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Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü) Tours

Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü)
Stretched across the Golden Horn, the Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü) connects the shores of Istanbul’s historical peninsula with the Karakoy and Galata neighborhoods. Though the presence of the bridge started in 1845, the current structure dates only to 1994. Fishermen line the atmospheric bridge day and night, trying to haul in their daily catch.

The Basics
Though the current Galata Bridge is the fifth version of the structure, the desire to cross the Golden Horn on foot goes back to Byzantine times. The Galata Bridge unites the Sultanahmet neighborhood, with its imperial mosques and Topkapi Palace, to the traditionally mercantile and shipping areas near the Karakoy port. 

Many private and small-group Istanbul tours that cross the Galata Bridge also stop at the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, the Karakoy neighborhood, and the Hagia Sophia.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Galata Bridge is a must-see for all first-time visitors to Istanbul.
  • The bridge is a great spot for watching the ferry boats crossing the Bosphorus, and taking in the city’s mosque-dotted skyline at sunset.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you walk across the bridge and through the city.
 
How to Get There
Galata Bridge connects Istanbul’s central transit hubs of Eminonu and Karakoy, and is walking distance from the historical neighborhood of Sultanahmet. To get to the bridge on public transportation, take a taxi, bus, ferry, or tram to the Eminonu or Karakoy stop.

When to Get There
Galata Bridge is usually full of activity, but is quieter in the morning. Arrive early to watch the fishermen and stroll without the crowds. During the day, the bridge is a busy transit way for people walking or driving between Eminonu and Karakoy, and it’s particularly lovely at sunset.
 
What to See From the Bridge
Due to its central location, the Galata Bridge offers stunning views of many of Istanbul’s historical sites. Look toward the Old City to see the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. See the New Mosque in Eminonu Square and Suleymaniye Mosque rising above it. To the northeast, spot Galata Tower perched above its namesake neighborhood. And of course, peer down the Bosphorus and its numerous ferry and other boats below.
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days and entry to select attractions.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$61.45
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Evening walks, local food tasting tour

Evening walks, local food tasting tour

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Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit much-loved food stops as you stroll through historic Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet; enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge; and try staples such as fried mussels and ‘baklava,’ the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$73.74
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Istanbul by Night Private Tour

Istanbul by Night Private Tour

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Venture out into Istanbul after nightfall on this private evening tour. With a guide accompanying you, you'll feel safe and comfortable, and you'll get a tour of the local highlights and hot spots, as well as some food tastings. This nightlife sampling will give you great ideas for places you'd like to return later in your trip.
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  • 3 hours
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$61.45
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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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Begin your 3-hours Bosphorus dinner cruise with either a coach pickup from your hotel or join your guide at the port. Then, board your festive boat for a sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait and see the monument-laden European and Asian coastlines. To help you settle in, grab a complimentary drink from the cabin bar, and then pick your favorite viewpoint to gaze out at Istanbul’s stunning monuments. Enjoy this exciting performance of music and dancing which sheds light on the city’s Anatolian culture. As the show picks up, get ready for classic belly dancing with playful twists and shakes enjoyed by all. Once the show is over, spend the last few minutes admiring the sparkling city as your boat arrives at the port. Next, either head back to your hotel by coach or continue your evening from here at your leisure.
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  • 3 hours
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Istanbul Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour

Istanbul Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour

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Discover Istanbul’s delectable bites and illuminated sights by night on this food tour. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, head to the bustling Taksim Square, home to the mighty Monument to the Republic, in order to sample Turkish specialties from multiple eateries. Feast on Turkish dishes like icli kofte (spiced meat and nuts), sample an authentic Turkish kebab, and satisfy your sweet tooth with baklava, a traditional Turkish dessert. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 14 food lovers.
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  • 4 hours
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$54.08
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Morning Bosphorus Tour ((4 Hours)) With One Break Near Rumeli Fortress

Morning Bosphorus Tour ((4 Hours)) With One Break Near Rumeli Fortress

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Bosphorus is a natural water strait located between Europe and Asia so In our tour we will visit the Bosphorus passing under the magnificent bosphorus Bridges Also we will sail in the calm water of the golden horn for 50 min where you will be able to be in the heart of the old city
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  • 4 hours
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Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

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Step aboard a cruise in Istanbul for a few hours to see the sights along the coast of the Bosphorus, all the way to the Black Sea. As you travel, sit down for a 2-course lunch accompanied by soft drinks and coffee or tea. You'll get great photo ops of the sights from the water, and stop in the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi to visit the ancient fortress there. Book ahead to make sure you check this must-do cruise off your list.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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2-Hour Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Transfers

2-Hour Bosphorus Yacht Cruise with Transfers

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Get the best view of Bosphorus’ monuments, mosques, and mansions on a private yacht cruise from Istanbul. On this private sightseeing cruise, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of top Istanbul attractions from the water. Avoid crowded tourist boats and relish the privacy of your very own yacht, accompanied by guided commentary and drinks. Choose from a range of departure times at checkout and enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transport.   
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  • 3 hours
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$500.00
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Private Shooting in Istanbul

