MaratonTurk Running Tour

"Dear Friends,
We as MaratonTürk, first and only marathon management & internet publishing site for Türkiye, are organizing Walk-Jog & Sightseeing Tour between Europe and Asia (EurAsia) + Cruise in Istanbul. (This is not a marathon training tour)
There is no such an organization in Türkiye. We are the pioneer...
Take your running shoes and join our tours. You will not be disappointed.
Let's drink a glass of Turkish tea in Europe & Asia continents while jogging in Istanbul. . ."

Elect.Eng. Osman Atakan Tekin , MaratonTürk Manager




 Let's drink;   a glass of Turkish tea in Europe & Asia, continents while jogging in Istanbul. . .

1) Commemorative medal
2) A glass of Turkish tea in Europe
3) A bottle of water at km 5
4) Chocolate at km 5
5) Cable car ticket
6) Cruise ticket Europe-Asia
7) A glass of Turkish tea in Asia
8) Cruise/Train ticket Asia-Europe
9) Digital photos

Duration : 3 > 4 hours
For info & prices please click here

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• A better “feel” for a city.
• Easier to customize than bus tours or large group walking tours
• Stop whenever you want
• "Travel" at your own speed and spend time on sights that interest you more than others
• Accomplish two things at once: see the sights plus get a workout in the fresh air
• The convenience of combining a sightseeing tour with a regular workout is attractive for many ambitious runners who are on vacation or travelling on business

• Competitive runners training for a marathon and who need to get a run in
• New and recreational runners
• Teenagers to retirees, solos, couples and families
• Women because of the safety issues when visiting a new city
• Small corporate groups who want a fitness-based activity
• Those who get their exercise from fast walking
• Business/convention people in town for meetings or conferences

Related links:


Viator Private Tour Guides

Run Abroad-1 (ITA)

Run Abroad-2 (ITA)

Run the Planet (USA)



I was in Turkiye

TravelToWellness (CAN)

Northern Running Guide (SCO)

Southern Running Guide (SCO)

Scottish Running Guide (SCO)

"MaratonTürk allows visitors to jog from Europe to Asia, and vice versa, without ever leaving the city. .. Runners also receive a commemorative medal for their hard, but fun, work."

The city on two Continents...

The only city on earth on two continents." There God and human nature and art are together, created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see." Lamartine's famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.

Istanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Christian and Islamic. Once capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkiye, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.

Istanbul hosted different cultures and religions for more than 2500 years. And every Culture has left their treasures of Architecture. Numerous historical sites create a rich historical background to the city. And wonderful landscapes of Bosphorus give an amazing atmosphere.

Wherever you are coming from, you will be dazzled in Istanbul with so many different things that you haven't seen before. You will see a rich Historical culture; you will see the sights of Asia and also the sights of Modern Europe. You will see how the life was in Byzantium period, Ottoman Empire period and how the life is now in Modern Turkiye.. You will see the Churches, the Synagogues and thousands of Mosques and early in the morning you may wake up with the pray of the muezzins..

Many travelers do only visit the touristy peninsula and evaluates Istanbul, However if you open your window a bit wider, and travel around Istanbul on both continents, you will discover a better Istanbul image and will realize it has much more beauty to see..

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Video; Atatürk Bridge (Start point of the Eurasia Jogging Tour) from Galata Tower

Video; Istanbul Galata Tower / Golden Horn & Bosphorous (Eurasia) from Galata Tower

We offer 5+2 km tour (5 km in Europe, 2 km in Asia).
Any day in the week according to your choice.
Usually start at 08.00 a.m.

Tour Walk-Jog 5+2 km (Click names for details):
Europe Start            Atatürk (Unkapani) Bridge
km   0.2 -  0.03 hr    
Cibali Tobacco Factory converted into Kadir Has University
km   1.8 -  0.20 hr     Bulgarian Iron Church (under restoration as of December 2011)
km   2.3 -  0.30 hr     Balat Jewish Hospital
km   3.8 -  0.45 hr     Feshane
km   4.4 -  0.50 hr     Eyüp Sultan Mosque
                              Cable Car (lenght 384m)
km   4.8 -  1.00 hr     Pierre Loti Hill (Turkish Tea break)
km   5.0 -  1.20 hr     Eyüp Ferry Dock

CRUISE     0.45 hr     From Europe to Asia (yellow line on the map)

