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Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

1. Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

Explore the cuisines of Istanbul on a food tour of both sides of the Bosphorus. Take in the city as your cross the Bosphorus with the included ferry. Stop a 9 mouth-watering locations and sip on 4 drinks. Savor an entrée, main course, and a dessert. Starting at Fuego Café and a Restaurant in the Sultanhamet neighborhood, board a local tram to Eminonu Port to transfer by public ferry across the Bosporus Strait to Kadikoy Port in Asia. Enjoy views of 2 continents on the journey.  Stroll around the Kadikoy neighborhood visiting local markets and diving down a maze of streets lined with local shops selling all kinds of produce. Go to the fish market to try some delicious mussels stuffed with rice and spices. Stop at break at a café, full of locals playing backgammon. Follow your guide to a restaurant that specializes in home cooked food from the Kurdish area of south east Turkey (vegetarian and gluten free options available). Head back to the European side on the ferry, admiring views of Istanbul at night. Indulge in something sweet at a local eatery where you can sample a Turkish dessert. Hop on tram to a 300-year-old madrasah that has been converted to a café. Relax with a drink as you watch the locals going about their business. Try the fruity flavors of an authentic Nargile (water pipe), washed down with some Turkish beverages, such as chay (Turkish coffee), sahlep (milky drink made from orchid tubers). 

Luxury Private Yacht Rental

2. Luxury Private Yacht Rental

See Istanbul from the Bosphorus on an impressive and unforgettable cruising experience. With the yacht to yourself, you’ll soak up the atmosphere of this famous riviera, gliding by some of the best Bosphorus sights along both Asian and European shores from waterfront palaces of Sultans and their Pasha’s villas. Relax and enjoy close up views including the European Side, Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Rumeli Fortress, the Bosphorus Bridge, Asian Side and more. Enjoy two hours on a Bosphorus Cruise with Panaromic view of the Bosphorus and of Istanbul. • You will be picked up in a non-smoking brand new van from your hotel or accommodation approximately 30 minutes before your trip • You will see the very best spots in history, such as Dolmabahce Palace, the Ortakoy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Fatih Bridge, Rumeli Castle, Anatolian Castle, and Beylerbeyi Palace. • You can reserve the trip for anytime you want. If the main yacht is busy, you will be offered another yacht of the same quality •  After the trip you will be dropped to your hotel or in the city center • Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, or soft drinks

Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

3. Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

Istanbul straddles East and West, enticing your senses and expanding your perceptions of the world around you. Todays full day tour will give you a glimpse at some of Istanbul's incredible sites and sounds and leave you with a deeper understanding of this rich land. Begin your day at one of Istanbul's greatest architectural masterpieces - the Hagia Sophia. This 6th century basilica will stun you with its towering minarets and beautiful handcrafted mosaics. It is called, by some, the 8th wonder of the world and you'll soon see why. Soon after your visit to Hagia Sophia, head across the street to the Blue Mosque. One of the most famous monuments in all of Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) is a monument to the Ottoman empire and its builders. It gets its name from the more than 20,000 Iznik blue tiles that adorn its facade and interior and its history will impress you as you receive a tour. Then step back in time a bit to the Hippodrome. Here, imagine what life might have been like as locals traveled to see the chariot races at this famous sports arena. The area dates back to Egyptian times and there are still relics of the past dotted around this incredible area. With so much history, it's time to take a little shopping break. Head to the Grand Bazaar, where you'll have the chance to barter on everything from fine leather goods, to spices and plenty of sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are nearly 4000 stalls here, so you're sure to find something for yourself.  After lunch visit the recently discovered and restored Şerefiye Cistern, which was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct (Roman Period Water Reservoir). Your tour ends here.

Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

4. Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

From home-made dishes and street food to traditional kebabs and Turkish ice cream, immerse yourself in Istanbul’s food scene and acquaint yourself with Turkish culture and habits during this walking tour. Make stops at 10 different eateries with a variety of samples at each. Begin your morning with a delicious Turkish breakfast of locally sourced produce on Istanbul’s European side before crossing the mighty Bosphorus by ferry to explore the more modern and chic area of Kadıköy, on the Asian side, where you will discover the best restaurants in Istanbul. Sip on freshly brewed Turkish coffee while enjoying locally-made baklava. Taste delicious dolma, tantuni and kokoreç, as well as other local favorites. Enjoy the home-cooked flavours of Kadıköy’s most loved restaurant, Çiya Sofrası. Finally, finish your day with the cool, refreshing flavours of the best Turkish dondurma (ice-cream) in Moda.

Private Cappadocia Full Day Tour From Istanbul Incl. Lunch

5. Private Cappadocia Full Day Tour From Istanbul Incl. Lunch

You begin by being transferred to Istanbul airport to fly to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport. Upon arrival, you'll be transfered to Cappadocia. You will have a full day tour of the Cappadocia region. Enjoy the amazing scenery of unusual rock formations and man-made dwellings. You will also see churches and chapels from the early Christian and Byzantine periods. Your visit will include trips to the Goreme Open Air Museum (including Karanlik Kilise), the Underground city of Kaymakli, Uchisar, Urgup, and various scenic spots. After the tour you'll be transfered to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport, according to your flight timings, to have a flight to Istanbul. You'll then be transfered to your hotel in Istanbul.

Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & More: Istanbul City Tour

6. Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & More: Istanbul City Tour

This full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides a perfect introduction to the city that straddles Europe and Asia. When Istanbul was known as Constantinople, it was the capital of the Roman Empire and the wealthiest metropolis in Europe. On this city tour you’ll visit Istanbul’s 4 most important historic sites with a local guide. The Blue Mosque is an iconic monument in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds. The stunning structure was built in the classical Ottoman style, and features 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that provide illumination for its vast inner chamber that is lined with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles. In the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and later converted into a museum, featuring many beautiful Byzantine mosaics. One of the largest and oldest palaces in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, walking Topkapi's grounds offers gorgeous views of the city and the nearby Bosphorus. You’ll have time to shop at the Grand Bazaar – its 58 streets are lined with more than 4,000 shops. It is one of the world's largest covered markets, and is particularly known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices, and carpets.

From Istanbul: Gobeklitepe Day Tour

7. From Istanbul: Gobeklitepe Day Tour

Visit the fascinating archeological site of Gobekli Tepe on a full-day private tour from Istanbul. Explore this 11,500-year-old hilltop sanctuary, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start your day with an early morning pickup at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for a 2-hour-long flight to Sanliurfa, formerly known as Edessa. Edessa was is noted as one of the most important holy places in the world. Upon arrival at the airport in Sanliurfa, you will meet your guide that will lead to Gobekli Tepe. The discovery of Gobekli Tepe and its architecture has changed the entire known history of advanced civilizations. Archeologists believe it is the oldest religious site in the world. Explore its Neolithic collection of stone circles in this prehistoric site of worship. Learn how people built this structure 12,000 years ago using stone-age tools. Take a walk at the site of the excavation and find out recent findings. Give your feet a well-earned break by going to Sanliurfa and take some time for yourself for lunch at a local restaurant. Savor the delicious flavors of southeast Turkey. You can also spend some time shopping in the local market. After making the most of your free time, transfer to Sanliurfa airport to take a flight back to Istanbul. Be met with a representative upon landing to transfer back to your hotel.

Istanbul: Evening Food Tour in Kadikoy

8. Istanbul: Evening Food Tour in Kadikoy

Explore Istanbul on an extraordinary food tour to see a different side to it other than beautiful buildings, palaces, and mosques. Join the locals to try lots of good eating and drinking on an evening discovery. Experience Istanbul with a local gourmet guide on a small-group walking tour to discover the Asian side of the city. Eat your way through Kadıköy, and indulge in a taste of Istanbul’s evening life.  Kadıkoy is a very residential neighborhood where all the locals meet friends, do their shopping and eat a variety of good food. Discover typical Turkish flavors in the early evening after you go across the Bosphorus to the Asian side. Taste several samplings, chat with shopkeepers, watch locals and make friends. Join this tour for an evening of great food and drink, history and culture, and lots of fun. Lots of samplings are included on the go. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to a private experience that can be customized according to your preferences. This option is more interactive and intimate, as you enjoy having an expert guide just for you and your group.

