Istiklal Street & Galata - The Genoese Walks

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Istiklal Street & Galata - The Genoese Walks

Let’s met at Taksim Square and walk together one of the most popular street of Istanbul, Istıklal Street.Then, discover the ancient hillsides of Galata together.

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


  • 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 .
  • Experience the most delightful traditional foods of Istanbul!

Full Description

Istiklal Street is the liveliest and most colorful streets 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.



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

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

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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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