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Unique things to do in İstanbul

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Continent-straddling Istanbul offers a range of things to do on both the European and Asian sides. On Istanbul’s European side, expect to find the postcard names: the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, and more crowds to go with it. On the other side of the Bosphorus (just a short ferry ride away), you’ll find neighborhoods such as Kadikoy where many locals come for Turkish pizza, stuffed mussels, and more. Skip the traditional tours and activities for a local’s perspective of Istanbul with Airbnb Experiences.

Top-rated activities

Dervish Experience & Traditional Dinner in a Rooftop
An authentic experience with the locals and you will take a break from the touristic spots. It is our passion to meet with new people and show our local culture. Come and join us! Discover local areas! Watch the dervish performance in a very historic place and have dinner in an authentic/local rooftop with 140 years of history, taste more than 10 different types of high quality food (soup, kebab, meze, dessert etc.) - Vegetarian and vegan option available, please inform us after reservation. Price includes all the extras mentioned below, you will not have to pay any extras. - Meet in front of Sirkeci Train Gar at 18.30 - Short walk to the Dervish experience (We will explain Dervish/Sufism background in a detailed way, so you will have the opportunity to know more about it before the performance.) - Watch the amazing Dervish experience and feel the Rumi spirit (performance is around 60 minutes) - Take a private transfer to a local kebab restaurant (it is included in this price) - Taste the wonderful Turkish food (Unlimited Dinner: you will try soup, 5 different kebabs, meze(tapas), salads, drink) - Finalize the dinner with tea/special coffee and traditional dessert Künefe. - We will split after the dinner 21.30-22.00. We will organise a private car which will drop you to a location close to your hotel. It will be a very unique experience that you will never forget.
Istanbul Uncovered
Whether you have just one day and want to get in as much in as possible or whether you are here for a while and want to get your bearings. The Istanbul Uncovered Tour has got you covered. Roman Hippodrome,Grandbazaar,Hagia Sophiaand more. We'll hit the iconic sites, and the hidden gems We will explore not just the iconic sites, but seldom seen hidden gems that most tourists never get to experience. Our tours offer a local and immersive perspective of Istanbul. We keep our groups small . With the personal and intimate experience we offer, you don't have to worry about looking like a tourist.
Private Yacht Ride Istanbul - All Inclusive Bosporus & Daily
IMPORTANT: Please read the whole page and contact me before you book since I am hosting only privately. Even the calendar is available, I might have been booked already. There is 7/24 availability. Price Details This Experience is hosted only privately and the listed "per-person" fee (~$50) is for big groups such as business groups or big families. Check "book for a private group" on the calendar. Pricing For a solo traveler: $200 2 people: $300 3 up to 500 people, +50 USD or the price depends on which services you want to include (transfer, food, decoration, upgrade, etc..) Before you book, we will decide the best option. What's Included Private transportation 2 hours private yacht Lunch, baklava, soft drinks Private Host Photos What about having your own yacht and sailing on the Bosphorus with comfort and privacy? For 1-3 people, I will pick you up from your place and then we will have a spectacular view of Istanbul, Old Town, Asian Side, and Bosporus with a 2 hours Private Yacht Ride with dinner/lunch. You can also have a full-day booking (8-9 hours). We will go to Prince's Islands or to the Black Sea area for hidden beaches and bays. For special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries, I can arrange champagne, wine, cake, etc... Luxury yachts can also be arranged. With this Experience, the whole yacht will be booked for you. Burak
Your First Day in Istanbul
This experience is to cover your Istanbul and Turkey days. We will organize your rest of your staying while discovering the heart of the city. Topics we will talk about to do things, tricks of the city, best restaurants to eat, places to visit, local spots, neighborhoods visitors usually miss. I will share my all knowledge with you not to let you get some scam things. We will also walk from Taksim to Galata and see many places that must be on your bucket list during your Istanbul days. You can mark them to visit later depending on your preference. I will also order you very traditional Turkish Coffee on the way. Finally, we will discover Galata neighborhood at the end of the experience. If you still have time and are willing to chat more, I may show you another coffee shop and we can keep chatting more while enjoying the neighborhood. Other things to note This is not a historical tour, it’s a city experience. The goal is to share as much as possible things about the city. It can be a little bit intense, we will visit many places, be ready for walking :)
Epic Clubs & Bar Streets Night Tour Istanbul
Some of the best clubs and bar streets of Istanbul start in Taksim. We will meet at the location. Once we are all ready we will make our way to one of Istanbul's best clubs/lounges. Due to new restrictions we want to keep this tour simple so we will visit a max of 3 places but all 3 places are some of our favorite spots in the city. The tour will technically end around 12:30 am but everyone will have the option to continue on afterwards. We will take you through the lively bar streets of Beyoglu, to a traditional turkish spot where we will have a surprise drink and from there to 1 of the top clubs in the city. Everyone is responsible for their own alcohol expenses. This keeps the logistics simple and the price more reasonable. Please dress accordingly. No shorts or flip flops for example. :) Please Note - we try to have an equal ratio of guys and girls due to ratio rules of the high end clubs so please do understand thats how it works in most major cities. We absolutely do our best to make sure the group is good and everyone has a great time. We have special guests lists for some places. No other hosts can show you guys around the city the way we do! You will experience the many layers and the dynamics of Istanbul night life.

