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Galata walking tour

In this four-hour walking tour you’ll discover some of the different quarters of old Istanbul and gain some fascinating insight into the history and culture of this magical city. You’ll tour ancient fortifications, sophisticated boulevards and then visit the Mevlevi Sufi Lodge, home to the famous whirling dervishes. A knowledgeable local guide will bring the bustling historic quarters around the Golden Horn and Pera to life with a lively commentary in this unmissable tour. After meeting your guide, the first destination is the Galata Tower. This striking stone fortification with its conical roof has dominated the Istanbul skyline ever since it was built by the Genoese in 1348. Climb 70m to the top for some unforgettable views over Istanbul and the Bosphorus. From here we’ll continue with a stroll down one of the city’s most important commercial arteries, Istiklal Avenue This pedestrianized thoroughfare is located in the historic Pera district and is the place where Istanbulites come for their evening stroll. You’ll find exquisite boutiques, music and book stores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolatiers and restaurants. Our final visit is to the exquisitely preserved Mevlevi Sufi Lodge dating back to 1491. The original monastery was built on a ridge overlooking Galata by Divane Mehmed Dede, Sheikh of Afyon during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II. Witness the mesmerizing whirling ceremony established by the great Persian poet Rumi in the 13th century. Watch as the semazen glide around the stage in a flurry of movement, dancing in time to Persian and traditional Turkish music played by the theatre’s orchestra accompanied by the chanting of ancient Persian poems and prayers. In this four-hour walking tour you’ll discover some of the different quarters of old Istanbul and gain some fascinating insight into the history and culture of this magical city. You’ll tour ancient fortifications, sophisticated boulevards and then visit the Mevlevi Sufi Lodge, home to the famous whirling dervishes. A knowledgeable local guide will bring the bustling historic quarters around the G Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.Duration: Four hours.Start/opening time: At 8am - 8.30am.