Culinary Tours

Taste Istanbul – on the search of authentic delights (full day)

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Let us share with you our daily lives and tastes while walking through the heart of modern and old Istanbul. This is an interactive tour where you will live Istanbul with asking questions, tasting samples of delicious food and walking through crowds. We will begin our tour in Taksim Square where the city never sleeps. Start walking through Istiklal Street, we will have a peek at the most popular (not necessarily the fanciest) restaurants to understand the Turkish cuisine. We will be learning about and tasting various kind of food while walking through flower passage and small fish market and towards the end of Istiklal Street. We will continue our walk down to Galata Tower and pass through Galata Bridge. From one of many boats on the shore, we will buy sandwich lunch of fresh fish caught that morning by the fishermen on the bridge. We will then walk to Spice Market to loose ourselves amongst spices, Turkish delights, baklavas, coffee shops, delicatessen and we will make our way to Grand Bazaar where has been very lively for hundreds of years as it was the heart of economy and politics in Old Istanbul.. With thousands of shops selling many oriental ornaments, jewellery, food, handicrafts and now many perfectly faked big brands (J) Grand Bazaar still keeps it charm.

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Things to know

  • This tour requires ability of walking for some hours

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Take a peek at Princess Islands
  • +Take a romantic ferry ride along Bosphorus
  • +Enjoy a fish dinner and gypsy musicians in Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage)
  • -Don't drive in local traffic
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere
  • -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 € 289 € 169 € 139 € 119 € 109 € 99
             

Tour Includes:

Pick up & drop off

Tasting of various food along the way

Fish sandwich lunch

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

Testimonials

  • The tour leaders and our guide on this trip knew where to go and what to do to make this Turkish adventure a true gem.  Their insights  and knowledge enriched our trip immensely.
    We give this trip our highest recommendation.
    Jackie and Matt
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    We could not have been more pleased with our Gems of Turkey trip in 2013.  The trip was very well organized and offered a rich variety of experiences.  We were exposed to amazing food, ancient historical sights, beautiful coastal towns, super friendly people, bustling cities, quaint villages and comfortable accommodations.  The size of the group was perfect and made for really getting to know our fellow travelers. The guide, our driver and John and Julie made this an extremely interesting adventure.  We would highly recommend this trip.

    Dave and Diane Milczarek

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    The transportation was great....from the bus (amazing driver) to the walking tours, boat tours and walking tours. Our last night in Istanbul using public transportation was a good experience. Julie, John and Rustem were all wonderful guides. And, it was great to meet and eat with Burcu too!

    Monica Lane

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    Excellent Tour and we loved Turkey. What a beautiful country and so many amazing places to see. The food in Turkey was fantastic and the people were friendly and easy to talk to. Lots of laughter! We want to go back soon.

    Gloria Auler

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    Excellent!

    Jackie Garcia

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    I really enjoyed visiting Turkey and came home with a nice sense of the the country, its history and its people. Thank you for being so welcoming to us all.

    Sue Priest

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    "We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman.  Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through beautiful ancient places.  Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures.  Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey.  It is an incredible country for anyone interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too!  We highly recommend this tour."
    Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ


  • My magical week with Unison Turkey ended last night. I had an incredible stay. Thank you sooooo much for the great experience. I will definitely come back to Istanbul! kisses! - Sayuki Schafer

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