Most popular in İstanbul

Luxury Yacht Tour on Beautiful Bosphorus
Hey guys! If you love, history, nature and meeting cool travelers from other parts of the world then this tour is definitely for you. Meet, share and connect. We will cruise the scenic Bosphorus and its beautiful sites. We will see palaces, bridges and the bay. We will provide snacks and wine as you enjoy wifi/ bluetooth music (you can dj). Mert or I will share unique information about the many sites on the sea as well as the famous water front historical mansions. We will cruise by the famous Ciragan Kampinski Palace, under the famous Istanbul Bosphorus bridge and much more. We will cruise both the European and Asian coasts before making our way back to docks where we started. Please allow a difference of 10 mins for drop off and pick up. The total time cruising on the sea will be about 110 minutes. Please Bring anything you like - extra drinks, snacks, alcohol, etc. You can ask for special requests as well. NOTE:* The listed guest price is for mixed groups - otherwise private rental is 280 usd. Don't miss out on the lovely Bosphorus Cruise! Let us have the chance to show you guys why we are top rated hosts in Turkey and most importantly share the reasons why we love this city so much. Please note: We work out of 2 main marinas - Karakoy marina (near Galata) and Bebek marina. Please ask us about location. We will share the details with you. We look forward to hosting you guys.
Istanbul's Most Food-tastic Walk
Here is the top-rated&most reviewed food walk on Airbnb Istanbul! Hindu-friendly food experience! The majority of the food in this experience consists of lamb. Would you like to try Turkish food and learn about our cuisine, but can't decide where to start? Then you are invited to spend an afternoon with me and HAVE AN ABSOLUTE BLAST eating epic Turkish food whilst roaming around some of the Peninsula's most charming and historical streets. During this experience, I guarantee you are going to be 'stuffed like a turkey' eating the best Turkish cuisine and won't pay for anything extra other than your initial booking cost. EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! I will take you to several local eateries and at each place, I'll handle everything so that the only thing you need to do is to relax and enjoy the fabulous dishes happen to be on our route! After eating in multiple eateries, we will crown our experience with the most mind-blowing sweets of the Anatolian cuisine. On top of that, you will have a chance to discover the local market area and the Egyptian Bazaar with me, and even do some shopping. This experience is not only about eating; it is also shopping, walking, and lots of talking! So, what are you waiting for? You would not want to leave Istanbul without indulging yourselves in this food-tastic experience!
Istanbul Old City Tour with Highlights
- If the tour you want to join is not on the date and time you want, I can rearrange the tour for you if you send a message. This is the ultimate tour for first time visitors to Istanbul. We visit the most fascinating sights of historical Istanbul (Sultanahmet area) in this specially curated one day tour that provides the perfect introduction to the old city. Hagia Sophia - The Church of the Divine Wisdom will welcome us at the beginning. Then we'll head to a few historical Ottoman and Byzantine buildings that are much less known and are used today outside of their purpose. We arrive at the monumental entrance of the Grand Bazaar by following the Divan Yolu, known as the "Road to the Imperial Council" in the Ottoman period. This tour takes in Istanbul’s biggest sights and goes beyond them to show you the bustling energy of the city’s coffee houses, bazaars, and traditional workshops. Which sights do we visit on this tour? -Hagia Sophia -Mosque -Madrasa ( Moslem School ) -The Hippodrome -Grand Bazaar -Coffee Houses *Lunch is optional and not included Take a journey through the history of one of the world’s greatest cities with a professional guide bringing its secrets to life... ** I’M PROMOTING MY OTHER TOURS IN ISTANBUL ON MY WEBSITE. **BESIDE GET IN TOUCH TO ALL YOUR TRAVELS AROUND CAPPADOCIA, EPHESUS, ANTALYA etc…
Must Do Attractions and Hidden Gems of Old City
** WORLD HERITAGE SITES. HIDDEN GEMS.OTTOMAN. BYZANTINE. MYTHS. UNDERGROUND PALACE RUINS, BAZAARS AND BEST PHOTOS. In this Experience we will enjoy the must visit sites in historical peninsula. Know and understand why and how Istanbul is one of the top visiting city by local and foreign travelers. *Our interactive experience starts at HIPPODROME. A nice and fun talks about background and present ancient monuments ( Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Walled Obelisk). *Cistern remnants and Arasta Bazaar visit. *Then ahead to BLUE MOSQUE. An Ottoman architectural beauty will welcome us with its indoor giant columns, stain glasses, Iznik tiles, beautiful classic dome patterns and much more... ** Next is UNDERGROUND BYZANTINE PALACE ruins. *Short walking to HAGIA SOPHIA, It is called a temple from God to Humankind in comparison with many others. Absolutely an eye-hearth pleasing with Its age, size and combination of Christianity-Islamic art and architecture. *Tea and coffee break *GRAND BAZAAR visit.Tips/recommendations for Grand Bazaar and rest of your trip. PLEASE NOTE: >We do inside visit to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. >Experience ends at Grand Bazaar near T1 Tram stop. >Cistern ruins visit may be replaced with a secret roof top. >Grand Bazaar is closed Sundays. So It is replaced with Spice Bazaar and Orient Express Train Station.
Istanbul Asia Side Highlights in a Day
We offer the most unique part of Istanbul, far from touristic attraction but reflect more local life and tastes in our experience. Yes, we will change the continent! We will take the ferry to go to Asia side from Europe side of Istanbul. Our tour will include the local places, amazing views of the Bosphorus, tasting local street foods at local restaurants, and the highest natural point of Istanbul. You will be immersed in the best of Istanbul, a mixture of the city's history and dining experiences. We will visit some neighborhoods where local people like to spend their free time to relax and you might not be able to find them by yourself. We will use public transportation during the tour and it is included in the price. Here is the list of the locations: ITINERARY +Salacak Seaside +Maiden's Tower +Uskudar Local Bazaar +Kuzguncuk +Çengelköy +Çamlıca Hill ( Highest Place in Istanbul ) Some snacks and drinks are included. You can see the list below. Here are some reminders: This is not a professional guide tour which only explains history. We will try our best to show more about current life in Istanbul and the culture. It is recommended to bring $20-$30 cash equivalence of Turkish lira. We will walk for most of the tour, please wear comfortable shoes. Meeting Point: Sirkeci Tram Station End Point: Üsküdar

