Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Sightseeing Tour & Istanbul by Night Food Tour

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: Turkey, Marmara, Istanbul
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  • 12 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover Istanbul on land, water and a plate on this exciting Super Saver that combines two best-selling Istanbul tours at a discounted price. Enjoy a full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour that includes visits to the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace and Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and a tasty 3-course lunch and cruise on the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Plus, dip into Istanbul’s culinary scene on a guided evening food tour. Visit hidden food stops, sample local delicacies, grill kebabs at a barbecue joint, and savor mezes in a lively 'meyhane' (tavern).

Highlights

  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

With this Istanbul Super Saver, you need to take your tours on two separate days and you can choose to enjoy them in the order that best suits your schedule.

Bosphorus Sightseeing Tour (8 Hours)Leave your central Istanbul hotel by coach and drive to the Spice Bazaar, otherwise known as the Egyptian Bazaar. As you travel, hear intriguing facts about Istanbul and the bazaar, including how it began operating in the 17th century.

Stroll around this aromatic souk past stalls selling spices, herbs, nuts, fruit and other foods. Stop to sample some treats and then follow your guide to the Rüstem Pasha Mosque. Admire the stunning Iznik tiles that cover this 16th-century edifice both outside and in, and then continue to the banks of the Golden Horn.

Hop on to a sightseeing boat and cruise along this famous inlet, a narrow strait that cuts European Istanbul in two. Sail by landmarks such as the Aynalıkavak Palace, and then cruise the Bosphorus Strait passing sights including the Dolmabahçe Palace and the mansions of the city’s Asian side.

After your roughly 2.5-hour cruise, savor a 3-course lunch at an Asian-side waterfront (see Itinerary for a sample menu) and absorb the city views from Camlica Hill, Istanbul’s highest point. Lastly, cross the Bosphorus Bridge for an interior tour of the Dolmabahçe Palace, formerly home to the Ottoman sultans. Your tour then ends with a hotel drop-off.

Istanbul By Night Turkish Food Tour (5 Hours)Start with a pickup from your central Istanbul hotel and head into the city’s streets to discover its delicious East-meets-West cuisine. Feel your appetite building as your guide lifts the lid on local food staples and explains how, as Turkey’s gastronomic capital, Istanbul offers dizzying numbers of eateries, food stalls and meyhanes.

Make frequent stops at some of Istanbul’s hidden food spots, many popular with locals and unknown to tourists. Stop at a bakery to sample a simit bagel — a sticky treat coated in grape molasses and sesame seeds — and then try some authentic Turkish tea at a kiraathane (traditional coffee house).

Head inside a cook-your-own barbecue restaurant and grill your own kebab, sip on raki (local aniseed-flavored liquor), and then stroll down a bustling restaurant-lined street to your final stop, a lively meyhane.

Take a seat inside and enjoy the live music as you sample Turkish mezes and a bowl of tasty işkembe çorbasi (tripe) soup. Stay at this animated nightspot until late, enjoying a glass of raki and a Turkish coffee. Your evening ends with a hotel drop-off around 12:30am.

Please note: Depending on tour availability, you can choose which days and in what order you wish to take the tours.

Sample Lunch Menu:
First course:
  • Lentil, tomato or chicken soup
Main course:
  • Grilled meatballs with fresh green salad or bean salad
Dessert (choice of one):
  • Rice pudding
  • Baklava (filo pastry parcel stuffed with nuts and soaked in honey)
  • Figs with cream
  • Semolina halva (sesame seeds with honey or sugar) with ice cream
  • Revani (semolina cake soaked in light syrup)
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Expert guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Approx. 2-5-hour Golden Horn and Bosphorus cruise
  • Entrance fee to Dolmabahçe Palace
  • 3-course lunch on Bosphorus sightseeing tour
  • Food tastings on evening food tour
  • Drinks (two glasses of raki, one Turkish coffee and one tea)
  • Dinner (kebab, meze and soup)

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Depending on tour availability, you can choose which days and in what order you wish to take the tours to suit your schedule
Departure Point

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel


Departure Time

8:30am


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

12 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 20 Nov 2015 -

Kaz

The night food tour was THE BEST tour we've ever had. Two thumbs up to the guide who was super friendly and interesting. We had at least six different stops to taste different local food, even enjoyed Turkish game Okey! The food tour is highly recommended. The sightseeing tour was ok - We wish we had the same tour guide from the food tour.

Image - 03 Mar 2015 -

Michael h

I love that

Image - 08 Nov 2015 -

Gavin C

This is an Awesome tour! The Bosporus cruise was superb! The views were fantastic. However the Turkish Night food tour, is just too weird. Stomachs, intestine etc. all these were food that I can give it a miss.

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