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

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4.9
99 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 18 Turkish Liras  for a return ticket between Karaköy and Kadıköy.

*RESERVATİON İS REQUİRED 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 umbrella.

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 (99)

4.9
By category
Professionalism
4.99
Fun
4.63
Expression
4.86
Quality
4.84
Route
4.84
Phichaya 01/23/2022

Margarita Viciebsk 01/19/2022

The tour was excellent and the guide is a true professional, he told us many interesting things about traditions and local culture of modern days. He was also very helpful with plenty of tips, things to try and places to avoid. Definitely recommend it!

Stephanie Berlin 01/17/2022

Really enjoyed the tour thanks to the small group size. First walking tour where I've interacted with everyone in the group, and I really liked the alternative local tour style compared to visits to typical tourist attractions. My favourite parts were the ferry ride + visiting the stores within Kadiköy. Cagatay was very helpful with the recommendations and ferry timings. I'd really recommend trying this out when you're new in Istanbul (went on my last day so was a bit of a pity).

Nadia 01/11/2022

Daniel Ottawa 01/10/2022

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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!