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Istiklal Street & Genoese Walking Tour of Istanbul

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What You'll Do
  • See modern day Turks in their entertainment and shopping stomping ground of Taksim Square
  • Get an insight into the history of Byzantine Istanbul in Galata
  • Discover Armenian and Romaic churches
  • Feast on Turkish treats in a cozy restaurant and chat with the locals over a Turkish coffee in a charming café
  • See the historic British, French and Russian embassies
  • Admire the short Tünel railway linking Karaköy and Beyoğlu, the 2nd oldest underground railway in the world
  • Go to the curving Kamondo Stairs and see Istanbul's most distinctive piece of urban design
  • Discover the upscale restaurant and bar of the Cercel D’Orient
  • Visit the medieval stone tower of Galata Tower with its cone-capped cylindrical roof
Stroll through Istanbul's bustling cultural district of Galata on a full-day walking tour and discover a fascinating combination of ancient and modern buildings down rambling side streets.
What to Expect
Discover the old Genoese quarter of Istanbul on this 7-hour walking tour of Galata and learn the Byzantine history of one of the most colorful areas of the city.

Your tour begins at Taksim Square, and wanders down the little side streets off Istiklal Street, where lively restaurants and one-off stores are the norm. Pause at one of the intriguing coffee shops to chat with your guide. Then, continue to see Armenian and Romaic churches, ancient alleys, and more.

In the Byzantine era, the hillside was covered with orchards and called Sykai (Fig Orchard), or Peran en Sykais (Fig Field on the Other Side - on the "other side" of the Golden Horn). It was during this time that a fortress was built by Emperor Theodosius II, and the name Galata took hold, becoming a Genoese colony from the 6th to 15th centuries.

Walk around the historic Galata Tower, where many churches, synagogues, and local businesses huddle, and hear the stories, myths, and legends of Istanbul on every street corner.
What's Included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Donation for churches, synagogues, and mosques
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
What's Not Included
  • Drinks
Meeting Point

Meet your guide in front of Taksim Square, Istanbul.

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