My Local Guide Istanbul

My Local Guide Istanbul

My Local Guide Istanbul, with five years experience in leading tours for english-speaking International travellers, offers tours designed and delivered by local people with a passion for Turkey and travel. We specialise in tours for the independent traveller who likes to walk side by side with the locals and explore places that are not easy to discover on your own.

Taste of Turkey on Two Continents Tour

Conquering all the cuisine and sites of Istanbul can feel like a big task when the city is nestled across two continents and seven hills. This tour will make the city feel much smaller when your local guide shows you the flavours of Turkey in Europe and Asia. Cruise the Bosphorus on a public ferry to 'Asia' and view the historic Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) and the magnificent Istanbul Peninsula from the blue waters of the Bosphorus. Sample Aegean coast flavours at a fresh food market in Asia. Dine on a main course of South-Eastern Kurdish and Turkish cuisine and then travel back to Europe for traditional Turkish dessertsRelax in local cafés with a glass of cay and experience genuine Turkish and Kurdish hospitality. Later in the evening try the fruity flavours of the local nargile (waterpipe). Taste of Turkey across Two Continents is the best way to get up close to Istanbul life in Asia and Europe.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
5 Hours
Departure
13:00
Price per Participant
94.00 USD
Languages
Group size
1 - 10 people
Transportation
Walking
Includes
English speaking local guide. Travel on public trams. Bosporus public ferry crossing (return). Entree, main course and dessert. Four drinks over the evening, including one drink of either wine, beer or raki with main course. Nargile.
Excludes
Extra food and drinks not included above. Shopping expenses.Tipping to the guide
Cancellation

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My Local Guide Istanbul

My Local Guide Istanbul

Conquering all the cuisine and sites of Istanbul can feel like a big task when the city is nestled across two continents and seven hills. This tour will make the city feel much smaller when your local guide shows you the flavours of Turkey in Europe and Asia. Cruise the Bosphorus on a public ferry to 'Asia' and view the historic Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) and the magnificent Istanbul Peninsula from the blue waters of the Bosphorus. Sample Aegean coast flavours at a fresh food market in Asia. Dine on a main course of South-Eastern Kurdish and Turkish cuisine and then travel back to Europe for traditional Turkish dessertsRelax in local cafés with a glass of cay and experience genuine Turkish and Kurdish hospitality. Later in the evening try the fruity flavours of the local nargile (waterpipe). Taste of Turkey across Two Continents is the best way to get up close to Istanbul life in Asia and Europe.

Itinerary

Our meeting point is the Fuego Cafe & Restaurant in Sultanhamet – located in the heart of the main tourist area of Istanbul.

From our meeting point we board the local tram to Eminonu Port (European Continent) where we transfer to a public ferry to cross the Bosporus Strait to Kadikoy Port (Asian Continent). On the ferry you will have a great view of the Asian and European sides of Istanbul and have the opportunity to take photos along the way.

On arrival to Asia we then stroll in the Kadikoy district visiting local food markets and mazes of streets that are lined with local shops selling just about anything! From here we walk to the fish markets and taste the delicious mussels stuffed with rice and spices. Have a break in a local café where you can learn popular board games of backgammon or Okey.

By now you will feel hungry and luckily your guide knows a very nice restaurant in Kadikoy which specializes in home cooked foods from the Kurdish area of south eastern Turkey. This includes vegetarian and gluten free options. With full stomachs we head back to Europe via the public ferry.

Take in the great view of Istanbul by night. We then take a will try Turkish dessert in Europe before taking the tram to a 300 year old madrasah which has been converted to a local café.

Here we relax for a drink and take in the lifestyle of the locals. Try the fruity flavors of the nargile washed down with authentic Turkish beverages like Turkish cay, Turkish coffee, sahlep or boomba tea. Your guide can even show you how to make the best nargile in Istanbul. The madrasah is the last stop of the tour and is situated on the major tramline so you are welcome to depart the tour at anytime.

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