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Istanbul: Food Tour around Galata and Karakoy Neighborhoods

1. Istanbul: Food Tour around Galata and Karakoy Neighborhoods

Meet your local expert guide in Karakoy Port for a culinary adventure in Istanbul. Learn all the rich history of Turkey's world-famous cuisine simultaneously with your ears and taste buds. Sample all kinds of street food, from superb Turkish pastries, doner kebab and authentic baklava, to the fishmongers' best and grill joints. Finally, treat yourselves to some authentic Turkish coffee. Start your walking tour on a route leading up the hill to the Galata Tower area and famous Beyoglu. Explore the cobbled streets, historic alleyways, and vibrant food culture. Learn about the area's stunning architecture inspired by Europe and compare it with oriental Sultanahmet. As you visit traditional food stores try delicious treats, such as olives and cheese. There will be plenty of other food sampled along the way as well, such as: desserts, Turkish delight, simit, Turkish tea, mezes, , delicatessen stops, pastrami, clotted cream, and more. Afterwards, you can choose to spend some more time in Galata or follow your guide back to the original meeting point.

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Istanbul: Historical and Contemporary Islam 3-Hour Tour

2. Istanbul: Historical and Contemporary Islam 3-Hour Tour

Enjoy a special guided tour designed for people with a deep interest in Islam. Choose a private or a group tour, led by a knowledgeable guide, and delve into the history of Islam in Istanbul. Meet your guide in Karakoy and begin your conversation about the different orders of Islam and its spiritual teachings. Start your tour with a visit to Yeralti Cami, an underground mosque. Learn about the changes to Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest, and see how Byzantine churches were turned into mosques. Next you'll visit Arap Mosque, far from the tourist route, and see where locals perform their prayers. Take the train from the Golden Horn and enjoy panoramic views of the city over the seventh hill. Stroll through a traditional neighborhood, filled with old wooden houses to arrive at Suleymaniye Mosque. Feel its mystic atmosphere, learn about Islamic architecture, and admire the view from its courtyard over the Bosphorus.

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Private and Guided Food Tour: Taste of Istanbul

3. Private and Guided Food Tour: Taste of Istanbul

After being picked up from your hotel, begin your tour with a walk around the Spice market. See where locals have been buying their spices for hundreds of years. Walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy and enjoy a Turkish breakfast which includes Turkish menemen, sucuklu omlet, kaymak, and honey. Catch a metro up to Pera and walk along the famous Istiklal street. Make a tea stop and learn how to play backgammon. In the afternoon, catch a ferry to from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side to Kadikoy. Taste Mersin's tantuni or if you are feeling adventurous maybe try a liver wrap. Continue to the fish market and sample stuffed or fried mussels as well as pickles. Visit a shop that only sells pickles. Complete your tour by sampling Turkish coffee and desserts. After indulging, catch the ferry back to the European side of Istanbul where the tour will conclude.

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What people are saying about Karaköy, Istanbul

Everything went very well, perfect tour, lots of fun with food, drinks and the people. I can recommend it to everyone

Furkan was an excellent guide. We would do the tour again in a heartbeat!