Asia Start                Usküdar Ferry Dock
km   0.1 -  0.05 hr     Mihrimah Sultan Mosque
km   0.2 -  0.08 hr     Fish Market
km   0.3 -  0.10 hr     Valide Sultan Mosque
km   1.0 -  0.20 hr     Kizkulesi (Maiden's Tower)
km   1.2 -  0.25 hr     Old Salacak Ferry Dock
(Turkish Tea break)
km   2.0 -  0.35 hr     Harem Ferry Dock

CRUISE     0.15 hr     From Asia to Europe (white line on the map)
(according to your choice)
Train        0.04 hr     Marmaray (Undersea train, blue line on the map)

Cable car|  2 min. from Eyüp Sultan Mosque to Pierre Loti hill

CRUISE-1|  45 min. from Eyüp (Europe) to Usküdar (Asia)
(yellow line on the map)

CRUISE-2|  15 min. from Harem (Asia) to Sirkeci (Europe)
(white line on the map)

Undersea Train  4 min. from Usküdar (Asia) to Sirkeci (Europe)
(blue line on the map)


2015, September 18th, on Friday at 08.00;
Alexandra Vassilieva and Vivian Kliim Hansen of Copenhagen-Denmark joined our tour

2015, August 19th, on Wednesday at 08.00;
Julia Kreissl and Christian Vieghofer of Vienna-Austria joined our tour

2015, July 18th, on Saturday at 08.30;
Kristen Lacey and Philip Sofia of New York-USA joined our tour

"Osman, these are great! Thanks so much for the tour. Be well - it was great to meet you!"
Phil & Kristen

2015, July 3rd, on Friday at 07.30;
Gerard Vinluan of Singapore joined our tour

"Hi Mr Osman, It was a great pleasure meeting you. I had a most enjoyable morning in Istanbul thanks to you. Many thanks for the lovely photos. All the very best," Gerard

2015, June 29th, on Monday at 08.30;
Arturo and Sylvia Chayet of Mexico joined our tour

2015, June 5th, on Friday at 08.30;
Cate Lycurgus of Saratoga-CA, USA joined our tour

2015, May 15th, on Friday at 09.00;
Andrea Fiene and Janine Bachmann of Stockholm-Sweden joined our tour

"We read about the tour online and it sounds very interesting! Especially to run between Europe and Asia!, Very best regards", Janine and Andrea, Stockholm 4 May 2015

"Dear Osman, Thank you very much for the lovely fotos and the wonderful run across two continents. We enjoyed ourselves a lot. We will let you know when we are back in Istanbul, loved the city and people so maybe Janine will come back for the marathon some time. Who knows! :-) All the best!", Andrea & Janine, Istanbul 16 May 2015

2015, April 23rd, on Thursday at 09.00;
Dr.Sam O'Connor of Brisbane-Australia joined our tour

2015, April 5th, on Sunday at 10.00;
Olukemi Igbon and Nate Webber of Maryland/Utah-USA joined our tour

2015, March 15th, on Sunday at 08.30;
Carlos Alberto Viana of Sao Paulo-Brazil joined our tour

"Tive a honra e o prazer de correr com o grande Osman, maratonista, atheta e conselheiro do Fenerbach da Turquia a 53 anos, ele com 70 corre muito e ensinou um pouquinho a este pangare pelas ruas de Istambul nesta corrida que percorre o lado europeu e asiatico da cidade, posso dizer que corri em dois continentes na mesma corrida, esta com certeza foi os 21 k mais gostosos que corri."
(Translated from Portuguese to English by Google) "I had the honor and the pleasure of running with the grand Osman, marathon runner, athlete and counselor to Turkiye's Fenerbahçe for 53 years, with 70 he runs a lot and taught a little bit this nag by Istanbul streets in this race that runs along the European and Asian side of the city, I can say that ran on two continents in the same race, this was certainly the 21 km more delicious that I ran."

