Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

4.6 / 5

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Istanbul: Two Sides of The City Half-Day Bike Tour

From $76.98 per person

Discover the cultural influences of Europe and Asia on Istanbul as you bike around with a local guide. Start the tour with a sightseeing boat ride, then embark on an exploration through the 2 sides of the city as you learn about its history and culture.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Turkish, English, Italian, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore both sides of Istanbul on a half-day bike tour
  • Admire panoramic views of the city and its sights
  • Learn about the European and Asian cultural influences on Istanbul
  • Enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee
Full description
Meet your tour guide in the historical neighborhood of Balat, in the European side of the city. Choose your bike for the day then board the public boat to Uskudar. From the boat, admire views of the city skyline and take photos of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Maiden Tower, Süleymaniye Mosque, Bosphorus Bridge, and more. Arrive in Uskudar, which is on the Asian side of the city, and admire the cultural influences that surround you. Hop on your bike and pedal to Fenerbahce Park, stopping along the way to take in the sights and listen to your guide share information about the area’s history and culture. Once you’ve worked up a sweat from the bike ride, enjoy a refreshing cup of Turkish tea or coffee at a local cafe and admire the view of Princes’ Islands while you relax. Jump back on your bike and pedal to Kadıköy Pier for a boat ride to Karakoy. Next, cross over the Golden Horn Bay via the Metro Bridge then head back towards the tour’s meeting point in Balat. Tours usually finish around 1PM, depending on the group’s cycling tempo. Afterwards, spend the day exploring the vibrant streets of Balat at your own leisure, and enjoy some fresh, local cuisine from one of the many street-side food vendors.
Includes
  • Bike and helmet
  • Drinks (water and tea/coffee)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Please meet at Karakoy Kahvesi in Balat, near the bus station which you can find on Google Maps here: (https://goo.gl/maps/NPP6WXgztBYXDQNT9). Your guide will be waiting for you with a red bike helmet in his hand.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable clothes
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 5 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
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    Once you have seen the main Istanbul attractions, I can't imagine a better complementary experience, and a better way to see more of Istanbul - both the older European side, and the newer vibrant Asian side - than this 5h biking tour. Organization was smooth, the ride was safe and scenic, punctuated by ferryboat rides and stops at points of interest and coffee places. Our guide, Cem, was both very professional/knowledgeable, and very friendly. One can tell he has a talent for working with people, and a passion for his native Istanbul. He made the experience in our small group the highlight of our 5 days in Istanbul. Warmly recommended!

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    June 10, 2021

    Cem is a very pleasant, personable guide, socially competent and responds to the wishes / needs of the participants.

    October 8, 2020

    Amazing trip, amazing people, amazing city. Nothing to add. Must do in Istanbul if you are not pregnant or an old person (P.S.: Don't forget to take enough sunscreen)

    June 29, 2021

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