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Relaxing in Istanbul – Turkish Bath Experience (full day)

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We will start the day with walking around Galata. Our guide will take us through Galata Tower and many streets around it with beautiful buildings, small art galleries, retro second hand shops, music studios and stores. This area has always been the Bohemian face of Istanbul life. While walking we will also do our shopping for Hamam and buy a traditional pestemal (to wrap around during washing), a scrub, olive oil soap and slippers. After a light lunch on streets of Galata (make sure to have a glass of fresh pomegranate juice on the street) we will head to Kasimpasa Hamami (not one of the big touristy ones) to enjoy a traditional Turkish Bath. We will be taken care of and pampered inside with a scrub followed by a foam massage. We will take our time in the Hamam relaxing and enjoying this great way of cleaning body and soul. Our final stop today will be a 300 hundred year old shop, producing “boza”, a very special and traditional, thick and sweet Turkish drink made of fermented wheat which is both tasty and very rich in probiotics.

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Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Get pampered with a scrub and a foam massage in a traditional Turkish Bath
  • +Enjoy a sunday brunch along Bosphorus
  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on

Prices

Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 € 299 € 179 € 139 € 119 € 109 € 99
             

Tour Includes:

Pick-up & drop-off from/to your hotel or cruise ship

Entrance to Turkish Bath with a scrub & foam massage treat

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry

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
     

  • When we mentioned to longtime friends we were visiting Istanbul they told us our enjoyment would be increased substantially if we hired Trici as our guide.They told us the truth.When we contacted Trici she told us that she emphasized the art of Istanbul and we said we approved.She also told us the truth.What neither friends nor Trici told us was that she is a worldclass artist who devotes her art to capturing the obvious and the offbeat sides of that mysterious city.And that’s the truth.

    Ian D. Lanoff 

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    I have never been to Istanbul, but I do have extremely vivid, colorful and imaginative images of Istanbul in my mind through the stunning art that Ms. Venola has drawn and the imaginative prose she has written during the years that she has lived there. She is a wonderful ambassador for your city.I can only say that I wish I -could- have the opportunity to have her lead me on a tour of Istanbul: I know it would be magical, thrilling, awe-inspiring. Truly a never-to-be-forgotten experience!

    Charles Richard Lester

    Los Angeles

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    I can think of no better tour guide when visiting Istanbul than Trici Venola. Her passion for the city is only exceeded by her knowledge of it's history. The fact that she is an artist and an avid urban sketcher makes her insights that much more astute.

    Her warmth, compassion and humor make her a wonderful guide and  teacher. Trici knows Istanbul -- its nooks and crannies as well as its majestic sites-- better than most natives, much better!! I recommend her highly.

    Peter Hristoff

    Fine Artist and BFA Faculty, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

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    From "commando santas" rappelling down buildings around the city, to colorful mannikins, to workshops and alleys and a million cats, Trici Venola has an insiders awareness of a wonderful assortment of "off the tourist trail" discoveries to share.

    Ken Brown  NYC.

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    Spending a day with Trici is like your best Indiana Jones fantasy come true! You duck behind a coke machine in a hole in the wall food store and there you have it, the OTHER cistern (that no one ever sees!) A guide will real passion and joy. The best knowledge I have found so far on Byzantium, Turkey and Istanbul. Not only that she is great fun!

    John D S Kelly NYC

     

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