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Istanbul: Asian Side Walking Tour with Ferry Ride

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: Asian Side Walking Tour with Ferry Ride

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card
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From US$ 26.16 per person

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Discover the Asian side of Istanbul on this guided walking tour by crossing over to the trendy Kadıköy district with an intercontinental ferry ride.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience an intercontinental ferry ride and a guided Asian Side Walking Tour
  • Your guide will guide you through the food markets, bar streets and more
  • Get insider tips and recommendations about the neighbourhood
Full description
Meet your group and tour guide in front of the famous Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) located in Eminönü and get ready for your tour. You will walk together to the ferry station and your guide will pay your ferry ticket to go to the Asian side. On your way to Kadıköy, you will enjoy the most stunning Istanbul historical peninsula view from the sea and take amazing pictures of the Galata Bridge, Golden Horn, Galata Tower, Galata Port, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Maiden's Tower. After a 20 mins intercontinental ferry ride, you will set foot on the Asian side central district Kadıköy. You will explore the famous local food market of Kadıköy, learn about Turkish entertainment and food culture, explore backstreets of a local residential neighbourhood where you get to walk through thematic streets such as the Antiques Street, locally famous bar streets, pedestrian shopping avenue with nostalgic tram line, colorful umbrella street and much more. You will immerse yourself in local Istanbulian daily life, learn about local food and drinking culture, and see the contrast between two continents. You'll get insider tips and recommendations on the best restaurants, bars and markets from your local guide who lives on the Asian side and knows the neighbourhood street by street. Watch and take breath-taking photos of the incredible sunset over the historical peninsula which can only be seen from the Asian side. Notes: - This tour includes a one-way ticket to the Asian side with ferry, but not the return ticket. One way ferry ticket to return currently costs 15 liras (less than 1 euro). Istanbulkart works on the ferry as well and costs the same as tram or subway. - Tour starts on the European side, ends on the Asian side (Kadıköy). Your guide will explain you how to go back. Ferries operate back to the European side until 1 am past midnight and there are also other public transport options such as subway. - Tour lasts 1,5 hrs. Ferry ride with boarding and docking lasts about 30 mins (20 mins on the sea). Walking Tour on the Asian side last 1 hour. - Find your guide with the red "Istanbul Welcome Card" flag.
Includes
  • Ferry Ride to the Asian Side
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • Insider Tips & Recommendations
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the main entrance of the Spice Bazaar that is facing the Galata Bridge and Yeni Mosque. Find your guide with the red "Istanbul Welcome Card" flag. It is recommended to use public transportation to get to the point. • From Taksim Square: Footpath 45 mins. You can also use or Funicular F1 from Tunnel Square at the end of Istiklal Street • From Sultanahmet: Tram T1 (15 min) and walk 5 mins from Eminönü tram station • From Besiktas: Bus (10 min) to Kabataş and take tram to Eminönü (15 mins) and walk (5 mins) to Spice Bazaar (total 30-35 mins approx) • From Galataport: Walking (25-30 min) • From Galata Tower: Walking (15-20 min)

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour is:
  • - Not wheelchair accessible
  • - Not stroller accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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This was a cultural walk in Karaköy in the Asian side of Istanbul. It was a nice evening spent walking around the streets, exploring the sights and sounds of one of Istanbul’s markets and neighbourhoods. Emre was an excellent guide- friendly, funny and very hospitable. He is a wonderful conversationalist and very knowledgeable. The tour starts with a ferry ride from Eminönu to Karaköy and makes for a scenic journey- the view of the European Side is simply beautiful- you get a view of all of the famous monuments. The walking tour was off beat and we explored a lot of the unknown - the umbrella street, the antique street and a whole lot more! Emre had some amazing recommendations for eat and drink. Highly recommend for a unique walking tour in Istanbul!

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November 16, 2022

This was amazing! Possibly the best walking tour I’ve ever taken. Emre is an incredible guide who customized the tour based on my interests and even taught me some Turkish and helped me buy an Istanbulkart. I highly recommend his tour — it’s definitely a highlight of my trip and I’m so glad I ventured out to the Asian side of Istanbul; Kadikoy is a really fun district (as you’ll see on the tour :)

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October 20, 2022

Emre was a great guide, hitting all the best spots in Kadikoy! He was very helpful, giving tips for after the tour ended- best places to eat, have a drink etc., even making sure we knew how to get back to our respective neighborhoods at the end of the tour. Can’t recommend enough!

October 18, 2022

Product ID: 418533