Culinary Treasures of Two Continents

Turkey is a opulent destination for a culinary vacation.Diversity and the full flavor makes the turkish cuisine world wide famous.This tour is colorful and full of taste.Turkish people loves to buy groceries and dairy products at local markets and everyday the stands get filled with organic fruits and vegetables, fresh bread,olives and much more.
We will start the tour doing the same thing, like all locals do. We will buy food for breakfast from local eateries then have breakfast in a tea house hidden in one of the back streets of the spice bazaar.Then we will visit the spice bazaar and dive into the amazing world of Turkish delicacies and spices. And note it, lts a taste before you buy kind of place.
Then we will take ferry to Kadıköy, Asian part of the city famous for vibrant food market and local shops.While we are on the ferry we will enjoy turkish tea in traditional tiny tulip shape glasses. As you sip your tea your guide will explain you the histoy and tradition of food and why this beautiful country has such strong culinary wealth.With this background information we will eat our way through the local eateries and smell the atmosphere of this lively neighborhood .lstanbul food tour is very popular tour.

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Here are some of the food we are going to try during this tour;
Börek (turkish savory pastry) in a local bakery
traditional meze stop
pickle stop,
cheese and olives
honey and yoghurt
lahmacun(thin bread lightly covered with minced meat,tomatoes and onion)
turkish coffee and baklava
freshly squeezed orange and pomegranate juice
End of the tour we take ferry to Eminönü where our tour concludes.

 

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Hidden Tastes of Two continents

Go beyond the touristic attractions and popular sights. Visit charming neighborhoods along the Bosphorus. Have a real life experience .
Spice market, Breakfast in an old tradesman inn, Ferry ride to Asian side,Üsküdar food market with tastings,Short dolmuş ride to Kuzguncuk, Home made meal in a local restaurant

Food connects people no matter what the background is and allows you to explore local traditions. With every bite you get more into local life witnessing layers of history , thousands of years.

On this tour we will take you to charming neighborhoods along the Bosphorus where traditional hospitality and neighborhood culture still live on. You can not see franchised supermarkets or big shopping malls without any spirit. Residents still support small businesses and preserve the local atmosphere.

Our first stop on the Asian side is Üsküdar , a popular residential and commercial district hosting more traditional and conservative families. Üsküdar is nice, busy, full of little streets with markets, little eateries and shops. It is also one the best places to watch Istanbul’s scenery. Simply sitting in a Bosphorus-facing cafe , enjoying a cup of Turkish tea accompanied with the sounds of seagulls , watching the boats pass by is a great joy.

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Alongside its historical sights( Maiden’s Tower, Historical mosques) Üsküdar attracts people with its colorful food market where you will enjoy Turkish delicacies away from the tourist crowds. The market has a great variety of products from all around Turkey. Just in one place you get a glimpse of the fertile land of Turkey.

Kuzguncuk is one of a kind place where a church , a mosque and a synagogue stand side by side , a real mosaic of faiths and traditions. It is the symbol of tolerance and harmony offering you peace in this little piece of Istanbul. With its bakeries, colorful ottoman wooden houses , local restaurants it will evoke a sense of old Istanbul.
Despite the drastic changes in the number of minorities the main synagogue and churches are still functional. Jews and Christians go there on the weekends to attend religious services.

So if you really are looking something different and want to have a journey to the hidden corners of this amazing city , join us..

 

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Street food in lstanbul

To get a real taste of Istanbul you need to eat and of course, eat good food. On this tour we will discover the backstreets of spice market, Galata, Istiklal street and Taksim.

We will start the day with simple but delicious breakfast in one of the backstreets of Spice bazaar. After meeting and introduction we will do some shopping for our breakfast like all Turkish people do. Then passing by local shops and eateries we will go to an old tradesmen inn to enjoy our breakfast. While we are sitting we will talk about the daily lives of Turkish people and get a glimpse of the culinary traditions by learning the way we eat &drink , the way we cook, the ingredients we use.

From the Spice bazaar we will go to the other side of the Golden Horn passing through the famous Galata bridge . The bridge offers one of the best views of the old town with a skyline dominated by minarets and domes. A must-see site for the first-time travellers.