2015, February 6th, on Friday at 09.00;
Kathryn & Zach Taron of Los Angeles-USA and Christine & Brian Devlin of Colorado-USA have joined our tour

"Thank you! These photos are great! We made awesome memories. We were so lucky the weather held warm for us. It was a great tour and we had a lot of fun. Thank you for showing us your city." Kathryn

12 Danish sportsmen (Carl, Thomas, Claus, Jacop, Troels, Peter, Rasmus Sö., Mikkel, Simon, Kristian and Rasmus Se.) joined our tour at 11.00 on Sunday, 30 November 2014

"Dear Osman, Thanks for a very nice sightseeing. It was a great way to learn something about your fantastic city. I wish you all best in the future. Best wishes." Carl Riis Normann,      1 December 2014

Marathoners of Iran and Maldives have joined our tour at 09.00 on Tuesday, 18 November 2014

"Hello Osman. It was really nice to have met you and thank you for the wonderful tour. Hope to meet up some day soon. Please keep in touch. Regards."  Abdulla-Maldives 20 Nov. 2014

"Dear Osman Atakan Tekin, I would like to thank you very much for your hospitality and assistance in our stay in Turkey. Best Regards." Mohamed Waheed-Maldives 30 Nov. 2014

Jupp & Anja Kaufer of Esslingen-Germany have joined our tour at 09.00 on Monday, 20 October 2014

Maisa Barbosa of Sao Paulo-Brazil joined our tour at 08.30 on Saturday, 20 September 2014

Sandra of Germany has joined our tour at 09.00 on Sunday, 2 February 2014.
(Today was Sandra's birthday. A special "Happy Birthday Run" medal presented to Sandra because of her birthday.)

"Back home safely! You did such a great job! Thanks again for that amazing tour through your city!"  4 February 2014

Grita Krenz of Hamburg-Germany has joined our tour at 09.00 on Saturday, 7 December 2013

"Dear Osman, thank you very much for the nice pictures. I will remember this very special day. Thanks a lot!" Grita, 9 December 2013,
"Sounds very funny to run in Istanbul! I did a side-jogging in Barcelona and in Berlin, but your tour seems to be exceptionally great. I wil be in Istanbul for a congres meeting." 3 December 2013

Casey Norberry of NSW-Australia and Federico Abbo of Genova-Italia have joined our tour at 10.30 on Saturday, 9 November 2013

Amanda Garland of Sydney-Australia joined our Bosphorus tour at 10.00 on Monday, 30 September 2013 (This was her second business visit to Istanbul)

Robyn McAllister and her father Jack McAllister of Wellington-New Zealand joined our tour at 08.30 on Friday, 30 August 2013

"Thank you Osman, ----- it was a pleasure and a privilege for my daughter Robyn and I to go on the jogging sightseeing tour of Istanbul with you. We enjoyed it immensely, and we saw many places that we otherwise would never have gone to. We would certainly recommend this activity to anyone visiting Istanbul who is physically able to do it. A unique experience, and one that we will long remember. Regards and good wishes to you and your nephew from Jack McAllister." 14 September 2013

Regina Cavalheiro and her daughter Ana Carolina of Dourados-Brazil joined our tour at 08.30 on Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mads and Balmina Pasic of Aarhus-Denmark joined our tour at 09.00 on Sunday, 23 December 2012

Hi Osman, Thanks for a nice run :-) Belmina    December 27th, 2012

Amanda Garland of Sydney-AUSTRALIA joined our tour at 08.30 on Sunday, 2 December 2012

"Osman, I loved, loved, loved the run and tour today. Will no doubt a highlight of my week in Turkey. Thanks for showing me your wonderful city." Amanda,     December 2nd, 2012

Kari Petyak and Craig Lindemann of Baltimore-USA joined our tour at 09.30 on Sunday, 4 November 2012

Llara and Jake Romanowski of Brisbane-AUSTRALIA joined our tour at 09.00 on Monday, 20 August 2012

Amy Barden and Mike Gualtieri of Washington DC-USA joined our tour at 09.00 on Saturday, 7 July 2012

"Osman, Thank you so much for the pictures. We had the best time on the running tour. We will recommend your tour to any of our friends who visit Istanbul. Best,"
Amy & Mike, July 9th, 2012

Rosa & Ryan Lamb of Chicago-USA joined our tour at 07.30 on Thursday, 5 July 2012

"Thank you so much for the great experience and photos! It was great to meet you and we wish you the best. Let us know if you ever make it to Chicago and we can run on the Lake Shore path! We are off to Cappadocia today! We would be happy to write a review for your page if you like. We had such a great time! Thank you Osman!" >> Facebook
Rosa & Ryan, July 6th, 2012

7 ladies & 7 gentlemen of Holland (5 joggers and 9 walkers)(Corry, Peter, Jan, Liesbeth, Mark, Eli, Wim, Mieke, Cor, Maria, Yvonne, Eric, Jan) joined our tour at 08.00 on Friday, 13 April 2012

Theresa & Mathew Lukose of New York joined our tour at 08.30 on Thursday, 5 April 2012