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178 locals recommend

Luxury Yacht Tour on Beautiful Bosphorus
Hey guys! If you love, history, nature and meeting cool travelers from other parts of the world then this tour is definitely for you. Meet, share and connect. We will cruise the scenic Bosphorus and its beautiful sites. We will see palaces, bridges and the bay. We will provide snacks and wine as you enjoy wifi/ bluetooth music (you can dj). Mert or I will share unique information about the many sites on the sea as well as the famous water front historical mansions. We will cruise by the famous Ciragan Kampinski Palace, under the famous Istanbul Bosphorus bridge and much more. We will cruise both the European and Asian coasts before making our way back to docks where we started. Please allow a difference of 10 mins for drop off and pick up. The total time cruising on the sea will be about 110 minutes. Please Bring anything you like - extra drinks, snacks, alcohol, etc. You can ask for special requests as well. NOTE:* The listed guest price is for mixed groups - otherwise private rental is 280 usd. Don't miss out on the lovely Bosphorus Cruise! Let us have the chance to show you guys why we are top rated hosts in Turkey and most importantly share the reasons why we love this city so much. Please note: We work out of 2 main marinas - Karakoy marina (near Galata) and Bebek marina. Please ask us about location. We will share the details with you. We look forward to hosting you guys.
Istanbul's Most Food-tastic Walk
Here is the top-rated&most reviewed food walk on Airbnb Istanbul! Hindu-friendly food experience! The majority of the food in this experience consists of lamb. Would you like to try Turkish food and learn about our cuisine, but can't decide where to start? Then you are invited to spend an afternoon with me and HAVE AN ABSOLUTE BLAST eating epic Turkish food whilst roaming around some of the Peninsula's most charming and historical streets. During this experience, I guarantee you are going to be 'stuffed like a turkey' eating the best Turkish cuisine and won't pay for anything extra other than your initial booking cost. EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! I will take you to several local eateries and at each place, I'll handle everything so that the only thing you need to do is to relax and enjoy the fabulous dishes happen to be on our route! After eating in multiple eateries, we will crown our experience with the most mind-blowing sweets of the Anatolian cuisine. On top of that, you will have a chance to discover the local market area and the Egyptian Bazaar with me, and even do some shopping. This experience is not only about eating; it is also shopping, walking, and lots of talking! So, what are you waiting for? You would not want to leave Istanbul without indulging yourselves in this food-tastic experience!
Istanbul Party Pub Crawl
Join me to explore Istanbul’s crayzy nightlife with local guides and a group of travelers! Myself and/or my friends Ikra, Maja and Nadine will take you to visit 1 bar and 3 fantastic clubs. We’ll show you Istanbul’s - famous (and infamous) eclectic range of nightlife! You'll meet up with a group of like-minded young explorers & party-ers, ready to dive into the night. We will start off with some drinking games at the first bar, then we build up our night before ending in the first club with some Raki shots right before the party bus! We will take you to 3 top rated international rooftop parties where we can dance till close time (or till our feet hurt)! You'll get: Free Entry to 3 great venues 4 Free Shots 1 bottle of Raki for the group - raki shots on the party bus Party Bus Drinking Games Great Host(s) & Photographer for the night An awesome crowd of people to meet & party with!
Istanbul Asia Side Highlights in a Day
We offer the most unique part of Istanbul, far from touristic attraction but reflect more local life and tastes in our experience. Yes, we will change the continent! We will take the ferry to go to Asia side from Europe side of Istanbul. Our tour will include the local places, amazing views of the Bosphorus, tasting local street foods at local restaurants, and the highest natural point of Istanbul. You will be immersed in the best of Istanbul, a mixture of the city's history and dining experiences. We will visit some neighborhoods where local people like to spend their free time to relax and you might not be able to find them by yourself. We will use public transportation during the tour and it is included in the price. Here is the list of the locations: ITINERARY +Salacak Seaside +Maiden's Tower +Uskudar Local Bazaar +Kuzguncuk +Çengelköy +Çamlıca Hill ( Highest Place in Istanbul ) Some snacks and drinks are included. You can see the list below. Here are some reminders: This is not a professional guide tour which only explains history. We will try our best to show more about current life in Istanbul and the culture. It is recommended to bring $20-$30 cash equivalence of Turkish lira. We will walk for most of the tour, please wear comfortable shoes. Meeting Point: Sirkeci Tram Station End Point: Üsküdar
Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine Workshop
If the class you want to join is not on the date and time you want, send me a message and I can rearrange the class for you. We will prepare and cook Turkish and Ottoman Traditional dishes with our guests in our cozy house on Istiklal Street next to the Galata Tower in Istanbul, and then we will taste the dishes we cooked in our ottoman corner. Preparation and acquaintance with the experience. Information about Turkish and ottoman food culture and history. Detailed video demonstration. We go to the kitchen and cook to the accompaniment of traditional Turkish music. Turkish cuisine trials with the chef. There will be small competitions while cooking with the chef, the fastest one wins :) Photo time for Instagram :) Turkish dance trials with kaan in 5 minutes,the better you dance, the more food you eat :))) Tasting of the delicacies you prepared with the chef Ayran(turkish drink) or Turkish coffee End of experience after dessert( künefe- vejeteryan ) presentation Our main mission is to have fun, teach and eat, we would like to host everyone :) Please contact us for group discounts and price information :)

