Highlights / Info
- Discovery of the modern area of Istanbul
- Variety of Architecture and monuments
- Large period of Istanbul History
Tour Duration : 7 hours
Live Guide : French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese
Pick Up service: From the hotel
The neighbourhood of Pera, meaning « from» (Galata) in Greek, is the extension of the district Genoese. Its urbanisation speeds up in 19th Century. In fact, the major colonial powers of the period, exerting pressure to obtain commercial priviliges, from Sublime Porte (Ottoman central government) and territorial concessions, established ambassades and banks in the area. The big christian families were living and the social life was busy and vibrant around Istiklâl Caddesi (Road), the prestigious schools and bourgeois residences, banks, theatres and taverns, the area was the place to be. Recent renovation of the area, restoration of the buildings regenerated the Old Pera and helped it to refind its reputation of the period.
The next discovery will be a covent of whirling dervishes, founded in 16th Century, this Tekke is considered as the most ancient covent of Halveti in Istanbul. Strolling on the road of Istiklal, lined with palaces, foreign missions residences, old Embassies including Palace of France, who was the first to get established, and Russian and Dutch Consulates and also Palace Corpi, superb hotel previously Embassy of USA.
Majority of the rites of Eastern of oriental and occidental christianity are represented in Pera with big churches such as Saint Louis des Français, founded by a par un capuchin, Saint Antoine de Padoue (style italian), and Sainte Marie Draperis, which hosts miraculous icon of the Virgin.
We will walk along the foreign schools located in the area founded by minorities and foreign missions.
Pera and surroundings keep still the traces of foreign language education provided in these foreign schools established in the area starting from 18th Century. In 19th Century the markets were of great importants, The nicely decorated entrances are still live today and the markets halls keep still their names originating from the country or founder of the bazaars (like Aleppo, Anatolian).
In flowers market (Cicek Pasaji), there were the most popular taverns of the city. Most famous hotel and building Péra Palace, built for the passengers of Orient Express will welcome us, as described in the novels of Agatha Christie.
Leaving the historical center, antic heart and medieval Istanbul by crossing the Golden Horn, to discover the Genoese neighbourhood of Galata. Galata, with its French houses, its churches, ıts synagogues, its workshops and retail shops is another ambiance.
Habitat of Galata dates back ancient days from greek colonies to Celtic tribes long before our age in the time of Emperor Théodose II. In the middle age, the area becomes the strategic center of commerce for the Venetian and Genoesian traders. However, the Genoese allied with Byzantins would have stayed longer in the area having their autonomous counter and the port and privileged commercial rights to trade, judiciary order and their rampart. They have preserved similar indépendence under ottoman rule, as they have remained neutral during the conquest of the city in 1453.
Terms & conditions
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service (transportation depending on your hotel location)
- Services of a private guide
- Entrance fee in the visited monument
What’s not included
- Personal expenses
Pick up from the lobby of the hotel at 9am.
*all tours to be booked at least 72 hours in advance, subject to availability.