"Dear Osman, We just want to tell you how thrilled we are that we did the Istanbul Eurasia Jogging Tour with you. It was truly a highlight of our Turkey adventure, and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see Istanbul in a unique way. Thank you for the pictures! Please don't hesitate to contact us when you are in NY!  Warmest regards,"
Theresa and Mathew Lukose, April 9th, 2012

11 Danish ladies (Betina, Jeanette, Iben, Anne-Marie, Marlene, Kristine, Hanne, Anette, Susanne, Vedrana, Birgitte) joined our tour at 08.30 on Saturday, 17 March 2012
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Swedish H&M CFO's joined our private jogging tour at 06.30 on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 Route map

Jochen Theuerkauf, Helge Broetje, Christian Janssen & Enno de Vries of Germany
joined our tour on Saturday, 8 October 2011

They have drunk a glass of tea at Europe, a cup of Turkish coffee at Asia while running in Istanbul.

Faith Sone and Dennis Szablinski of New York-USA joined our tour on Monday, 15 August 2011
"Hi, Osman. We just returned home today from our honeymoon. 23 days. 14 planes. 3 continents (including our ferry ride to Asia). 6 countries (Turkey, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa). We had a great time. Thanks so much for sending this email along with the pictures. As stated, we weren't sure if we were going to make it to Turkey because of our flight problems. Dennis & I are so glad we were able to make it and explore Istanbul with you. We were able to discover parts of Istanbul that we would probably not have found on our own. Thank you for the personal tour. It was so enjoyable that we forgot we ran 9 miles! Thank you for making our honeymoon extra special and perfect. We will be sure to tell our family & friends to look you up if they are ever in Istanbul."
Faith & Dennis, September 5th, 2011

Allison Metzak and Ben Sand of Canada joined our tour on Friday, 3 June 2011
"Thank you again, Osman, for the amazing walk-jog tour of the Golden Horn. Ben and I really enjoyed learning about Istanbul through your personal stories about this lovely city, seeing so many sights that otherwise would have been overlooked and, of course, getting a run in while on vacation. This tour is definitely a 'must do!' and we will of course recommend it to all our friends and family. Best regards,"

Margaret Hugton of Dominican Rep., joined our tour on Monday, 30 May 2011
"Hello Osman!
Thank you very much for the jog-walk yesterday. I enjoyed it very much and i learned about your great city! I leave Istanbul this morning and am eager to see the photos you took. When you have a chance, can you please send them to me. Kind regards,"

Italian engineer Renato Losio joined our tour on Sunday 9 May 2010
"The Istanbul Golden Horn Walk-Jog & Sightseeing Tour is perfectly run by Osman, an enthusiastic and dedicated runner who has run many marathons and is a leading figure of the Turkish running world. I ran with Osman last May around the Golden Horn passing interesting landmarks, such as the Atatürk bridge and the Eyüp Sultan mosque. I ended up with a customized medal too."

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"Yes, I would love another glass of tea"
Katherine Branning talked about her latest book, "Yes, I Would Love Another Glass of Tea".The Book comprises of a series of imaginary letters written to Lady Mary Montagu, whose famous embassy letters were written in 1716-1718 during her stay in Turkiye as the wife of the English Ambassador. Katharine Branning has been visiting Turkiye for 30 years, spending a month there every summer. She has been all over Turkiye, witnessed all kinds of traditions and met people from all walks life and wealth. But she fell in love with `a glass of tea.' For Catherine `tea` is a symbol, a metaphor, a mirror, wherein such common characteristics of Anatolian people as purity, generosity are reflected.

Commemorative medal to every participant



2012 European Athletics Silver Certificate

2011 Cayirova Municipality

2011 Kadir Has University

2002 Maltepe University

Turkish Tea & Coffee: After having your meal in Istanbul, you will be asked if you would like to have something to drink. Many restaurants are offering Tea and Turkish coffee services at the end of the dinner free of charge. So you shall enjoy the taste of the Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee is well known through worldwide.. Though it tastes like an espresso, it has a different taste and smell..

In a Mosque: Usually there are no admission fees for entry to the mosques. The bigger ones are open all day, but tourists shouldn't enter them during prayer. When entering a mosque you have to cover your head (women), wear long sleeves (arms and legs) and take off your shoes. if you happen to visit a mosque while somebody is praying, do not walk in front of them. Muslims didn't like anyone walking in front of them at prayer because it might be misinterpreted that they were praying to the person in front of them instead of to God.