Things to do near Kadıköy

121 locals recommend

Istanbul Old City Tour with Highlights
- If the tour you want to join is not on the date and time you want, I can rearrange the tour for you if you send a message. This is the ultimate tour for first time visitors to Istanbul. We visit the most fascinating sights of historical Istanbul (Sultanahmet area) in this specially curated one day tour that provides the perfect introduction to the old city. Hagia Sophia - The Church of the Divine Wisdom will welcome us at the beginning. Then we'll head to a few historical Ottoman and Byzantine buildings that are much less known and are used today outside of their purpose. We arrive at the monumental entrance of the Grand Bazaar by following the Divan Yolu, known as the "Road to the Imperial Council" in the Ottoman period. This tour takes in Istanbul’s biggest sights and goes beyond them to show you the bustling energy of the city’s coffee houses, bazaars, and traditional workshops. Which sights do we visit on this tour? -Hagia Sophia -Mosque -Madrasa ( Moslem School ) -The Hippodrome -Grand Bazaar -Coffee Houses *Lunch is optional and not included Take a journey through the history of one of the world’s greatest cities with a professional guide bringing its secrets to life... ** I’M PROMOTING MY OTHER TOURS IN ISTANBUL ON MY WEBSITE. **BESIDE GET IN TOUCH TO ALL YOUR TRAVELS AROUND CAPPADOCIA, EPHESUS, ANTALYA etc…
Discovering Non-Touristic Places
This experience will change the way you viewed Istanbul, as it brought a sense of familiarity and makes you feel like at home. Having breakfast is a great opportunity to start a day in Besiktas, we start our tour with a local breakfast. We will head to our second spot named Ortakoy by walking through one of the best walking ways in Istanbul. On the way to Ortakoy, Ciragan Palace will be shown from outside by telling traditional wedding rituals and learning late Ottoman architecture. At the end of 20 minutes walk, one of the most iconic landscapes of the city will be watched by the view of Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy Mosque and Asian Side. Then we get a local bus to the Arnavutkoy neighborhood which is pointed as one of the coolest 40 neighborhoods in the world by Time Out magazine. Walking through the colorful and modern houses by taking Instagrammable photos, feel the atmosphere that you can't find out visiting the tourist sites of Istanbul. At the end of the tour, we take a ferry from Arnavutkoy pier to Besiktas or a taxi. Transportation type can change according to the ending time of the tour. PS: This tour will be guided by licensed guide Cengiz. Transportation and breakfast are not included to the tour price.
Must Do Attractions and Hidden Gems of Old City
** WORLD HERITAGE SITES. HIDDEN GEMS.OTTOMAN. BYZANTINE. MYTHS. UNDERGROUND PALACE RUINS, BAZAARS AND BEST PHOTOS. In this Experience we will enjoy the must visit sites in historical peninsula. Know and understand why and how Istanbul is one of the top visiting city by local and foreign travelers. *Our interactive experience starts at HIPPODROME. A nice and fun talks about background and present ancient monuments ( Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Walled Obelisk). *Cistern remnants and Arasta Bazaar visit. *Then ahead to BLUE MOSQUE. An Ottoman architectural beauty will welcome us with its indoor giant columns, stain glasses, Iznik tiles, beautiful classic dome patterns and much more... ** Next is UNDERGROUND BYZANTINE PALACE ruins. *Short walking to HAGIA SOPHIA, It is called a temple from God to Humankind in comparison with many others. Absolutely an eye-hearth pleasing with Its age, size and combination of Christianity-Islamic art and architecture. *Tea and coffee break *GRAND BAZAAR visit.Tips/recommendations for Grand Bazaar and rest of your trip. PLEASE NOTE: >We do inside visit to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. >Experience ends at Grand Bazaar near T1 Tram stop. >Cistern ruins visit may be replaced with a secret roof top. >Grand Bazaar is closed Sundays. So It is replaced with Spice Bazaar and Orient Express Train Station.
Private, Rental yacht&swimming tour on Bosphorus
PRIVATE experience(Charter). NOT JOINT experience. luxury Yacht(22meters) Rental PRICE: ** Promotion Price just for June and July 80$/per hour for RENTAL ENTIRE YACHT ( private) -Listed price 30$ for min. Group of 6 people. If less, I am unable to host Private RENTAL OPTIONS(80$per hour for entire yacht): - 2-3 hours sightseeing tour on Bosphorus - 4-6 hours sightseeing + swimming tour in Bosphorus - 6-10 hours sightseeing +swimming tour on nearby islands(princess island) with crystal water. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING to discuss slots and date NOTE: - Slots available 08:00 to 23:00 - Feel free to bring your alcohol and food - We do organization (birthday, marriage proposal, belly dancer show, laser show, wedding anniversary, parties and others) in the Yacth. Must-do experience in istanbul. we will have the chance to see many works of art that are the heritage of Byzantine and Ottoman culture in Bosphorus. We will witness the architecture of the Galata tower, Maiden's Tower and Bosphorus bridge. In addition, we will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the palaces of the Ottoman sultans and the wooden mansions and historical structures in the Bosphorus. Other places like; beylerbeyi palace, Dolmabahce palace, Ortakoy area, Bosphorus bridge.
Istanbul Uncovered
Whether you have just one day and want to get in as much in as possible or whether you are here for a while and want to get your bearings. The Istanbul Uncovered Tour has got you covered. Roman Hippodrome,Grandbazaar,Hagia Sophiaand more. We'll hit the iconic sites, and the hidden gems We will explore not just the iconic sites, but seldom seen hidden gems that most tourists never get to experience. Our tours offer a local and immersive perspective of Istanbul. We keep our groups small . With the personal and intimate experience we offer, you don't have to worry about looking like a tourist.

