GuruWalk Original
Free tour

A Tale of Two Continents of Istanbul; Free tour from Europe to Asia

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on October 05, 2019

We are a group of licensed, English speaking tour guides who works with History Travel. We were born and raised in Istanbul. We combine our experience in the field with our endless passion for our beloved city to create the best experience for tourists from all over the world. Do not miss our tours for fantastic walking experiences in Istanbul.

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GuruWalk Original

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Tour description

Stuck in the old town? The old town of Istanbul is spectacular but this fantastic city offers more. We invite you to explore the local life of this vibrant metropolis on two continents.

We will start our tour in Karaköy facing the old town. We will explore this multi-ethnic neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul. See its historical buildings, trendy cafes and have a look at the world’s second oldest and shortest metro. 

Then we will take the public ferry to the Asian side, Kadıköy. You will enjoy lovely views and the amazing skyline of the old town.

On arrival to Kadıköy, we will explore the most popular neighbourhood of the Asian side where many locals meet, shop, and hang out with their friends. You will see the real local life. Discovering  the lively market area of Kadıköy is an exciting experience because of the famous eateries, vegetable, fruit, and fish markets, sweet and deli shops as well as bars, pubs, and meyhanes. We will end up our tour in Kadıköy so that you can taste the local cuisine after the tour, like a local.

This is not a food tour but especially in the Kadıköy market area, we will be talking about the local life through eating and drinking culture in Turkey.

Are you ready to fall in love with İstanbul?

Important information:

*Please note that; this is a pay-as-you-want walking tour but there is a cost of a ferry which is 30 Turkish Liras  for a return ticket between Karaköy and Kadıköy.

*RESERVATION IS REQUIRED because we have a limited space in our tours for a better experience.

The tour is only in ENGLISH.

Our tours are conducted by professional and licensed tour guides, and it's totally free to book and join the group. Considering that these tours are our guide's full time job to make a living and it will be a moderate-sized group for your comfort, we recommend rewarding the guide minimum 10 € \ 10 $ \ 200 Turkish Liras per person for her\his job.

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  • Meeting point:
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd....
    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Rıhtım Cd. No:23, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
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    Next to Karaköy Pier in Karaköy.The guide will carry a BLUE FLAG.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Funda 01 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Very informative and interesting tour with a relaxed approach. Visiting the Asian side of Istanbul was great. Would highly recommend it!
Phil... 23 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Really nice tour, you get to see nice places that you would not go alone! 10/10
Alice 21 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Excellent tour and tour guide! Loved exploring both sides and highly recommend this Guru Walk. I wish I'd done it earlier in my stay as the Asian side was amazing and would have liked to go back again!
Helen 18 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
A great walking tour around 2 areas one on European side of Istanbul then over on the ferry to tour the Asian side. Good fun and interesting. Make sure you have an istanbulkart to make the crossing cheaper. Great food recommendations and information about Turkish food and traditions.
gillian 14 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Excellent! Great historical content and taken to many really interesting places and sights. Good recommendations given
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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