GuruWalk Original
Free tour

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

Duration: 3h
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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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 $ \ 300 Turkish Liras per person for her\his job.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • 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.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Mumhane Street
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Banks Street
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Kamondo Stairs
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Karaköy Tünel
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Kadıköy Bazaar District

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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Tatum 24 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
The tour was fantastic, varied and definitely worthwhile and a great way to get local insight. I didn’t realise we would be spending so much time in the European side before getting onto the ferry as the tour is advertised as “Asian Istanbul”. I wish the guide spoke a bit louder (maybe a microphone) and made sure we all kept up but it was still very enjoyable.
Jay 19 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
Great tour to do when you first arrive to Istanbul to become familiar with the key locations.
Lannuce 14 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Thanks for the tour. We have really appreciate your enthusiasm while talking about your lovely city, specially the east side!
Elisa 12 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Great walk, not rushed but still visiting all the important areas or Karakoy and Kadikoy. The guide was great at explaining the historical places and answering our questions! Totally recommended 🫶🏻
Kari 06 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
It was a very informative professional tour. The guide Alper is kind and trustworthy. His recommendations seem unbiased and are truly good.
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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 5 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.