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walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

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walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

Hi I am a little confused. we intend to walk back to our ship. I have seen mention of a tunnel to avoid a hill. Can anyone tell me more about this. Is it a tram, How much does it cost & how do we get a ticket or do we pay on board.All advice welcome. Also how long does it take to walk across the bridge back to the cruise port at a leisurely pace. Thanks for any tips.

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1. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

apricotcandy, You can easily walk back to the cruise ship from the Spice Bazaar by crossing the Galata Bridge. The Tunel is not between Eminonu and Karakoy, but between Karakoy and Beyoglu/Istiklal street. Tunel is really a one-stop metro. So you do not have to worry about it during your walk, back to cruise ship.

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2. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

Thanks very much Enigma.Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing........as the saying goes

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3. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

The walk from the Spice Bazaar, over the Galata Bridge back to the ship, can be done in about 20 mins - but it would be far better to take your time, enjoy the views from the bridge and of the waterfront, visit the fish market at Karakoy (there is a great sunset from there if you are at the right time), and spend about an hour on the walk.

When you get over the Galata Bridge, there is an underpass to get you from one side of the road to the other if you need to be on the opposite side (you can cross the road but you could be risking life and limb if it is at a busy time!).

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4. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

I agree that you should plan to visit the fish market. It is fun to watch and hear the fish mongers yelling about their fish. Also, there are three guys with tables just before the market stalls that make superb quality fresh fish sandwiches. The guy in the white jacket nearest the stalls makes excellent sandwiches... just the right amount of spice and he even squeezes fresh lemon on it. Far superior to the sandwiches you will get from the boats on the main side... they just throw them together in mass.

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5. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

Thank you. Didn't know about the fish market. Will it be open late afternoon as that is when we will be making our way back to the ship. The fish sandwich sounds mouthwatering. What with the corn on the cob & dried fruits. It sounds like a gastronomy tour

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The fish sandwich guys I mentioned do not start until at least 12 noon and are there until late afternoon (or longer). As for the corn on the cob. Get the grilled kind only. Otherwise, the boiled ones are gummy and old tasting. Figs, etal are wonderful dried or not. We ate fresh prunes, watermelon, figs, olives, etc. and loved it all.

Also, very good baklava at Hafiz Mustafa (http://www.hafizmustafa.com/en/ ) branch 2. Excellent Turkish Delight from Haci Bekir ( http://www.hacibekir.com.tr/eng/hbekir.html ) on Hamidiye Cad. No.83 across from the Legacy Ottoman Hotel. Nice packaging too so makes for great gifts. These are all located in the area down by the waterfront/train station area and most likely within your walk to the Galata Bridge. And, of course, stop here and there for a chay (tea)... nice spot in the Spice Market at the exit to the outdoor eateries/bird & pet area. Tiny ottoman seats at the entry. You sit and lean on the the huge green doors and watch people come and go as well as see the New Mosque just across the eatery area. (fyi: do not worry if you cannot get to the Grand Bazaar as we found it too repetitious and the Spice Market to be much better.)

Gee, can you tell I loved Istanbul?!!!

Edited: 30 September 2011, 20:38
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7. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

We are going to have a leisurely day. Seen the sights a few years ago so this time going to look at the underground cisterns, the Grand Bazaar & the Spice bazaar. & walk back to ship over the bridge. I am a bit of a foodie so will really enjoy trying all the food.Hope to get some good saffron. Thanks for the tip about the sweet corn

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8. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

You will virtually be walking past one of the best baklava shops in Istanbul - Gulluoglu in Karakoy. Don't miss getting some to take back to the ship (or eat on the way!).

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9. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

Here is a link to an article about Gulluoglu in Karakoy.

istanbuleats.com/2009/…

There are some wonderful discoveries to be made in Karakoy (the fish market, the old banking buildings, the Jewish museum, the Kamondo Stairs, the waterfront, the views (especially at sunset), and much more) - plus some excellent eating (especially fish) opportunities (many can be found on the Istanbul Eats website). Many visitors never really stop here, dashing through en route to other places, but it is well worth a couple of hours exploration!

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10. Re: walk across galata bridge from spice bazaar to cruise ship

I didn't realise there were that many types of baklava. I am certainly going in this shop. Cheers for the advice