Modern Art Tour Of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata And Istanbul Modern Art Museum

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Gain insight into on-trend Turkish art on a 3.5-hour walking tour around Istanbul’s contemporary galleries as well as the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. With an expert guide, passionate about modern Turkish art from the 19th century onward, explore popular galleries around Istiklal Street as well as avant-garde exhibitions around the burgeoning artistic neighborhoods of Tophane and Karaköy in Beyolu. Finish with a visit to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum to admire more of the city’s thought-provoking artwork.This tour operates with a maximum of 15 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience with your expert guide.


  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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After a pickup from your Istanbul hotel, meet your guide by the prestigious Galatasaray High School in the neighborhood of Galatasaray. Then, set off to discover the city’s modern Turkish art scene on your leisurely paced walking tour. Stroll down Istiklal Street, a pedestrianized avenue thronged with shisha cafes, Turkish tea houses and, most importantly, some of the city’s leading art institutions: Galeri Zilberman, SALT Galata, Borusan Contemporary and more.

Exhibitions at the popular galleries often change, so your guide will select the most interesting places to visit on the day. Learn of the evolution of Turkey’s art world from the 19th century to the present day, and hear of Abidin Dino, Ara Güler and other notable Turkish artists who have made names for themselves in recent years.

Having explored select Istiklal Street galleries, continue through the meandering streets of Beyolu to scout out artistic gems in the Tophane and Karaköy neighborhoods. Although away from the beaten tourist trail, Tophane is gaining attention with its pop art culture and quirky exhibitions that cover a range of media from video to print. Likewise, Karaköy is a boho paradise, and its contemporary galleries and vintage-inspired art shops are helping to stamp Istanbul firmly on the artistic map.

As with Istiklal Street, the 30 or so galleries in Tophane and Karaköy are constantly changing, so let your guide select a number of exciting places to visit on the day. Having seen some of the areas’ most interesting works, visit the Istanbul Modern Art Museum on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait.

Step inside to view the expansive selection of artwork with your guide. Focusing on the work of Turkish artists, the large museum is spread over two floors of a converted warehouse and boasts a range of temporary exhibitions as well as a cinema and arts library. Hear little-known facts about its standout features from your guide, and admire highlights such as the permanent art history exhibition. Your tour finishes inside the museum, and you can stay inside for longer, if you wish, to view the works at your own pace.

Inclusions for Modern Art Tour Of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata And Istanbul Modern Art Museum

  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup

Exclusions for Modern Art Tour Of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata And Istanbul Modern Art Museum

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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8 Traveler Reviews

  • 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!

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

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

  • My friend and I were the only ones on the tour and our guide was fantastic - knowledgeable, personable and willing to adjust for our interests. His enthusiasm for his subject and passion for contemporary art were very apparent. He was welcomed by gallery owners wherever we went and really gave us insight into the current art scene in the city. I would highly recommend this walk.

  • My experience was fantastic! As it turned out, I was the only person booked on the tour that day, and in addition to being very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, my guide went above and beyond to customize the tour to my interests on the fly!, adding stops and rearranging things to make sure I was seeing things I was interested in. He is clearly very passionate about modern art in Turkey and clearly loves his job. With his insider knowledge, I not only saw the museums but also got to meet a few people connected with the art scene in Istanbul as well. Excellent tour, highly recommended.

  • It was absolutely fantastic. I was the only one on the tour that day so it was a private tour with a wonderfully knowledgable guide Levent. I think it was lovely that the guide for this tour was an arts student. It was like being out on a morning stroll through various art galleries with a friend who is as passionate about the subject as you are. From the small galleries on the ISTIKLAL STREET to the stunning Modern Istanbul Museum, this whole tour was worth every penny. GO FOR IT :

    p.s. - The tour is a morning tour, i.e., it starts at 11 am but Viator has it listed as an afternoon tour. I am glad I called the tour company to confirm the hotel pick up time or I would've missed out on it.

  • An unusual unique walk that art lovers should consider the guide was knowledgable, passionate, energetic and was always helpful and able to answer questions. This walk takes you around places, little galleries and museums that are not as widely advertised as the overcrowded and overestimated Sultanahmet district. It shows the vibrant contemporary part of Istanbul that is also notable and worth seeing into.

  • I went on the tour with Tuncer on May 14, 2015. He is an art historian who has vast knowledge of Turkish Art. Since I was the only attendee for the tour, I had a personal guide through the contemporary turkish art scene. We visited various art galleries starting from Istiklai Street. Tuncer explained the each exhibition even the history of building where the exhibition was held. We visited an artist's studio where he painted. It was amazing to see how the artist brought his vision to life. We walked through the different streets where to see the daily life of people in Istanbul from upcoming trendy streets to residential areas. It was great to get a feel of the local life. Then we went to Istanbul Modern Art Museum. It has a great view looking over the other side of the Istanbul across the ocean. The pieces in the museum were intriguing and displayed the current interests of Turkish contemporary art. The tour covered not only the Turkish art, yet also guided through the turkish daily life and their interests. It was one of the best experiences I had in Turkey. Thanks to Tuncer for his incredible guidance!

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