Istanbul, The Capital of Empires

(86 reviews)
Hippodrome Square, Istanbul, Turkey
45 mins

About the tour

Turkey has always been a bridge between orient and occident. Istanbul plays the biggest role in establishing this connection by being the only city in the world which lays on two continents, Europe and Asia. Istanbul, on the shores of Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, has been the capital of three great empires in history. The capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires as Constantinople and the Turkish Ottoman Empire as Istanbul. In this tour, we will discover the Hippodrome Square from the Roman period, the magnificent Hagia Sophia from the Byzantine period and the famous Blue Mosque from the Ottoman period.

Meet your local guide


Born and raised in Istanbul, Safak is a licensed guide whose father is also a professional guide. He experienced the deepest parts of the city and even the country on the tours he attended with the local guides. His whole life since childhood has been spent on tours. Thus, introducing and showing his city to the people became one of his greatest passions. After acquiring this passion built over the years, today we have a guide Şafak, who does what he enjoys most, continues to open all the gates of the city to explore.

Şafak has been guiding since Jul 2019

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Istanbul with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Istanbul. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Mariya L.

26 February 2021


Levent E.

26 February 2021

Amazing İstanbul..... Amazing tour.......

Marg R.

26 February 2021

Great tour - looking forward to more!

Kelly C.

26 February 2021

Very interesting

Kathryn H.

26 February 2021

Wonderful! Safak, you did an amazing job of showing us around your beautiful city and I thank you for the opportunity to see something of Istanbul. I've never been there and now I feel that I have!

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