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After a short Tünnel( underground train with 2 stops/ second oldest one in the world) ride we will reach to Galata to start our walk through the İstiklal street. Istiklal street is the center for shopping , food, contemporary art , pop culture and entertainment and attracts tourist and visitor alike with its special energy and historical sites.

Our walk from Galata to Taksim through the Istiklal street has many delicious street foods
Get ready to try Kokoreç ( lamd intestines), stuffed mussels, İçli köfte ( stuffed cracked wheat balls) Kumpir ( baked potato with different toppings)..

We will also stop in Hazzapoulo historical passage to savor Turkish coffee and gain some energy to walk up to the Taksim Square.

We will end our delicious journey in the iconic Taksim square which is one of the active centers of Istanbul.

 

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Home Cooked lstanbul

Having experience with a local Turkish family meal and an evening in their house on this Istanbul food tour. A professional local tour guide will meet you at the meeting point, from which you’ll walk through the streets of historical Sultanahmet area to meet a local family.

Turkish people’s sense of hospitality is worldwide known and on this Istanbul tour you’ll have the chance to experience it. Meet the family and settle in for daily Turkish meal. There is a bit English spoken in the household but your local guide will be there to help translate – all part of the authentic local experience!
Chat informally with all members of the family and hear what its like to live in Turkey today. Sharing a meal with a local family is a great privilege and an opportunity to get real insight into local family life.

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After a delicious Istanbul food, it’s time to take a walk in the backstreets of Istanbul city. Get your camera ready on this Istanbul walking tour for the picturesque wooden houses that line the streets in various states of repair. Get a sense of the communal style of life in Istanbul and learn about the various socio-economic groups that live here.

Then, head to a famous local place to enjoy greatest views of the Marmara Sea. Find a comfortable spot to watch games of football pop-up, or strike up conversation with the locals. There will definitely be many games of backgammon being played and if you don’t know the rules or how to play our local guide will give you the lowdown.

After this oh-so-local part of this Istanbul tour, there’s a chance to try two of Turkey’s favourite pastimes – tea drinking and Narglie (waterpipe) smoking. Sit back, relax and enjoy. At the end of the adventure you are free to return to your hotel. Your guide will be able to suggest some more local hidden gems for you to explore if you are not willing to head to your hotel directly!

 

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Best of Istanbul

Blue Mosque: The greatest one is the Sultanahmet Mosque popularly known as the Blue Mosque as its interior is richly decorated with 21000 blue tiles from İznik. It is the last great project of classical Ottoman architecture. The 400 year old mosque is one of only two mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets.

Hippodrome was the center of sporting and civillian life of Constantinople . During the life of this city it has become the main venue of countless political and military dramas. Three monuments remain – the German Fountain, the Serpintine Column and the Obelisk.

Basilica Cisten is the hidden world beneath modern İstanbul. It is the most impressive water reservoir you will ever see with 336 ornate coloumns. It is a real feast for the eyes. Its purpose was entirely functional. lt provided water to the Imperial Palace and local residences of Constantinople for centurys. Larger than a football field it has a capacity of 30 million gallons of water.

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Hagia Sophia: The most important surviving work of Byzantine architecture from 6 AD, it gives a fascinating inside look into the diverse history of lstanbul. In its 1500 year life span, it has served as a cathedral , a mosque and now it s one of the greatest museums in the world. It was built by the Emperor Justinian who wanted this church to be the largest Christian church in the world and to stand as a symbol of the glorious Byzantine Empire. The Greek church of Divine Wisdom was also greatly admired in the Islamic world and influenced the design of many other Ottoman mosques.

Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest historical bazaars in the world and beyond imagination for many travellers. lt is indeed a city in itself. It covers about 350.000 square feet and has 4000 shops, 65 streets, 2 fabric market, fountains and mosques. lt has been the center of commerce , trade and industrial activity throughout its long history.You can find a wide variety of products such as jewellery, carpets, silver, handbags, souvenirs and more.
On the way to Grand Bazaar we will also visit one of the oldest caravanserai of ottoman period, called Vezirhan and enjoy a cup of tea.

Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered bazaar and is the hub of life for many Istanbulites along with many tourists.The bazaar is located at the center of Eminönü, a place that is always full of life and energy attracting locals and tourists alike .The bazaar is a cult destination for spice lovers and foodies from all around the world. lt is a taste before you buy kind of place. For centuries Turkish people have been coming to this bazaar for old remedies but today you can also find a variety of products from Turkish delight; dried fruits; spices; pashminas and gold stores.

