Discover the old and the new of Istanbul by visiting ancient sites and hip neighborhoods in this dynamic city.
Begin by discovering the joys of the modern areas of Taksim and Beyoglu, where you can check out the latest in fashion, art and food.
Then step back in time by wandering through the back streets and secret passages of Pera. Savor Turkish coffee and have your fortune read in the coffee grounds.
Continue walking, enjoying European architecture, 19th century cinemas and enticing passages that lead to secret courtyards. Explore Greek, Italian and Armenian churches, a testament to Istanbul’s multicultural heritage.
Discover the secrets of Galata, once home to the Jews in Istanbul. Continue to a fish market in the heart of the city and taste delicious fresh, battered seafood.
Get to know the contrasting sides of Istanbul in the Old and New Istanbul City Tour. To meet your English-speaking guide you should make your way to Entrance to Spice bazaar (main entrance facing the port area marked ‘Fish Market gate’, in Turkish ‘Balik pazari kapisi’).
Your adventure begins with a stroll through exciting Taksim, the heart of modern Istanbul, home to businessmen, artists and the young and hip.
Next is Beyoglu, an area alive with fashion, art, restaurants and night clubs. Zigzag across the Istiklal Caddesi (the Grande Rue), a popular pedestrian boulevard affectionately known as Paris of the East. This was the final destination for passengers on the Orient Express and the architecture is reminiscent of 19th century Europe.
Explore the back streets and see a variety of funky cafes before stopping to enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee and have your fortune told. The coffee beans are double roasted and the actual coffee is brewed three times before being served. A local fortune teller will turn your cup over on to the saucer and tell your fortune from the murky remains.
With a caffeine boost under your belt, keep exploring on foot. Take in the European architecture, see 19th century cinemas, still in use, and peek in the many pasajis (passages) which lead to secret courtyards. Due to the European influence and presence, there are many churches of various faiths to explore.
Visit Galatasaray Square, site of the first European inspired high school, and Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage), a shrine to the Turks’ love of leisurely dining. Stop by Balik Bazaar, a local market specializing in seafood, and perhaps try some fresh battered and fried mussels. Finish with a ride on the Tunel funicular, enjoy a stroll through Karakoy and catch a tram back to Sultanahmet.
Your guide can give you directions to return to your hotel, or you may wish to continue your personal exploration of Istanbul.
Had a great time on this tour and thought it was very good value. Saw a lot of the new city which was good because we had been based on the old city most of the five days were...MR DAVID C CARNE
The tour title description is a bit misleading, as although it started and finished in the Old part of Istanbul, the walking part was mainly in the Modern part. I was fortunate...DAVID J J DOUGLAS
Tuesday, Friday & Sunday
Please make your way to Entrance to Spice bazaar (main entrance facing the port area marked ‘Fish Market gate’, in Turkish ‘Balik pazari kapisi’).
Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at Sultanahmet.
Both men and women should have shoulders and knees covered for visiting mosques. Women should carry a scarf for covering their heads in mosques. Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget the camera!
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The standard of dress throughout Turkey is both conservative and modern. This tour visits a variety of mosques so modest clothing is required. This means both men and women should have shoulders and knees covered. Women should have their own scarf to cover their heads. This easily can be bought in Istanbul.
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