Cart

Historical Neighborhood from Taksim to Karakoy

One day to discover the treasure of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul.  You will visit all the different monuments of the old city and Pera area and learn about the most famous architect of the Ottoman empire: Mimar Sinan.

from 66 £

CompareEmail your friend

Historical Neighborhood from Taksim to Karakoy

One day to discover the treasure of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul.  You will visit all the different monuments of the old city and Pera area and learn about the most famous architect of the Ottoman empire: Mimar Sinan.

from 66 £

CompareEmail your friend

Highlights / Info

 Highlights

      • The architecture of the area
      • The different religion of the city
      • The complete history of Istanbul

Info

Tour Duration : 6H00
Live Guide : French, English
Departure: Everday
Pick Up service: No pick up,
meeting Point provided

Description

Old but still alive. Still standing and more popular than ever. The witnesses of old times, beautiful parts of the Istanbul city, worth to be seen and discovered.

Enjoy your travel in time.

Departure from the hotel at 09:30 for Taksim. Walking or by tube or tram.

Taksim and its square, a symbol, the place for most of the residents of the city. It takes its name from the Ottoman era stone reservoir which is located in this area constructed in 1732. The reservoir does not function today hosts exibitions today. This place (officially Place of Republic), boasts the Monument of the Republic which was crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928 for the 5th anniversary of the young republic.

We will be heading to pedestrian street of İstiklal (old Pera) more than a kilometer in length and heavily populated all the time must not surprise you. Istiklal probably unique in the world, boasting a tramway in its heart (likewise the one in San Fransisco) the most vibrant place in the city, diversity of the visitors and local people make its charm together with the old monuments, historical texture and, local pubs, modern restaurants, night clubs and bars, cafes, libraries, book stores, theatres, cinemas, and all sorts of shops.

The engineers, architectes and sculptors like D’Aronco,Vallaury,freres Fossatti ,Gavand decorated this avenue with orthodox and catholic churches, schools for different ethnic and religious communities, hospitals, palaces, commercial centers or inns and also with buildings of neo gothic style and, art nouveau, neo classic and baroque ottoman…

On our way, while strolling on Istıklal Avevue, we will visit Hagia-Triada (Ste Trinité), St.Antoine and Ste Marie de Draperie, we will walk in the buildings and through the passage ways like Çiçek Pasajı known with local taverns, Balık Pazarı (fish market) Avrupa and Suriye Pasajı with authentic its boutiques, Hazzopulo Pasajı identified its original cafés; The historical monuments of Consulates (French, Russian, Swedish, Dutch) located on and around the avenue will surprise you with their beauty. We will not miss the epic buildings of the area Mısır Apartmanı, Botter and patisseries İnci and Markiz, lycée de Galatasaray and mytical l’hotel Pera Palas (constructed in 1892 by Vallaury for the famous passengers of the Orient-Express including Mata Hari, Greta Garbo, the emperor Guillaume II, George V, Nicolas II, Rita Hayworth, Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie). Before reaching to funicular railway of Tunel (end of Istiklal avenue), next to the station we will stop by the museum of soufis i.e. whirling dervishes.

From this point, Galata neighborhood begins. Bohemian and pittoresque.  Known as a bohemian settlement today, the history of the quarter dates back to 11th century, and foundations venetians and genoese, descending  commercial maritime port of Karakoy ; In the 11th century, the quarter housed the city’s Jewish community, In 1171, a new Genoese settlement in the area was attacked and nearly destroyed. the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (r. 1143–1180) used the attack on the settlement as a pretext to imprison all Venetian citizens and confiscate all Venetian property within the Byzantine Empire. The quarter destroyed in 1203 by the Catholic crusaders during the Fourth Crusade. The history of the area is simply amazing. One of the streets of Galata towards the see will take us to tower of Galata, 60 meters of height, this edifice dates back to 14th Century. And it is stunning.  Today, the small streets of Galata boast design stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries, cosy cafes, bar and restaurants. The famous synagog Neve Shalom and the holaucost museum of fivecentury is another landmark of the area. We will arrive to Banks street and climb famous Camondo stairs.

Karakoy ; Commercial and financial district and finally seaport, hosts beautiful mosques of 8th century like Arap Mosque and Yeraltı Mosque. We will see many buildings from 9th Century of art nouveau style, previously used as banks head office, the most famous is Ottoman Bank. On the small place of Karakoy along Bosphorus, we will conclude our day with a quick visit over Fransız Geçidi (Cité française) and turkish Patriarchat ortodoxe …..

End of this full of history day and retun to the hotel

Terms & conditions

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • A professional licensed guide

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers
  • Lunch & drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Meeting point

*all tours to be booked at least 72 hours in advance, subject to availability

*a minimum of 2 participant is required

Historical Neighborhood from Taksim to Karakoy

One day to discover the treasure of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul.  You will visit all the different monuments of the old city and Pera area and learn about the most famous architect of the Ottoman empire: Mimar Sinan.

from 66 £

CompareEmail your friend

from 44 £Read more

A Turkish bath in Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

from 44 £

A thing to have on your to do list: A Turkish Hammam !!!
Commissioned to the great architect Sinan by the famous Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa as part of the mosque and school complex, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was constructed in between 1578-1583 to serve the levends (marine forces in the Ottoman navy). Famous for its architectural lines and majestic dome, the Hamam is one of the symbolic buildings in Tophane, Istanbul’s harbor district.

A Turkish bath in Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

Full day private tour Galata & Pera area

from 68 £

One day is even not enough to discover all about this magnificient area! Pera & Galata are full of monuments and history.  The neighbourhood of Pera, meaning « from» (Galata) in Greek, is the extension of the district Genoese. Its urbanisation speeds up in 19th Century. 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.

Full day private tour Galata & Pera area

Full day private tour to discover Byzantin heritage

from 71 £

Day complete dedicated to the discovery of the heritage of Byzantin Empire. Byzantins, during the middle age, have been always designated by the term “Romans” . Byzance, famous with its capital city Constantinople, has been in fact Orient (East) Roman Empire. Constantinople, the new Rome, has become the capital of an evolution of a civilisation of polythéisme to a christian orthodoxe. During one day you will be able to visit unknown part of Istanbul rich of History with a guide specialized.

Full day private tour to discover Byzantin heritage

One day private tour Istanbul special kids

from 60 £

A day of discovery with kids at Museum of Rami Koc (museum with theme of industrial technology, different machines developped over the last century in Turkey). Most of the items are from private collections mainly of Koc family : sub marines, aircrafts, train of the last sultan, cars collection). We will proceed with the visit of Miniaturc, located in the middle of a parc on the shore of Golden Horn, and assemble the miniature version of the principal monuments of the country representing the different regions and the history of the monuments.

 

One day private tour Istanbul special kids

Istanbul Airport fast track access

from 107 £

Don’t want to queue for the passport control and to pick up your luggage, we have a solution. We take care of you from the door of the plane to accompany to the fast track passport control until you meet the person who will assist.

Istanbul Airport fast track access

-->

You May Also Be Interested In

Translate »