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Istanbul: Guided Food and Culture Tour

1. Istanbul: Guided Food and Culture Tour

Explore the cuisines of Istanbul on a food tour of both sides of the Bosphorus. Take in the city as your cross the Bosphorus with the included ferry. Stop a 9 mouth-watering locations and sip on 4 drinks. Savor an entrée, main course, and a dessert. Starting at Karakoy Pier, ride a public ferry across the Bosporus Strait to Kadikoy Port. Enjoy views of 2 continents on the journey.  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. Stop at break at a café, full of locals playing backgammon. 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). Head back to the European side on the ferry, admiring views of Istanbul at night. Indulge in something sweet at a local eatery where you can sample a Turkish dessert. 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 chay (Turkish coffee), sahlep (milky drink made from orchid tubers). 

Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

2. Istanbul: Taste of Two Continents Food Tour

From home-made dishes and street food to traditional kebabs and Turkish ice cream, immerse yourself in Istanbul’s food scene and acquaint yourself with Turkish culture and habits during this walking tour. Make stops at 10 different eateries with a variety of samples at each. Begin your morning with a delicious Turkish breakfast of locally sourced produce on Istanbul’s European side before crossing the mighty Bosphorus by ferry to explore the more modern and chic area of Kadıköy, on the Asian side, where you will discover the best restaurants in Istanbul. Sip on freshly brewed Turkish coffee while enjoying locally-made baklava. Taste delicious dolma, tantuni and kokoreç, as well as other local favorites. Enjoy the home-cooked flavours of Kadıköy’s most loved restaurant, Çiya Sofrası. Finally, finish your day with the cool, refreshing flavours of the best Turkish dondurma (ice-cream) in Moda.

Istanbul: Guided Food Tour of Street Food and Markets

3. Istanbul: Guided Food Tour of Street Food and Markets

Try out the best culinary offerings in Istanbul with the help of a guide to show you some local favorite spots. You'll sample food from cafes, markets, and street food vendors, and get a taste of some traditional Turkish dishes of the highest quality. Browse a local dairy market before sitting at a cafe with a delicious dish of simit (sesame bread) with honey and kaymak (a creamy dairy product), along with other cheese varieties. Try out a bowl of menemen (a tomato-based dish) and a mug of çay, a traditional Turkish tea. Then, admire panoramic views of Istanbul as you take the ferry to the Uskudar region on the Asian side of the city, a popular location with locals for food shopping. Taste a delicious Adana kebap, followed by tantuni, a roasted beef dish with yogurt, olive oil, and sumac sauce. Next, you'll wander through the bustling fish market to try a balik ekmek (fish sandwich), before sampling some delicious kofta meatballs. Top it off with a portion of tulumba, a traditional deep-fried dessert. Once you're back on the European side of Istanbul, savor a mouth-watering meal of mussels cooked in their shell with rice, spices, and lemon sauce. Finally, take one last stop at a local cafe to sip on a traditional Turkish coffee cooked in a cezve (copper pot).

From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

4. From Istanbul: Ephesus & Şirince Day Trip w/ Wine Tasting

Spend the day exploring the most memorable places in Ephesus and Şirince on this guided full-day tour from Istanbul, lunch included. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, see the Temple of Artemis, and taste local wine at a vineyard. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from Istanbul. Start your trip by getting picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Upon arrival at Izmir Airport, meet your driver to head to Ephesus to start the tour. First, stop at the House of Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1986, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. The visit to the House of Virgin Mary takes about 45 minutes. After, take a 5-minute drive to Ephesus to continue the tour. Ephesus is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions of the Hellenistic, Roman Imperial, and early Christian periods. The city is an important site for Christianity as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Walk along the city’s marble streets accompanied by a tour guide. See the Ephesus Odeon, Ephesus Prytaneion, State Agora, Memmius Monument, Temple of Domitian, Hercules Gate, Curetes Street, Temple of Hadrian, and Ephesus Latrines. Next, optionally visit The Private House (so-called “Terrace Houses” brothel). Afterward, carry on to the Celsus Library, Marble Road, Commercial Agora, the great theater, and Arcadian Street (Harbor Road). Later, head to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Get a chance to take memorable photos of the Church of St. John and İsa Bey Mosque. Before the end of the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, head to Şirince, an old village of Rûm (Byzantine Greeks) situated on the hills of Selçuk, 7 km from Ephesus. The village is popular for beautiful traditional houses and fruit-flavored wine production. Complete your experience with free time for a wine tasting. At the end of your trip, get transferred back to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, a driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel in the evening.

