Galata - The Genoese Walks

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Galata - The Genoese Walks

Join us for a walking tour around the historic Galata neighbourhood, see Galata Tower and hear fascinating stories, myths, and legends about the area.

Duration: 4 Hours
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Explore the winding streets of Galata and learn its rich history.
  • See the medieval Galata Tower that continues to watch over the city.
  • Hear the myths and legends about Galata from your local guide.

Full Description

Galata is one of the most historic areas in Istanbul. The best-known attraction of the area, Galata Tower, is one of the highest and oldest towers in Istanbul. It was built in 1348 by the Genoese colony who lived there and called the "Tower of Christ". From that time to 1453, when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans, Galata was mostly inhabited by Genoese and Venetian Catholics, as well as some Greek, Armenian and Jewish families.

On this tour, take a walk with us around Galata to see the churches, synagogues, hospitals, bank buildings and ancient walls that have stood there for hundreds of years. There are lots of fascinating stories, myths and legends told about the area as well...but you'll have to join a tour to find out more!



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional guided tour conducted in English.
  • Pick up and drop off services from centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.

About your Host

Istanbul Walks

Istanbul Walks is Tour Operator that organises Daily City Tours and Walking Tours in Istanbul and Turkey with its company owned vehicles. We are licensed as “A Group No 6174” from the ministry of Culture and Tourism...
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Customer Reviews

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Urijah - February 12, 2019

The tour was very informative and worth the money. 

Gerard - February 13, 2019

In every guide Sultanhamet region called as Old City. But you know the old city s border reaches Galata? Mostly the residences of Genoese people. Also a lot of Jewellery shops which belong to Jewish society. As i see the wonderfulside of Pera area.

Eugene - July 17, 2019

We passed also near Galata Tower but my favorite place was the Camondo stairs.

Lula - January 22, 2019

I was staying just near the Galata Tower. I thought the easiest pick up for guide was mine. :) Cheerful guide. Thank him.

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