2 DAYS Private and Guided Istanbul Food Tour - Istanbul Old City Tour

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The Istanbul old city tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with a visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage. The Istanbul food tour takes you off the beaten track so you can sample the real tastes of Istanbul and experience delicious Turkish delicacies you may not have known existed. While discovering local markets you will also gain an overview of Turkish history and culture while appreciating the unique architecture of Istanbul. Whether you are a food expert or just love food the Istanbul Food Tour will fulfill your eating dreams.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Private Istanbul Walking Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Private & Guided Istanbul Old City Tour - Highlights Of Istanbul

Stop At: Blue Mosque

The tour starts at the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul, built during the Ottoman Period. It is known for its blue Iznik tiles and as the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets. (Please note due to the renovation work, the Blue Mosque is partly closed)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace

Then we will visit Topkapi Palace, the Ottoman Sultans' main palace until 1856. Many famous exhibitions are housed in the palace. The Imperial Treasury is another part of the palace with an 86-carat diamond on display. We will have a splendid view of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn from the palace.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Grand Bazaar

The tour ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. It is the largest bazaar in the world with 52 small streets and more than 4000 shops.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern

Next, you will visit the Basilica Cistern (Underground cistern), the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul.

Duration: 45 minutes

Day 2 Private & Guided Istanbul Food Tour - Taste Of Istanbul

Stop At: Karakoy Rihtim

The tour will start when you are picked up from your hotel and begin with a walk around the Spice market, where you will have a chance to see where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. We will then walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy, where we have our Turkish breakfast, which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Beyoglu

Then we will catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street to have a cup of tea or coffee.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kadikoy Carsisi

In the afternoon, we will catch a ferry from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side to Kadikoy (Kalkedon ancient name that means the city of the blind) where you can taste authentic Turkish cuisines or taste Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe have a liver wrap. We will continue to the fish market, where you can sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Turkish people love their pickles, and we will visit a shop that only sells pickles.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)

A Turkish food tour would not be complete without sampling Turkish coffee and desserts. So after indulging, we will catch a ferry back to the Europe side of Istanbul, where the tour will conclude.

Duration: 1 hour
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