Pick up from the airport and head towards the Pera district. Pera is the ancient name of Beyoglu district and it was used until the mid of the 20th century. Pera means “across” or “another side” in Greek and it was used to describe the other side of the Golden Horn during the Byzantine Period.
We will start our tour by walking down Istiklal Street, one of the most populated pedestrian streets of Istanbul and Pera district. It is 1,6 km long and it is popped with Cafes, Patisseries, Theatres, Shopping Centres and Restaurants of all sorts. Our first stop is the French Cultural Institute, which brings French Culture to the Istiklal Street or as it was called a century ago “Grande Rue de Pera”.
The next stop is Hagia Triada Eastern Orthodox Church, meaning “Holy Trinity” the largest Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul. Next, we visit the Aga Camii Mosque constructed in 1868. Next, we visit Galatasaray High School, the oldest high school in the Ottoman Empire. It was constructed in 1481 and it was named “Galata Sarayı Enderun-u Hümayunu” meaning Galata Palace Imperial School. Next, we visit CiCek Pasaji, one of the first theatres in the Ottoman Empire, it is now a passage.
We descend down from French Street, a lovely street built in French style populated by brassieres and cafes. Our next stop will be Church of Saint Antoine, the largest Roman Catholic church in Istanbul. Our next stop will be Crimea Memorial Church constructed between 1858-68 by Sultan Abdulmecit to honor the British Soldiers who joined the Crimean War by Ottoman and French sides.
From there, we visit the Pera Palace Hotel, a museum hotel, the oldest European Hotel in Istanbul built to accommodate a guest who was traveling with Famous Orient Express. We will then ride “The Tunnel” which is the second-oldest subterranean urban rail line in the world. Head back to the airport at the end of the tour.
What's Not Included
15% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages of 0-2