Galata, Turkey

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  • Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

    1. Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

    Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Your card will be delivered before your arrival at your hotel located in the Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. After booking, the local partner will send you a separate email with a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Highlights Tour

    2. 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, Gree...

  • Istanbul: 11-Museum Admission Pass

    3. Istanbul: 11-Museum Admission Pass

    Skip the ticket lines to 11 museums with a flexible Istanbul museum pass. Compared to regular museum passes, this the "plus version" is including an audio guide app in 9 languages and orientation tips by an official tour guide at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You can pick up your pass right at the Hagia Sophia without waiting in line at the local representative. The audio guides are apps which are able to be downloaded on your smartphone, and you can get brief information about the most important historical facts from authorized museum guides. These guides will help you discover these museums afterwards at your own pace.

  • Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

    4. 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 y...

  • Istanbul: Jewish Heritage and Museum Full-Day Tour

    5. Istanbul: Jewish Heritage and Museum Full-Day Tour

    Explore the Jewish history of Istanbul on a full-day private tour with multilingual guide. You will be met off your cruise ship in Istanbul Port (or from your hotel on request), and transferred by Mercedes vehicle to the heart of the city. Go to the Balat district to see the Ahrida Synagogue, one of the oldest and most prominent of Istanbul’s synagogues. Visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Karaköy, built in response to an increase in the Jewish population in the Galata neighborhood. Continue to Ashkenazi Synagogue, the only active Ashkenazi synagogue in Istanbul open to visits. At the heart of Jewish Istanbul, in the old Galata district, you will visit the Jewish Museum, established in 2001 on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Sephardic Jews to the Ottoman Empire. Remodeled in the former Zülfaris Synagogue, the museum features artifacts, relics, letters and torah scrolls that tell...

  • Istanbul: Galata Guided Walking Tour and Tower Entry

    6. Istanbul: Galata Guided Walking Tour and Tower Entry

    The tour starts right in front of the Galata Tower. Your guide will introduce the area and the tower as you head toward the elevators together. Once you reach the upper part of the tower, prepare for the best panoramic view of Istanbul from the balconies. Look out over glorious monuments like the Hagia Sophia Museum, Suleymaniye Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace, as well as the unique geography of Istanbul around the Bosphorus. After your free time on the balconies, your tour continues with the centuries-old streets of Galata. The walking tour will take you downhill to the seaside. From there, hop on one of the oldest subways in the world for five minutes to see the famous Istiklal Street. Galata and Pera are home to the living memory of different cultures, nationalities, and religions. On the way there, pass various temples and buildings of many architectural styles, and hear stories abou...

    Bahar is a great guide and she has a lot to tell. A very nice tour and a great view from the Galata Tower.

  • Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

    7. Istanbul Personalized Tour and Private Guide 1-3 Days

    Discover the extraordinary sights of Istanbul according to your own itinerary with a private guide for 1-3 days. Straddling 2 continents on the Bosphorus Straits, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and later Ottoman Empire. Today it’s the largest city in Turkey, and one of the most populous cities in the world with about 15 million inhabitants. Choose the attractions you want to see according to your own schedule, and avoid getting lost in the crowd. Guides can be booked for 1, 2 or 3 days, with the option to add on private transportation to transfer you from location to location at speed. Must-see monuments include the iconic Blue Mosque, former mosque of the Hagia Sophia, and stunning subterranean Basilica Cistern. Soak up the exciting atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, and the enticing aromas of the Spice Market. Learn the history of Istanbul at Ottoman palaces, such as Dolm...

    A great service and the Guide was outstanding, knowledgeable and very flexible. Will use the service again, and if back in the same location (Istanbul and surrounding area) will work with same guide.

  • Private Flexible Tour Through Istanbul: Guide Only

    8. Private Flexible Tour Through Istanbul: Guide Only

    Hire a professional tour guide to take you where you want in Istanbul. During the full-day excursion you can discover Istanbul by visiting places from a sample itinerary, or choose your own route. Following a hotel pick-up at approximately 09:00, your guide, who will speak the language of your choice, will lead you through the city’s iconic districts to landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia. Along the way they will provide you with interesting facts about the landmarks you visit. You can take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, the famous body of water that separates Europe from Asia. Soak up the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and shop for some unique souvenir gifts, or take in the scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Explore some of the lesser known sights, such as the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Fethiye Mosque, and New Mosque. Or get right to...

    My tour guide Mevhibe was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Had good tips to save us money.

  • Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

    9. Istanbul: Galata – Genoese Walking Tour

    The 3-hour tour takes place in the afternoon. Start with pickup from your hotel and then begin your tour by walking through the vibrant streets to the imposing Galata Tower. In the Byzantine period, the hillside where Galata now stands was covered with orchards and was named Sykai (The Fig Orchard), or Peran en Sykais (The Fig Field on the Other Side). It still commands impressive views of the Golden Horn. You will hear myths and legends, and learn the history of how Galata became a Genoese colony from the 6th to the 15th century. Today the area is awash with churches and synagogues, colorful stores and ancient walls, and your guide will provide you with fascinating facts as you stroll through the ancient streets and walk the winding Camondo Steps.

  • Istanbul: Taksim and Galata 2-Hour Walking Tour

    10. Istanbul: Taksim and Galata 2-Hour Walking Tour

    Wander through the neighborhoods of Taksim and Galata on this 2-hour walking tour. Witness the city's European influences and learn about Istanbul's cultural diversity from a local guide. See popular attractions and photo-worthy spots as you explore the city. Meet your guide at the exit of the second oldest metro in the world at Tunnel Square. From here, step into the footsteps of the Italian, Greek, Jewish, Austrian, Russian, and German cosmopolitan cultures which once resided in these neighborhoods. Stroll along and discover famous sites such as the Galata Tower, the Dervish Lodge, and Tunnel Square.

    Marvel at the colorful, European-style shopping street and admire neoclassical and art nouveau architecture as you pass by old book shops, art galleries, vibrant street art, the flower passage, the fish market, consulate buildings from past centuries, and stunning church...

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What people are saying about Galata, Turkey

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 145 reviews

Best decision I made! The tour was fantastic; I believe that there is no better time during the day to do a Bosphorus tour than this period, 6.30-8.30 pm. The guide Haluk was an incredible man who knows the history very well but presents it objectively. His level of English is super comprehensive. Always pick this type of tour instead of the crowded boat because you get one of a kind experience for not much of a price difference.

Actualy it was the best decision. All the crew was amazing, we learnt a lot from the guide because he was born in a bosphoros near site, good food and treats, great iate and they prove us that Istanbul is better seen at the night from bosphoros. For the price, i would always choose this instead of a public or big bosphoros trip. Amazing memory and experience. Highly recommend!

Delivered to my hotel in an envelope in my name with directions to validate the card with the code hes on the internet. Easy and fast and the card is already credited. What more ! Thank you

Wonderfully organized walk with amazing views !!! I recommend this particular variant of a trip to the Bosphorus to everyone!

The greatest trip that you can buy! Our guide Haluk was a very nice and funny guy! I recommend this to everyone!