Guided tour

Istanbul: Samatya - Armenian District Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

Istanbul: Samatya - Armenian District Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

From US$ 103.98 per person

Discover the rich history of Istanbul on a guided walk through the traditionally Armenian districts of Samatya and Kocamustafapasa. Discover Latin churches, Greek monasteries, and Muslim mosques that paint a vibrant portrait of the city’s past.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from centrally-located Istanbul hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods.


  • Stop at Ramazan Efendi Mosque and Complex, Sümbül Efendi Mosque and Complex, Sulu Monastery, Greek and Armenian Churches, Samatya Square
  • See Greek, Armenian, and Latin churches
  • Explore the Samatya and Kocamustafapasa districts of Istanbul
  • Learn about Armenian history, traditions and customs in Turkey
  • Discover the site of one of Istanbul's largest fish markets and festivals
  • Go to the Sünbül Efendi Mosque and see the tomb of the founder of the Sunbuliyye Sufi order
  • Visit the Kocamustafapaşa Camii, where the foundations go back to the 6th century
Full description
Explore Istanbul through the history of its Armenian neighborhoods on a 3-hour walking tour of Samatya and Kocamustafapasa. Site of the traditional Istanbul Fish Festival, and roughly coinciding with the location of the old city of Constantinople, Samatya’s attractions include the Surp Kevork (St. George) Church, also called the Sulu Monastery, which dates back from before the Ottoman conquest. You will also see Greek orthodox churches, such as Hristos Analipsis and Haghios Menas, adding a colorful local atmosphere to the lively neighborhood. Visit the Ramazan Efendi Camii by the notable architect and engineer of the Ottoman era, Mimar Sinan. Continue to Kocamustafapaşa Camii, the former Byzantine Church of St Andrew. Heavily transformed during both the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, it remains one of the few churches in Istanbul still extant, whose foundation goes back to the 6th century.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The exact time of entry to churches and mosques may vary with each visit
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

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ATAHAN (guide) arrived in good time to meet me at a rather out-of-the-way place that was the meeting point. I was the only one on this tour, which meant that I had a private tour. This tour was very good, both in terms of unusual content and because of Atahan - he was very knowledgeable, generous with his time, highly considerate, and enthusiastic. He showed me everything there was to see, and more to make this a highly memorable experience in a variety of ways. Nothing was too much trouble for him, and it felt as though I was with a friend, with whom I even broke bread that was not part of the tour. Very interesting tour, kind, compassionate, lovely, knowledgeable guide. Special.

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May 28, 2019

Sehr kompetent und hervorragend organisiert.

Wir hatten eine sehr angenehme Reiseleiterin, die uns mit großer Kompetenz und viel Engagement durch das Viertel führte. Auch in überraschenden Momenten blieb sie souverän. Wir haben viel abseits großer Touristenströme gesehen. Herzlichen Dank dafür!

February 22, 2015


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