Private tour of bosphorus strait, spice market new city and Asian side of Istanbul


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
Not suitable for Wheel chair

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Spanish (advanced), Turkish (fluent)

Kadikoy and bosphorus

We visit spice market, walk around the spice market to see the truly Turkish local stores where they sell heads, stomach, and tongue of animals, cheese, fish, leeches that are used for medical treatment by locals. Then we will pass to the new city from the old city via famous Galata bridge where you can see tons of men fishing. Galata Bridge also has got a beautiful view of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and golden horn to take a picture. We will do the Kodak-moments on Galata bridge.

Then we do one and half hours bosphorus tour to see Asian side and European side of Istanbul

In the end we will take a public ferry to go to Asian side to a district Kadıköy where all the local people meet full of restaurants bars cinemas. We will stroll through kadikoy together


- Spice Market
- Galata Bridge
- İstiklal street
- Taksim Square

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: In your hotel lobby, cruise ship port or any other suitable place for you. If you are coming with cruise ship according to the ship name I would find out which terminal it would arrive and dock before you arrive and would wait for you in the passenger exit with your name signed on board. If you want me to meet you in the airport I wait for you in the arrival exit with the board your name written on it. Of course, I would check your flight number to see which terminal and what airport you will be landing. If you are staying in a private house or a long distance from the city center then we would arrange the most central place according to your location. There are 4 different centers I can meet you if you stay around Sultanahmet, Taksim area I come and pick you up from your hotel but if you are staying outside of those locations then I will meet one of the town centers depending on your location.

End location: I would leave you to your hotel, cruise ship port or airport. Where we meet in the morning

Duration: 6 hours

Depend of your arrival time or your plans starting time would be flexible


I believe the best way of seeing the city is by walking. We will walk the most part of the tourç Only Bosphorus cruise will be on the public ferry. The rest of the tour is by walking but some parts if you fell tired we can take the public transport. Chora Church is close every Wednesday

What’s Included

Other: Local tour guide with official licence for 6 hours

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 US dollar - We will take the public ferry for Bosphorus, the price of the public ferry is more or less 5 US dollar per person depending on the exchange rate of on that day you arrive.

What’s Extra

Other: -Public local ferry
- Lunch or any kind or type you are planning
- Entrance fees to Galata Tower if you wish to enter ( 6 USA Dollar per person )


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or i can arrange for a separate car and driver

A Recent Review of this tour

This was 1 of 4 tours with Dilek all of which were wonderful. Dilek went way beyond the tour book synopsis for the historical sites. We four adults gained so much from her anecdotes and insights we felt like we really got to experience the insider view of Istanbul. The ladies quickly bonded and were smiling through the busy days. We opted for public transportation which was itself an experience but recommended if you have the stamina.
Ed L.

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