Taste of Turkey on Two Continents Tour
Dinner in Asia, deserts in Europe? Conquering the top sights of Istanbul and tasting Turkey’s best cuisine 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 shares the flavours of Turkey in a progressive dinner across Europe and Asia. Take a Bosphorus cruise on a public ferry to Asia; view the quintessential Istanbul skyline of the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace; and photograph the historic Kiz Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower) from the Bosphorus. Walk and sample the flavours of the Aegean coast 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 the best Turkish desserts.
Relax in local cafés with a glass of Turkish cay and experience genuine Turkish and Kurdish hospitality. Later, 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.
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55 Euro per child 6-11
85 Euro per adult
- Cruise the Bosporus and photograph both sides of Istanbul including the historic Maiden’s Tower and the old Istanbul peninsula with Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sopia and Blue Mosque adorning the skyline.
- Browse the local food and fish markets on the Asian side of Istanbul.
- Taste Kurdish and Turkish cuisine.
- Try and learn to make nargile in a 300-year-old Madrasah made popular by locals.
- Enjoy the many great photo opportunities along your journey.
Walking tour. Boat cruise. City orientation. Local lifestyle. Turkish and Kurdish cuisine and drinks. Storytelling. Hidden gems.
Travellers who like to explore attractions off the tourist trail, food lovers, those interested in Ottoman history, photographers.
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.
Extra food and drinks not included above. Shopping expenses.Tipping to the guide. ( recommended amount 5-10 Turkish Lira per person )
This tour is available to depart daily for a maximum of 10 people.
Our meeting point is a short walk from the Sultanahmet tram station. The public tram system starts at 6am and finishes around 12am.
Children aged 6 to 11 years are 55 Euro per child. Children above the age of 12 are charged full price. Parents of children under 6 years are advised to book a private tour.
Approximate finishing time:
Between 5 & 6 hours
Fuego Cafe & Restaurant
Incili Cavus Sokak. No: 15A
Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110
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Beyazit/Grand Bazaar area. Your guide can describe how to get back to your hotel in your own time.
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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