At the edge of Europe, where the two wonderful continents of Asia and Europe touches, lie the beautiful country of Turkey. This country is a perfect harmony both physically and culturally between Europe and Asia. There is no place in Turkey that demonstrate the harmonious lifestyle better than its capital – Istanbul.
Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city. The city’s population ranges from 12 million to 19 million people, making it not only one of the biggest cities in both Europe and Asia but also in the world. It is also the Turkish cultural, financial and touristy hub. Visiting Istanbul, you will definitely not run out of things to do and places to see. Thanks to its rich history and culture uniqueness, Istanbul is happy to welcome millions of tourists every year.
Istanbul, with its special location at the edge of two big and prominent continents, has brought to this country many benefits as well as wars and conflicts over the years. Taking a tour around the city, listening to your tour guide introducing about the city that is the end point of the famous Silk Road, about all the wars and conflicts that happened because of territorial, financial and religious issues and how the Turkish managed to survive them all will, you will get a chill and admiration for the wonder and bravery this city and country possess throughout mankind history. Not just history, culture-wise, with art, architecture, and food, Istanbul brings the charm of the Turkish old tales together with the modern impressive skyline downtown. Either you are looking for ancient, traditional architecture or modern skyscrapers, you can find them all in one city of Istanbul.
One of the best ways to start a trip in Istanbul is to take a walking tour around, so you can get a sense of this beautiful city. There are many free walking tours offered. Here are a few most popular ones.
Free Tours Istanbul
Free daily walking tour with New Generations Tour
This tour is very popular thanks to the many places it will take you to visit within this only one tour. During the tour, you will get to visit almost 20 different tourist attractions within 2.5 hours. If you are the type that likes to get the most out of your time and have great stamina, this tour is highly recommended. You will need to book beforehand if you want a spot reserved for the tour.
Old Town Istanbul Tour with Big Boy Travel
This tour will take you on a 2-hours walking route around the Old Town of Istanbul. There will be park, museums, and sight along the route. You do not have to pay for the tour itself but you need to pay the entrance fee if you want to visit any site. Visiting the more historic side of Istanbul, you will get to see the footprints of the ancient Greeks settlers to the Ottoman Empires. If you are especially interested in the rich history of Istanbul and Turkey, this tour is for you.
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