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Highlights
  • Munch your way across Istanbul, from the tasty street food cart to the meyhane (traditional tavern) in one of the city’s truly local (and non-touristy) food areas
  • From meze and cheese, to Turkish pastries, Maraş ice cream, and the epic Islak Burger, you’d better pack your appetite for this filling journey!
  • Most tours will leave you lost trying to explore the Aya Sofia on your own – here you’ll take a guided tour through the hidden tales of this magnificent one-of-a-kind monument
  • Enjoy a true ‘real food’ experience with a home-cooked meal with a local family. A typical meal and an insight into Turkish life, customs and family are all on the table

Experience an in-depth insight into Istanbul’s vibrant local cuisine on this short but sweet food exploration of this ancient city. Explore the aromatic Spice Bazaar, visit the ancient Aya Sofia, sail down the Bosphorus and wander the streets of this great city all the while tasting its diverse and delectable food treats.

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Bite-size Break Istanbul

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The tour combined cultural as well as October 2015

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The tour combined cultural as well as active activities. I liked the use of local transport and guides.

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Enjoyable tour, interesting parts of Turkey, good October 2015

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Enjoyable tour, interesting parts of Turkey, good guide.

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This was my first trip to Turkey October 2015

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This was my first trip to Turkey, I thought this was the only way to see the country. Ugur was absolutely fantastic, considering everyone's abilities.

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I really like that the group was October 2015

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I really like that the group was small and our guide Salih was constantly giving us feedback and tips. He was always able to recommend places to eat or things to do when we had free time. I believe for this reason it felt less like a tour and more personal. I also believe the Intrepid's aim to immerse yourself in local culture in the most important things about traveling.
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The tour was amazing, I loved the October 2015

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The tour was amazing, I loved the structure of it and that it allowed free time as well as organised activities. It was the perfect introduction to a new country for me.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul

Hosgeldinz! Welcome to Istanbul, a beguiling mix of cultures and traditions, a continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have called home. This 12-million strong, east-meets-west mega city has a rich history and food scene just waiting to be explored. This Bite-sized Break kicks off at 5pm today. When you arrive, check at reception for a leader note with itinerary and meeting details. Meet your leader at the hotel and begin your Istanbul exploration with a walk across the Golden Horn-spanning Galata Bridge. From Karaköy, board one of the world’s oldest funicular railways for the short journey to the heart of Istanbul’s food scene. Join Istanbulites at a traditional meyhene (tavern) and learn about these establishments’ fascinating history while sampling meze served with a glass of raki. Next, stop by a hidden teahouse, a former Young Turks meeting place (an early 20th century political reform movement that brought multi-party democracy to Turkey). Continue feasting with delectable treats from locals’ favourite street food carts, including içli kofte (deep-fried meat balls) and midye dolma (mussels stuffed with rice). Then, no Istanbul visit is complete without a stop at the famed entertainment district of Taksim Square, where late-night revellers flock for the delicious Islak Burger – guaranteed to defeat any hunger! For dessert, it’s Turkey’s famed baklava and çikolata (chocolate) or ice cream from Maraş. Finish at an alfresco café and bar. Order a coffee and dig into your delicious purchases. Linger as long as you like and soak up the atmosphere, or return to your hotel. Notes: If you have any issues with arriving in time for the meeting time, please call the Intrepid office on +90 532 641 28 22.

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Details
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Accomodations
Hotel (2 nights)
Start City
Istanbul
End City
Istanbul
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Hotel Evsen Istanbul
  • Hocapaşa Mahallesi, İbnikemal Caddesi, No:9
  • Sirkeci
  • Istanbul
  • 34110
  • TURKEY
  • Phone: +90 2125276295

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