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Beyoglu Tours and Activities

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Located north of the Golden Horn and across the Galata Bridge from Istanbul’s vibrant Old City, the European Beyoglu district is the city’s modern center of shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. The area contains various museums, Taksim Square, and Istiklal Street (İstiklal Caddesi), one of the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfares.

The Basics
The Beyoglu area has been inhabited since the time of Christ and was controlled by the Genoese and the Venetians before eventually being settled by the Ottomans. By the late-Ottoman era in the 19th century, Beyoglu was a center of trade, international diplomacy, and culture. Historically, it was home to many of the religious minorities in the Ottoman Empire, and today churches, synagogues, and mosques are still visible throughout the district.

Private and small-group walking tours of Istanbul visit the Beyoglu district, including those that focus on food and Jewish heritage. Tours often stop at Istiklal Street, the Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi), the Istanbul Modern museum, the Museum of Turkish Jews, Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi), contemporary galleries, and more.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Beyoglu district is a must-visit for art, history, and architecture buffs.
  • Beyoglu comprises a large area, and it’s wise to wear comfortable shoes to explore it.
  • The area around Taksim Square is a center of nightlife and dining in Istanbul.
  • As with much of Istanbul, Beyoglu can be challenging for wheelchair users to navigate, due to hills, cobblestones, stairs, etc.

How to Get There
Beyoglu is one of the most well-connected areas in Istanbul, sitting at the fulcrum of metro, tram, ferry, and bus lines. Anywhere that is too far from a public transportation line is accessible by foot or by taxi.

When to Get There
Like much of Istanbul, Beyoglu is quiet in the morning hours all the way through lunch. This is the best time to explore the streets at a leisurely pace. By the afternoon, Beyoglu gets much busier, and in the evening the area buzzes with life spilling from its many cafés, bars, and restaurants.

The Different Neighborhoods of Beyoglu
Beyoglu is a sprawling district, and its many neighborhoods each have their own vibe. Galata, the area on the slopes around the Galata Tower, features local-designer shops and jazz clubs. Cihangir attracts a young and artsy crowd to its galleries and cafés. Istiklal Caddesi draws locals and tourists to its plethora of stores, notable restaurants, and throbbing nightclubs.
Address: Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
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Guided Food and Culinary Walking Tour of Istanbul

Guided Food and Culinary Walking Tour of Istanbul

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant sights, sounds and most-importantly tastes of Istanbul on a personalized, private culinary walking tour. Try seasonal foods and beverages at hidden outlets that other tourists might miss, and confidently explore open-air markets with the help of your guide. Savor this delicious half-day stroll through the city, designed specifically to satisfy your taste buds.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Istanbul Culinary Tour by Night: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

Istanbul Culinary Tour by Night: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

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Get a taste of Turkey's varied cuisine during this half-day food tour through the Beyoglu (Pera) neighborhood. With a small-group limited to six, enjoy samplings of everything from mezes to baklava to kebabs; there is even a chance to enjoy raki, an anise-flavored liquor local to the region. Stop at bustling markets, street food stalls, restaurants, and backstreets for a closer look at Turkish culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.63
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Istanbul Culinary Tour: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

Istanbul Culinary Tour: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

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Get to know the complex food culture of Istanbul on this guided street food walking tour. Explore the Pera neighborhood and visit some of the hidden passages and streets including the Flower Passage, Hazzopulo, and Asmali Mescit. Stop at traditional meyhanes and food markets and sample a wide range of cuisine, including snacks, desserts, and drinks.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.60
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$81.60
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Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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Experience another side of multi-cultural, multi-faith Istanbul and uncover the city’s fascinating Jewish heritage on this 4-hour small-group walking tour. With numbers limited to 15, you’ll have plenty of chance to ask questions and deepen your knowledge as you explore the streets and synagogues of colorful Galata, the heart of Istanbul’s Jewish community. Learn about the city’s rich Jewish history at the Jewish Museum, then visit beautiful landmarks like the Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue and the Camondo Buildings.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes to 4 hours 10 minutes
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$84.88
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Art Gallery and Museum Tours in Istanbul

Art Gallery and Museum Tours in Istanbul

This is a customised tour of the most popular and most local places of the Istanbul art scene. As someone who knows the art scene really well, I will take you to the best galleries and most interesting shows that are on display at that time. As I take you to the art places according to your interests, I will guide you through the artworks. If you're interested in contemporary art, you will absolutely love this tour!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$38.80
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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

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Treat your palate to Istanbul’s exciting flavors on a 3-hour evening food walking tour. Follow a food-enthusiast guide around hidden streets and neighborhoods, and scout out the best food haunts the city has to offer. Taste treats such as 'borek' (flaky pastry); nibble on enticing ‘meze’ (small appetizers) at a ‘meyhane’ tavern, and savor ‘raki’, the locals’ beloved anise-flavored firewater. As you walk and eat, learn about Istanbul’s cuisine and the ingredients and influences that have shaped it. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.50
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$106.50
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Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch

Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch

Stroll around the Jewish quarter and enjoy a sightseeing cruise along the famous Bosphorus Strait during this full-day small-group guided tour in Istanbul. Walk through the district of Karaköy and discover Istanbul’s Jewish history. Alongside an expert guide, visit synagogues and the Jewish museum all while learning about the city’s rich Jewish heritage. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch of local cuisine and then savor a boat cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. Plus, take a scenic drive along the Golden Horn and climb to the top of Pierre Loti Hill on a cable car. Numbers are limited to 15 people, so you can enjoy a more intimate experience with your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes
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$127.32
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

