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Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) Tours

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Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)
Rising high above its namesake neighborhood, Istanbul’s Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) dates back to the Genoese presence in Constantinople in the 14th century. An elevator takes you up to a viewing platform located under the roof, which offers panoramic views of the Old City peninsula and Beyoglu neighborhood.
 
The Basics
With its conical roof and stone edifice, Galata Tower is a famous sight on the Istanbul skyline. The tower’s impressive views used to help the 18th-century Ottomans spot fires. Today Galata Tower is a great place to snap photos of Istanbul’s European shores from above. There is also a restaurant on the upper level.

Some small-group and private walking tours combine a visit to Galata Tower with an exploration of the Karakoy and Beyoglu neighborhoods, or the attraction-rich Sultanahmet district. Istanbul hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours stop here as well.

Things to Know Before You
  • Galata Tower is a must-visit for history buffs and anyone wanting a stellar view of Istanbul.
  • Istanbul TouristPass holders receive free access to the tower.
  • Sunset is an excellent time to capture spectacular views and the perfect picture.
  • Dine at the tower-top restaurant or watch a Turkish belly-dancing show at the nightclub.
  • There is an elevator to the seventh floor of the tower, and then there are two flights of stairs to the observation deck and restaurant, so access may be difficult for visitors with limited mobility.

How to Get There
Located in the heart of its eponymous neighborhood, Galata Tower is a steep and short walk downhill from the Tunel funicular and the Sishane metro, or uphill from the Karakoy or Tophane tram stops and Karakoy ferry port. Taxis are a convenient option.

When to Get There
Galata Tower is open from 9am through the evening every day. Entry lines can be long, but they move quickly. Early morning is a good time to beat the crowds, and sunset offers the best photo opportunities. There are generally more crowds at the tower on weekends and holidays.

What Can You See?
As a panoramic lookout point over the city, Galata Tower provides views of many notable Istanbul sites. Spot the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque on the Old City peninsula; watch people cross over, and boats under, the Galata Bridge; and spot the New Mosque and the Spice Bazaar on one side of the Golden Horn, and the curving streets of Beyoglu on the other.
Address: Sishane, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on Luxury Yacht

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Instead of driving around Istanbul all day in a stuffy tour bus, discover the city’s beauty in style on this relaxing sunset cruise down the Bosphorus, the waterway that marks the border between Asian Turkey and European Turkey. From the open-air deck of your luxury yacht, see riverside landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Ortaköy Mosque and the Rumeli Fortress, all lit by the beautiful dusk light.
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Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off

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Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, and this hop-on hop-off tour offers a truly flexible way to explore it. Board your open-top, double-decker bus at any stop along the two routes, and enjoy the views as you listen to the audio commentary. Then, create your own sightseeing itinerary as you hop on and off at any of the stops to visit highlights such as the spectacular Topkapi Palace, the UNESCO-protected Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Bazaar, and more. Your ticket is valid for 1, 2, or 3 days and entry to select attractions.
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1-2 or 3 Days Private Istanbul Tour

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Make your Istanbul adventure totally unique with a 1- 2- or 3 day private sightseeing tour. Opt for a single day and see the whole of the Old City, plus the Grand Bazaar. Extend the tour to include a second day and visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim, and Istiklal Street, plus a Bosphorus cruise. Please note that your guide is happy to alter the itinerary completely to accommodate your personal interests.
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show (alcoholic Menu)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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Dinner Cruise Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (Non-Alcoholic)

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Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 4 hours evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul.Dine in style as you cruise past illuminated city landmarks like Dolmabahçe Palace, kiz kulesi , ortakoy , çırağan palace kempinski , ortakoy , beylerbeyi , rumeli fortness and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on this 4 hours evening cruise along the Bosphorus. Sample typical Turkish cuisine , then settle back to enjoy some traditional entertainment, including belly dancing and folk music. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise. After dinner marvel at Turkish belly dancers during an Anatolian folklore show. After your boat docks, your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.
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Evening walks, local food tasting tour

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Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit much-loved food stops as you stroll through historic Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet; enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge; and try staples such as fried mussels and ‘baklava,’ the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.
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Istanbul by Night Private Tour

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Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Dance Shows

