Back streets of Istanbul

Bitinya Tours and Events

During this tour, we will visit and walk through number of places not very popular among the tour groups. We will start the tour from Cemberlitas, a column standing in the mid of the Forum Constantine. We will walk through Tahtakale, a popular shopping area for mid and low budget locals. The next visit will be the Rustem Pasa Mosque, a small mosque highly decorated with famous Iznik tiles, built by famous Ottoman architect: Mimar Sinan. We will have some free time at the famous Spice Market (or the Egyptian Bazaar) , another souk from the Ottoman era, famous of selling spices.

We will cross over the Golden Horn by the Galata Bridge, where you can have the view of the old city dominated by the domes and the minarets. The next is a short cruise by a public ferry to the Asian side with the locals, to Kadikoy. There will be a chance to walk around at a local food market selling fruit, vegetables and fish on the Asian side. Now we will have a very local experience, we will drive from Kadikoy to another center, to Uskudar, by a share-taxi. We will cross to Europe by another public boat, this time to Besiktas, on the way you can enjoy the view of the new city. From Besiktas we will catch a public bus up to Taksim Square and walk downhill through Golden Horn via Galata Tower on the most famous street of Istanbul called Istiklal Street. From Golden Horn we will catch a tram to go back to our hotel