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Uncover the rich history of Jewish culture during this privately guided tour in Istanbul. Explore old Jewish synagogues such as the Etz Ahayim Synagogue and Ashkenazi Synagogue and learn about Istanbul’s vast Jewish heritage. Enjoy visits to famous sites like Galata Tower and the Jewish Museum of Turkey (referred to as the Zülfaris Synagogue) to grasp the depth of Jewish people’s history from ancient times through Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires to present day.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Taksim to Galata, Istanbul's Old European Quarter Sightseeing Walking Tour

Taksim to Galata, Istanbul's Old European Quarter Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Experience the lively Taksim district under the knowledgeable eye of your guide. Sample locally produced lokum (Turkish Delight) in between seeing the area’s noteworthy attractions. 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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$6.06
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Must See Istanbul In A Day: Private And Personalized

Must See Istanbul In A Day: Private And Personalized

Istanbul is a city with many faces. From its iconic mosques to tangles of streets and bazaars that enrich its cultural diversity- there is so much to take in. But with so much to experience, you may be wondering how you could possibly discover what the city has to offer in just one day! With your thoughtfully handpicked Host by your side, you’ll be able to visit some of the top attractions as well as a few secret local spots along the way too. Whether you want a grand sight-seeing experience that takes in the iconic Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia museum, to a casual stroll through the lush gardens of the Dolmabahce Palace – let us know your pace and we will stick to it. Within 24 hours of your booking, we will contact you to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.89
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ISTANBUL 2 DAYS Private & Guided Istanbul Old City - Istanbul Food Tour

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ISTANBUL 2 DAYS Private & Guided Istanbul Old City - Istanbul Food Tour

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The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with a visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage. The tour takes you off the beaten track so you can sample the real tastes of Istanbul and experience delicious Turkish delicacies you may not have known existed. While discovering local markets you will also gain an overview of Turkish history and culture while appreciating the unique architecture of Istanbul. Whether you are a food expert or just love food the Istanbul Food Tour will fulfill your eating dreams.
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  • 2 days
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$231.20
$272.00
$40.80 savings
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$272.00
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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Jewish Heritage of Istanbul Tour

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Jewish Heritage of Istanbul Tour

Hop off at the port and delve into a guided full-day exploration of Istanbul’s historical Jewish heritage during this private shore excursion. This tour presents the rich history and significant landmarks of Sephardic Jews (originating from Spain) who were received with open arms to Istanbul in 1492. Along your city expedition, visit old Jewish neighborhoods such as Balat, Galata Tower, and four emblematic synagogues. Plus, enjoy the Jewish Museum of History with personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 7 hours
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$169.76
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$169.76
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Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Discover the rich Jewish heritage of one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities on this full-day private tour of Istanbul’s historic districts. Wander around the old Jewish quarter of Galata and tour the fascinating Jewish Museum, then visit some of Istanbul’s most impressive synagogues. Finish by admiring the mesmerising architecture of Hagia Sophia and exploring the lively shops of the Grand Bazaar.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.00
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$210.00
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Istanbul Street Photography, Istanbul photo tour, Photo tour,

Istanbul Street Photography, Istanbul photo tour, Photo tour,

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- You will see heart of Istanbul with us - You will take good streets photos at the right places - We will give you all our experience at the street photography - You will be together with locals - You can contact and ask questions to local people - Sometimes we will be far from the tourist places - You can get some special photos of fisherman, some seller ect - We will just make point shoots in short time
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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$139.00
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City trek in Istanbul

City trek in Istanbul

A day trek to discover Istanbul off the beaten tracks: Balat, the Golden horn, the back streets of Beyoglu and the caravansarays, all witnesses of a rich and cosmopolitan city, built by ottomans, levantins, jews and armenians.
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  • 7 hours
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$218.26
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Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers

Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers

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This is a perfect tour program option for transit travellers who have a couple of hours layover between their flights in Istanbul. The tour focuses on the history, and the food the of the city’s most dynamic areas. During this private tour, you will visit Taksim, Istiklal Street, Beyoglu, Karakoy, Eminonu, Spice Market. This private tour introduces you to the art of Turkish cuisine  and the history of Istanbul. Last minute passangers can contact us and we will arrange the tour as soons as possible.     
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.51
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$145.51
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Jewish District Walking Tour in Istanbul

Jewish District Walking Tour in Istanbul

Exploring a city by walking is an intimate way of getting to know it, and there is no better way to learn about the Karaköy Jewish District than to the walk around it. You will go on a group walking tour around modern day Galata and be charmed by its colorful streets, all while learning about daily life over there as you walk by the Jewish Apartments. You will also walk up and down the famed Camondo Steps, an architectural marvel constructed using a quirky combination of Art Noveau and Neo-Baroque artistic styles. Be regaled by the stories and commentary of a fun and knowledgeable English-speaking guide, especially when you drop by the Jewish Museum where you will learn about the culture and history of Jewish Turks. Venture into the consecrated grounds of the district's synagogues such as the Ashkenazi and Schneider synagogues, bask in their calming and holy atmospheres, and understand how religion has influenced the lifestyles of the district's inhabitants.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.88
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