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Off the Beaten Track

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Istanbul, Turkey

  • Activities

    Food Tour, Lifestyle, Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Price
    $90 USD per person
  • Duration

    7 Hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Everyday

  • Starting Location

    Burned Column (Cemberlitas Tram Stop)

  • Price Includes

    Tram, ferry, shared taxi, guiding and some treats to experience different tastes of Istanbul during the tour

Highlights

  • Travelling to different districts of Istanbul including the Asian Side.
  • Exploring Kadikoy (Asian Side of Istanbul)
  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Market
  • Rustempasa Mosque which is famous for 16th century handmade tiles

Guide

Trip Info

You will meet your guide at 09.00am at the meeting point. You will start the walking tour with Constantine’s Column that he erected when he turned Constantinople into the new capital of the Roman Empire. From here we will walk to the historical Golden Horn by walking through winding narrow ancient streets past old Ottoman Hans (old inns from the Silk Road era), the world famous Grand Bazaar, Egyptian or Spice Bazaar and Rustempasa Mosque, which is decorated with 16th century handmade Iznik Tiles. When we get to the Golden Horn we will catch a ferry to Asian side of Istanbul. Here we will explore this district on foot and walk through the local market area and try the different tastes that Istanbul offers. You can enjoy lunch here at a local restaurant as well.

After the lunch we will catch another ferry back to the Eurpean side to Besiktas where we will board a shared taxi (Dolmus) to Taksim Square. Here we will follow the famous Istiklal Street and take in the beautiful Baroque architecture and delight in the many shops and local cafes. We walk through Asmali Mescid, Tunel (old funicular railway), Galata and eventually find our way back to Karakoy where we will finish the tour by Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn. If you like your guide can assist you back to your hotel or you can explore further afield by yourself.

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