Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages

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Easy        2.5 hours (Approx.)

Experience the lively Beyoğlu-Taksim district under the knowledgeable eye of your guide. Veer away from the hustle and bustle of Istiklal Avenue to discover the beautiful side streets and historical passages that get missed by tourists and Turks alike.

  • Let your guide take you to the hidden backstreets and passages of Taksim
  • Sample top-notch Turkish Delight suggested by your guide
  • See the Taksim district through a local’s eyes
Meeting point

As we stroll Istiklal Street, your guide will point out places to get the best local snacks and coffee, as well as show you the main points of interest along the way.

Beyoğlu (formerly Pera) was the primary neighborhood of the foreign community as well as non-Muslim Ottoman subjects and gradually attained an European look with the arrival of foreign embassies. It is now the city’s major entertainment district, full of bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, and scores of top shopping brands.

What’s Included

Professional Guide
Small Group


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • It is a walking tour, so there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Pricing Details:

Adults Age (16-99): 1 Person: €30.00 | 2 Person: €40.00 | 3 Person: €54.00 | 4 Person: €68.00 | 5 Person: €80.00 | 6 Person: €90.00

Childs Age (12-17): €12.00

Taksim Square:

Every great city has a central square, and Istanbul does not disappoint. Aptly named ‘Taksim’ (meaning “division” or “distribution”) for the place where the main water lines once met, this square has a little bit of everything and is worth a trip to witness people and their interactions.


Beyoglu the old European quarter of the city is Istanbul’s bohemian quarter, full of cafes, street performers and trendy young people.

Istiklal Street:

In the Ottoman era, Beyoğlu (then known as Pera) was, along with Galata, the European Quarter of Istanbul. Home to embassies and trading centers, as well as fine 19th-century, Parisian-style apartment houses, the area was much-loved by the city’s non-Islamic minorities, with names of Greek and Armenian architects still adorning the fronts of some of Istiklal Avenue’s grander buildings.

Çiçek Pasajı:

About halfway along Istiklal Caddesi, the famous modern avenue that starts from Taksim Square and leads to the edge of Galata, there are numerous “passages”, or arcades – part covered and part free in the sun – abounding with shops and restaurants. The most famous of these, the Çiçek Pasajı, dates to 1876 and bears a particular history. At one time, in fact, it was one of the swankiest places in the city: built in direct imitation of Parisian models, it housed a shopping arcade and apartments. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, many impoverished noble Russian women, including a Baroness, found themselves selling flowers here. By the 1940s the building was mostly occupied by flower shops, hence the present Turkish name: “Flower Passage”.

St Anthony of Padua:

Venetian Neogotic Style largest Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul and has the largest community following its masses. Pope John XXIII preached in this church for ten years, when he was the Vatican ambassador to Turkey being elected as Pope.

Galata Tower:

One of the city’s most distinctive sights, this great fortification dating back to 1348 was erected by the mercantile Genoese Italians as a vantage point over the city walls and was subsequently used as a fire lookout tower until as recently as the 1960s.


Karaköy is one of the oldest and most historic districts of the city, and is today an important commercial center and transport hub.

Galata Koprusu:

Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü), one of Istanbul’s most exciting spots, begins in 1845. The bridge, which spans the two sides of the Golden Horn, has gone through many changes over the years. The Galata Bridge is an important symbol of Istanbul and has an important place in the the daily life of the city, as well as in its literature and popular culture. With its restaurants, cafes and hookah lounges below and the tramway and pedestrian traffic passing above it offers a splendid view of the city, particularly in the evening. Together with the street peddlers, people fishing from the bridge and the ferries docking across the way it one of the most magnificent places to get a picture of daily life in Istanbul.


Halic (Golden Horn) means inlet in English separates the old and new sections of Istanbul. The views of this water body is magnificent, especially at dawn or dusk, when the hues of the sunlight play on the water and the different structures along its banks and bridges across. The views of the city, old and new, from water is equally stunning.

Departure Point:

Starbucks at Taksim

Meeting point is “STARBUCKS” at Taksim Square (which is the one located right under “The Marmara Taksim Hotel”.) 1 minute walk from Taksim Metro Station. Your guide (wears a red tourist guide badge so very easy to recognize) will be waiting for you outside the entrance to this Starbucks.



Return Details:

Galata Tower:

Our tour concludes in Galata Tower, leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing..

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Luna Santos 🇪🇸

Couple Traveller
Love it

Our Guide gave us very complete information. Made it fun and dynamic for us!! Love it

March 1, 2021

warren corda 🇮🇳

Couple Traveller
Great Tour

Errol was a great tour guide and answered all our questions. He took time to show us around places that weren’t on the route and give us suggestions on food and drink places along with a few cultural pieces of information. Would highly recommend this tour and wish he did a tour of old Istanbul too .

February 19, 2021

Andres Romero Gubert 🇦🇷

Solo Traveller
The tour was excellent

The tour was excellent, the guide (sorry I don’t remember the name) was really kind and interesting. I recommend this tour 100%

February 9, 2021

Sofya Sokolinskaya 🇷🇺

Family Traveller

The tour was absolutely fantastic! We visited not only common places, but also really hidden treasures! You never see such unless do this tour. Our guide was Erol – professional, interesting, knowledgeable, delicate! Thank him very much. There were just two of us, but he worked as if it was real big group.

January 29, 2021

Dan Nguyen 🇨🇦

Couple Traveller
What a great tour!

Errol showed us all the cool nooks and crannies that only the locals would know about. He was very knowledgeable politcally, socially, and religiously. We had great conversations and he was also a very nice guy to talk to.

He gave us good advice on where to eat, shop, and see.

Would 100% recommend to anyone visiting Istanbul.

October 26, 2020