Turkish Dining Evening Tour

5. Turkish Dining Evening Tour

Istanbul is famous for its food, but in a bustling city of 14 million, it's hard knowing where to begin the search for Istanbul's hidden foodie hotposts. On this gourmet tour, a local guide will show you Istanbul's best taverns and restaurants, and in no time, you'll see that your guide provides the missing link between tourist and traveler.  Begin your culinary adventure at Simit Bakery where you can enjoy a tasty and light Turkish bread roll covered in grape molasses and sesame seeds. Once you've picked up this local snack, it's time for a visit to the kıraathane, a local coffee shop with lots of men playing backgammon. If you're feeling lucky, try your hand, but watch out, these guys have a whole lifetime of experience playing! After relaxing over Turkish Tea, head to Ocakbaşı to enjoy a real Turkish barbecue with tasty kebabs and lots of Raki liquer. Careful, this stuff packs a punch! After filling your belly with all that meat and Raki, it's time to head to a traditional tavern with live Gipsy music. Spend the rest of the night enjoying a tasty Meze feast, it's the perfect way to cap your culinary tour! Of course, the night doesn't have to end there. If you're feeling up to it, enjoy a traditional 'İşkembe Çorbası’, also known as tripe soup. A traditional Turkish hangover cure, tripe is seen as the perfect way to soak up Raki. Alternatively, you could just complete your night with a sweet cup of Turkish Coffee.

Istanbul: Evening Private Food Tour in Kadikoy

6. Istanbul: Evening Private Food Tour in Kadikoy

Explore Istanbul on an extraordinary food tour to see a different side, beyond its beautiful buildings, palaces, and mosques. Join the locals to try lots of good eating and drinking on an evening discovery. Eat your way through Kadıköy, and indulge in a taste of Istanbul’s evening life. Kadıkoy is a very residential neighborhood where all the locals meet friends, do their shopping, and eat a variety of good food. Discover typical Turkish flavors in the early evening after you go across the Bosphorus to the Asian side. Taste several samplings, chat with shopkeepers, watch locals and make friends. Join this tour for an evening of great food and drink, history and culture, and lots of fun. Lots of samplings are included on the go. Plenty of food will be sampled along the way: baklava, kebabs, desserts, Turkish delight, simit, Turkish tea, mezes, olives, delicatessen stops, pastrami, clotted cream, cheese, and more!

Istanbul: Explore Asian side like a local with lunch

7. Istanbul: Explore Asian side like a local with lunch

Start the day with a pick up from your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Then we’ll head over to vibrant Karakoy, before heading to Asia, where we’ll sample a filling Turkish breakfast. Then you’ll board a ferry and head to Kadikoy. This part of Turkey is considered part of Asia and is home to a number of popular local haunts. Once you disembark, you’ll head to the Kadikoy Fruit Market and wander around the aisles. Feel free to buy some local produce and ask your friendly Trip Guru for some recommendations. Next, you’ll head to Moda Promenade, the cultural center of Kadikoy that is littered with a multitude of cafes, shops, and more. You’ll then head to Uskudar, a sprawling residential area, and have lunch at a beloved traditional Turkish restaurant. After sampling some delicious Turkish fare, you’ll make your way to Camlica Mosque. Completed in 2019 after six years of construction, this huge mosque is the largest mosque in Turkey. It can fit well over 25,000 people at a time and is a favorite place of worship for the locals. Explore the large building and take in the beautiful design and architecture before heading to Otagtepe Park. This is another popular spot where locals spend their days in. Stroll around the picturesque area, taking photos of the beautiful grounds. The last stop of the day is Kanlica, a neighborhood popular for its yogurt snack which is sprinkled with caster sugar and sold in many cafes in the area. Sample this renowned snack before making your way back to your accommodations.

