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Tours around Beyoglu district

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You will start exploring this ancient district, which combines  East and West in one city, from the Galata Tower. This 61 meter high tower, which is one of the symbols of Istanbul and Turkey, rises above the city and is seen many kilometers far from it. Galata offers bird's-eye views of Istanbul, and you will get amazed with the fact, that the Genoese managed to build this skyscraper at the beginning of the 14th century!

After exploring Galata, you will go to Pera and Beyoglu. These European sections of the city are still charming tourists from all over the world with their Mediterranean color. The passengers of the legendary Orient Express, praised by Agatha Christie, still stay in the Pera Palas. Jacqueline Kennedy, Greta Garbo, and other famous people were among them. After viewing the steam locomotive, which used to pull the first express from the edge of Europe to its heart - Istanbul, we will go to Istiklal.

Earlier this street, which surpasses the Arbat of Moscow, had a French name Grand Rue de Pera. Indeed, it has many French features: Istiklal is bright with numerous restaurants, cafes, cinemas, shops, coffee-houses... People do not pass by or walk along it, they live here round the clock. It is by no means surprising, that foreign embassies chose Istiklal in the 18th century: you will see the consulates and representations of nearly all countries here. In addition, there is an old tram, which will solemnly and slowly pass by you, and nothing else will get in your way, for the wide Istiklal is a pedestrian avenue.

So, after walking along Istiklal and gaining so many impressions, it is a very good idea to relax. And we will do it in a hookah cafe. Tea and coffee, fragrant tobacco and the coloring of a peculiar Turkish cafe will revitalize you to continue the tour.

The tour will continue in the real Istanbul symbols of abundance: Nisantasi, Ortakoy, and Levent districts. Nisantasi is full of world brand boutiques, Levent is packed with skyscrapers, and Ortakoy is the center of Istanbul's restaurants and clubs. Only after visiting these districts you will understand the expression, saying that 'Istanbul is the city of contrasts'.

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