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Discover Galata, Sultanahmet and Turkish Food - Free Walking Tour

  • İstanbul
  • Available in: English

About the guru Çelik Kubilay

Welcome to Istanbul! My name is Kubilay, or you can call me ''Kubi''. I was born in Istanbul and i truly live for my city. I'm an entrepreneur in fashion and technology fields. I'm also history researcher, studying antropology and amateur musician as well. I love meeting with new people and exploring each other's culture and experiences. I'll be so happy to show you and make... More »

Welcome to Istanbul! My name is Kubilay, or you can call me ''Kubi''. I was born in Istanbul and i truly live for my city. I'm an entrepreneur in fashion and technology fields. I'm also history researcher, studying antropology and amateur musician as well. I love meeting with new people and exploring each other's culture and experiences. I'll be so happy to show you and make you discover Istanbul's all history, city, culture and food!

About the tour

Galata and Old Istanbul(Sultanahmet) districts are the major places in Istanbul and you'll discover them with me while tasting Turkish food! Districts are famous with its unique history, architecture, mosques, churches, authentic and historical cafes, art galleries, lounge restaurants.

Our tour will start from Galata Tower. Through the Karaköy district, we'll reach to Galata Bridge and while walking on the bridge, we'll capture the beauty of Bosphorus. From Eminönü, we'll visit Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar and arrive to Old Istanbul(Sultanahmet), most popular, most historical area with its uniqe architecture and have been the capital of many dynasties, finally we'll finish the tour at Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasah.

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What we will see?

Galata Tower

Tophane Çeşmesi (Tophane Fountain)

Tophane-i Amire (Ottoman Gun Foundry)

Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque

Saint Gregory Church of Galata

Aya Andrea Church

Arab/Galata Mosque

Galata Bridge

Eminönü New Mosque

Spice Bazaar

Gülhane Park

Sultanahmet Square (Hippodrome of Constantinople)

Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)

Sultan I. Ahmet's Tomb

Hürrem Sultan Bath

The Stone of Million

Firuz Aga Mosque

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Irene Church

Topkapı Palace

Soguk Cesme Street (Street of Ottoman Houses)

Sultan III. Ahmet's Fountain

Grand Bazaar

Sultan II. Mahmut's Tomb

Çemberlitaş Monument (Column of Constantine)

Nuruosmaniye Mosque

Çorlulu Ali Paşa Madrasah

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What we will taste?

Baklava

Çiğ köfte (Raw meat ball with bulgur and spice)

Kokoreç (lamb or goat intestines wrapped around seasoned offal)

Kebab (Meat that grilled or braised in Turkish style)

Turkish Delight

Köfte (meatball with flavour in Turkish style)

Künefe (shredded dough baked with cheese and sweet syrup)

Sütlaç (dessert which is a mix of milk, rice, sugar, as rice pudding)

Midye (Mussel)

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I'll be waiting for you at the front of Anemon Hotel Galata, next to Galata Tower.

You can reach Galata Tower by using Metro. If you get off at Sishane Metro Station, it's only 3-4 minutes by walking.

On our way, we'll taste Turkish cuisine, street food, desserts, authentic cafes. We'll walk approximatly 4,5-5km. This is a tip based free tour. About the food taste, if you'd like to try all food based on the list, it will cost approximately 15 Euro (100 TL)

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We'll not visit inside of;

Topkapı Palace,

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Irene Church

Basilica Cistern

Galata Tower

Tophane-i Amire (Ottoman Gun Foundry)

Hürrem Sultan Bath

We'll observe the structures together from outside. Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Basilica Sistern, Hagia Irene Church requires muse card or ticket. You can visit inside of them in your free time with your muse card. We'll be visiting inside of other places, but some of them may be closed to visitors some hours/days but we'll visit as much as we can together.

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How to find me: I'll be waiting for you at the front of Anemon Hotel Galata, next to Galata Tower. You can reach Galata Tower by using Metro. If you get off at Sishane Metro Station, it's only 3-4 minutes by walking.
Tour duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Tour schedule

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings 6

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Pedro

7 months ago

This was amazing, I have been to 18 countries and always do a walking tour, this was by far THE BEST. Çelik really took the time to make an amazing tour for us, took us all around Istanbul and to try some amazing food, the tour was supposed to be 3h but we ended up spending together, really amazing. He's a very knowledgeable and nice guy! I would 100% recommend this tour with him.

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Response from Çelik Kubilay:

My friend Pedro! I can't wait to see you and Georgie again, we had such a special and amazing day. I'm so happy you had this memory with me! Much love to Manchester!
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Arturo

7 months ago

We were thinking of choosing one of the other trips but, then we saw that this one included food tasting: it was the best choice! The tour was amazingly pleasant, we never felt rushed or out of place

About the host, Kubi, you can tell that he really knows about Ottoman history. He takes his time explaining the details and answers all your questions.

He also knows where to eat! We loved all the food we tried, so come with an open mind!

This will be a day well spent if you book this tour :D

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Response from Çelik Kubilay:

Thank you my friend Arturo! Much love to Mexico & Bolivia :)
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Guillermina

7 months ago

Nos encanto el tour con Celik Kubi! La pasamos increible, no solo nos compartio mucha informacion e historia de Estambul, sino que el tour se extendio a 7 horas! Compartimos buenos momentos con personas de diferentes nacionalidades! Un exito, sin duda lo recomiendo! Gracias por todo Kubi!!

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Response from Çelik Kubilay:

¡Fue un placer estar con ustedes y disfruté mucho también! El recorrido normalmente dura 3.30h o 4 horas. ¡Hoy solo tenía a usted en mi agenda y con su aprobación, decidí estar con usted y mostrarle todo sin límite de tiempo, así que vimos todo y probamos todo tipo de alimentos juntos! Espero verte de nuevo Guillermina! - - - It was my pleasure to be with you, and i enjoyed a lot as well! Tour normally takes 3.30h or 4 hours. Today i had only you on my schedule and with your approval, i decided to be with you and show you everything without time limit, so we saw everything and tasted all kind of foods together! I hope to see you again Guillermina!
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Leonie

7 months ago

We had a very nice tour with Kubi. Insights on culture, history, politics and many other topics you would like to get to know more of will be shared. It took us more time to see all sights, this was no problem as we had a great time discovering and trying delicious turkish specialities. Thank you again, we would do it any time again :)

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Response from Çelik Kubilay:

I had one of my greatest memory with you and guys Leonie! I’m really hoping to see you again. We enjoyed Istanbul without time limit together, best wishes to all of you!
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Claire

7 months ago

Çelik was fantastic, it felt like hanging out with a local friend for the day. He was able to tell us loads of interesting local info and history and took us for great food. Couldn't recommend enough.

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Response from Çelik Kubilay:

I was also so happy to be with you Claire and i’m so glad you enjoyed the day! Best wishes!
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Ramona

8 months ago

Great tour, lot of information/ historie and good food. Very nice guy and after the tour you can still ask him for info. Bring good walking shoes cause we walked for 5 hours.

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Response from Çelik Kubilay:

Thank you Ramona! It was so beautiful to be with you and Femke! We had stops for food tastings, i'm happy you enjoyed it! It made totally 5 hours with food tastings and 3.30h-4h walking. And you're right, walking shoes will be very good :) hope to see you again!
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