Istanbul: Small-Group Street Food Tour with Local Guide

9. Istanbul: Small-Group Street Food Tour with Local Guide

Discover the highlights of Istanbul's culinary scene on this tour, which will take you to the places other tourists don't go. See the spice market, Eminonu, Tahtakale, Süleymaniye, a local market, and discover a traditional residential neighborhood. Your tour begins at the spice market, and your guide will take you around the authentic areas of the city. Visit restaurants where only locals eat, and see how everyday people live their lives. Explore a special local market brimming with all of the culinary products imaginable. The tour will also visit mosques and other historical buildings, if requested. Plenty of food will be sampled along the way: baklava, kebabs, desserts, Turkish delight, simit, Turkish tea, mezes, olives, delicatessen stops, pastrami, clotted cream, cheese, and more!

From Istanbul: Cappadocia 2-Day Tour & Hot-Air Balloon Ride

10. From Istanbul: Cappadocia 2-Day Tour & Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Day 1: Catch the domestic flight from Istanbul Ataturk airport very early in the morning. Your journey will take around 1.5 hours. Upon arrival to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport at the arrival gate your driver will hold a sign with your name on. Drive to the Cappadocia area and check in to the boutique hotel. Then meet your tour guide and join a tour including the main attractions of Cappadocia. Visit Pasabag (Monks Valley) which is famous for the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys with double and triple rock caps. Explore the lunar landscape at Devrent Valley; enjoy delicious lunch at a local restaurant and continue to the to Goreme, where a world-famous open air museum located. There you will visit numerous rock-cut churches with incredible paintings on the walls and ceiling. Then drive to the old Greek vıillage, Cavusin, watch a live pottery demonstration in Avanos town and enjoy spectacular views of Uchisar castle. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the hotel. Overnight stay at Cappadocia. Day 2: Early in the morning, enjoy a hot-air balloon ride over scenic Cappadocia. Pick-up time from the hotel is 4:30 AM in summer and 6:30 AM in winter. The hot-air balloon flight is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Come back to your hotel and have breakfast. At about 9:30 AM you will be picked up from the hotel and visit the famous Derinkuyu underground city. It is the deepest of the discovered underground cities in Cappadocia reaching the depth of about 85m. This multi-level underground city could accommodate approximately 20,000 people. After Derinkuyu explore Ihlara valley and Melendiz river. Ihlara valley is a 14km-long gorge made of the same soft volcanic rock found throughout  Cappadocia. Walk through the vineyards and pistachio trees, enjoy relaxing sounds of flowing water and see the fauna of the area. After hiking, have a delicious lunch at a restaurant over Melendiz river. Enjoy traditional Turkish foods cooked by locals. The last place to visit is Selime Monastery, with its amazing huge fairy chimney. It is the biggest religious building in Cappadocia dating back to the 13th century. Selime monastery is a must-see place while you are in Cappadocia because of its size and interesting structure. After exploring this great place the tour finishes and you will drive to the airport. Fly from Kayseri/Nevsehir to Istanbul.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

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based on 112 reviews

Gamze was a fantastic guide, very adaptable to what I wanted to see, super informative and great fun too. She has a real passion to share all about this wonderful city! Great recommendations for food places and rooftop bars too that I was able to share and enjoy with a friend. Thank you for all your time and efforts, I highly recommend this tour!

This was an outstanding tour of Istanbul's best known food. The best part was walking through all the coolest areas of Istanbul whilst eating really tasty food. Our tour guide Çağkan was fun to be with, really knowledgeable and has a great sense of humour. Definitely book this tour!!

Great tour, highly recommend! Crushing streets, markets and enjoying all kinds of foods with the local guide Salih was an awesome experience. Go for it and do it as soon as you’re in Istanbul. Good laughs, great food and full bellies guaranteed!

The food tasting tour was excellent. I really enjoyed the fish market, all the food we tasted, and the shisha bar. Recommend.

It was my favorite part of my trip. Couldn’t have been a better time