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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 5-hour food tour of the city on both sides of the Bosphorus. Starting at Fuego Café and 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. Then, 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. After a break at a café, full of locals playing backgammon and okey, 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). Stomach full, head back to Europe on the ferry, enjoying panoramas of Istanbul at night. By now you should have room for something sweet, so your guide will take you to an establishment where you can sample a typical Turkish dessert, before taking the 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

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

Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & More: Istanbul City Tour

3. 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.

Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

4. 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.

Gallipoli Campaign Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

5. Gallipoli Campaign Anzac Full-Day Tour from Istanbul

Go on a journey through history on a full-day tour to the battlefields of Gallipoli and learn about the legendary campaign of World War I when Allied Forces, including many from Australia and New Zealand, tried to open up a supply route to Russia. Departing from Istanbul early in the morning, you will drive to the Dardanelles, with an 08:30 AM stop en route for breakfast. Upon arrival in Eceabat, enjoy lunch with panoramic views of the Dardanelles landscape. Your guide will then take you to many of the main battle areas, war memorials and cemeteries, starting at the narrowiest point of the Dardanelles for a brief overview. Admire the Kilitbahir Fortress, built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1463 to protect the Dardanelles Straits. Then, drive to the landing beaches of the Gallipoli Campaign, and learn how soldiers from the British Empire, supported by French troops, landed on the shores to be joined at Ariburnu by the Anzacs of the Australian and New Zealander Army Corps. Highlights of your tour include the Ariburnu Cemetery and ANZAC Commemorative Site. See the Turkish Canon Batteries, and the landing beach at Anzac Cove, the main base for the Australian and New Zealand troops. Discover where Anzac legend John Simpson Kirkpatrick is buried, and pay your respects at memorials erected to commemorate the fallen, such as the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Depart for Istanbul at 6:00 PM to arrive back in the city for the end of the tour services at approximately 11:00 PM, with a rest stop en route.

From Istanbul: Gobeklitepe Day Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

Kas: Limanagzi Beach & Island-Hopping Boat Tour with Lunch

8. Kas: Limanagzi Beach & Island-Hopping Boat Tour with Lunch

Kas is one of the rare locations in Turkey with its natural beauties still remaining unspoiled. Its pure, crystal clear waters and its beautiful underwater treasures fascinate us. The bays around Kas are unusually captivating with their beauties. Thanks to its winding coastline, there are many bays found along the coast of Kas Limanagzi Bay is one of these beautiful bays. South of Uzun Carsi, Limanagzi, only accessible by boat, is a daily trip that must be added to your list of places to see in Kas. The boat depart in the morning at 10:00 from Kas Harbor and cruise to your first stop Yarilgan Bay , Twelve Islands. You can use all snorkeling gears to discover amazing canyon and shipwreck here. This is a superb place for diving and has a fascinating wreck to dive to and canyon. The boat will take you to the another spot Small River Bay. When you are swimming, lunch will be prepared freshly on board. Next, you will have another spot for swimming. Pigeon Island. There is a sunken tank and shark statue where we stop. You will have an chance to see some fish around the Island.After swimming seasonal fruits will be waiting for you on the boat. The water here is very clear, and you can see interesting fish while swimming. Even loggerhead turtles stop by here frequently. Bring a pair of goggles to see the fish up close and explore underwater here. Your last stop is the Limanagzi bay. Turkish food is one of the best cuisine in the word. Delicious and healthy . This boat tour offer you delicious, healthy food and unforgettable memories

Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Istanbul

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 112 reviews

We had an absolutely amazing day with Gamze our tour guide. We visited so many places, both foodie destinations and tourist attractions. Gamze is so passionate and knowledgeable about Istanbul and Turkey overall and was very friendly and warm. We tried so many different foods - Turkish coffee, profiteroles, desserts, salads, wraps, sesame bagels, tea, and of course many types of Turkish delight. Such a wonderful tour, a real highlight of our trip.

What an amazing evening. We had a wonderful time in the company of Salih, who is simply an incredible guide. He's easy going, does not feel like he has to. tell you everything about everything and you feel totally at ease in his company. Thank you so much Salih - I will be recommending this to anybody I know. Thanks Salih!

This was an amazing evening around Istanbul. Salih was fantastic, extremely knowledgeable and generally nice to talk to. The food was delicious around all the locations, and by the end of the evening I was genuinely stuffed!! Highly recommended! (maybe not the pickle juice :) )

The tour was excellent! Nice and personal with the perfect amount of food and information. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for a great introduction to the wonderful food of Turkey

It was a great evening. The guide was excellent. A great way to experience the local food