.

    10:30 am.

  • Languange
  • Duration
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  • Meeting point
    Plaza de Sultanahmet
  • Itinerary

    Imperio Bizantino > Imperio Otomano > Mezquita Azul > Santa Sofía > Hipódromo de Constantinopla > Fuente Alemana > Obelisco de Tutmosis III > Plaza de Sultanahmet > Madrasa de Caferaga > La calle de Fuente Frio > Fuente de Ahmet III > Iglesia de Santa Irene > Palacio de Topkapi > Los Baños de Roxelana  ¡y mucho más!



FREE TOUR IN ISTANBUL starts every day at 10:30 am next to the decorative pool which is between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque at the Sultanahmet Square. Just look for our expert tour guides with  red t-shirt and/or umbrella for free tours in the city! You can just show up at the meeting point if you prefer not to book ahead of time for free tours in Istanbul. Please come 15 minutes early if you have no reservation.

Free Walking Tour in Istanbul
Free Walking Tour in Istanbul

Free Walking Tour Istanbul starts from  Sultanahmet Square (next to the decorative pool) and ends in front of the  Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, overlooking the shores of the sea of Marmara.

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the highlights and monuments of world city Istanbul and learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods from our tour guide.

You will marvel at the impressive monumental structures of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia,  the Blue Mosque,  the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column,  the Constantine Column and  the German Fountain. Later, you will walk through the outer gardens of  the Topkapi Palace and marvel at this gorgeous palace as a symbol of the strength that the Ottoman Empire once had in the city.

While strolling through  Soğuk Çeşme Street with our local guide, you will also see and learn about the typical houses and locals and the old town architecture during the Ottoman era. At the end of this street, you will arrive at  Caferağa Madrasah, an art school where traditional Turkish crafts such as calligraphy, paper marbling, ceramics and tiles, and glass products are produced and sold. You will walk along the Hippodrome and enter the courtyards of  the Blue Mosque.

Enjoying lots of amazing stories and personal anecdotes told by your expert tour guide about the city, you will visit the  Arasta Bazaar, a famous market place that used to provide the Blue Mosque with large income during the Ottoman Empire. Finally, the last stop of this fun experience will be the  Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.

Free Walking Tour in Istanbul


  • Sultanahmet Square
  • Hagia Sophia
  • The Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Haseki Hurrem Bath
  • The Egyptian Obelisk
  • The Constantine Column
  • The Serpentine Column
  • German Fountain
  • Soğuk Çeşme Street
  • Caferağa Madrasa
  • Arasta Bazaar
  • The Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and much more …

Attention: Everything listed here will be seen from outside without entering the museums.

Free Tour in İstanbul

Where do the free tour in İstanbul start and end?

The tour starts from the Sultanahmet Square, next to the decorative pool. It ends in front of the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.

How will I recognize the guide?

When you arrive at the meeting point, please look for our tour guides carrying a red umbrella.

Do I have to pre-book?

No. There is no need to pre-book for our free walking tours in Istanbul. Just come to the meeting point before the tour is due to begin. Yet, you are welcome to pre-book this Istanbul tour on our website. Recommendations; let us know in advance if you are coming with a big group (10+ people). If you are interested in personal tours and/or boat tours in the city, advance booking is required.

How long does the tour last?

Our free tour is approximately 2,5 hours.

Do you take any breaks on your free walking tours?

All of our Istanbul walking tours include a break during which you can rest and you will have the chance to use the washrooms and get a couple of drinks.

What is the price of this tour?

The tour is free. It does not cost anything. You are free to participate. At the end of the tour, you are free to tip your guide depending on your enjoyment of the service and budget.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Our tours in Istanbul run every day in all weather conditions, sun or rain. Please come prepared!

Are your tours suitable for children?

Our free walking tour of Istanbul are designed to be suitable for people of all ages and anyone.

Are your tours wheelchair-accessible?

Our free tour in İstanbul is wheelchair accessible. Bear in mind: We are always ready to arrange private tours geared towards the travelers’ needs and wishes!

Do you offer private Istanbul tours?

Yes. We offer private tours in English and Spanish languages. Please contact us for further information and details.

How do I find the group photo from my tour?

You can find your photos of your walking tours from our social media accounts.

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Additional info: Our Istanbul walking tour is free of charge. We offer expert tour guides for our guests who wishes to see the city on foot. In this way, they will explore the history of Istanbul and leave their footprints while feeling home thanks to our hospitality and care. Do not hesitate to leave your reviews regarding free Istanbul free tours.

What is concept of Free Tour in Istanbul?

The Free Tour concept has been around for some time, but it is a fairly new method of exploring cities than the conventional tour model, with a far longer history. Most younger travelers today would probably be aware of free tours, as they have become extremely common and still present in major destinations especially in recent years.

