My Local Guide Istanbul

My Local Guide Istanbul

My Local Guide Istanbul, with five years experience in leading tours for english-speaking International travellers, offers tours designed and delivered by local people with a passion for Turkey and travel. We specialise in tours for the independent traveller who likes to walk side by side with the locals and explore places that are not easy to discover on your own.

Istanbul Heritage Tour

Leave the main tourist precincts behind for an afternoon and explore the outer historic Western area of Istanbul with the Istanbul Heritage tour. This tour will take you off the normal tourist trail and show you the Golden Horn and the rich Byzantine and Ottoman history that exists near the old city walls of Istanbul. Cruise down the Golden Horn, visit UNESCO World Heritage listed Ottoman houses, walk the old Byzantine city walls, visit the sacred Eyüp Mosque complex, take a cable car to the picturesque Pierre Loti Café and be inspired by the spectacular 180 degree views of Istanbul.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
5 Hours
Departure
08:30
Price per Participant
55.00 USD
Languages
Group size
1 - 10 people
Transportation
Walking
Includes
English speaking local guide, tram to Eminönü Harbour, Golden Horn ferry ride, cable car to Pierre Loti Cafe,  a çay, turkish coffee or soft drink at the panoramic Pierre Loti Café, walking in the Eyüp district, visiting the city walls, visiting Balat/Fener district andpublic bus fare back to Eminönü.
Excludes
Extra drinks and shopping expenses.Tipping to the guide.
Cancellation

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My Local Guide Istanbul

My Local Guide Istanbul

Leave the main tourist precincts behind for an afternoon and explore the outer historic Western area of Istanbul with the Istanbul Heritage tour. This tour will take you off the normal tourist trail and show you the Golden Horn and the rich Byzantine and Ottoman history that exists near the old city walls of Istanbul. Cruise down the Golden Horn, visit UNESCO World Heritage listed Ottoman houses, walk the old Byzantine city walls, visit the sacred Eyüp Mosque complex, take a cable car to the picturesque Pierre Loti Café and be inspired by the spectacular 180 degree views of Istanbul.

Detail

Our meeting point is the Fuego Cafe & Restaurant in Sultanhamet – located in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul.  From our meeting point we will get the local tram to the Eminönü Harbour. In Eminönü we catch a public bus to the colourful Fener/Balat district (bus approx 10 minutes).

This is one of the oldest districts in Istanbul where Ottoman Orthodox and Jewish people once lived. Here you can see a lot of the traces of the Ottoman life. Wooden Ottoman houses, mosques, churches and synagogues all next to each other which shows the multicultural and religious ways of the Ottoman Empire. The area is so unique it is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. After walking through the cobblestoned streets of Fener/Balat we walk alongside the historic Byzantine city walls which were built in the 4th century AD during the time of Constantine the Great.

Arriving in Eyüp, we visit the historic Eyüp Mosque Complex which is a sacred and mystical area where locals and pilgrims come to visit the mosques and the tombs of Muslim saints. From here we take a short cable car to the famous Pierre Loti Cafe which is a popular meeting point for locals.

Enjoy the greatest panoramic views of Istanbul while sipping a drink in one of the cafés where French Poet Pierre Loti was inspired to write Aziyade, a part biography / part love story about his escapades in Istanbul in the late 1800s.

After taking photos and enjoying the breathtaking views we walk back down to Eyüp to catch the local ferry to cruise the blue waters of the Golden Horn to Eminönü Harbour. This ferry ride gives you great photo opportunities of Istanbul’s Golden Horn with Ottoman houses, shipyards, the old and new Galata Bridge, Ataturk Bridge, city walls, mosques, churches and other historic and modern sites. Eminönü Harbour is where our tour finishes.  You are free to take photos of the picturesque Galata Bridge, Galata Tower and other quintessential Istanbul sites from this central location.

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