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Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

1. Istanbul: Fener/Balat Walking Tour, Pierre Loti Hill & Ferry

Meet your guide at the Fuego Café and Restaurant in Sultanhamet, in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul. From here you’ll take the local tram to Eminönü Harbor and begin a 5-hour excursion into Istanbul’s heritage. Travel by public bus to the colorful Fener/Balat district, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and at one time home to Istanbul’s Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish residents. See traces of Ottoman life, including wooden houses, mosques, churches, and synagogues, standing together and demonstrating the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. After walking along the cobblestoned streets of the Fener/Balat World Heritage area, you’ll continue along the historic Byzantine city walls that date to the 4th century A.D. and the time of Constantine the Great. Visit the historic Eyüp mosque complex, a sacred area where pilgrims come to visit the mosques and the tombs of Muslim saints. From here you’ll take a short cable car ride up to the famous Pierre Loti Café, a popular meeting point for locals. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Istanbul while sipping a drink in one of the cafés where French Poet Pierre Loti was inspired to write Aziyade, part biography and part love story about his escapades in Istanbul in the late 1800s. Walk back down to Eyüp to catch the local ferry for a cruise on the blue waters of the Golden Horn. See Ottoman houses, shipyards, the old and new Galata bridges, Ataturk Bridge, ancient city walls, mosques, churches, and other historic and modern sites. You’ll disembark at Eminönü Harbor, where the tour ends.

Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

2. Istanbul: Bosphorus Sightseeing Cruise with Asian Side Stop

Explore the Bosphorus narrows in Istanbul on a half-day guided cruise. As you ride along the European side, pass by the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, and more. Once you reach the second bridge, return along the Asian coast, with a stop at Beylerbeyi for shopping and discovery. Embark on your guided journey from the Old City in Eminonu and discover the Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait. Sail along part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe, catching sight of Istanbul's biggest architectural monuments. Admire what was once the center of the Ottoman Empire, the Dolmabahce Palace. Check out the pillars of the Ortakoy Mosque, and look up at the suspensions that support the Bosphorus Bridge. Once you reach the second bridge, turn around to take in the sights of the Asian side of the narrow. Make a stop in Beylerbeyi area and take an hour to explore on your own, go shopping, or relax. Afterward, head back to the Old City, with sights of the Maiden Tower and seaside houses along the way.

Istanbul Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

3. Istanbul Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Istanbul. Using a tour app on your phone, explore Istanbul at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you want.  Start your journey by downloading your app and following the maps to find your way to all the top attractions along the tour route (download instructions received via after booking). At each attraction, solve a location-based riddle to unlock the following location. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee and lunch or a break at any time.  Discover the real Istanbul on this fun tour. The cliche goes, Istanbul is where east meets west. However, this unique city, a combination of history and different cultural backgrounds, makes this city a true melting pot. The tour route includes Sultanahmet Square, the Blue Mosque, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Topkapi Palace, the New Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Galata Tower, İşbank Museum, the Vilayet Mosque, the Tomb of Abdul Hamid I, and Hagia Sofia.

Secrets of Istanbul: 5-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

4. Secrets of Istanbul: 5-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch

Your 5-hour guided walk begins in Sultanhamet, in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul. From here you’ll head to the Blue Mosque, where you’ll admire the 6 minarets and stunning tiles that were made in Iznik, the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire. Next your guide will tell you about Hagia Sophia and the Roxana Baths before continuing on to the ancient Hippodrome. Hear about the famous obelisk that was shipped from Egypt to the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius in 6th century A.D. Walk along the ancient roadway past the Ottoman Parliament House and then make your way to the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the labyrinth of streets lined with textiles and most every other kind of product as well! You can learn the local art of bargaining here. Enjoy a stroll to the nearby Sahaflar Book Market, where books were printed for the first time during the Ottoman era. Learn about Islam and its holy book, the Koran. On the way to the Suleymaniye complex you’ll pass by the spectacular façade of Istanbul University and enter the Cagaloglu district, which is a shopping hub for locals that’s far from the main tourist attractions. Once you reach the Suleymaniye complex you’ll see the Turkish bath, the library, the madrasah, eateries, and the grand Suleymaniye Mosque that dominates the skyline along the Golden Horn. Learn about the history of the Mosque, named after the most famous and powerful of sultans, Suleyman the Magnificent. Your guide knows a great hidden teahouse here where you can drink çay (tea) and try a nargile (water pipe) with its intoxicating aroma and fruity flavors. After the break, you’ll continue on through the hidden streets of Istanbul. See local markets where products are made on site. Visit the hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque and admire its lovely tiles. Then it will be time to taste some baklava, a delicious Turkish dessert. Explore the spice market and see a mountain of Turkish spices, Turkish delight, and local handicrafts. From the Spice Bazaar you’ll take a walk so that you can appreciate the views of the picturesque Galata Bridge. Finally it’s time to relax for a delicious lunch of local specialties. After lunch your guide can tell you how to get back to your hotel and give you some advice on other things to do in your free time.

Istanbul: 6-Hour Highlights Tour

5. Istanbul: 6-Hour Highlights Tour

This is a fully guided tour inside the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Orient Express train station, Galata Bridge and Spice Bazaar. Along the way, stop to hear the stories of the Roman Hippodrome (including the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column German Fountain), mausoleums of Ottoman sultans and Constantine’s Column. Learn about the famous Orient Express. Take a break for lunch and enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine in a friendly setting at a nontouristy restaurant where your gourmet guide will choose some memorable food for you. Please note the itinerary will change slightly on certain days due to changes in the opening hours. 

Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

6. Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Experience the cultural diversity on this guided walking tour through the Old City, Sultanahmet and Taksim. Get closer to top landmarks, discover local markets and taste Turkish Delights. Explore the highlights of Istanbul and gain insider knowledge from your expert guide. Itinerary: Old City Sultanahmet to Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantine heritage including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Garden. Along the 15 min walk to the Grand Bazaar, explore sights off the traditional tourist path, offering unique historical secrets and one of a kind Instagram spots. Lunch break Grand Bazaar to Spice Market Enjoy a Turkish tea, capture amazing pictures from rooftops, visit a local food market and try spices, herbs and Turkish Delights. Break for refreshments Tunnel Square, via Taksim area to Galata Tower Follow in the footsteps of the Italian, Greek, Jewish, Austrian, Russian and German cosmopolitan cultures which once resided here and discover famous sites such as the Galata Tower, Dervish Lodge and Tunnel Square. Marvel at the most colorful European Istanbul shopping street and admire neo-classical and art nouveau architecture, passing by old book shops, art galleries, vibrant street art, the flower passage, the fish market, consulate buildings from past centuries and stunning churches. After the tour you will get insider tips from your expert guide and can go up the Galata Tower or visit the Dervish Lodge.

Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

7. Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

Experience the perfect immersion to the wonderful history and culture of Istanbul with this comprehensive sightseeing tour of the busy city. In the morning, get picked up at your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle, then immediately head off to the Blue Mosque, which is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and check out the blue tiles of the interior that gave the mosque its current name. Next, spend some time shopping for memorable souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets, before you rest and recharge with a delicious lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon, explore famous sites that were preserved from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and learn fascinating facts and stories from your English-speaking guide. Stop by the Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, along with the Tombs of the Sultans in Hagia Sofia. See several small buildings that look like miniature mosques and contain lavishly decorated tombs of five different sultans and their extended families. Next, cross the busy Galata Bridge, which has restaurants and cafes underneath it open all day and night, to get to the Golden Horn, a magnificent inlet bordered by city's domes and mosques. Finally, stop at Leander's Tower, one of the most iconic images of Istanbul, before you get dropped off back at your accommodation.

Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

8. Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour with a walk around the Spice market. See where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. Walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy and enjoy a Turkish breakfast which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey. Catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street. Make a tea stop at a local tea house. In the afternoon, catch a ferry from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side in Kadikoy. Taste Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe try a liver wrap. Continue to the fish market and sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Visit a shop that only sells pickles. Complete your tour by sampling Turkish coffee and desserts. After indulging, catch the ferry back to the European side of Istanbul where the tour will conclude.

Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

9. Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

Discover the best of Istanbul with a combination package that includes a panoramic city tour and a boat tour from the Bosphorus. This ticket is valid for 1 day, during which you can join the tours as often as you’d like at the available times. You are free to join the tours on the same day within the ticket time limit. Istanbul Panoramic City Tour:On the 90-minute sightseeing tour, you will witness stunning panoramic views of the city as you pass Galata Bridge, where you can see the iconic Galata Tower and the majestic Dolmabahce Palace. During the tour, listen to fascinating stories from your live guide on Byzantine and Ottoman times when you pass by Taksim Square, Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and much more. Bosphorus Boat Tour:Sit back and relax as the 90-minute boat tour takes you to the Asian and European shores. Enjoy the beautiful skyline as you pass historical sites, palaces, fortresses, and the Bosphorus bridges, becoming fully enchanted by the scenery. Witness famous sights of Istanbul from the historical waterway and cruise along the famous Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia.

Istanbul: Personalized Photo-Shoot With a Professional

10. Istanbul: Personalized Photo-Shoot With a Professional

Enjoy a unique experience and be the star of a professional photo shoot in Istanbul. Appreciate the rich history of the city and have a Turkish coffee at a vintage cafe. Follow a planned route including many famous and local sights around Istanbul. Enjoy your time and take home some unforgettable memories in beautiful photos. Discuss with your photographer where to meet, the route of your shoot, and add or remove any location you want. You will receive all photos taken during the shoot from 250 - 350 photos within 48 hours. Also, receive 10 - 15 professionally edited photos within 4-7 working days.

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What people are saying about Galata Bridge

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 597 reviews

So this tour was amazing!! It turned out that I was the only one on the tour but Salih was so nice it felt like walking around with a friend. Even though it was 5 hours the time flew by and wasn't even tiring. It was helpful that there were enough stops throughout that it felt like a leisurely wander through the old city. The stops on the tour were many of the famous places including the Grand Bazaar and the spice market, but I was able to learn some history I might not have discovered on my own, thanks to Salih. The book market was lovely, the walk to the stunning Suleymaniye mosque was beautiful, and the inclusion of a visit to the jewel-like Rustem Pasha mosque was worth it alone. The stop for tea and nargile was the highlight of the tour for me, particularly since I would not have tried that on my own, though I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were snacks and a yummy lunch. Everything about this tour was wonderful and I would recommend it to anybody! Thank you, Salih!

the guide was very dedicated and knew a lot about the history. the only minus point is the booking. if you want to book the tour via the computer, you must enter his or her passport number for each person separately. Often you don't have one.

Salih is a fantastic guide! He is very knowledgable and personable. We absolutely loved the tour, and definitely will use him again. Highly recommended!

Worth the tour if you want to understand the history behind all the majestic places in Istanbul.

Great option to have if you want to view the city in an efficient manner.