Istanbul - Istanbul, The Capital of Empires

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Istanbul, The Capital of Empires

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(590 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 Safak Kulansi

Safak Kulansi

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.

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 an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator 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 content creator 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 join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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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

Connie R.

11 July 2021

Mr Safak Kulansi is THE BEST!!! Friendly, personable, extremely knowledgeable. An absolute treasure. Thank you!! 100% Awesome

Chris H.

10 July 2021

Safak is an excellent guide. He greets everyone who joins the tour and answers all questions promptly. His enthusiasm for Istanbul is catchy and I can’t wait to visit there. He shared his contact information so I can ask questions beyond the tour. My friends and I hope he can show us around when we get there.

elena s.

10 July 2021

I recommend a visit to some hidden places in Istanbul - there are so many out of the tourist tours, not only Sultanahmet sq. and Grand Bazzar

J B.

06 July 2021

Very interesting Thank you.

Erica O.

06 July 2021

Fantastic tour! I am in awe of this beautiful historic city. After watching this tour, I'd really like to go there.

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