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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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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Supriya 15 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
Alper was amazing! So professional, kind and patient. Loved all the tips and information! I highly recommend this tour to everyone
Ariel 07 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
This is a wonderful tour and great way to see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Our guide was entertaining and shared lots of historical and cultural information. I can’t believe such a high quality tour is free, absolutely worth doing and tip generously !!
Lisa 07 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
This is a great tour! Takes you places you never would have known about. We followed the route the next day and took the ferry again so we could explore more. Our guide was lovely and very professional and fun. Highly recommend! Compensate him well for this excellent exploration 💕
Olga 27 Apr 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2022
Excellent tour! Highly recommend.
Shalini 24 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Stress free. Excellent value for the money. Great information and storytelling. The guide was kind to pay the small change for our ferry ticket. Highly recommend!
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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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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