×

Free Tour Karaköy and Galata

Your Guru: Haktan
Questions?
5.0
63 ratings
  • İstanbul
  • Available in English
  • 2h and 30min

About the Guru

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some amazing places and tell you their even more amazing stories! I studied in the USA and travelled to more than 30 countries joining the walking tours whenever I had a chance. I always dreamt of doing such tours in Istanbul and I got my tour guiding degree and started... More

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some amazing places and tell you their even more amazing stories! I studied in the USA and travelled to more than 30 countries joining the walking tours whenever I had a chance. I always dreamt of doing such tours in Istanbul and I got my tour guiding degree and started doing it 3 years ago. So far I've received great reviews and met a lot of amazing people. Looking forward to meeting you! Haktan

About the Tour

Constantinople has been the crossroads of the world throughout the history where different ethnicities and creeds lived side by side. In that mosaic of cultures, Karaköy and Galata represented the western face of the city. Inhabited by predominantly Christians and Jews, these neighborhoods are still home to some of the most magnificent churches and synagogues of the city.

Being the center of Russian refugees who escaped to Istanbul in 1917, the area still has several Russian churches that you may never see unless someone takes you there :)

What is surprising though is the presence of Islamic places such as Galata Sufi Lodge (Dervish Convent) and Underground Mosque where Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) companions are buried! On the way we will visit Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque, a masterpiece of architect Sinan.

Apart from religious diversity, the area is also known for its iconic buildings such as Galata Tower, Kamondo Stairs, our new 1.8 billion-dollar Galata Port and some mysterious masonic symbols...

During the tour we are going to talk not only about buildings that we will see but also buildings that mysteriously disappeared overnight!

On the way, I will show you many food points such as the best place to buy authentic Baklava, the most traditional Turkish Ice-cream or what Kokoreç is all about and etc etc...

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I will be in front of Murat Muhallebicisi which is very close to Karaköy Tram station. I will have a tour guide tag and a YELLOW BACKPACK.

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 pet-friendly.
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 (63)

5.0
By category
Professionalism
4.98
Fun
4.88
Expression
4.95
Quality
4.91
Route
4.84
Melissa
10 Aug 2022 Pittsburgh
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

Grab every tour opportunity with Haktan that you can! He is a scholar first and a great tour guide second.

Andreas
09 Aug 2022 Gothenburg
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Aug 2022

Haktan is one of the best tour guides I ever had. He has a very deep historical understanding of Istanbul and knows how to convey his knowledge to his listeners. Very strong recommendation!

Marta
07 Aug 2022
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Aug 2022

Juan
04 Aug 2022 Madrid
Verified booking
Travelled in group - Aug 2022

Ronald
02 Aug 2022
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Aug 2022

Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Show more

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!