Beyoglu Tours

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Beyoglu is a cosmpolitan district on the European side of Istanbul that includes both Taksim Square and the famous Istiklal Caddesi. Located just north of the Golden Horn and connected to the old city center by the Galata Bridge, Beyoglu is the city’s modern center of shopping, entertainment and nightlife. 

The area around Beyoglu has been inhabited since the time of Christ and grew as a city as early as the 5th century. Known then as Galata, it was also the site of a fortress built by Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II. Eventually, it became a base for European merchants and was alternately controlled by the Genoese and the Venetians before being settled primarily by Turks in the 15th century.

By the mid-19th century, Beyoglu again had a European flavor, with international diplomats and traders settling in the district and making it the most Westernized part of Istanbul. Even today, numerous consulates remain in the area.

In addition to the shopping, dining and nightlife around Istiklal and Taksim Square, Beyoglu is home to a variety of museums, including the Pera Museum (exhibiting art from the late Ottoman Period), the Dogancay Museum (showcasing works by artist Burhan Dogancay) and the Jewish Museum of Turkey. You can also find Turkey’s largest Catholic church and largest synagogue in Beyoglu.

Practical Information

Beyoglu is easily accessible from most parts of the city by tram, metro, ferry or on foot.  Trams and metro trains stop in several places around the district and ferries run regularly to and from the Asian side of Istanbul. Coming from Sultanahment or Eminonu, it is an easy walk over the Galata Bridge.
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MADAME TUSSAUDS ISTANBUL

Prebook your admission ticket to Madame Tussauds Istanbul, and guarantee your entrance on the day you’d like to visit. You’ll also be able to skip the long ticket lines, and go inside to explore five themed areas full of wax figures of your favorite celebrities and political leaders. Move at your own pace during your time at the wax museum and still have plenty of time later on for night activities.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

Treat your palate to Istanbul’s exciting flavors on a 3-hour evening food walking tour. Follow a food-enthusiast guide around hidden streets and neighborhoods, and scout out the best food haunts the city has to offer. Taste treats such as 'borek' (flaky pastry); nibble on enticing ‘meze’ (small appetizers) at a ‘meyhane’ tavern, and savor ‘raki’, the locals’ beloved anise-flavored firewater. As you walk and eat, learn about Istanbul’s cuisine and the ingredients and influences that have shaped it. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

Savor traditional bites on this guided Istanbul food walking tour through the lively Beyoğlu district. Beyoğlu is a maze of winding back streets with top notch grills, restaurants, and eateries around every bend. On this tour, explore with a local guide and open up your temporal senses trying an array of delicious foods like classic kebab and ‘islak’ burgers, tomato sauce-drenched rolls on either side of a burger. This night is has it all: scrumptious meze platters, cosmic fortune telling and traditional Turkish coffee. Top it off with sips of anise liquor ‘raki’ that will have you rolling.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

Experience the rich flavors, fragrant spices and decadent sweets that characterise Turkish cuisine on this 4.5-hour Istanbul street food tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Explore the sights, scents and tastes that make the city unique, as you browse the vibrant Kadikoy Market on Istanbul’s Asian side, stroll along the Galata Bridge and discover the atmospheric Galata district. Best of all, you’ll get to sample plenty of local specialties along the way, from pide (Turkish pizza) to simit (bagel-like bread), to the best baklava in Istanbul.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Bosphorus Cruise and Golden Horn Tour with Cable Car from Istanbul

Explore Istanbul on a half-day tour that features the Golden Horn and Bosphorus River. Your knowledgeable guide shows you landmarks including Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, the Old Jewish Hospital, Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate and the Old City Walls of Constantinople. Take a ferry on the Bosphorous River and stop at Eyup Sultan Mosque where the Ayyub al-Ansari Mausoleum is a top attraction. Finally, hop on a cable car that whisks you uphill to Pierre Loti Cafe for panoramic views over the Golden Horn.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

Explore the many renowned sites of Istanbul on this small-group, half-day tour of its historical landmarks. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a plush Mercedes minivan. Travel in style with you expert guide to the enchanting Dolmabahçe Palace, then venture to other city highlights, like the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Spice Bazaar, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Jewish quarter known as Balat. Throughout the day your guide will educate you on the rich history of this unforgettable city. To ensure a quality experience, this group is limited to 14 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Experience another side of multi-cultural, multi-faith Istanbul and uncover the city’s fascinating Jewish heritage on this 4-hour small-group walking tour. With numbers limited to 15, you’ll have plenty of chance to ask questions and deepen your knowledge as you explore the streets and synagogues of colorful Galata, the heart of Istanbul’s Jewish community. Learn about the city’s rich Jewish history at the Jewish Museum, then visit beautiful landmarks like the Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue and the Camondo Buildings.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

Uncover the rich history of Jewish culture during this privately guided tour in Istanbul. Explore old Jewish synagogues such as the Etz Ahayim Synagogue and Ashkenazi Synagogue and learn about Istanbul’s vast Jewish heritage. Enjoy visits to famous sites like Galata Tower and the Jewish Museum of Turkey (referred to as the Zülfaris Synagogue) to grasp the depth of Jewish people’s history from ancient times through Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires to present day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch

Stroll around the Jewish quarter and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the famous Bosphorus Strait during this full-day small-group guided tour in Istanbul. Walk through the district of Karaköy and discover Istanbul’s Jewish history. Alongside an expert guide, visit synagogues and the Jewish museum all while learning about the city’s rich Jewish heritage. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch of local cuisine and then savor a boat cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Plus, take a scenic drive along the Golden Horn and climb to the top of Pierre Loti Hill on a cable car. Numbers are limited to 15 people, so you can enjoy a more intimate experience with your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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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Istanbul Food Tour At Night

Savor Istanbul’s foods, wines and local nightlife on an evening food and wine walking tour with a professional guide. Enjoy the cool evening breezes as you discover the Karakoy and Beyoğlu districts, famous for their markets, chic cafes and restaurants. See the 14th-century Galata Tower, delve down cobblestone lanes, and uncover the origins of Turkey’s food as you absorb the buzzing evening atmosphere. Sample wines at a trendy wine cellar and finish with dinner at a traditional ‘meyhane’ tavern. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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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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Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Discover the rich Jewish heritage of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities on this full-day private tour of Istanbul’s historic districts. Wander around the old Jewish quarter of Galata and tour the fascinating Jewish Museum, then visit some of Istanbul’s most impressive synagogues. Finish by admiring the mesmerising architecture of Hagia Sophia and exploring the lively shops of the Grand Bazaar.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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