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Begin your 3-hours Bosphorus dinner cruise with either a coach pickup from your hotel or join your guide at the port. Then, board your festive boat for a sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus Strait and see the monument-laden European and Asian coastlines. To help you settle in, grab a complimentary drink from the cabin bar, and then pick your favorite viewpoint to gaze out at Istanbul’s stunning monuments. Enjoy this exciting performance of music and dancing which sheds light on the city’s Anatolian culture. As the show picks up, get ready for classic belly dancing with playful twists and shakes enjoyed by all. Once the show is over, spend the last few minutes admiring the sparkling city as your boat arrives at the port. Next, either head back to your hotel by coach or continue your evening from here at your leisure.
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Istanbul Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour

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Morning Galata Tower and City Tour of Istanbul

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2 Hours Sunset Yacht Cruise in Bosphorus

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Istanbul Lunch Cruise - Extended Bosphorus Cruise up to the Black Sea

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Istanbul: Galata Self-guided Photography Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Galata—now known as Karaköy—sits on the north shore of the Golden Horn overlooking Istanbul’s Old City peninsula. With the help of this self-guided audio tour, find the best photo opportunities in the district, including viewpoints overlooking Galata Tower and the minaret-scattered Old City. The self-guided nature of this tour means you can spend as long as you want getting the perfect picture.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Istanbul Private Tour

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Bosphorus Cruise With Dolmabahçe Palace and Fortresses

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Private Shooting in Istanbul

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Let's have fun and a good fit during our little photo walk! I will be teaching you how to look at the camera naturally while being confident with your self-image. Photography is the art of lighting, including when you take portraits in street style. We meet in Sultanahmet area and from there we start our photography adventure, we walk to Karakoy and take an old funicular to Galata. In Galata we can make a break in the rooftop cafe with amazing view for some drinks and photos. After we can walk to Cihangir and finish the trip. I will take photos of you for 2 hour while we hang around. All your photos from our time together will be delivered to you via email within 2 days after the experience ends. Don't worry about posing l will gide you to get the best results!
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The Eclectic Istanbul - Private Tour with Bosphorus Cruise (regular ticket)

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Start the tour with the elegant Dolmabahce Palace. We next take finucular to Taksim. After a short exploration, we walk down to Galata along Istiklal Street. Your guide will tell the stories of the famous buildings. Next we climb the Galata Tower for a panoramic view of majestic Istanbul. After a lunch break at a local restaurant we explore Karakoy. A stylish, old neighborhood of Istanbul. We continue with a walk across the picturesque Galata bridge. Next we will visit the Spice Bazaar and around and continue to Rustem Pasha Mosque. Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles from the 16th century. Our last hightlight is the Bosphorus Cruise up to the second bridge. You will discover old neighborhoods along the Bosphorus and amaze at the beautiful "Yalis" (waterfront, wooden mansions).
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Private Tour of the Best of Istanbul with your Family

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This family-friendly tour of Istanbul caters to kids with games and a treasure hunt along the route. Highlights include the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Gulhane Park, and Galata Tower. The tour ends at a local coffee shop that doubles as a jewelry designer’s workshop.
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

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Uncover the rich history of Jewish culture during this privately guided tour in Istanbul. Explore old Jewish synagogues such as the Etz Ahayim Synagogue and Ashkenazi Synagogue and learn about Istanbul’s vast Jewish heritage. Enjoy visits to famous sites like Galata Tower and the Jewish Museum of Turkey (referred to as the Zülfaris Synagogue) to grasp the depth of Jewish people’s history from ancient times through Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires to present day.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Istanbul Tour in 1, 2 or 3 Day

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Visit most popular sights of Istanbul with your private tour guide who has skip-the-line priority in 1-2 or 3 days; DAY-1 Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace. DAY-2 Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower(from outside). DAY-3 Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener-Balat Districts, Pierre Lotti Panorama Hill by Cable Car.
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  • 3 days
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Taksim to Galata, Istanbul's Old European Quarter Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Experience the lively Taksim district under the knowledgeable eye of your guide. Sample locally produced lokum (Turkish Delight) in between seeing the area’s noteworthy attractions. You’ll enjoy the centuries old traditional of having your fortune read in your Turkish coffee grounds. Veer away from the hustle and bustle of Istiklal Avenue to discover the beautiful side streets and historical passages that get missed by tourists and Turks alike.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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