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Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home

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    What to Expect
    After you meet your guide in the Sultanhamet district, head by foot to your local family’s home for your small-group food and culture tour in Istanbul. Savor an evening to learn about the heritage of Turkish cuisine and, of course, fill your belly with plenty of home-style delights.

    Arrive and meet your hosts as you absorb the delectable smells emanating from the kitchen. The meal of the night will vary depending on available ingredients, but prepare for a 3-course dinner that will leave you satiated. A typical appetizer is a thin soup called çorba (usually prepared using lentils) and a classic entree is minced meat and eggplant served with a side salad and rice. Since Turks have a soft spot for sweets, save room for dessert which includes tasty pastries served with mint tea.

    During dining, enjoy casual conversation about a typical day in the life of an Istanbulite. Then, learn more about the food you’re eating as your bilingual guide helps translate with your friendly hosts. After experiencing warm Turkish hospitality, savor the waning moments as you bid farewell to your hosts.

    Next, step outside into the evening air for a walk along the lesser known streets of Istanbul where tourists are few and far between. Cruise through neighborhoods with elegant wooden homes and learn about the diverse cultures that led Istanbul to be named the city of a thousand faces. Hear how Turks, Armenians, and Greeks all converged here making this a true east meets west Cosmopolitan city.

    Continue to a local joint to meet some cool locals and gaze out over the Marmara Sea. Here, delve into Turkey’s sporty culture and see televised football games and people playing backgammon. Perhaps challenge a local to a backgammon match. The last highlight of the day is a Turkish staple: sipping strong tea and experiencing a rich puff from the shisha pipe. From here you can request from your guide directions back to your hotel or any other location you wish to go.
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    Departure Point
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Departure Time
    6:00 PM
    Duration
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Home-cooked dinner, tea and soft drinks
    • Use of a shisha pipe
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Extra drinks at the teahouse
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please be aware that the standard of dress through out Turkey is conservative. To respect this and for your own comfort we recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for both women and men. Turkish people do not wear shoes within the home so we suggest easy slip on shoes be worn. The weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters range from freezing cold to extremely hot and humid in summer (June, July and August).
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
    • Maximum group size is 12.
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    We had a great time enjoying this unique night! The dinner was fabulous and the whole experience was fun, but our highlight was getting to know Feyza. She was a joy to talk to, and we learned so much about life in Istanbul and Turkey. Feyza has an infectious positivity to her,
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    Feyza was a terrific guide. You know when you walk past something and think, that looks delicious or I wonder what that is etc. We should have done this walking food tour from day one because Feyza gave us insight into Turkish Culture which put things into perspective. It was
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    It was a pleasantly different and new experience, visiting a local home and having a real home & mommy cooking dishes. There were 4 kinds of cold and warm dishes (soup, two salads, chicken & rice) and unlimited Turkish tea, all of which were tasty and hommy. Trying apple
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    This was unique. I met Atahan at The Pudding Shop, which was a couple blocks from my hotel. I like walking. We then walked about 15 minutes away to this local women's house. I love going into the local neighborhoods you would never normally know to go. We sat down and
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    I have done two UA tours before in different countries, and this being my first time in Turkey decided to seek out what they had on offer. I decided on the Homecooked tour, which really exceeded my expectations! We were just four people, and Atahan was our incredible guide. He
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    By: Intrepid Urban Adventures Istanbul
    Willy
    Lisbon, Portugal
    51
    Terrific! Feyza was a joy to talk to!
    We had a great time enjoying this unique night! The dinner was fabulous and the whole experience was fun, but our
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    aecasey
    Hobart, Australia
    5246
    Not for ‘foodies’
    We had high expectations when we booked this ‘evening food tour in Istanbul’. As self confessed foodies and
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    Sinéad B
    61
    Interesting tour but overpriced
    Although the tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, the first destination had run out of the promised food and
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    Masarrat S
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    162
    Grand Bazaar Sultanahmet Istanbul
    This bazaar is a pricey place to rent for the shopkeepers and so these guys want to extract the maximum amount of
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    ClareDales
    Perth, Australia
    92
    Walking Food Tour
    We had a fantastic guide - FEYZA - young energetic and passionate about her work. We toured Taksim square and the
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    Karolg
    72
    Hidden Gems
    Feyza was a terrific guide. You know when you walk past something and think, that looks delicious or I wonder what
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    sunnyb8484
    Brisbane Region, Australia
    20
    Picnic on Two Continents
    I had a lovely afternoon with tour guide Feyza. We purchased cheese, pastrami, dried fruit, and Turkish delight
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    cheryl c
    Greensborough, Australia
    4940
    Well worth the cost
    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We are a party of five and all had a great evening. The food we tried was all
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    Justis11
    Canada
    15088
    Beyza adn the picnic was great!
    We had a great afternoon with Beyza as she went through the spice market and bought turkish delight, nuts, olives
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    FazA
    10
    Great food and knowledgable tour guide
    We booked this tour expecting to be going on a little adventure throughout Istanbul and the neighbouring
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