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Old and New Istanbul Walking Tour

Price: $19.00
Old and New Istanbul Tour
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Discover Istanbul's ancient traditions and modern day advancements. This Istanbul tour is tailored to show you historical sites, the development of modern cultural trends, and an interesting fortune telling experience that includes coffee grounds. To satisfy your appetite, enjoy a robust cup of Turkish coffee and try an Islak burger, a popular late night snack. This Istanbul tour is designed for small groups, focusing on a personalized experience and ideal for newcomers to Turkey looking for a rich cultural adventure at an affordable price.

Begin your Istanbul tour with a visit to Taksim, a bustling city square. Considered the heart of modern Istanbul and famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels, Taksim is a popular destination for both tourists and Istanbul's local residents.

See a lovely metro station surrounded by creative artists showcasing their works before moving on to your next destination. Travel to Beyoglu, a vibrant district with an impressive array of cultural backgrounds. Walk down one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, an elegant pedestrian street lined with boutiques, cinemas, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, and many other gorgeous venues. Blended with more recent examples of modern architecture, this scenic street is a photographer's delight. The Ottoman era buildings designed with Neo-Classical, Renaissance Revival, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco styles are prime examples of Istanbul's impressive architectural development.

Next is a historic trip to Old Istanbul. Begin with the ancient tradition of fortune telling through coffee grounds. This interesting experience will pique your curiosity and offers a great story to share with family and friends. Afterward, enjoy the delicious flavor of your own fresh cup of Turkish coffee. Double-roasted and triple-brewed, Turkish coffee is famous for its distinctive aroma and taste.

After a caffeine boost, your guided tour leads you through charming courtyards and beautiful churches to Galatasaray Square. This momentous district is famous for being home to Turkey's first high school, still operating today. Walk through Cicek Pasaji, a notable covered passage decorated with rows of historic cafes, wine shops, and restaurants. Sample a typical Turkish late night snack, a savory Islak burger.

Other notable highlights include the Tunel funicular, an underground railroad, as well as Balik Bazaar, an active seafood market where you can purchase an array of food items. You'll also see Karakoy, an ancient district that now serves as an important commercial and transport hub. Transportation is provided at the end of the tour back to your port.

Book this Istanbul tour today for a memorable Turkish experience at a low cost. Please note: the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. Modest clothing covering your shoulders and knees is required. Short shorts and sleeveless shirts (for both men and women) are not acceptable.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Terminal
Food/Beverage Provided
Turkish coffee and Islak Burger
Recommended Dress
Comfortable lightweight seasonal clothing. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. We recommend modest clothing to respect this fact; clothing that covers your shoulders and knees is required. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable nor are tank or singlet tops.
Restrictions
Must be able to get in/out of vehicle and walk about 2-3 miles. Not handicap accessible.