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Beyond Old Town; a Free Tour from European Karaköy to Asian Kadıköy

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4.9
237 ratings
  • İstanbul
  • Available in English
  • 3 hours

About the Guru

We are a group of independent, licensed English speaking tour guides who 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. Make yourself a favour and book one of our walking tours.

We are a group of independent, licensed English speaking tour guides who 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. Make yourself a favour and book one of our walking tours.

About the Tour

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 while listening to the legends of the city.

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 25 Turkish Liras  for a return ticket between Karaköy and Kadıköy.

*RESERVATION IS REQUIRED because we are keeping our groups small for a better and more intimate 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 small group for your comfort, we recommend rewarding the guide minimum 10 € \ 10 $ \ 150 Turkish Liras per person for her\his job.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: Next to Karaköy Pier in Karaköy.The guide will carry a BLUE FLAG.

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is not suitable for pets.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

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 (237)

4.9
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Professionalism
4.96
Fun
4.67
Expression
4.84
Quality
4.86
Route
4.83
Jessica
03 Jul 2022 London
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03 Jul 2022 Frankfurt
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Janak
02 Jul 2022 Auckland
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Travelled alone - Jun 2022

Guillermo
30 Jun 2022 London
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Travelled in couple - May 2022

Excellent tour with very interesting information about Istanbul, many questions answered, and many great recommendations. Highly recommended.

Alec
30 Jun 2022 London
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

Brilliant guided tour and a must do for anyone visiting Istanbul.

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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!