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Istanbul city/food tour

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Istanbul city/food tour

I will be staying in Istanbul for 4 days around 1st of May and would like to go to a city tour (center of the city) on a first day and maybe on a food tour some other day. Can anyone give me some advices about such a city tours please?

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1. Re: Istanbul city/food tour

The historic sights are all very close together, and you don't really need to do a tour - just get a guide book and do it yourself at your leisure. Cheaper and you get to focus on what you want.

For a food tour, Istanbul Eats www.istanbuleats.com get fabulous reviews and several people on the forum have said how excellent they are.

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Thanx Gonetothedogs, I am sure I would be able do find all historic sights by myself, however I would like to have some additional explanation about the city itself and some legends/stories about those sights that can not be found in guide books.

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3. Re: Istanbul city/food tour

Also, Istanbul on Food is another food tour you might like: http://istanbulonfood.com/

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We are booking with Context Travels. They have a "curated" lunch (explaining food and customs). There is another separate walking tour to the Asian side that and be paired with the lunch. I'd read about them in in the NY Times a few years ago. Very favorable review. Here's the link:

contexttravel.com/city/istanbul/walking-tour…

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I thoroughly recommend the culinary tour of the Old City with Istanbuleats (you can find the link on www.istanbuleats.com or www.culinarybackstreets.com).

We had an absolutely fabulous time eating food we'd never have known about at out of the way places we would never have found on our own. The guides are amazing - entertaining and informative and most importantly, real foodies - and you will leave completely stuffed and happy. From my recollection we ate breakfast in an old caravansaray, which we bought from various carts and market stalls, then as the walk progressed there was pide, kocorec, Turkish delight, baklava, doner kebab and various stews and soups in a small workman's café. Finally we had (late) lunch, which was in a Kurdish restaurant specialising in lamb baked in a pit, where we ate said lamb, a perde pilav (rice and chicken in pastry), various salads and dessert too! And along the way we drank Turkish tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, boza and ayran. It really was the highlight of our trip, although it did ensure that we didn't eat again till next lunchtime!

We're off to Istanbul next week and have booked their Two Markets tour this time, which I'm sure will be excellent too. One tip - do the walk on your first day, it's hugely interactive, is a great way to get orientated and sets you up really well food-wise and culture-wise for the rest of your holiday. And whatever you do, don't have breakfast beforehand!

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Thanks for that great first hand account Sandra - everyone who does the Istanbul Eats tours seem to love them.

I have their book - and it is excellent for finding places to eat that are off the beaten track.

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Thanks Gonetothedogs, I agree the Istanbuleats book is invaluable for exploring and finding hidden gems. I'm using it to plan our long weekend next week but the problem is that reading it is making me ravenous and craving lahcmacun!

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