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The Old City Beckons … an experience not to be missed! (half day walking tour)

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If you have time for just one tour, this should be it! This is a walk not to be missed by anyone who would like to discover the more unusual aspects of Turkish cuisine. Let us accompany you through the colourful backstreets and hustle and bustle of historic Eminönü . We will introduce you to all kinds of unusual food as we walk, very possibly tastes that you have never encountered before. We will talk about white cheese, olives, pickles, baklava, milk puddings,Turkish Delight, and much more … our walk will take us through traditional neighbourhoods where you can imagine that time has stood still. If you have a hankering for the old Istanbul resonant with the cries of street vendors, shops owned by the same family for generations, timeless scenes of men enjoying a glass of tea outside on the pavement, porters humping impossible burdens on their backs, this walk is for you. Not only will we eat street food, we will sometimes enter the little local restaurants to enjoy their particular speciality.We will say goodbye only after a delicious late lunch in the Kurdish part of the city.

Tour Leader

me drinking cay in OdemisHi! My name is Claudia, a longtime resident of Istanbul with a lot to say about my life here! This includes what I do, cook and subsequently eat. Istanbul is great in many ways: it may have way too much traffic, the city is overcrowded and the amount of construction defies belief but yet I can't deny that life is fun on many levels.

You may wonder how long I have lived here and the answer is an amazing 30+ years. It has opened up so many doors above all with wonderful friendships across so many borders. It has forced me to get to grips with social media. I am still learning, that's for sure! And it has developed in me a deep interest in what Turkey is producing and what the markets have to offer. My cooking has improved enormously and I have learned so much about this rich cuisine that is based on the marvelous fresh produce that is available here.

Turkey is a wonderful country with a lot to offer both culinary as well as  historical and archaeological. I hope you enjoy my tours! All I can say at this point is:

Afiyet olsun!

Things to know

  • The tour is from 9.30 am to approximately 2.30 pm.

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Enjoy a fish dinner and gypsy musicians in Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage)
  • +Take a romantic ferry ride along Bosphorus
  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes
  • -Don't drive in local traffic
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine

Prices

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6-7 Pax

€309

€169

€119

€99

€85

€75

Prices are per person and quoted in Euros.

Note: This is a walking tour and starts from a designated meeting point. If you require transfers between your hotel and the meeting point, please add €150 on top for a round trip.

Prices Include:

  • Full day guiding service by Claudia Turgut
  • Meals and tastings along the way

Prices Do Not Include:

  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Personal expenses

Testimonials

  • Dear Gursan & Nazan Thank you and Nazan for all you did for us well beyond the call of duty. I want you both to know how much your care was appreciated and all of the extras.
    Sara Williams - University of Saskatchewan
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    I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire
     

  • Dear Gursan & Nazan Thank you and Nazan for all you did for us well beyond the call of duty. I want you both to know how much your care was appreciated and all of the extras.
    Sara Williams - University of Saskatchewan
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    I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire
     

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student

     

    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student


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