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Discover the most beautiful park on bosphorous and Ortakoy

Your guru: Elif
Questions? Contact with Elif

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  • İstanbul
  • Available in: English

About the guru Elif

Hello dear Visitors! My name is Elif. I am Turkish, I was born and raised in Istanbul and I love showing my city from different angles to foreigners. Besides Turkish, I can speak English ,Italian and Spanish. My Spanish is not good as Italian and my Italian is not good as my English.That's why I prefer to speak in English. I studied business administration in university but ... More »

Hello dear Visitors! My name is Elif. I am Turkish, I was born and raised in Istanbul and I love showing my city from different angles to foreigners. Besides Turkish, I can speak English ,Italian and Spanish. My Spanish is not good as Italian and my Italian is not good as my English.That's why I prefer to speak in English. I studied business administration in university but I have also fitness, dance & pilates teaching career. Recently I also teach turkish to expats who live in Istanbul. IMPORTANT: If you can’t send me the confirmation/ whatsapp number and if you don’t have internet please don’t book or cancel your booking for not taking other people’s space. Only max 5 people can participate my tour for now. I can do the tour if there are at least 3 people in the group. If there is only 1 person I have to cancel the tour. Besides when the meeting day arrives, before the tour I need confirmation of the bookings,whatsapp numbers of the participants and the people who participate should have internet all the time. So I can send the participants meeting location and the other details. I have to cancel the tour if I can’t reach the participants by internet on the tour day.

About the tour

Istanbul has Yıldız Park overlooking the Bosphorous with variable trees, flowers, artificial lakes, museums and historical wooden chalets . Yıldız Park is very special because it is covering an area of 500.000 square meters and it is very close to the center which is between Besiktas, Balmumcu and Ortakoy. It is located on the hill and behind Yıldız Technical University. It has different entrance doors from the lower part and upper part of the park. The ottoman style wooden chalets are being used as a restaurant and cafe nowadays. It has 2 beautiful artificial lakes inside. We will visit the new and old lake , we will walk inside the park and discover the hidden parts of it.

You can enjoy the fresh oxygen air and the nature if you need peace and relax.

Also it will be a good exercise because the park is on the hill.

We will meet at Yıldız Park’s upper entrance door which is close to Malta kosk ( Malta mansion). The entrance door (only for pedestrians) is just infront of the mansion which is currently a restaurant/ cafe. It is a smaller entrance door if I compare with the one next (100 meters away) to it which the cars can also enter.

After visiting Yıldız Park we will walk to Ortakoy. Ortakoy is a cute neighbourhood by the sea and the highlights are Ortakoy mosque, Ortakoy bazaar, the view from Ortakoy, pebble stoned narrow streets, cafes, pubs and eating kumpir (baked potatoes with tapas inside) ,waffles, kokorec & mussels. You can take nice pictures of the mosque and bosphorous bridge while we are in Ortakoy.

Meeting point
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How to find me: Please share your whatsapp number so I can send the should have internet all the front of the upper entrance door of Yıldız Park on Palanga street (very close to sarı köşk) - waiting you with a black tshirt
Tour duration: 2 hours

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Ratings (5)

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Ann

10 days ago

This tour helps to show some parts of Istanbul that not many tourists see - a large park popular with local folks as well as an up-close look at Ortakoy mosque and the bridge nearby. I tried the kumpir (baked potato), and Elif gave me suggestions for to visit for the remainder of my time in the city. Nice way to spend an afternoon :)

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Response from Elif:

Thank you Ann. I am glad you booked my walking tour and brought your positive energy. Hope to see you again.
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Muneeb

10 days ago

This was my second time in Istanbul and thankful to a friend for introducing Guruwalk. Our host Ms. Elif was there to welcome us. Started with Yildiz Park, Feriye Palace, Ortakoy district. She had intensive knowledge about the places and took us through the most scenic and picture perfect places. Overall great experience with a great tour guide.

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Response from Elif:

Thank you Muneeb for your attending to my walking tour:) I appreciate your positive feedback. Hope to see you again in Istanbul:)
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Irena

18 days ago

Ok tour, if you have time you can go on this tour, if you are limited with time, dont go. Includes peaceful walk in park, beautifuil Ortakoy, Guid was good and kind.

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Response from Elif:

Hi Irena! Is it just okay? Are you sure? You and your friends seemed like they were having much fun. You and your girl friends even climbed a big tree in a park and they loved Ortakoy. The girls loved the sightseeing from Ortakoy / Feriye Palace, they took many photos and they ate kumpir /drank tea . You saw a hidden cafe which has a terrace. Maybe your idea is different from theirs. It is a pity when a person or the group don’t appreciate my effort and knowledge. I think it is about how they see the life. If your window is dirty you cant see the beauties in the life. The happiness comes from inside not from the outside.
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Gulcan

3 months ago

The tour was amazing! Loved every details of the Park . It was a great workout too because we walked a lot . The guide had informed us about Yildiz Park’s and Ortakoy’s history. Loved the architecture of the mosque. We tried the local street food and took many pictures. She showed us a wonderful rooftop cafe . We ended the tour by drinking tea at the roof terrace of a cafe at Ortakoy.

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Response from Elif:

Thank you for your positive feedback and participation to the tour.:)
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Kerem

3 months ago

Great tour! She gave us information about yildiz park’s history , showed 2 artificial lakes and 2 lovely mansions in the park. Loved the nature, trees , peaceful ambiance of the park. Ortakoy was lovely too. The guide was prepared, on time, knowledgable, trustable and fun. I recommend this tour to everyone. The guide leads the tour and group very well.

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