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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
"Our tour begins at the ancient Hippodrome where thousands of spectators were entertained and kept happy by the chariot races. The historic Sultanhamet Mosque or now known as the Blue Mosque due to its magnificent interior filled with blue Iznik tiles is we will navigate through the labyrinth of streets and passages that are home to more than 3000 shops known as the Grand Bazaar. Make sure you have practiced your bartering skills. After looking Grand Bazaar you will have a chance to rest and you will get to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular Turkish pastry called borek all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah at a favorite local hangout. You will then make your way to one of immediately you feel the energy in the air. Your senses will be filled with bright colors and powerful aromas of the exotic spices that will surround you. Istanbul is a city that has a rich religious history and now is composed of many different religion this church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion. Your day concludes with an old world cultural experience like no other city has to offer. Your churches and synagogues that date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Further to witnessing the local's life thereYou end the tour with a ferry back to Eminonu
From EUR70.00
 
Dinner Cruise On The Bosphorus
"Start your evening with pick up from your hotel before heading to the port to embark on our 3.5-hour evening Bosphorus cruise from Istanbul. Watch the sun set over the Bosphorus Strait and cruise under Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. See Istanbul’s illuminat your experience finishes with drop off at your Istanbul hotel.""""Spend your evening in Istanbul cruising around the beautiful Bosphorus Strait while enjoying dinner and an Anatolian folklore show with belly dancing. Gliding through the water your boat follows a route that includes views of Istanbul’s top attractions – all enchantingly illuminated at night. Cruise past the Blue Mosque and Faith Sultan Mehmet Bridge while eating drinking and enjoying the show!"title=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+romantic+night+including+dinner&2=Dinner+included&3=Free+drinks+included&4=Hotel+pickup+included
From $50.00
 
Private Istanbul Walking tour
"This walking tour of Istanbul provides a perfect introduction to the city that straddles Europe and Asia.When Istanbul was known as Constantinople it was the capital of the Roman Empire and the wealthiest metropolis in Europe. On this city tour you’ll visit Istanbul’s 4 most important historic sites with a local guide.The Blue Mosque is an iconic monument in both the Turkish and Islamic wor and features 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that provide illumination for its vast inner chamber that is lined with more than 20000 Iznik tiles.In the 6th century the Hagia Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest it was converted to a mosque and later converted into a museum featuring many beautiful Byzantine mosaics.One of the largest and oldest palaces in the world
From $59.00

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Turkish Delight - the oldest shop in Istanbul

This was recommended in my Lonely Planet guidebook but it was with local Istanbul VTer Stream&Rain that was able to help with finding the shop...just in Eminou in the main street behind Eminou...
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angiebabe
May 18, 2014

Turkish icecream - dondurma

Traditional Turkish icecream is made from milk, sugar, salep flour and mastic gum. These two last ingredients make it stretchy and thick. Salep is a kind of flour made from the bulbs of several kinds...
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magor65
Feb 24, 2014

Salgam Suyu

Okay I know you are going to ask what this is....I am trying to decide if I should tell you or not and just let you order and try it out for yourself, that is what I did. But since you can see the...
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Martin_S.
Aug 07, 2013

Simit, "Turkish Bagel", Istanbul, TR

"Simit" is the most traditional quick breakfast of a Turkish local, accompanied by some cheese and a Turkish Tea of course .... :)There are hundreds of street vendors with their specific red carts...
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TrendsetterME
Jul 03, 2013

Wet Markets for Fish, Istanbul, TR

Turkey is surrounded by seas which contain a large variety of fish. Fish are grilled, fried or cooked slowly by the bugulama (poaching) method. Bugulama is fish with lemon and parsley, covered while...
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TrendsetterME
Jun 28, 2013

Spices in Turkish Cuisine, TR

"Herbs and spices" have been used by mankind since ancient times for a variety of purposes. Sometimes a wild flower, the bark of a great tree or the fruit of a bush, spices show infinite variety in...
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TrendsetterME
Jun 27, 2013

Kir Pidesi, Local Food, TR

"Kır Pidesi" is a very well known and eaten local food in Turkey ... Its a kind of pide (pita) and made with ingredients of cheese, chopped beef, spinach, potato, depending on your own taste ....Its...
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TrendsetterME
Jun 24, 2013

Leblebi World, Istanbul, TR

"Leblebi" is a kind of snack made from roasted chickpeas, very common and popular in Turkey. It is sometimes roasted with salt, hot spices or dried cloves. There is also a candy coated variety....
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TrendsetterME
Jun 20, 2013

Hasanpasa Bakery, Istanbul, TR

"Yedi Sekiz Hasan Pasa Firini" is an amazing bakery located in Besiktas district of the city. Opening doors very early, always full of customers of all ages, buying for home, for office and even to...
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TrendsetterME
Jun 20, 2013

Turkish Breakfast, Istanbul, TR

Locals love to have a good breakfast as a day start-up, actually thats more a get-together tradition of each family rather than just eating in the mornings .. :)Before going to school, work, sports...
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TrendsetterME
Jun 03, 2013

Beyoglu Chocolate, Istanbul, TR

"Beyoglu" on Taksim Istiklal Street is famous with a special chocolate since 50's. This nostalgic chocolate is produced by a family firm "Zambo" and told that it has a secret formula. They are sold...
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TrendsetterME
Jun 01, 2013

Kanlica Yoghurt, Istanbul, TR

Kanlıca is so much identified with its yoghurt that Istanbulites think of Kanlıca when yoghurt is mentioned and of yoghurt when Kanlıca is mentioned. Macurlar Neighborhood, situated on the skirts of...
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TrendsetterME
May 24, 2013
 
 
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