Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Chevron down What tours does Walks in Istanbul offer?
  • Walks in Istanbul offers walking tours in all areas of Istanbul with any theme: Sultanahmet, Golden Horn, Asian Side, Beyoglu, Nişantaşı, Princess Islands, Fatih, Beyazıt, Bosporus… You name it; we have it.

    We pride ourselves on our knowledge of very controversial subjects. No one else offers a tour of the Armenian Heritage or a night tour to discover a traditional order in Islam.

  • Chevron down Do we use any other transport with Walks in Istanbul?
  • We offer walking tours. Istanbul is a walking city, but if we need to, we use the tram and of course the ferries back and forth.

    Please be prepared to walk an average of 10,000 to 35,000 steps a day depending on your itinerary.

  • Chevron down How long are your tours?
  • Full-day tours are from 09:30 until 16:30.

    Half-day morning tours are from 09:00 until 12:30.

    Half-day afternoon tours are from 13:30 until 17:00.

    We make frequent stops, at least once before lunch and once after lunch.

    Lunch is generally an hour.

  • Chevron down Where do we meet you?
  • We meet you personally at your hotel or apartment for private tours.

    Small-group shared tours start at a mutual/easy meeting point, which we advise when you book.

  • Chevron down We are of the older generation and not built for speed; can we still join?
  • Absolutely. We are very experienced with senior travelers and enjoy your seasoned point of view on what we are offering.

  • Chevron down Can we bring our children?
  • We love children and pets. On private tours, they are welcome on any condition.

    Please inquire about small-group shared tours.

    We give a discount to children below 12 if they are accompanied by paying adults. Please carry their IDs for free admission tickets.

    Infants are free.

  • Chevron down What's the difference between private and shared tours?
  • You have full freedom on our private tours. We tailor each private tour individually. You tell us, and we do it. You can even change your mind on the day as we go.

    A shared tour has a maximum of eight people, the smallest in the industry. These tours are set and have less flexibility.

  • Chevron down How big are your shared tours?
  • Our shared tours have a maximum of eight people and generally a minimum of two people.

  • Chevron down How do we book and pay?
  • When you decide to book, please choose a date from the calendar of the relevant tour, either private or shared.

    Please choose how many people you want to book. You will be directed to our booking partner and your card will be charged immediately to confirm.

  • Chevron down What happens if we need to cancel?
  • We do our best to accommodate your request. Please read our terms here.

  • Chevron down What about money, tipping, visas, security, etc.?
  • When you decide to book, we will provide a full list of details that will cover most of these travel-related questions.

    You can always contact us for details afterwards; we are ready to reply to any questions.

  • Chevron down More Resources
  • INSURANCE AND VISA: It is essential to take out travel and medical insurance – Please make your own arrangements. For most nationalities, visas are required. READ MORE

    MONEY AND TIPPING: The currency for Turkey is Turkish Lira (TRY or TL). There is no need to buy Turkish Lira in your country. It is easy to change money at the airports, in the city, or withdraw cash from ATMs.

    DRESS CODE AND VISITING MOSQUES: There is a dress code for mosques. READ MORE.

    VISITING MUSEUMS: Admission fees to museums are in Turkish Lira in cash only. Please remember to visit an ATM before visiting a museum. READ MORE.

    WEATHER: Bring sunscreen, hats, and comfortable walking shoes to your tour.

    TRAFFIC/PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Traffic is very unpleasant in Istanbul. Try to avoid taxi rides. Walk or use public transport instead. READ MORE.

    AIRPORT TRANSFERS: How do get to your hotel once you make it to Istanbul airports? Is it easy to organise airport transfers in Istanbul? Do we need a private transfer in Istanbul? READ MORE.