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Old City Walls Tour in Istanbul

Can anybody recommend a guided tour of the old city walls? If it includes other sites like the Chora Church, that would be great, but I mainly would love to see the walls. There is one tour on Viator that claims to visit the walls among several other stops, but it has poor reviews and it seems as though the walls tend to get passed due to lack of time pretty often.

Thanks so much!

I will be in Istanbul solo the week before Thanksgiving and if anybody has any recommendations for things to do at night—I'm not a dance club person, but otherwise open to most anything— I would love your suggestions!

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Earlier this month wife and I (ages 61 and 62) followed the Chora Church and Old City Walls tours in the Istanbul guide book by ourselves, on foot, and it was an excellent day. The book's descriptions are excellent, never felt any issues with where we were, and eventually we walked along the Golden Horn all the way back to the Sultanhamet neighborhood where we were staying..

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Check out whatever cultural events may be going on in the evening (either online or get a city paper once you arrive).

Istiklal Caddesi (Street) in the New City/Beyoglu is always full of foot traffic, bars, restaurants, hookah places, places to hear music etc. Sultanahmet (Old City) is dead at night so I would save that area for day tours, but hang out elsewhere in the evening.

It's also worth taking a local ferry over to the Asia side from the Eminonu docks (just make sure you get back to Instanbul on the last ferry, which is earlier than I thought - before 10pm). The Kadikoy neighborhood is my favorite, with a thriving market with lots of food stalls and great places to eat (check out either Ciya Sofrasi or Ciya Kabob).