Guided tour

Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS
Guided tour

Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

Activity provider: ISTANBUL WALKS

From US$ 108.60 per person

Stroll through the ancient hillsides of Galata, boasting beautiful views of the Bosphorous, and visit Galata Tower on this easy walking tour that also takes in Istanbul’s Camondo Stairs.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from centrally-located Istanbul hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Visit the Galata Tower (from the outside) and the Camondo Steps
  • Discover Istanbul's ancient streets
  • Benefit from small groups, giving you personalized attention
Full description

The 3-hour tour takes place in the afternoon. Start with pickup from your hotel and then begin your tour by walking through the vibrant streets to the imposing Galata Tower. In the Byzantine period, the hillside where Galata now stands was covered with orchards and was named Sykai (The Fig Orchard), or Peran en Sykais (The Fig Field on the Other Side). It still commands impressive views of the Golden Horn. You will hear myths and legends, and learn the history of how Galata became a Genoese colony from the 6th to the 15th century.

Today the area is awash with churches and synagogues, colorful stores and ancient walls, and your guide will provide you with fascinating facts as you stroll through the ancient streets and walk the winding Camondo Steps.

  • Guide services in English
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited

Product ID: 18139