Bosphorus & Taksim Tour appeals to those who wants to spend time in both modern center of city with some historical sightseeing in old city beside to ferry ride along Istanbul Strait in the middle. In this leisure tour, you will walk down along Istiklal Street, visit Galata Tower which gives 360 degree panoramic view of the city, cross over Galata Bridge where we will hop on a ferry for ride in fabulous Bosphorus for one hour and half long, visit Rustem Paşa Mosque, decorated abundantly with Iznik Tiles and finally Spice Market which you can have some edible souvenirs. If you have net 4/5 hours at least between the flights, it is possible to cover many of the sites in below written schedule.
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Taksim Square / Istiklal Street
Taksim Square and Istiklal Street, the modern center of Istanbul that never sleeps, is surrounded by historical buildings, hotels, apartment buildings, streets, theatres, restaurants, shops.
The tower was built by Genoese in 6th C. Galata tower offers you a great view of Istanbul.
Galata Bridge, linking Beyoglu with Eminonu, offers a great scenery.
A visit to Istanbul is incomplete without Bosphorus Cruise where both Asian and European side of the city from sea.
Rüstem Paşa Mosque
Built in 6th C. to supply water to The Great Palace of Romans, then it was forgotten in underground during Ottoman Era. Now it is one the most visited attraction in the old city.
The Spice Market is one of the biggest food market in the city in which there are 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.
After meeting your guide, you will head to Taksim Square where the tour begins. Before walking down along Istiklal Street, you will hear some stories about the down town and history of city . Then you will stroll Istiklal Street all the way down, formerly the Grande Rue de Péra, to Tunel Square. In the walk, historic buildings, resturants, book stores stores, traditional pubs, fish market, Greek- Armenian Ortodox and Catholic churces will be seen. From the end of Istiklal Street, you will walk down further to see Galata Tower, iconic symbol of Galata District from 14th C, where a lift take you to top of the tower and help to access to great panaromy of the city. Further down the hill, you will reach to Golden Horn and Galata Bridge, a populor place for fishermens and travellers which links modern city to old city. By Galata bridge, you will catch Boshporous ferry ride for one hour and half. During the ride, beatufiul mensions called YALI in Turkish, Ottoman Palaces and summenr mensions will be seen on the shore of European and Asian Sides of city. Before final stop in Spice Market for a feast for your belly, you will have a feast for your eyes in Rustem Pasha Mosque for its beatufiul tiles. At the end, you will catch your transport to be droped off back to the meeting point.
Private tour by a local experienced professional tour guide
Public transportation costs
A glass of Turkish tea or Coffee in a historical tea house.
Meals & Drinks
Private Transfers Costs
Payment & Cancellation Policy
To secure your booking, 50 Euros need to be settled via paypal account which will be sent after availability confirmation. Upon receiving upfront payment, the confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address. Please inform us once you have proceed to payment so that we can confirm as soon as possible.Cancellations made up to 3 days before the booked tour date are refunded.
Istanbul Layover Tours uses public transportation unless private vehicle is requested
Tour schedule is flexible and can be altered up to traveler’s request and day of holidays
Tour duration is 4 hours for Half Day Tours and 8 Hours for Full Day Tours
Moderate distance of walking must be expected