Istiklal Street & Galata - The Genoese Walks

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Istiklal Street & Galata - The Genoese Walks

Join us on a walking tour to explore Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, and the historic neighbourhood of Galata.

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


  • Stroll down Istiklal Street and explore its shops, cafés and historic sites.
  • Admire the Church of St. Anthony of Padua and learn about its Italian heritage.
  • Explore Istanbul's ancient streets and learn its history.
  • Enjoy an authentic Turkish lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Learn about the Genoese history of Galata and the famous Tower they built.

Full Description

This tour begins in Taksim Square where your guide will take you on a walking tour of all the main attractions including Istiklal Street, which is one of the most popular streets in the city for locals and tourists. It is full of small boutique shops, big international stores, embassies, luxury hotels, apartment buildings, churches, museums and more, so it will be an interesting walk with lots to see! There are also many restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs. At night, Istiklal Street is one of the busiest spots in the city. 

After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll head to the area of Galata, at the end of Istiklal street. It is one of the most historic areas in Istanbul. Its best-known attraction is Galata Tower which 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.

Your guide will take you 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.


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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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Jordan - January 26, 2019

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

Marcos - May 01, 2019

My favorite street, not at night. Especially there was a nice street just opposite of Galata Tower. It has long name like old Turkish poems. There were nice cafes and souvenir shops. And the indispensable residents of streets. Cats…

Julio - July 29, 2019

Think that you are at the same place with the person who has flown with his own glider in history. Even he has passed to other continent. Marvelous.

Christian - May 01, 2019

It has another experience to take the nostalgic tram through the street. Before come back, try it.

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