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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). 

Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

2. 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.

Istanbul: Small-Group Street Food Tour with Local Guide

3. 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!

Istanbul: Evening Food Tour in Kadikoy

4. 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: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

5. Istanbul: 4-Hour Evening Walk & Light Food Tasting Tour

Sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods on a relaxed 4-hour evening walking tour. Meet an expert local guide and visit four much loved food stops as you stroll through historical Sultanahmet to Taksim Square across the Golden Horn. Absorb the evening bustle and sights of Sultanahmet. Enjoy sunset views of the city from the Galata Bridge and try staples such as fried mussels and baklava, the seductively sweet honey-soaked filo parcels that are a Turkish favorite, along the way. Numbers are limited to 14, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. Start your 4-hour evening tour with a pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel, and head into the heart of historical Sultanahmet. As you walk, hear from your guide about Istanbul’s history and how it has left its legacy on the city’s cuisine. Wander through the bustling streets, passing some of Sultanahmet’s landmarks, and get insider tips from your guide on great places to eat and must try delicacies. While you talk and absorb the evening ambience, make your way to Taksim Square and enjoy four food stops to sample some classic local dishes. Samples may vary, but expect to taste favorites such as a mouth-watering lamb shish kebab, a juicy meatball and a fried mussel kebab; a string of lightly battered mussels threaded onto a skewer. As dusk falls, enjoy the magical sunset views over Sultanahmet’s minarets from the Galata Bridge, and take in the sight of the Galata Tower on the opposite bank. Drink in the buzz around the food vendors and restaurants, and make a final stop to taste some classic Turkish baklava. Sink your teeth into these super sweet honey and nut filo parcels that were much loved by the Ottoman sultans. After approximately 4-hours later, finish with a drop-off at your hotel.

Evening Walks and Food Tasting Tour

6. Evening Walks and Food Tasting Tour

This tour gives you a good orientation about Turkish Culinary, visiting the food market, fish market to taste the local cuisine. A fish sandwich or a rolled lamb shish kebap or a piece of mussel. The end of the tour visit a Baklava store and eat the delicious sweet pastry.  This is a 3 hour walking tour, that will usually start from Sultanahmet area at 5:00 PM. If you are interested in Turkish food and culinary arts, this is a great change to try different food from different locations.

Off the Beaten sights & Food Sampling in Asian Side by Van

7. Off the Beaten sights & Food Sampling in Asian Side by Van

The tour will start with a visit to Ortaköy Mosque where you can get some great views of the Bosporus Straight. Travel a little further to the Rumeli fortresses. Then, cross the Bosphorus Bridge from the European to the Asian side of Istanbul. Visit a 19th-century Ottoman summer house, which is nestled to the side of the Bosphorus and listen to stories of royal life from your guide. Drive a little further to Kadıköy Food Market and sample some local street food. Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch, which your guide can order for you from the Southeast Turkey cuisine. Then, drive to the Çamlıca Hill and enjoy the breathtaking views of Istanbul before you visit the Çamlıca Mosque, an incredible building with a capacity of sixty thousand people. To finish the tour, cross back from the Asian side to the European side of Istanbul by ferry.

Istanbul Food on Foot Tour

8. Istanbul Food on Foot Tour

On this guided walking food tour you will travel around Eminonu, its intricate alleyways and hidden corners and go off the beaten paths while eating and enjoying most of delicious food tastings. With this culinary walk, you will visit bakeries, pastry shops and Turkish pizza restaurants as well as eating a bowl of traditional soup; sharing Turkish-style breakfast with a black tea; tasting a freshly baked bagel; stopping by a local restaurant for sampling an authentic Turkish pizza; or finding some artisan’s shops to visit and mingle with locals picking up their daily products from the markets in a labyrinth of streets. It will be all about real people, real food, and real places. A visit to the Spice Market followed by Asian part of Istanbul. This indoor market features shops offering a variety of spices, flavored teas, Turkish delight, and nuts, as well as ceramics, household goods, small souvenirs, and more. As soon as you enter, you’ll marvel at the colors and aromas of Turkish food offerings.

Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

9. Istanbul: Tastes of Istanbul Private Food Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour with a walk around the Spice market. See where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. Walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy and enjoy a Turkish breakfast that includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey. Catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street. Make a tea stop at a local tea house. In the afternoon, catch a ferry from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side in Kadikoy. Taste authentic Turkish cuisines or Mersin's tantuni, or if you are feeling adventurous, maybe try a liver wrap. Continue to the fish market and sample stuffed or fried mussels and pickles. Visit a shop that only sells pickles. Complete your tour by sampling Turkish coffee and desserts. After indulging, catch the ferry back to the European side of Istanbul, where the tour will conclude.

Morning Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar

10. Morning Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar

We begin with a brief visit to the 17th-century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful and popular attractions. The building is part of the Yenj Mosque and was completed in 1660. Next, we will take a cruise through the Bosphorus, also known as Istanbul Strait, which is the only passage between the Mediterranean and the Black seas. It also marks the dividing line between Europe and Asia. This exciting cruise takes you through its beautiful shores and offers you an amazing view of the massive Rumeli Hisari. This fortress was built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. The magnificent Bosphorus Bridge, finished in 1973, is one of the two bridges that connect Europe and Asia. The cruise offers a unique way to view this impressive suspension bridge from the water. We will also pass by the 620 historic waterfront mansions built by the elite of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. The beautiful palaces and hunting lodges of the Sultan are also along the way.

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Great experience. The food was terrific, the guide was informative and it was worth it. Only issue was there was SO much food. I do recommend this

Your was an excellent choice. Our guide Salih was very nice and knowledgeable. Food choices were very tasty. Very good experience!

Great experience. Salih guided us expertly. Would highly recommend this tour, most enjoyable experience.

Well worth it, a really full and awesome experience, I’d definitely do it again (probably will)

Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide. Great selection of food.