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Free Tour Karaköy and Galata

Your Guru: Haktan
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  • İstanbul
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am known for my colourful pants and lively tours. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some known places and tell you their not so well known stories :)

Hello, my name is Haktan. I am known for my colourful pants and lively tours. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I will take you to some known places and tell you their not so well known stories :)

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!

Apart from religious diversity, the area is also known for its iconic buildings such as Galata Tower and Kamondo Stairs and a lot of 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! 

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 around my neck.

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!

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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!