Rustempasha Mosque: This 16th century mosque is one of the less frequented gems of Ottoman İstanbul. lt is one of the most beautiful mosques that help create the lstanbul skyline. It is famous for very beautiful handmade İznik tiles aranged in geometric and floral patterns.The traditional blue tones were enriched with red and unique turquoise. The mosque was designed by the great architect Sinan.

Bosphorus: lt is truly waterway of dreams.Nowhere else in the world do land and history and legend mingle as wonderfuly as in the Bosphorus .No trip to Istanbul would be complete without enjoying the many beautiful sights along the Bosphorus such as Ottoman palaces and grandiose mansions, imposing fortresses.

 

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Bosphorus Tour

Spice Bazaar: Embrace the many vibrant colors and aromas of the second largest covered bazaar..This is the hub of life for many Istanbulites along with many tourists.The bazaar is located at the center of Eminönü, a place that is always full of life and energy attracting locals and tourists alike .The bazaar is a cult destination for spice lovers and foodies from all around the world. lts a taste before you buy kind of place. For centuries Turkish people have been coming to this bazaar for old remedies but today you can also find a variety of products from Turkish delight; dried fruits; spices; pashminas and gold stores.

Rustempasha Mosque: This mosque from the 16th century is one of the less frequented gems of Ottoman İstanbul. lts one of the most beautiful mosques that help create the lstanbul skyline. Its famous for very beautiful hand made İznik tiles. Arranged in geometric and floral patterns the traditional blue tones are enriched with red and unique turquoise. The mosque was designed by the great architect Sinan.

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Bosphorus: lts truely water way of dreams.Nowhere else in the world do land and history and legend mingle as wonderfuly as in the bosphorus .An impotant part of the citizens daily life in lstanbul is their journey between two continents watch the sea from the boat enjoying a glass of hot tea and simit listening the sounds of this magical city.

Dolmabahçe Palace: Built by Aldulmecit between 1843-1856 it is an example of the turn towards European style by the Sultan .The end result is a mixture of European and Oriental design but inarguably very sumptuous

 

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Old City Tour

No trip to İstanbul would be complete wıthout visiting one of its numerous mosques.

Blue Mosque: Sultanahmet Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque as its interior is richly decorated with 21000 blue tiles from İznik. lt is the last great project of classical Ottoman architecture. The 400 years old mosque is one of only two mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets.

Basilica Cistern: The hidden world beneath modern lstanbul. It is the most impressive water reservoir you will ever see with 336 ornate coloumns. It is a real feast for the eyes. Its purpose was entirely functional. lt provided water to the Imperial Palace and local residences of Constantinople for centurys. Larger than a football field it has a capacity of 30 million gallons of water.

Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest historical bazaars in the world and beyond imagination for many travellers. lt is indeed a city in itself. It covers about 350.000 square feet and has 4000 shops, 65 streets, 2 fabric market, fountains and mosques. lt has been the center of commerce , trade and industrial activity throughout its long history.You can find a wide variety of products such as jewellery, carpets, silver, handbags, souvenirs and more.

On the way to Grand Bazaar we will also visit one of the oldest caravanserai of ottoman period, called Vezirhan and enjoy a cup of tea.

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Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered bazaar.This is the hub of life for many Istanbulites along with many tourists.The bazaar is located at the center of Eminönü, a place that is always full of life and energy attracting locals and tourists alike .The bazaar is a cult destination for spice lovers and foodies from all around the world. lt is a taste before you buy kind of place. For centuries Turkish people have been coming to this bazaar for old remedies but today you can also find a variety of products from Turkish delight; dried fruits; spices; pashminas and gold stores .

Süleymaniye Mosque: A splendid 16th centruy mosque. This suberb mosque crowns the third hill of lstanbul and captivates visitors with its perfect proportions and a magnificient view of the Golden Horn. It was comissioned by Suleyman the Magnifienct , the greatest and richest of the all the Ottoman sultans.The mosque was built between 1550 and 1557 by Mimar Sinan who was a most prolific architect and who shaped Ottoman architecture with splendid mosques, schools and bath houses.

Galata Tower is the most dominant landmark and is the best place to get an amazing 360 degree view of İstanbul.

 

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