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Trip Note

WHAT TO BRING
• Camera and cash or credit card for personal expenses
• Sunscreen and a hat
• Insect repellent is recommended in July and August

Description

This tour is perfect for food lovers and those who want to escape the touristy parts of Istanbul alike. As we explore the the backstreets and local markets of Istanbul's Asian side, you will get a feel for how Turkey's rich past influences modern life.

Your guide will meet with you at your hotel or a central location to start the tour, however during the tour we will travel like locals on public transport.  First up is a short ferry trip across to Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul, where you can sip a glass of cay (tea) and feed the seagulls while watching the majestic skyline of the old city slip away behind us. Our first stop on arrival will be Kadikoy's local food and fish markets.  Here your senses will be delighted at the bright bursts of colour and the bustle and energy as shopkeepers and shoppers go about their business. We take a short stroll up the street past the sidewalk restaurants to stop at a local coffee house for a Turkish Coffee before we move on to the next part of our trip. 

Next its a short trip by tram to Moda, a popular leisure and eating spot for locals.  Here you can try a delicious ice cream (or drink a cup of salep during winter) at the famous Ali Usta. We then walk by the tea gardens along the shorefront, enjoying the views across to the Old City. We keep walking back to Kadikoy, along Bahariye Street, one of the most famous, and busiest clothes & shoe shopping streets in Istanbul.  We stop by dessert specialist Saray Muhallebicisi to eat (Turkish: tavuk gogsu, "chicken breast") a Turkish dessert pudding made with chicken and milk. It was one of the most famous delicacies served to the sultans in the Ottoman Topkapi Palace. Today, it is considered a 'signature' dish of Turkey. 

We will eat like locals when we stop at Yanyali Fehmi Lokantasi where you will be able to taste some of Turkey's best known traditional dishes here. This workers' restaurant has a huge menu with 10 different types of soup, kebabs, grills, fish, meat and vegetable stews and various desserts prepared and served fresh every day. In accordance with Turkish customs, alcoholic drinks are not served in the restaurant. 

After the lunch, we go by ferry to Karakoy for a baklava cooking demonstration at the famous Gulluoglu Baklavacisi, established in 1871.  Afterwards, we will walk back over the Karakoy (Galata) Bridge, passing the ever-present fishermen to visit the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar which in the past was the last stop on the Silk Road in the West.  Here, the huge assortment of spices, dried fruits, nuts, Turkish Delight and other goodies will tantalise your senses.  

Our final stop of the day is at Haci Bekir Sekercisi (Bonbon Turc) where you can find the most delicious range of Turkish Delight and other Turkish specialty sweets.  Offering their products since 1777, Haci Bekir is known by locals as the place to shop for sweets.  Any purchases of Turkish Delight here will be vacuum-sealed so that you can safely transport it home.
 
We will finish the tour at 17.00 at the Sirkeci tram stop, where your guide will give you instructions regarding the best way to get back to your hotel.
  

What's ıncluded

• Public Transport
• Professional and experienced licensed English speaking guide during the tours
• All local taxes and insurances
• Complimentary icecream, Turkish coffee, baklava, simit
• Entrance fees
• Parking fees
• Highway toll

Not Included

• Personal expenses on the tour (Optional)
• Any gratuities for guide (Optional)
• Lunch (self-pay at restaurant)

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Price List

PRICES
 € 90,00 per person for departures from hotels in Sultanahmet or Taksim (an extra charge applies for pick up in other areas - please ask us for prices)
• 50% discount for children aged 6-8 years
• Free charge for children aged 0-5 years