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Off the Beaten Path: Full-Day Tour of Istanbul

Product ID: 20838
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Get up close to the lives of Istanbul locals on this full-day walking tour. Visit the Tahtakale markets, the Egyptian Bazaar, and historic Galata Tower. Stroll along Istiklal Avenue from Taksim Square, and enjoy a ferry ride on the Bosphorus.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, German

Pickup included

Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby or cruise port.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Rub shoulders with local shoppers in the Tahtakale markets
  • Treat your taste buds at the Egyptian Bazaar
  • Admire Rustem Pasha Mosque's dazzling decorative tile work
  • Enjoy a ferry journey across the Bosporus
  • Experience vibrant Taksim Square
  • Stroll along elegant Istiklal Avenue
  • Climb atop historic Galata Tower for incredible city views
Full description
Delve into Istanbul as you explore the city like a local – by bus, tram, ferry, and foot – on this private, full-day tour.

Weave through secret alleyways as your guide leads the way through the market district of Tahtakale, and on to the Egyptian Bazaar. Hop from store to store, tasting – at the friendly insistence of shopkeepers – dried fruits, nuts, and cheeses from various regions of Turkey. Then walk along narrow side streets to visit exquisitely decorated Rustem Pasha Mosque, one of Istanbul's most beautiful – but seldom visited – architectural gems.

After visiting the mosque, catch a ferry to Kadikoy – a fascinating residential neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul. Here you can witness the colorful daily life of the locals as you visit Kadikoy's famous fish market, have lunch, and board another ferry for a leisurely return to the city's European side.

Disembark at Besiktas, and take a relaxing stroll to Kabatas, passing breathtaking Dolmabace Palace along the way. At Kabatas, ride the subway to Taksim. Considered the heart of modern Istanbul, Taksim Square is a major shopping, tourist, and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. While here, your guide will lead you down famed Istiklal Avenue, a broad and lively pedestrian byway lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes housed in an assortment of 19th-century buildings.

From here, head to Galata Tower, a 14th-century stone guard post, from atop which you can take in stellar views of the city. Move on to Karakoy, one of the Istanbul's oldest and most historic districts. Then look west toward Europe and east toward Asia as you cross the Golden Horn via the Galata Bridge, before finishing your tour at the busy port of Eminonu.
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Public transportation fees
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activity costs
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
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Istanbul Guided Private Tours

Product ID: 20838