2 Continents 1 City: From Europe to Asia Free Tour

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Haktan
Quality Verified Registered on April 03, 2019

Hi, my name is Haktan. I am a licenced tour guide who is in love with Istanbul! I traveled to 30+ countries joining free walking tours whenever I had a chance and collecting the good practices of other guides. I studied in the USA and taught at different universities so I know how to keep people's attention when I tell the incredible stories of this amazing city. If you read the reviews about my tours you'll see the word "funny" in almost every review. I don't want to brag about humour but let me tell you this much I once made a group of Polish people laugh 😎. Last but not the least, The Guardian published an article about my tours. I use audio headsets during my tours so you won't miss anything even when we are walking and talking. Looking forward to meeting you! Haktan

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Istanbul is the only city in the world situated on two continents. No Istanbul trip will be complete without seeing the Asian side of the city. This tour will start on the European Side and finish on the Asian Side of Istanbul, namely Üsküdar neighborhood, where you will get to see actual local life rather than the tourist bubble.  We will take the ferry from Eminönü.  Don’t worry about the tickets, I will have my Istanbul card with enough credits for all of us :) 

Here are some highlights of the tour: 


Ahmed III Fountain
Topkapı Palace (non ticketted parts) 
Hagia Irene (from outside)
Archeology Museum (from outside)
Gulhane Park
Sirkeci Train Station 
A small Bosphorus tour with the ferry. 


Ahmed III fountain (Yes, again! :))
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque 
New Mother’s Mosque 
Food streets of Usküdar. 
Bosphorus walk
Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces (outside)
Turkish Bath with reasonable prices. 

Useful information for the traveler:

-No ticket is needed for any place we will enter.
-You may want to bring a scarf to enter the mosques.
-When the tour ends you will be able to pay the guru whatever you consider fair. Some will pay €10, others $50. It's up to you! (minimum contribution is €10 per person around the world.)
-The agency for my tours is Eyupsultan Travel A-10425

 Looking forward to meeting you!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cankurtaran, Soğuk Çeşme Sk. No:4, 34...
    Cankurtaran, Soğuk Çeşme Sk. No:4, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
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    I will be in front of Topkapi Cafe (on Soğukçeşme sk). It's right next to the tourism police point. I will have my tour guide tag and an ORANGE UMBRELLA..

  • 1
    Free admission
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Gulhane Park
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Sirkeci Tren Garı
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Üsküdar Meydanı
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Mihrimah Mosque

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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Raimund und Karola 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Entertaining and interesting tour done with right mixture of knowledge anecdotes and some educated jokes. We really enjoyed the tour and decided right away to take another tour with Haktan. And it was as good as the first one with no overlappings. A great way to get a feeling for Istanbul and its history 👍🏻
Natalia 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
A very good tour! We took the tour late morning on a Saturday. Haktan and his team were very professional. The guide has a huge knowledge about Istanbul and Turkey history and his audio guide makes the tour's atmosphere more enjoyable. He also gave us nice tips to enjoy Istanbul. We strongly recommend this tour.
Max Hermes 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Haktan is a very funny and entertaining guy. It does not getting boring even after a long time. Additionally his englisch is brilliant. Would love to do a tour again with this man.
Seble 19 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Haktan is knowledgeable, entertaining and engaging. The time went by so fast. Take this tour. You will not regret it. Time aell spent
Paul 18 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Great guide,very good pace. Very informative with a good sense of humour. I would highly recommend him.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require 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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