Misconception about Free Tours

“Free” is an obvious appeal to budget-conscious travelers, but it is also a term that may trigger an alarm; especially in connection with anything that is typically very costly and constitutes a significant component of a specific industry, such as guided tours. Yet free does not mean that free tours are worthless. On the contrary, it is a philosophy that really does offer something enjoyable, worthwhile and satisfying for all kinds of travelers comparing to conventional paid tours.

How does it work?

One of the concerns regarding free tours is “How can tours be free?” ”. The tours are ‘free,’ as there is no fixed price, no defined charge to pay for the tour, irrespective of the tour experience itself. You are free to ‘tip’ your guide after the tour depending on your satisfaction.

This may be a “strange” notion, but there are many explanations why this kind of tour has become a successful and common way to explore towns and cities. Since the guides get no other money to lead such tours (from any particular company or agency), they must earn their tip. The income of the guides is always fluctuating from tour to tour and so they are eager to deliver a high-quality experience, which leaves much less space for complacency than if they were paid for a tour with a fixed amount. For the idea to work, the tour itself must be fantastic.

Tipping: Something to Think about on a Free Tour

Moreover, at the end of your tour, tipping your guide implies that you have the control. Though not mandatory, you determine what the tour’s worth is, or, what you can afford. You determine the price-performance ratio. So there is no risk of being ripped off or feeling that you have not got your money’s worth.


Advice for tips: If you decide to tip, be sure to bring your maximum tip budget to a smaller denomination. This way you can give your guide the right amount they are entitled to, determined by you (after the tour), without worrying about the tip being too little or offering a larger bill to ask the change back.


Behind the Free Tour

Tour guides weigh the risk factor because they count on tour participants to give them a tip, even if they do not have to do so. Fortunately, the growing popularity of free tours and the growing number of free tours providers worldwide is a proof that this “unconventional” style of tours work. People see the value in the concept, appreciate the unique experience it offers, realise they receive high quality tour experiences and tip their guides accordingly while saving much on their own.

Tour guides providing free tours are, in the great majority of cases, freelance tour guides. They are young people as free tours encourage them to operate freely and the guides keep their tips rather than getting charged a fee to gain an appropriate income for their efforts. These independent freelance guides often add their own style to their tours to give you a true local experience, show you their town and make your best trip.

The guide normally enhances the experiment instead of depending solely on a structured ‘tour’ or ‘script.’ This makes the experience of a place, history and culture more real, enthusiastic and rewarding. Some Free Tours in a particular city are arranged and managed by local guide collectives.

Alternatively, others are facilitated by free travel organizations that actively promote or assist independent local guides. This takes place in exchange for a fairly low advertisement charge through successful promotional services through a multitude of platforms and alliances, thus maintaining the consistent quality of guides and tours provided by them.

Why Free Tours Work

The whole idea of free tour is for the tourist and the local guide a win-win situation. Having authentic city tours open to all, irrespective of budget, are fun way to explore cities, while saving a lot of money and monitoring everything you spend on a city tour, apart from helping dedicated local guides and businesses.

This is a wonderful idea, and we raise the banner for the Free Tour concept at As the world’s first site of its sort, we make it simpler than ever to discover high quality free excursions and local guides. With the best Free Tours in cities spanning more than 50 different countries across the world, we deliver a one-stop shop that provides live, genuine consumer review and ratings as well as TripAdvisor review.



30 reviews for Free Tour in Istanbul

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    5 out of 5


    Отлично, много добре си прекарахме

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    5 out of 5


    Excellent tour! Very informative, highly entertaining! We would like to thank for this beautiful chance to enjoy their local expertise.

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    Great tour, informative and entertaining! Istanbul is a beautiful city with such a rich history, this tour is the perfect way to know the city! Betül was an amazing guide!

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    Keziban Blum

    It was a pleasure for us to visit this amazing city !!!The tour was really informative Thank to the guide Betül. She gave very detailed informations and we noticed that does her job not only to earn money but also to make people happy! Very capable and friendly! We will come back!

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    Dominik Blum

    Wir möchten uns herzlich bedanken und möchten euch schon mal Bescheid sagen dass wir nochmals Istanbul besuchen werden! Die Tour hat uns sehr viel Spaß gemacht, neben so viele Informationen über die Geschichte des Istanbuls haben wir uns sehr gut aufgehoben gefühlt! Dafür möchten wir uns besonders an die Frau Betül bedanken! Gerne wieder !

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    Couldn’t have asked for a better tour of Istanbul! Our guide Betul was highly professional, knowledgeable and warm. She also provided a lot of great local recommendations of the city. Lots of fun – recommend the tour to all!

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    Last year we did this tour with Betül and it was amazing! We just saw so many things and I also really learned a lot! It was like Istanbul in a nutshell! I can totally recommend it and would do it again!

