Where to go in Istanbul - Galata Tower, Beyoglu (Pera), Istiklal Street, Taksim Square, Dolmabahce Palace, Karakoy, Eminonu, Sirkeci

Outline

What Kind of Experience?

  • You will hear the beats of Istanbul at Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and Galata
  • You will step by listening to the stories of Galata, Karakoy and Eminonu, leading the development history of Istanbul
  • You will have a bird's eye view of the city from the Galata Tower
  • And meet up with Sirkeci Train Station which is the last stop of the famous Orient Express
Itinerary

–     Galata Tower, Beyoglu (Pera), Istiklal Street,  Taksim Square, Dolmabahce Palace, Karakoy, Eminonu, Sirkeci

–      Departure Time: 9:00 am

–     Meet up your friendly guide at departure point

Where to Go in Istanbul

When you say where to visit in istanbul Galata Tower which was built by Genoese in the  Galata ditrict in 1349 is among the first places that come to mind. It has had a number of functions over the centruies, including as a jail, a fire tower etc.  It offers magnificient panaromas of the city and views across the Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn with its 61m-high.

Beyoglu, Istiklal Street, Taksim Square;

During the Ottoman time, Beyoglu,  is also known as “Pera” (meaning  “beyond” “across” in greek), was the European Quarter of Istanbul city along with Galata district.

Vibrant Beyoglu is centered on breezy Istıklal Street. Grand Rue De Pera was the former name of the street before foundation of the Turkish Republic.

Here is a center for a lot of cultural and free time activitiy for the locals and travellers. Historic shopping arcades and elegant art-nouveau apartment blocks are seen here as well.

Nearby is the grand nineteenth-centruy Pera Palas Hotel, opened its doors to host the european visitors when the famous Orient Express came to Istanbul from Paris.

Istiklal Street  runs for 1.5 km from the Tunel to Taksim Square.

Taksim is the main and the biggest square of the city.

Dolmabahce Palace 

Dolmabahce Palace is the largest and most glittering of all the palaces on the Bosphorus. Ottoman imperial retinue lived here after the middle of 19 century. Also, the founder of new Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lived here.

Karakoy – Eminonu- Sirkeci

ıf you say I have seen Istanbul, these are the among the  places where to visit in Istanbul as well. 

Karakoy is the area below Galata district. European merchants living in Galata and Beyoglu during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods were doing their traders through the port in Karakoy. Therefore, Karakoy became shipping center in terms of trading of the city along with Eminonu and Sirkeci. It is still quite possible to see the traces of these periods in these parts of the city through historic shopping arcades and elegant art-nouveau apartment blocks.

Eminonu hosts the historic Spice Bazaar,  Rustem Pasa Camii, a mosquee famed for its glorious İznik tiles, and Yeni Camii (The New Mosque).

Golden Horn separetes Karakoy from Eminonu, and we can go Eminonu through historic Galata Bridge by walking.

Tahtakale, Hasırcılar, Uzun Carsi, Mahmutpasa are the  street markets in this area.

Sirkeci; maybe you have heard the name of Sirkeci thanks to the Orient Express train travels from Paris to Istanbul during the end of nineteenth century. Here is that historic Sirkeci Train Station and its museum. You can also see shopping arcades, elegant art-nouveau apartment blocks and find the historic turkish delight, various turkish coffe, desserts and tea stores and cafes here.

What’s Included
  • Private guide to feel the story and city like a local
  • All entrance fees included
  • Headsets when attendees are more than 8 persons
What’s Excluded
  • Lunch / Delicious, healty and affordable turkish style places will be recomended in the neighbourhood.
  • Gratuities
  • Private transportation

–          Name, number and country are  required at time of booking for all participants

–          We’ll send you complete details and directions with public transportation, by taxi or  walking for   departure point.

–          Children must be accompanied by an adult

–          Dress code is free. However, cover ups and head scarves are provided at the mosques

–          Stroller accessible

–          The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

–          Please wear comfortable walking shoes

–          At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

–          This tour will have maximum  12 to15 attendees

–          Duration  of the  tour is  about 8 hours, but it might take a bit longer during peak season like summer time or special holidays

Change & Refund Policies

–          Free cancellation at least 2 days before the departure time of the event

–          Cancellations made after 2 days before the time of the tour  will be exposed  a cancellation fee of 50%

–          To change the type of tour  you can cancel and book again an other one

           Age                           Per person

–          Adult (15+)               EUR 50/ USD 45

–          Child (6 to 15)          EUR 25/ USD 22.5

–          Infant (0 to 6)          Free

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