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Luxury Yacht Tour on Beautiful Bosphorus
Hey guys! If you love, history, nature and meeting cool travelers from other parts of the world then this tour is definitely for you. Meet, share and connect. We will cruise the scenic Bosphorus and its beautiful sites. We will see palaces, bridges and the bay. We will provide snacks and wine as you enjoy wifi/ bluetooth music (you can dj). Mert or I will share unique information about the many sites on the sea as well as the famous water front historical mansions. We will cruise by the famous Ciragan Kampinski Palace, under the famous Istanbul Bosphorus bridge and much more. We will cruise both the European and Asian coasts before making our way back to docks where we started. Please allow a difference of 10 mins for drop off and pick up. The total time cruising on the sea will be about 110 minutes. Please Bring anything you like - extra drinks, snacks, alcohol, etc. You can ask for special requests as well. NOTE:* The listed guest price is for mixed groups - otherwise private rental is 280 usd. Don't miss out on the lovely Bosphorus Cruise! Let us have the chance to show you guys why we are top rated hosts in Turkey and most importantly share the reasons why we love this city so much. Please note: We work out of 2 main marinas - Karakoy marina (near Galata) and Bebek marina. Please ask us about location. We will share the details with you. We look forward to hosting you guys.
Istanbul's Most Food-tastic Walk
Here is the top-rated&most reviewed food walk on Airbnb Istanbul! Hindu-friendly food experience! The majority of the food in this experience consists of lamb. Would you like to try Turkish food and learn about our cuisine, but can't decide where to start? Then you are invited to spend an afternoon with me and HAVE AN ABSOLUTE BLAST eating epic Turkish food whilst roaming around some of the Peninsula's most charming and historical streets. During this experience, I guarantee you are going to be 'stuffed like a turkey' eating the best Turkish cuisine and won't pay for anything extra other than your initial booking cost. EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE! I will take you to several local eateries and at each place, I'll handle everything so that the only thing you need to do is to relax and enjoy the fabulous dishes happen to be on our route! After eating in multiple eateries, we will crown our experience with the most mind-blowing sweets of the Anatolian cuisine. On top of that, you will have a chance to discover the local market area and the Egyptian Bazaar with me, and even do some shopping. This experience is not only about eating; it is also shopping, walking, and lots of talking! So, what are you waiting for? You would not want to leave Istanbul without indulging yourselves in this food-tastic experience!
Istanbul Asia Side Highlights in a Day
We offer the most unique part of Istanbul, far from touristic attraction but reflect more local life and tastes in our experience. Yes, we will change the continent! We will take the ferry to go to Asia side from Europe side of Istanbul. Our tour will include the local places, amazing views of the Bosphorus, tasting local street foods at local restaurants, and the highest natural point of Istanbul. You will be immersed in the best of Istanbul, a mixture of the city's history and dining experiences. We will visit some neighborhoods where local people like to spend their free time to relax and you might not be able to find them by yourself. We will use public transportation during the tour and it is included in the price. Here is the list of the locations: ITINERARY +Salacak Seaside +Maiden's Tower +Uskudar Local Bazaar +Kuzguncuk +Çengelköy +Çamlıca Hill ( Highest Place in Istanbul ) Some snacks and drinks are included. You can see the list below. Here are some reminders: This is not a professional guide tour which only explains history. We will try our best to show more about current life in Istanbul and the culture. It is recommended to bring $20-$30 cash equivalence of Turkish lira. We will walk for most of the tour, please wear comfortable shoes. Meeting Point: Sirkeci Tram Station End Point: Üsküdar
