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This is an old town tour which includes nearly everything old; the buildings, the streets, the objects and maybe the minds(!)
We will see Chora Museum, Tekfur Palace (Byzantine Palace), Writers cafe Molla Aşık Cafe, Balat, Fener Greek School as you see on the map below:
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We will see; Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Paşa Madrasa, Çorlulu Ali Pasa Madrasa, Nuruosmaniye Mosque, The Column of Constantine, Şerefiye Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Cafer Aga Madrasa, First Courtyard of Topkapı Palace , Gulhana Park, Cistern Basilica
Tour takes nearly two and a half hour.
We won’t enter museums just see and talk from outside.
We will give a tea break.
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This tour is a journey in recent history, we will be around 150 years historical places and events. Not old like Hagia Sophia…
This tour is dedicated to journalists, as we will see the monuments of some Turkish journalists on the way.
We will see St Esprit Cathedral, The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, It is the second largest Roman Catholic church in the city after the Basilica of S. Antonio di Padova. The church was built in Baraque style iin 1846. St. Esprit has been a destination of several papal visits to Turkey, including those of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. A statue of Pope Benedict XV stands in the courtyard of the cathedral.
The world’s biggest military museum. ( It takes long time so just outside and the garden)
The house of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (free entry, museum)
The house of Mustafa Kemal Ataturks’s ex wife Latife Hanım
Historıcal building Mongeri, and the Art House
On our walking tour we will witness one of the richest part of Istanbul lets say Soho of Istanbul.
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You can sell anything if you have a good story, good decoration and good sales team. If you are in Istanbul you will see Hafiz Mustafa Confectionary with impressive decoration and full of desserts. So many desserts that you feel like you are in a child’s movie whose dream came true:) And they taste good!
Hafız Mustafa was established in 1864 in Eminönü. I was born and raised in Istanbul and just learned this brand 5 years before. So it is a little bit surprising for me. Hafiz Mustafa Stores became common suddenly and we Istanbullers learned this brand suddenly. I guess they hired a martketing director from a multinational company.
I also need a good marketing director for my website:)
When you come to Istanbul enjoy Hafiz Mustafa’s deserts and feel the confectionary history of the city. Old brand and young sales team!
Sales people wear “fes” on their head to make you feel that you are in Ottoman Empire. But thanks to Ataturk and his friends that we are not in Ottoman anymore!
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Aya Ekaterini is the smallest church of Istanbul. Grek fishermen found some remains in 1924 and built the church. It is in the backyard of Koço Restaurant. You should see! as the location is really strange.
Relgious ceremonies take place in Modays, a priest comes on Mondays.
People visit here and make wishes. They say that as Aya Ekaterini was virgin try not to make wishes about ralations, love. Better to wish about business life, education etc… Or make more high wishes like peace in the world, equity, equal rights among all humans, animal rights, not harming nature etc…
On the way you can have a break in Çiya Restaurant as you see on the map. It is in Kadıköy fish market and offer a delicious meal from a broad culture, spanning from Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. They don’t serve just a food they serve food with story!
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Do you really need a guide in Istanbul?
I am a tour guide and I am the one who is asking this question. Yeah, do you really need a guide in Istanbul? I’m not sure what to say. I guess for only one day a professional guide is a smart option and for the other days maybe you should discover by yourself, because I guess traveling should include some secrets inside.
Why do I think like this?
You see the picture above. That is a different perpective of Hagia Sophia. Maybe you can never catch that picture. A tour guide can bring a new perspective. A different look to the city. That’s why, If affordable, a tourist guide is a must in this big city even for just one day for his/her perspective.
Have a look at the pictures below: those are different perspectives that I try to explain.
When I travel abroad, I always look for a local, as a friend or as a guide. Cities are made by people and people made by cities. So I need to contact with locals.
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And let the city enjoy you!
This Tour insists of lot of walking, talking and taking pictures. The main purpose is exploring the peninsula via its back streets, main streets where ever the story is hidden. Istanbul is hidden in details!
There are some buildings to visit;
Starting from Beyazıt Square, historical book market, Grand Bazaar, Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Gazi Atikali Mosque, Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasa, Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Paşa Madrasa, Şerefiye Basilica Cistern, Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Hipodrom, İbrahim Pasha Palace, Blue Mosque, The biggest Basicilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace 1.t courtyard. Gülhane Park (The outer park of the palace), Alay Pavilion, Orient Express rail station, Egypt Bazaar, Eminönü, Karaköy, the second oldest metro of the world (first is in London).
It takes nearly all day, nearly 8 hours.
The cost is 120 Euros for two people including meal and hot drinks. An apple tea in the most interesting place of Beyazıt is included!
There is also short version of it in which you will see a Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Gazi Atikali Mosque, Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasa, Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Paşa Madrasa,
This short tour takes nearly 3 hours and cost 45 Euros for 2 people!
This price excludes entrance fees. You need a museum pass.
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