- Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from your hotel
- Visit Taksim Square, Istiklal Street formerly the
Grande Rue de Pera, French Street known as A La
Rue Francaise, antique shops street and Nevizade.
- By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
to your hotel.
WHAT YOU VISIT
- Taksim Square is the heart of
modern Istanbul, laid out in the late 1800s near a taksim
(branching-point) in the city's water distribution system.
You can still see the taksim at the beginning of Istiklal
Caddesi. The Independence Monument in the circle at the
southern end of the square
commemorates the Turkish Republic's founder, Kemal Ataturk,
in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief and as
Istiklal Avenue - Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) formerly the Grande Rue de Pera, is the heart of Beyoglu, the more modern district of Istanbul built during the 19th century.
The city's most popular strolling, shopping and snacking street, now reserved for pedestrians, is lined with boutiques, cafes, consulates, restaurants, galleries, cinemas and banks, with residential apartments above.
When 19th-century travelers spoke of Constantinople
(Istanbul) as the Paris of the East, they were thinking of
the Grande Rue de Pera (Istiklal Caddesi) and its half-European, half-Asian culture.
The avenue begins at Taksim Square, the hub of modern Istanbul, you can walk all the way down or enjoy riding the Nostalgic Tram.
- For a taste of France in Istanbul, head to Fransiz
(Cezayir) Sokagi, the city's decidedly French quarter.
Tucked away behind the famed Galatasaray Lycee (Galatasaray
School) off Istiklal Street is a cobbled tribute to the
French influence in Turkey, which has lasted for centuries.
Though opened in 2004, the Street exudes a historic grace
thanks to a carefully planned restoration
project led by Parisian
architects. The project took two years and involved the
restoration of buildings and pavements. Street heaters and a
special sound system were installed and
century-old coal-gas lamps were
imported from France, all contributing to the unique
atmosphere of the quarter. The beautifully restored terraced
buildings house a number of quaint boutiques and galleries
as well as patisseries, wine houses, cafes and restaurants
specialising in French cuisine and wines. For a top
experience, try a restaurant with a roof terrace to get a
unique perspective on the city.
- Stroll the Istiklal Avenue through Nevizade, a street
addresses all kinds of tastes in terms of shopping. Its
second-hand booksellers and antique shops in Cukurcuma and
Tunel invite you to the tastes of the past.
- Nevizade, off Cicek Pasaji and Galatasaray Square in
Istanbul's Beyoglu district, is chock full of meyhanes
(Turkish tavernas) serving good food and copious booze at
outdoor tables in a bright, active atmosphere. It's great
fun with a Turkish friend, though a bit daunting without.
It's really a friendly scene, and the waiters will do their
best to include you.
After a few minutes you're certain to have made some new
friends among the Turkish and foreign diners. Your Nevizade
Sokak dining experience may be the most memorable of your
entire Turkish trip.
Guests must be able to walk
approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone
surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the guests must
be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to
Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun
screen are strongly recommended.
Please expect dense traffic conditions in
order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
Temperatures can reach extreme
highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a
lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
Rates are based on per person
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
Please kindly contact us for your group requests.
Children 0-6 ages are free.
The program can also be completed in 2 days according to your preference.
If you book any tour in Istanbul together with any Ephesus tour, then you will have 5% discount on your Ephesus tour.
In the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander Travel
at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the full
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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