Istanbul Party Pub Crawl
Join me to explore Istanbul’s crayzy nightlife with local guides and a group of travelers! Myself and/or my friends Ikra, Maja and Nadine will take you to visit 1 bar and 3 fantastic clubs. We’ll show you Istanbul’s - famous (and infamous) eclectic range of nightlife! You'll meet up with a group of like-minded young explorers & party-ers, ready to dive into the night. We will start off with some drinking games at the first bar, then we build up our night before ending in the first club with some Raki shots right before the party bus! We will take you to 3 top rated international rooftop parties where we can dance till close time (or till our feet hurt)! You'll get: Free Entry to 3 great venues 4 Free Shots 1 bottle of Raki for the group - raki shots on the party bus Party Bus Drinking Games Great Host(s) & Photographer for the night An awesome crowd of people to meet & party with!
Istanbul Old City Tour with Highlights
- If the tour you want to join is not on the date and time you want, I can rearrange the tour for you if you send a message. This is the ultimate tour for first time visitors to Istanbul. We visit the most fascinating sights of historical Istanbul (Sultanahmet area) in this specially curated one day tour that provides the perfect introduction to the old city. Hagia Sophia - The Church of the Divine Wisdom will welcome us at the beginning. Then we'll head to a few historical Ottoman and Byzantine buildings that are much less known and are used today outside of their purpose. We arrive at the monumental entrance of the Grand Bazaar by following the Divan Yolu, known as the "Road to the Imperial Council" in the Ottoman period. This tour takes in Istanbul’s biggest sights and goes beyond them to show you the bustling energy of the city’s coffee houses, bazaars, and traditional workshops. Which sights do we visit on this tour? -Hagia Sophia -Mosque -Madrasa ( Moslem School ) -The Hippodrome -Grand Bazaar -Coffee Houses *Lunch is optional and not included Take a journey through the history of one of the world’s greatest cities with a professional guide bringing its secrets to life... ** I’M PROMOTING MY OTHER TOURS IN ISTANBUL ON MY WEBSITE. **BESIDE GET IN TOUCH TO ALL YOUR TRAVELS AROUND CAPPADOCIA, EPHESUS, ANTALYA etc…
Must Do Attractions and Hidden Gems of Old City
** WORLD HERITAGE SITES. HIDDEN GEMS.OTTOMAN. BYZANTINE. MYTHS. UNDERGROUND PALACE RUINS, BAZAARS AND BEST PHOTOS. In this Experience we will enjoy the must visit sites in historical peninsula. Know and understand why and how Istanbul is one of the top visiting city by local and foreign travelers. *Our interactive experience starts at HIPPODROME. A nice and fun talks about background and present ancient monuments ( Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Walled Obelisk). *Cistern remnants and Arasta Bazaar visit. *Then ahead to BLUE MOSQUE. An Ottoman architectural beauty will welcome us with its indoor giant columns, stain glasses, Iznik tiles, beautiful classic dome patterns and much more... ** Next is UNDERGROUND BYZANTINE PALACE ruins. *Short walking to HAGIA SOPHIA, It is called a temple from God to Humankind in comparison with many others. Absolutely an eye-hearth pleasing with Its age, size and combination of Christianity-Islamic art and architecture. *Tea and coffee break *GRAND BAZAAR visit.Tips/recommendations for Grand Bazaar and rest of your trip. PLEASE NOTE: >We do inside visit to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. >Experience ends at Grand Bazaar near T1 Tram stop. >Cistern ruins visit may be replaced with a secret roof top. >Grand Bazaar is closed Sundays. So It is replaced with Spice Bazaar and Orient Express Train Station.
Private, Rental yacht&swimming tour on Bosphorus
