Duration: Full day (08:30 to 17:30)
Price: 50 Euro (per person-min 04)
Run: Everyday (private)
After picking up from hotel or Istanbul cruise port, we then go on to Taksim Square and have a walk to Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), the head of Beyoglu. It was built during the 19th century, this is the more modern district of Istanbul. The city's most famous strolling, shopping and snacking street, now reserved for pedestrians, is lined with boutiques, cafes, mosques, restaurants, galleries, cinemas, banks, and more, with residential apartments above.
When 19th-century travellers called Istanbul as the Paris of the East, they were considering of the Grande Rue de Pera (Istiklal Caddesi) and its half-European, half-Asian culture. Halfway along the streer to the southwest is Galatasaray Square, easily memorized by the grand gates to Galatasaray Lisesi, the first European-style lycée (high school) erected by the Ottoman government.
Visit the Church of St. Anthony, built in 1725 to serve transient travelers and the many families who lived in the Sultan's dominions. Then, walk to the historic Pera Palas Hotel, established to accommodate the pampered travellers arriving aboard the Orient Express including Agatha Christie. Afterwards is Galata Mevlevihane, the monastery of Whirling Dervishes, founded by a descendant of Rumi in the 1490s.
Afterwards have walk to the Galata district and see the Galata Tower, which has covered Beyoglu's skyline since 1348 and still offers marvelous panoramic views of the city. From the 1500s onward, Galata was mostly Jewish. Today most of Istanbul's Jews live in more desirable residential quarters, though Galata's synagogues are still in use.
We then take the tram constructed in 1875, which is Europe's 2nd oldest and perhaps the world's shortest subway Tunel, 573 meters, the way takes 1.5 minutes rather than a 20 minute stroll down the steepest streets of Istanbul. From there we have a few minutes walk to Galata Bridge to have lunch under the bridge almost on the waters of Golden Horn. We highly recommend seafood here. Before driving back to the hotel we stop shortly to see the last stop of the once most luxurious train from Europe "The Orient Express", Sirkeci Train Station is literally where the railway from Europe physically ends. You may ask your guide for the best Turkish Bath for a relaxing evening after a long but splendid day sightseeing the Oriental Istanbul.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel or Istanbul cruise port.
Please take note of the following:
* This tour is not suitable for children below the age 10
* The order of visiting sights, may vary slightly from time to time
* You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time.
* Smoking is not permitted but all tours make frequent stops.
* Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Cruise Port
* Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
* Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
* Local taxes