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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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Sultanahmet District
Intrepid Urban Adventures Istanbul
For the true essence of Turkish heritage, eat like a local and explore the streets of Sultanahmet during this guided small-group Istanbul food and culture tour. Step inside a local’s home to meet the family and enjoy an evening experience of Turkish hospitality. The 4-hour night begins with a 3-course dinner of traditional dishes and concludes with an expedition into the backstreets of Istanbul. You’ll witness a backgammon or football game along the way and even have a chance to take a puff from the shisha pipe. People are limited to 12 on this tour, so you can receive more personalized attention from your guide.
  • 4-hour Turkish food and culture tour with an expert local guide
  • Visit a typical Turkish family home in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood
  • Feast on a 3-course home-cooked meal while chatting with friendly hosts
  • Learn about the city’s cosmopolitan culture while exploring the backstreets
  • Take part in popular Turkish pastimes: football, backgammon, drinking tea or smoking a shisha pipe!
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Really Nice Evening

My guide Atahan was very punctual at the meeting point and after a wait for a second person who was a no show, we set off on foot for dinner with a local family. Even though the hostess could not speak English, we managed to...More

2  Thank Cherie A
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile
A Unique And Delicious Dinner

This was a memorable opportunity to meet and get to know a local Turkish family. The food was delicious and the company of the family was warm and friendly. This experience is recommended for all travellers, in particularly those who love to eat local foods.

1  Thank Greg A
Reviewed 20 April 2018
A highlight of our visit to Istanbul

We ware looking forward to this and it turned out to be just what we wanted and more. Our guide Ayse was so friendly, charming, knowledgeable and above all very positive and smiling. She was telling stories and shared info and answered all our questions....More

1  Thank Tomislav M
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile
Great experience

Our guide Ayse was very knowledgeable and the family were very welcoming. The food was great. There was only 5 of us in the group in this particular occasion. We all enjoyed the tea and shisha after as we all agreed it was somewhere none...More

1  Thank Susan R
Reviewed 5 February 2018
Great Tourist Attraction Idea but needs lot of Improvement

Idea is great tourist attraction but there is a room for substantial improvement by the organiser. Firstly except the mother the host family though present in the apartment neither joined the dinner nor discussion which negate the slogan of dine with local family . Secondly...More

5  Thank Shahid J
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Response from Susan R | Reviewed this property |
If I remember rightly, you meet at 6pm.
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