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    Shonit Biswas

    Istanbul is the most beautiful city in the world. It truly is a temporal zone between ancient and modern period. Soaked in history and rich culture, we were completely immersed in Istanbul’s tour and Betül ensured it to be the best memory we carry back home. She is undoubtedly a wonderful person besides being a brilliant tour guide

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    Excellent tour! Very educational and intersting! Perfect tour guide! If you are planning a trip to Istanbul I recommend you to contact Viaurbis and join their free tour!

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    우리가이드 Betul! 정말 너무너무 고마웠네요. 영어라서 고민하다가 그냥 박물관 들어가보고 사진만 찍는건 좀 아닌거 같아서 참가했는데 어렵지않게 너무 친절히 잘 대해줬어요. 투어 후에 문의했던 질문에도 우승면서 끝까지 답변해줬규요!

    이스탄불 오신다면 한번쯤은 그역사를 설명해줄수 있는 가이드 만나보시면 좋으실꺼 같아요! 강추!

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    Istanbul – my dream city! It was a pleasure to spent a time in this city with Betul. The best tour leader ever. For sure will visit again. Betul be ready I will come ASAP :))

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    Abdul Malik

    Betul is amazing. We really had a great time today. Her knowledge is fantastic and her friendly attitude is a credit to her. I definitely recommend her

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    Repa Malik

    Betul is a lovely sister. We really enjoyed the tour today with her. Highly recommend

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    Ayajul Malik

    Betul was amazing! Been on several of these walking tours across europe and she was by far the kindest and the best. Incredibly informative, very friendly demeanour, and gives plenty of useful tips! VERY MUCH RECOMMEND THIS. FANTASTIC.

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    Natalia Concepción

    Super complacida con el tour. El guía que tuvimos, Engin, es excelente, muy profesional, educado y con mucho dominio en Historia, cultura y nos daba muy buenas recomendaciones de lugares para comer y comprar. Sin dudas, recomiendo este guía por el dominio de varios idiomas a la perfección y el conocimiento general del país y la ciudad de Estambul.

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    Karla Bisono

    Excellent experience. Great tour leader,well spoken, easy understanding, and entertained visit with Engin. From Kusadaki to Istanbul. Amazing trip! Thanks Engin.

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    5 out of 5

    Amaradai De pena

    I did a Tour with Engin, and was one of the best experiences l ever had, so informative, he was able to speak to me and my friends in our native language because he speaks 6 languages, we were so impressed, l totally recommend you to take one of these tours

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    Excelente guía Enguin, conoce a la perfección todo, no deja dudas ante ningúna pregunta. Muy profesional, amable. Recomiendo 100%.

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    Ivon Reynoso

    Instambul is one of the most interesting cities in the world! Loved it and hope to be back soon! Our guide Engin was excellent with great knowledge of Turkey. Very friendly attitude and explains very well in six different languages! We visited in October 2019 with a spanish speaking group. Can we give more than 5 stars?

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    Mónica rodriguez

    Engin, is the Best guide tour un Turkey. Last october he explained very well, excelent, all the information about the country. He speaks 6
    Languages. Our group was the first that he had after he aproved his test in Spanish.

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    Darina Urbaez

    Engin es uno de los mejores guía turístico de Turquía, muy educado y sobre todo con gran conocimiento cultural,
    Altamente Recomendado.

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    Elissa Ventura

    If you book a tour with Engin, get ready for the best experience of your life! He shows you the local way of things, explains and knows absolutely anything you might ask him. My experience was amazing! Can’t wait to go back to Turkey to have Engin as my guide again! Thank you!
    PS: his Spanish is perfect!

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    За лучшей экскурсией в Стамбуле обращайтесь к Pinar. Все было бесподобно! Экскурсия прошла на одном дыхании. Энергично и динамично. Pinar вам не только экскурсию классную проведёт, но и ответит на любой интересующий вопрос, где лучше покушать, где купить вещи, где купить сувениры, где деньги поменять. Браво! Большое спасибо!

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    Selma Altay

    Brilliant tour,definitely recommend. I learnt so much and saw such wonderful sights.

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    Great opportunity to explore the beauties of Istanbul. Amazing sights. Would certainly recommend this tour!

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    The tour was great! The guide was very knowledgeable and shared much interesting information. Would recommend!

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    Everything was great, I liked the tour very much! I will definitely recommend it to everyone who is planning to visit Istanbul)

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    Today I visit Free Tour in Istanbul with Engin and liked it very much, the meeting point was easy to find and there was a lot of interesting information about historical places we visited during excurcion, thank you very much for such oppotunity to know more about them.

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    Super interesting tour! Totally recommend to everybody! Guide Engin was very cool!!! Thank you so much!

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    Today we have absolutely wonderful tour with guide Engin! He told a lot of historical facts and funny jokes!
    He is respectul and very easygoing! Definitely took all our attention during tour, also told where to go next, buy souvenirs, eat and etc.

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