Istanbul, Turkey

Parks and Bosphorus River Tour

This is a good tour of a couple of Istanbul parks, sites, and a jaunt along the river. It’s a quick 5k loop, convenient if you’re staying in the Istanbul’s old-town Sultanahmet area.  A good place to start is at the centrally located Hippodrome, and head east through Sultanahmet Arkeolojik Park. Follow the main road into Gülhane Park, which has about 1 km of pleasant trails, and then crossing busy Kennedy Caddesi, the main shore road. Turn right, and head along the waterfront path paralleling the road for nearly 4 km. This is one of the more popular running spots in Istanbul. When you reach the Little Hagia Sophia, an important domed mosque in a former 6th century Byzantine church, turn back east and head along Nakilbent St., and see the buildings of Marmara University as you return to the Hippodrome.

Add-Ons: Can be combined with our “Sultanahmet Runseeing Tour”. Or, for more waterside running, it is possible to run from the Yenikapi Ferry Terminal to the Galata Bridge, and over the bridge, for about 6km (4 miles one way).

Essentials
  • 5km (3.1 miles)
  • 161 feet
  • Hippodrome is a good place to start
  • T1 Tram Line: Sultanahmet