Istiklal Street & Galata - The Genoese Walks

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Istiklal Street & Galata - The Genoese Walks

Explore the elegant Istiklal Street, with its many shops, cafés, and historic sites, while you discover the Beyoglu District. See the varied architectural styles ranging from late Ottoman, Art Deco, to Modern. Stroll through the ancient hillsides of Galata, boasting beautiful views of the Bosphorous and Galata Tower on this easy walking tour that also takes in Istanbul’s Camondo Stairs.

Duration: 8 Hours
Live Guide: English
Pick-up Services: Pick up is availabe from centrally located hotels.

Highlights

  • Stroll down Istiklal Street and explore shops, cafés, and historic sites of it.
  • Admire the St. Anthony of Padua Church and learn about its Italian heritage
  • Discover Istanbul's ancient streets
  • See beautiful views of the Bosphorous and Galata Tower

Full Description

Istiklal Street is the liveliest and the most colorful street of Istanbul. The street has been pedestrianized since 1988 and for over 150 years has been the center of the nightlife of the city. Hundreds of bars and clubs shake this downtown area in the evenings. During daylight, İstiklal is home to many historical embassy buildings, fancy hotels, apartment buildings, streets, theatres, restaurants, shops.

Our tour begins in the heart of Istanbul - the Taksim Square- where you meet your guide. You will stroll on the exiting little side streets of Istiklal Street, sit in one of the intriguing coffee shops and talk with your guide, see the amazing Embassy buildings, visit Armenian and Romaic churches, ancient districts, impressive walkways and much more.

After a typical lunch in a Turkish Restaurant, you will continue your tour with Galata walk. In the Byzantine period, the hillside - where Galata is today - was covered with orchards and was named Sykai (The Fig Orchard), or Peran en Sykais (The Fig Field on the Other Side), referring to the "other side" of the Golden Horn. It was in the Byzantine period that the area began to be called Galata and a fortress was built by Emperor Theodosius II. Galata was a Genoese colony from the 6th to 15th centuries.

This walk is around the famous Galata Tower and covers the area, where we see many churches, synagogues, hospitals, bank buildings, ancient walls, schools. Stories, myths, and legends are a bonus from your guide.

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Includes

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional Guidance in English
  • Pick up and Drop off Services from centrally located hotels.
  • Refreshments

Meeting point

Pick up is availabe from centrally located hotels.

Location

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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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Jordan - January 26, 2019

Extremely beautiful city,friendly people,good food and nice weather.

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