Istiklal Street Tours

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Istiklal Street, known in Turkish as Istiklal Caddesi, is one of the most well-known avenues in Istanbul.  Stretching for about three kilometers, it is the main pedestrian thoroughfare in the city and welcomes as many as 3 million visitors on any given day.

Known as Grand Avenue during the Ottoman Period, the avenue was renamed Istiklal (Independence) in 1923 to commemorate the declaration of the Republic of Turkey after the Turkish War of Independence. Running from the Galata Tower to Taksim Square, it is lined with late Ottoman era buildings built in a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Neo-Classical to Art Deco.

Istiklal experienced a downturn in the 1970s and 1980s, but by the late 1980s a massive restoration project was underway to revitalize the historic area. Historic buildings along the street were restored, pavement was laid for full pedestrianization and the tram that once ran up and down the length of the avenue was reinstalled. Today, it is teeming with art galleries, boutiques, shops, cafes and nightclubs, making it a center of activity in Istanbul day and night.  Together with Taksim Square, it also plays host to a number of parades, demonstrations and celebrations throughout the year.

Practical Information

Istiklal runs from Tunel Square to Taksim Square, each of which is accessible by public transportation. Take the tram to Karakoy and then either make the steep climb uphill to Tunel Square or take the much faster (and less strenuous) funicular. Alternatively, you can ride the metro to the Taksim Square station or take the tram to Kalabatas and transfer to a funicular there that will take you up to Taksim Square. Hop on the historic tram to get from one end of the street to the other.
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Sample your way through Istanbul on this small-group food and culture tour. Stroll the city’s historic streets with an expert guide, dipping into local markets and cafes along the way. Taste foods from typical streets vendors and patisseries (own expense), and peruse some local shops as well. This tour offers a great overview of Istanbul’s lively food scene. Group size is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$45.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

There’s so much to see and do in Istanbul, it’s can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, but this private 1- or 2-day tour is the perfect way to maximize your time. Tick off top attractions such as Topkapi Palace; admire architectural wonders like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia; cruise along the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia; and shop for souvenirs at the famous Grand Bazaar.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$172.84 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Modern Art Tour of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata and Istanbul Modern Art Museum

Dive headfirst into Istanbul’s modern art scene on this 3.5-hour walking tour. Learn about Turkey’s rich art history as you follow your enthusiastic guide around the districts of Tophane and Karaköy, stopping to browse a selection of the city’s most interesting contemporary art galleries, including SALT Galata. Finally, learn about popular Turkish artists like Abidin Dino and Ara Güler, and view cutting-edge temporary exhibitions at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. This small-group tour is limited to 15 for a personalized experience and includes hotel pickup.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$116.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers

This is a perfect tour program option for transit travellers who have a couple of hours layover between their flights in Istanbul. The tour focuses on the history, and the food the of the city’s most dynamic areas. During this private tour, you will visit Taksim, Istiklal Street, Beyoglu, Karakoy, Eminonu, Spice Market. This private tour introduces you to the art of Turkish cuisine  and the history of Istanbul. Last minute passangers can contact us and we will arrange the tour as soons as possible.     
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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