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Istanbul Food and Culture Tour: Taste of 2 Continents

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Savor the flavors of Asia and Europe on a 5-hour food tour of Istanbul, and conquer the cuisines of the city’s 7 hills. A local guide will take you on a lesiurely stroll to neighborhood cafés to find Kurdish food, typical drinks and much more.
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Duration 5 hours
Starting time 6:00 PM
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  • Try the foods of Istanbul on both the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus
  • Cross the Bosphorus Strait by public ferry
  • Browse the local food and fish markets in Kardikoy
  • Sample local drinks like cay (tea), served in a tulip shaped glass
  • Taste the Kurdish foods typical of southeast Turkey
  • Learn how to smoke a water pipe like a local
  • See the evening illuminations of Istanbul from the Bosphorus
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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 cay Turkish coffee, sahlep or boomba tea..
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by public trams
  • Bosporus ferry crossing (return)
  • Entree, main course and dessert
  • 4 drinks over the evening, including 1 choice of wine, beer or raki with your main course
  • Nargile (water pipe)
What’s Not Included
  • Extra food and drinks not mentioned in "what's included"
  • Tips and personal expenses

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Fuego Café and Restaurant, Alemdar mah, Incili Cavus Sokak. No: 15A, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110

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Important information
Know before you go
• The meeting point is a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram station. The public tram system starts at 06:00 and ends at around Midnight
• Parents of children under 6 years old are advised to book a private tour
• Please advise on booking of any dietary requirements (vegetarian etc.) or food allergies
• Please provide a contact mobile (cell) phone number

From US$ 121.67 per person

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Product ID: 45418