PRIVATE experience(Charter). NOT JOINT experience. luxury Yacht(22meters) Rental PRICE: ** Promotion Price just for June and July 80$/per hour for RENTAL ENTIRE YACHT ( private) -Listed price 30$ for min. Group of 6 people. If less, I am unable to host Private RENTAL OPTIONS(80$per hour for entire yacht): - 2-3 hours sightseeing tour on Bosphorus - 4-6 hours sightseeing + swimming tour in Bosphorus - 6-10 hours sightseeing +swimming tour on nearby islands(princess island) with crystal water. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING to discuss slots and date NOTE: - Slots available 08:00 to 23:00 - Feel free to bring your alcohol and food - We do organization (birthday, marriage proposal, belly dancer show, laser show, wedding anniversary, parties and others) in the Yacth. Must-do experience in istanbul. we will have the chance to see many works of art that are the heritage of Byzantine and Ottoman culture in Bosphorus. We will witness the architecture of the Galata tower, Maiden's Tower and Bosphorus bridge. In addition, we will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the palaces of the Ottoman sultans and the wooden mansions and historical structures in the Bosphorus. Other places like; beylerbeyi palace, Dolmabahce palace, Ortakoy area, Bosphorus bridge.
Dervish Experience & Traditional Dinner in a Rooftop
An authentic experience with the locals and you will take a break from the touristic spots. It is our passion to meet with new people and show our local culture. Come and join us! Discover local areas! Watch the dervish performance in a very historic place and have dinner in an authentic/local rooftop with 140 years of history, taste more than 10 different types of high quality food (soup, kebab, meze, dessert etc.) - Vegetarian and vegan option available, please inform us after reservation. Price includes all the extras mentioned below, you will not have to pay any extras. - Meet in front of Sirkeci Train Gar at 18.30 - Short walk to the Dervish experience (We will explain Dervish/Sufism background in a detailed way, so you will have the opportunity to know more about it before the performance.) - Watch the amazing Dervish experience and feel the Rumi spirit (performance is around 60 minutes) - Take a private transfer to a local kebab restaurant (it is included in this price) - Taste the wonderful Turkish food (Unlimited Dinner: you will try soup, 5 different kebabs, meze(tapas), salads, drink) - Finalize the dinner with tea/special coffee and traditional dessert Künefe. - We will split after the dinner 21.30-22.00. We will organise a private car which will drop you to a location close to your hotel. It will be a very unique experience that you will never forget.
Istanbul Uncovered
Whether you have just one day and want to get in as much in as possible or whether you are here for a while and want to get your bearings. The Istanbul Uncovered Tour has got you covered. Roman Hippodrome,Grandbazaar,Hagia Sophiaand more. We'll hit the iconic sites, and the hidden gems We will explore not just the iconic sites, but seldom seen hidden gems that most tourists never get to experience. Our tours offer a local and immersive perspective of Istanbul. We keep our groups small . With the personal and intimate experience we offer, you don't have to worry about looking like a tourist.
Discovering Non-Touristic Places
This experience will change the way you viewed Istanbul, as it brought a sense of familiarity and makes you feel like at home. Having breakfast is a great opportunity to start a day in Besiktas, we start our tour with a local breakfast. We will head to our second spot named Ortakoy by walking through one of the best walking ways in Istanbul. On the way to Ortakoy, Ciragan Palace will be shown from outside by telling traditional wedding rituals and learning late Ottoman architecture. At the end of 20 minutes walk, one of the most iconic landscapes of the city will be watched by the view of Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy Mosque and Asian Side. Then we get a local bus to the Arnavutkoy neighborhood which is pointed as one of the coolest 40 neighborhoods in the world by Time Out magazine. Walking through the colorful and modern houses by taking Instagrammable photos, feel the atmosphere that you can't find out visiting the tourist sites of Istanbul. At the end of the tour, we take a ferry from Arnavutkoy pier to Besiktas or a taxi. Transportation type can change according to the ending time of the tour. PS: This tour will be guided by licensed guide Cengiz. Transportation and breakfast are not included to the tour price.