Evening Walks and Food Tasting Tour

8. Evening Walks and Food Tasting Tour

This tour gives you a good orientation about Turkish Culinary, visiting the food market, fish market to taste the local cuisine. A fish sandwich or a rolled lamb shish kebap or a piece of mussel. The end of the tour visit a Baklava store and eat the delicious sweet pastry.  This is a 3 hour walking tour, that will usually start from Sultanahmet area at 5:00 PM. If you are interested in Turkish food and culinary arts, this is a great change to try different food from different locations.

Istanbul: Half-Day Turkish Coffee Tasting and Tour

9. Istanbul: Half-Day Turkish Coffee Tasting and Tour

Discover the secrets to the national drink of Turkey, on a half-day coffee tasting tour and lesson in Istanbul. Your coffee adventure begins at a museum with exhibits dedicated to the history of Turkish coffee. Learn why it became Turkey’s national drink after the Ottomans brought the 1st beans from Egypt in 1519. Hear about the 1st coffee shops that opened in the Eminönü district just a few years later, and the prohibiton decrees set by some of the Ottoman sultans. Next, learn how to make the perfect Turkish coffee in an historic coffee shop. Follow the “Coffee Route” of the city center, going down tiny streets to interesting old bazaars and storage buildings. Pop into some of the most historic coffee shops en route to get your caffeine fix.

Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers

10. Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers

Meet your guide at the airport and set off on a leisurely 5-hour private tour of Istanbul's streets, stopping along the way at several local markets, bakeries and specialty food shops. The exact itinerary will vary based on your group’s preference and the season, but you can expect to sample all the important staples of the Turkish diet, such as famous tantuni, the flatbread, lahmacun and agean style meze. If you are feeling adventurous maybe try some liver wrap kebaps! Continue to the fish market where you can sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Of course you will taste some of Turkey's famous deserts, Künefe, a crispy, cheese-filled dessert made with ‘kadayıf’ or Turkish Baklava with different flavours. Visit a local confectionery where Turkish delight has been made and sold for four generations and meet the family upholding this tradition. A Turkish food tour would not be complete without sampling Turkish coffee, so you will also taste the famous coffee before you return to airport. Come hungry for this fun 5-hour private tour, where you’ll munch on some of the best snacks and learn a lot about the history of the Istanbul from your local guide. It’s advisable to wear or bring clothing that is weather appropriate depending on the season, as you’ll be outside for at least 3 hours. It’s also recommended you book the tour at least 48 hours in advance.

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4.8 / 5

based on 112 reviews

The experience was fantastic. Onder, my guide was very knowledgeable about all the different foods we tasted. The history and origin of them. He also had a tremendous knowledge of the area of Istanbul, the history of the mosques and churches of the area as well as other significant land marks. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Istanbul, even if you only have one night. It’s worth it.

This is a fantastic tour. FIVE STARS!!!! Not only is all the food interesting and delicious, but the tour takes you through a very local and non-touristy area of Istanbul. There is even a couple ferry rides. Sahil was very knowledgable and there is a great variety of food and education on Istanbul and the culture.

So glad we started our trip with this food tour. We were able to eat a wide range of traditional Turkish food and drink. Our guide was fantastic and we left with more confidence in choosing what we’ll eat throughout our stay.

This tour was amazing. Salih is very laid back and extremely knowledgeable. We got to see parts of Istanbul that only the locals know about and sample so much new (to us) and delicious food. Highly recommend.

Our guide Bahar was amazing, a total superstar. The tour was educational, fun, and delicious. Be prepared to eat A LOT! A great way to see many parts of Istanbul, for sure.