Cosmopolis - Istiklal Street Small Group Walking Seminar

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The walk very much is a portrait of Istanbul, caught between two worlds
The walk very much is a portrait of Istanbul, caught between two worlds
A wonderful mix of neoclassical architecture and Art Nouveau
A wonderful mix of neoclassical architecture and Art Nouveau
Beautiful details
Beautiful details
Colorful shop
Colorful shop
Discover a place that is part Middle Eastern and part European
Discover a place that is part Middle Eastern and part European
Tourist at Taksim Square (with Turkish flags) in Istanbul, Turkey
Tourist at Taksim Square (with Turkish flags) in Istanbul, Turkey
Some of the most common street foods in the city, chestnut and corn roasts in Istiklal street, Istanbul
Some of the most common street foods in the city, chestnut and corn roasts in Istiklal street, Istanbul
Istanbul's famous Istiklal Street
Istanbul's famous Istiklal Street
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What To Expect

A group tour of Istanbul's famous Istiklal Street, heart of the city's 19th and 20th diplomatic quarter and resonant with the sights and smells of a place that is part Middle Eastern and part European.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Istanbul
Departs From:
Istanbul
Meeting Point:
Starbucks at Taxim Hill Hotel
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 AM
Product Code:
7205
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Taking the famous and picturesque Istiklal Street as our tableau over the course of this three-hour stroll, we'll explore the former diplomatic or "European" zone of the city where nationalities, religions, and the myriad peoples of this cosmopolitan city have mixed for the last 150 years.

Beginning in Taksim Square and proceeding down the famous Istiklal Street, we'll trace a route through a part of Istanbul that Europeans settled during the 19th century, as the fading Ottoman Empire began a program of rapprochement with France, Germany, and the other powers to its west.

Today, this heady period of cultural diversity is represented by a wonderful mix of neoclassical architecture and Art Nouveau, Parisian-style covered passages, and a vibrant street life of cafes, shops, and fine restaurants. Some of the most historic food shops are located here, as well as a fish market.

And since this street is such a focal point of life for young Istanbulis today (the square at the top is the center of business in the city, and the many European cultural centers and consulates along the boulevard make it a diplomatic quarter) this walk very much is a portrait of Istanbul, caught between two worlds.

Highlights

  • Taksim Square

  • Istiklal Street

  • Diplomatic district

  • Jewish synagogue

Includes

  • Service of a docent

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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