Contemporary Art Walk: Istiklal Street, Modern Art Museums | La Vacanza Travel

Contemporary Art Walk: Istiklal Street, Modern Art Museums

Duration: 200 to 250 minutes
Destination: Türkiye, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 200 to 250 minutes
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Get off the usual museum trail and explore the exciting contemporary art scene of Istanbul. The 4-hour morning walking tour takes you to some of the cutting-edge galleries of the Tophane and Karaköy neighborhoods, and ends at the 1st museum to organize modern art exhibitions in the city.

Your guide will describe how the contemporary art world is changing rapidly as a result of the political and economic shift towards the East. Istanbul straddles 2 continents and is often considered one of the leading cultural hot spots of Europe. But the galleries you will visit exhibit art by exciting artists from Turkey and beyond.

Starting at Galtasaray High School, you will walk along Istiklal Street to visit some of the city’s leading art institutions. Continue through the narrow streets of Beyoğlu, before discovering the hidden galleries of Tophane and Karaköy.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, KIlIc Ali Pasa Mahallesi, Tophane Iskele Caddesi, No:1/1, Istanbul 34433 Turkiye

Istanbul Modern was founded in 2004 as Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: SALT Galata, Istanbul, Bankalar Caddesi 11 Karakoy, Istanbul Turkiye

SALT Galata on Bankalar Caddesi was designed by French Levantine architect Alexandre Vallauri to house the headquarters of the Imperial Ottoman Bank

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Pera Museum, Mesrutiyet Cad. No.65 Tepebaşı, Istanbul 34443 Turkiye

Pera Museum is a private museum founded on 8 June 2005

Duration: 1 hour

  • English speaking licenced & professional guiding
  • Hotel pickup
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
  • Entry/Admission - Pera Museum

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Pera Museum, Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye
Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Kılıçali Paşa, Tophane İskele Cd. No:1/1, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


200 to 250 minutes

User's Reviews


06 Oct, 2023

We met Art Historian Tuncer Gul at the Istanbul Modern Museum. We didn’t expect a tour guide with such an encyclopedic knowledge of Turkish art -- and how politics and leadership has changed it over the many centuries. In addition, he gave us astute perspective on how Turkish arts figures in the worldwide scene. One of us is a retired arts editor from the Washington Post, and learned more in six hours than she did in weeks of reading.


30 Dec, 2019

We took this tour in December 2019. Our guide Oguzhan could not have been more accommodating or helpful. His knowledge both art and historical is immense and he was very willing to try and help us understand about Turkey, the people, religion, way of modern life etc. He answered our endless questions with patience and sincerity. He also took us to some very interesting and quirky studios!


18 Jan, 2018

We took this excellent tour in October 2015. I thought we had reviewed this already! I would rate this tour as exceptional - our guide Tunchas - apologies for mis spelling was incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and attentive to our interests. Along with the well known galleries, he showed us numerous small and intriguing galleries that we would never have discovered ourselves. Absolutely recommend as a way of learning so much about Turkish art and culture, politics and history. Magnificent!

Christopher B

09 Jun, 2016

Very helpful and friendly tour guide - some good exhibits / artworks at the end

Ray R

26 Oct, 2015

I have done a review for this in September. Tour was excellent. the guide was very knowledgeable and good fun.

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Art historian-led tour brings deep Istanbul art perspective


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