Culinary Tours

Two Meals, Two Continents (half day walking tour)

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Today we recommend that you join us with an empty stomach as we will start by enjoying a full Turkish breakfast in a picturesque little place on the European side. Afterwards we take a short ferry ride across the Bosphorus to the Asian side. Kadıköy, the ancient Chalcedon, is a joy to explore and we will walk, talk and sample to our hearts’ content. The narrow streets are completely cut off to traffic so we will go in and out of the various little shops without hindrance. With several foodie stops along the way, our walk will conclude several hours later with a restorative glass of çay in one of the traditional Turkish tea gardens overlooking the Sea of Marmara.

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!

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Things to know

  • The tour is from 9.30 am to approximately 2pm.

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Enjoy a sunday brunch along Bosphorus
  • +Visit nearby Black Sea towns
  • +Take a peek at Princess Islands
  • -Do not forget your passport anywhere
  • -Don't wander in the back streets of Beyoğlu after midnight
  • -Do not be shy with locals

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
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    Hi Burcu,
    At last I have a few minutes to write and tell you how very much we enjoyed our holiday in Turkey. We saw so many wonderful places, your country is so beautiful, and the people we met were all charming and welcoming. Most of all I loved the wildflowers which were everywhere, even unexpectedly at Gallipoli, Pergamum  and Ephesus! Turkey has so many layers to its history - we just loved every moment. Thank you so very much for all your care, and your professionalism.
    Libby Cameron
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    Hi gorgeous.
    What can I say to someone who has just given us the most wonderful trip of our lives. Over the past 40 years we have been extremely lucky and travelled to most countries in the world through many travel agents and organisers but never before have we been looked after to the level that you showed us. You not only exceeded our expectations but you set a new standard for future travel, that I doubt anyone will even come close to. The tailored itinerary you, Frances and Gursan set for us, was perfect and fitted all our personal interests. The hotels you selected where all wonderful and always in the right position. The guides and drivers where sensational, especially Arzu and always turned up early for pickups. I was delighted when Marlie (not sure the spelling is correct) picked us up for our final trip to the airport. He was so good to us during our trip around and seeing him again was like greeting an old and very special friend and when we said good-by he gave me a gift that I will treasure always.
    During the flight home Elaine and I tried to decide on a highlight of our four weeks in your country and found it impossible to pick any one day or event. Every day was so diverse, the time we spent in the Taurus mountains with Gursan, the balloon flight in Cappadocia, having lunch with Frances and her friend in Heraklia, exploring Princes' Island with Gursan, sailing into a secluded bay in the Gulf of Gokoba, having dinner with you and Gursan on our final night where all mentioned and all wonderful experiences but for me the six days we spent laughing our way around a small part of Turkey with Frances and seeing her world was very special. She is wonderful and we had so much fun together that I think our time with Frances was my highlight.
    The personal attention you showed us was exceptional, checking up on our wellbeing every day and going above and beyond, such as arranging the wine for our sailing trip was wonderful. Thanks to you we saw a side of Turkey that most tourists don't see and it was wonderful. To say we loved your country and it's people is an understatement and we will be recommending a trip to Turkey and you to everyone we speak to for a long, long time. I hope you come to Australia one day and let us show you our world, we would just love to see you. In closing a big, big thank you. You are a very special, beautiful person, may success and happiness follow you for ever.
    Love
    Tony and Elaine  xx

  • Miss you already Burcu! I can't wait to come back to Turkey! Of course, I would want to be on a tour with you again! You have such a wonderful personality! Thank you for everything! - Helena Zahra

  • We had a wonderful time! Thank you for giving us the opp to share a unique cultural experience with great people! - Jennifer &George Hawkins

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