Access the city’s best landmarks with ease and enjoy Byzantine and Ottoman sightsExplore backstreets on an adventurous walking tour led by scholarly local guidesHave a peaceful lunch in a courtyard teahouse or a sunset cocktail at a roof terrace restaurantIn 2014 three and a half million people visited Hagia Sofia, all through the same high-security gate. Jump the line with a three-day Muzekart, which also gets you into Topkapı and several other landmarks. (Tip: pick up your Muzekart from our concierge to skip the line.) Navigating the Byzantine and Ottoman sights (and attendant hustlers) crammed cheek-by-jowl into Sultanahmet can be challenging, especially for first-time visitors. But not if you book a tour with Walks in Istanbul, they offer customized walking tours with scholarly local guides. Their walking tours are off the beaten track including culinary adventures. (Ask for Arzu Altınay or Ebru Gökteke, who are both erudite and entertaining.) Need a break? A peaceful spot for a modest lunch is the teahouse in the courtyard of the Caferaga Madrasa, where calligraphy, marbling, and other traditional arts are taught. For panoramic views of the Old Town, you can’t beat the roof terrace restaurant of Seven Hills, a small local hotel. Go at sunset for a drink. You’ve earned it. ​Head to Hagia Sofia Square to find this Turkish landmark with incredible Byzantine architecture. If you’re interested in a walking tour, you can find Walks in Istanbul on Yerebatan Caddesi. Follow your guide off the beaten path and see what the city has to offer.HAGIA SOFIA: Hagia Sophia Square, Sultanahmet Fatih; +90-(0)212-522-1750; MUZEKART: WALKS IN ISTANBUL: CAFERAGA MADRASA: Caferiye Sk., Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No.5, off Caferiye Sokak; +90-(0)212-528-0089; SEVEN HILLS: Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Tevkifhane Sokak 8; +90-(0)212-516-9497;