Private Shooting in Istanbul

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Let's have fun and a good fit during our little photo walk! I will be teaching you how to look at the camera naturally while being confident with your self-image. Photography is the art of lighting, including when you take portraits in street style. We meet in Sultanahmet area and from there we start our photography adventure, we walk to Karakoy and take an old funicular to Galata. In Galata we can make a break in the rooftop cafe with amazing view for some drinks and photos. After we can walk to Cihangir and finish the trip. I will take photos of you for 2 hour while we hang around. All your photos from our time together will be delivered to you via email within 2 days after the experience ends. Don't worry about posing l will gide you to get the best results!
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  • 2 hours
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$100.00
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The Eclectic Istanbul - Private Tour with Bosphorus Cruise (regular ticket)

The Eclectic Istanbul - Private Tour with Bosphorus Cruise (regular ticket)

Start the tour with the elegant Dolmabahce Palace. We next take finucular to Taksim. After a short exploration, we walk down to Galata along Istiklal Street. Your guide will tell the stories of the famous buildings. Next we climb the Galata Tower for a panoramic view of majestic Istanbul. After a lunch break at a local restaurant we explore Karakoy. A stylish, old neighborhood of Istanbul. We continue with a walk across the picturesque Galata bridge. Next we will visit the Spice Bazaar and around and continue to Rustem Pasha Mosque. Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles from the 16th century. Our last hightlight is the Bosphorus Cruise up to the second bridge. You will discover old neighborhoods along the Bosphorus and amaze at the beautiful "Yalis" (waterfront, wooden mansions).
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  • 6 hours
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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

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. You’ll enjoy the centuries old traditional of having your fortune read in your Turkish coffee grounds. 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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Galata Tower & Rooftop Breakfast

Galata Tower & Rooftop Breakfast

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The view from this Old Ottoman tower is one of the most unique views in the world. Everything about this tour is unique. From the amazıng rooftop breakfast spot to the ancient roads of Taksim/Galata to the most famous baklava shop in Istanbul.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Istanbul Classics & Bosphorus Cruise Private Tour

Istanbul Classics & Bosphorus Cruise Private Tour

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This is a great tour option for the ones who only have one day to explore and still  want to understand what Istanbul is all about. On this private 7 hours walking tour  your guide will take you to an exciting journey through the centuries to the Istanbul's ancient Ottoman and Roman roots. You will learn about the most famous highlights and must see monuments of Istanbul. Marvel at the iconic Hagia Sophia , Blue Mosque and Hippodrome Spectacular views of Istanbul's skyline  Discover the top attractions with an expert , local guide A great insight into Turkish culture  Cruise along the Bosphorous Strait
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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All Day Family Fun Trip Istanbul

All Day Family Fun Trip Istanbul

It's a perfect chance to have fun with your family. You will visit 3 different attractions and each are full of fun activities for both children and adults. This tour is a mix of culture, history and fun!
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  • 8 hours
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$116.76
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Turkey 09 Days Tour

Turkey 09 Days Tour

Best popular places to see and admission fees are included. Licenced Professional guide services , also enjoy shopping at organized times
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  • 10 days
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Private food tasting tour and city walks

Private food tasting tour and city walks

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Enjoy an evening tour tasting the best local food in Istanbul. Rather than spending your time searching around, join this walking tour and taste 4 different local foods! A great way to see the city on an evening. this is a private activity for couples or families,
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$90.95
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$90.95
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Istanbul Fullday With Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul Fullday With Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul Fullday tour with visit Dolmabahce Palace ,Spicy Bazaar  and Bosphorus Cruise by boat.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Experience the Best of Turkey on a 18 Day Tour From Istanbul

Experience the Best of Turkey on a 18 Day Tour From Istanbul

This beautifully constructed 18-day tour ensures you see all the significant sites by a professional guide in comfort; this is an exceptional tour!
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  • 18 days
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 Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and start to discover Istanbul’s Jewish culture on this half-day tour. You will visit; Neve Shalom, Ahrida and Ashkenazi Synagogues. You can take a stroll in the colorful streets of the Jewish communities in the quarters of Balat and Galata along the Golden Horn where the start of David appears on the facedes of some buildings. In the end of the tour, we will drop you off to your hotel.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.52
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Istanbul - Full Day Tour

Istanbul - Full Day Tour

The full day tour is gives a chance to see all historical and cultural places in Istanbul. And lunch will be included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00

Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

In the morning, you will picked up from your hotel and start to discover Istanbul’s Jewish culture on this half-day tour. You will visit; Neve Shalom, Ahrida and Ashkenaz Synagogues. You can take a stroll in the colorful streets of the Jewish communities in the quarters of Balat and Galata along the Golden Horn where the start of David appears on the facedes of some buildings.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$344.14
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$344.14
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Hiking along the Golden Horn

Hiking along the Golden Horn

You will have the opportunity to discover the Golden Horn and the Galata Bridge, during your visit, then take the cable car to the Pierre Loti café which offers a magnificent panoramic view of Istanbul.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$118.41
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$118.41

Walking tour in istanbul

Walking tour in istanbul

This is walking tour which includes both the modern and ancient face of Istanbul. In this private tour most of the must see attractions are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$373.34
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