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Free tour in Galata and Sultanahmet + Turkish food

Your Guru: Çelik Kubilay
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  • İstanbul
  • Available in English
  • 3 hours y 30 minutes

About the Guru

Welcome to Istanbul! My name is Kubilay, or you can call me ''Kubi''. I was born in Istanbul and i truly live for my city. I'm an entrepreneur in fashion and technology fields. I'm also history researcher, studying antropology and amateur musician as well. I love meeting with new people and exploring each other's culture and experiences. I'll be so happy to show you and make... More

Welcome to Istanbul! My name is Kubilay, or you can call me ''Kubi''. I was born in Istanbul and i truly live for my city. I'm an entrepreneur in fashion and technology fields. I'm also history researcher, studying antropology and amateur musician as well. I love meeting with new people and exploring each other's culture and experiences. I'll be so happy to show you and make you discover Istanbul's all history, city, culture and food!

About the Tour

Old Istanbul (Sultanahmet) and Galata districts are the main places in Istanbul and you will discover them with me! Famous for its unique history, architecture, mosques, churches, authentic and historic cafes, art galleries, lounge restaurants. Our tour will start from the Galata Tower. Through Karaköy district, we will reach the Galata Bridge and as we walk across the bridge, we will capture the beauty of the Bosphorus. From Eminönü, we will visit the Spice Bazaar, the Grand Bazaar and arrive at Old Istanbul (Sultanahmet), the most popular and historical area with its unique architecture and has been the capital of many dynasties, finally we will finish the tour in Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasah . ----------------------- What will we see? Galata Tower Tophane Çeşmesi (Tophane Fountain) Tophane-i Amire (Ottoman Weapons Foundry) Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque Saint Gregory of Galata Church Aya Andrea Church Arabic / Galata Mosque Galata Bridge Eminönü New Mosque Spice Bazaar Park of Gülhane Sultanahmet Square (Hippodrome of Constantinfa) Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) Sultan I. Tomb of Ahmet Hürrem Sultan Bath The Million Stone of Firuz Aga Hagia Sophia Mosque Hagia Irene Church Topkapı Palace Soguk Cesme Street (Street of the Ottoman Houses) Sultan III. Ahmet Fountain Grand Bazaar Sultan II. Mahmut's Tomb Çemberlitaş Monument (Column of Constantine) Nuruosmaniye Mosque Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasah ----------------------- What shall we taste? baklava Çiğ köfte (Raw meat ball with bulgur and spices) Kokoreç (lamb or goat intestines wrapped around seasoned offal) Kebab (Turkish-style grilled or stewed meat) Turkish Delight Köfte (Turkish-style flavored meatball) Künefe (grated dough baked with cheese and sweet syrup) Sütlaç (dessert that is a mixture of milk, rice, sugar, like rice pudding) Midye (mussel) ---------------- ------ I'll be waiting for you at the front of the Anemon Hotel Galata, next to the Galata Tower. You can get to the Galata Tower using the Metro. If you get off at Sishane subway station, it is only 3-4 minutes walking. Along the way, we will taste Turkish cuisine, street food, desserts, authentic coffees. We will walk approximately 4.5-5 km. This is a free tip-based tour. About the taste of the food, if you want to try all the food according to the list, it will cost about 15 euros (100 TL) We will not visit within; Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia Hagia Irene Church Basilica Cistern Galata Tower Tophane-i Amire (Ottoman Gun Foundry) Hürrem Sultan Bath We will look at the structures together from the outside. Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Basilica Cistern, Church of St. Irene require a muse card or ticket. You can visit its interior at your leisure with your muse card. We will be visiting within other places, but some of them may be closed to visitors for a few hours / days, but we will visit as much as we can together.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I'll be waiting for you in front of the Anemon Hotel Galata, next to the Galata Tower. You can get to the Galata Tower using the Metro. If you get off at Sishane subway station, it is only 3-4 minutes walking.

Tour Schedule

  • Sat, 06 Feb
    11:00
  • Sun, 07 Feb
    11:00
  • Fri, 12 Feb
    11:00

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (6)

Pedro 11 months

This was amazing, I have been to 18 countries and always do a walking tour, this was by far THE BEST. Çelik really took the time to make an amazing tour for us, took us all around Istanbul and to try some amazing food, the tour was supposed to be 3h but we ended up spending together, really amazing. He's a very knowledgeable and nice guy! I would 100% recommend this tour with him.

Response from Çelik Kubilay
My friend Pedro! I can't wait to see you and Georgie again, we had such a special and amazing day. I'm so happy you had this memory with me! Much love to Manchester!
Arturo Ayala 11 months

We were thinking of choosing one of the other trips but, then we saw that this one included food tasting: it was the best choice! The tour was amazingly pleasant, we never felt rushed or out of place About the host, Kubi, you can tell that he really knows about Ottoman history. He takes his time explaining the details and answers all your questions. He also knows where to eat! We loved all the food we tried, so come with an open mind! This will be a day well spent if you book this tour :D

Response from Çelik Kubilay
Thank you my friend Arturo! Much love to Mexico & Bolivia :)
Guillermina Beccar 11 months

Nos encanto el tour con Celik Kubi! La pasamos increible, no solo nos compartio mucha informacion e historia de Estambul, sino que el tour se extendio a 7 horas! Compartimos buenos momentos con personas de diferentes nacionalidades! Un exito, sin duda lo recomiendo! Gracias por todo Kubi!!

Response from Çelik Kubilay
¡Fue un placer estar con ustedes y disfruté mucho también! El recorrido normalmente dura 3.30h o 4 horas. ¡Hoy solo tenía a usted en mi agenda y con su aprobación, decidí estar con usted y mostrarle todo sin límite de tiempo, así que vimos todo y probamos todo tipo de alimentos juntos! Espero verte de nuevo Guillermina! - - - It was my pleasure to be with you, and i enjoyed a lot as well! Tour normally takes 3.30h or 4 hours. Today i had only you on my schedule and with your approval, i decided to be with you and show you everything without time limit, so we saw everything and tasted all kind of foods together! I hope to see you again Guillermina!
Leonie 11 months

We had a very nice tour with Kubi. Insights on culture, history, politics and many other topics you would like to get to know more of will be shared. It took us more time to see all sights, this was no problem as we had a great time discovering and trying delicious turkish specialities. Thank you again, we would do it any time again :)

Response from Çelik Kubilay
I had one of my greatest memory with you and guys Leonie! I’m really hoping to see you again. We enjoyed Istanbul without time limit together, best wishes to all of you!
Claire 11 months

Çelik was fantastic, it felt like hanging out with a local friend for the day. He was able to tell us loads of interesting local info and history and took us for great food. Couldn't recommend enough.

Response from Çelik Kubilay
I was also so happy to be with you Claire and i’m so glad you enjoyed the day! Best wishes!

5.0(6) Ratings

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

5.0(6) Ratings