Istanbul: Divan Yolu & Grand Bazaar Walking Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Visit Constantine's Column, water pipe cafe Çorlulu Ali Paᶊa Medrese, and the Mausoleum of Ottoman Sultans
  • Experience the covered Bazzar with good melting, silver carving, and old hans
  • Explore the start of the road from Istanbul to Rome
  • Walk along the old Divan Yolu and see Roman forums and Byzantine monuments
  • Admire Constantine's Column in commemoration of the declaration of Byzantium
  • Smoke a water pipe at Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi
  • Wander the labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar
  • See how gold is smelted and silver engraved
Walk along the old Divan Yolu in Istanbul and discover the path that led straight to Rome. Explore the fascinating history of Istanbul with your guide, and learn about traditional methods of jewelry making in the incredible Grand Bazaar.
What to Expect
Explore the historic Divan Yolu on this 7-hour walking tour of Istanbul and discover the Ottoman "Road to the Imperial Council." In Byzantine times it was the main boulevard from the city center on Seraglio Point to Porta Auera (Golden Gate), where it met the Via Ignatia to Rome.

Your tour starts at a marble shaft called the “Million,” at the beginning of Divan Yolu. Continue to see Ottoman mausoleums, mosques, and medreses. Explore Roman forums and Byzantine monuments, such as Çemberlitas (Burnt Column) and the remains of the Theodosian Arc d'Triumph.

Next, go to the vibrant Grand Bazaar, described by Mark Twain as "a monstrous hive of little shops all under one roof."
With more than 4,000 shops in 64 streets behind 22 gates, the Grand Bazaar - or Kapalıçarşı in Turkish – is a labyrinth of vendors selling leather goods, sweets, dried fruit and spices, jewelry, glassware, pottery, fabrics, belly dancing costumes, T-shirts, and all sorts of souvenirs.

But you won't just shop; visit workshops to see how gold is melted in fire. Watch as craftsmen fix degrees on carats. And see masterful silversmiths engrave fine silver jewelry.
What's Included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
What's Not Included
  • Drinks
Meeting Point

Meet your guide in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul. The guide will be holding a brochure with "Istanbul Walks" on it

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