Your guide to İstanbul

What do locals eat in Istanbul?

Ask many locals what to eat, and they’ll likely point you to Turkish street food and lokantas, which are cafeteria-style spots located all over the city that serve up beloved staples. Here is a quick guide on what to order. And just remember no matter the circumstance, there’s always time for a Turkish coffee.

Kahvalti

Also known as the Turkish breakfast, this morning ritual typically consists of cheeses, breads, and jams served with Turkish coffee or tea. Get to know the customs of the meal on a traditional Turkish breakfast tour in neighborhoods such as Beyoğlu.

Döner

You can’t miss these kebab shops, which are sprinkled throughout the city. Vertical rotisseries spin as chefs shave off your choice of lamb, beef, or chicken. Nowadays, you can get döners as traditional street food, but many restaurants are serving more high-end takes on the classic.

Midye Dolma

These stuffed mussels are prepared right before your eyes in places such as the historic Kadikoy Carsisi, a market that teems with shops and vendors selling some of the city’s best food including lokum (Turkish delight), coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, among many other goods.

Simit

A sesame crusted, circular bread mostly eaten as a breakfast food. There are records that suggest this crisp goes back as far as the 16th century, something you can learn more about on a food tour.

Lahmacun

This flatbread is typically served with minced meat, parsley, and no more than a few other simple ingredients. It’s something you can learn to make in cooking classes, or choose from menus across the city.

Tantuni

Originally from the town of Mersin, located in the south of Turkey, this is one of the most traditional Turkish street foods. Spicy meats are rolled up into thin breads and make this a perfect on-the-go snack or meal.


What are the most unique things to do in Istanbul?

Take a day trip to Princes’ Islands

For a truly idyllic afternoon, visit this archipelago on the Sea of Marmara. On the mostly car-free islands, you’ll see plenty of old world charm. Head out with a local, who can take you to see some of the best sights, along with hidden gems, on bike rides and more.

Do a Bosphorus cruise in style

Board a luxury yacht for a ride along the Bosphorus to see the famed Rumelihisarı (Rumeli Castle), Ciragan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace, among other sights. You can sip on your choice of tea or wine, and listen to music as you cruise.

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