Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a 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
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
If you would love to try Turkish home-made food and get more involved with the locals, then this tour was made for you!
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What You Can Expect
Dinner is ready and waiting, so after meeting your hosts, tuck straight into the food. Ingredients vary, but expect a 3-course meal featuring tasty dinnertime staples that are cooked in many Turkish homes. Classic dishes include a thin soup called çorba (often made with lentils) or a main meal featuring minced meat and eggplant with rice and salad. Turks are known for having a sweet tooth, so expect sugary pastries paired with mint tea for dessert.
While enjoying your food, chat with your friendly hosts about life in Istanbul, hearing about the city, its culture and cuisine. While little English is spoken in the household, your bilingual guide will help translate, letting you experience the famous Turkish hospitality first hand.
Bid your hosts a fond farewell, and work off your food with a stroll through the backstreets, away from the main tourist sites. Have your camera ready to capture photos of picturesque wooden houses, and learn about the city’s different residents and the sub-cultures that exist. Often called the city of a thousand faces, Istanbul is as cosmopolitan as cities come, populated by Turks, Greeks and Armenians, among others.
Visit a popular local hangout to enjoy views of the Marmara Sea and get to know the friendly locals. The area is a popular spot for football matches and backgammon games, so join in with them if you wish! Finish your tour by enjoying two of the country’s favorite pastimes: tea drinking (own expense) and shisha-pipe smoking. If you need directions back to your Istanbul hotel, simply let your guide know.
It was fab, the family were wonderful, the guide was great and I would highly recommend
You get an impression of what life in istanbul is about and can ask all the questions you have.
Personally I had a great guide who told me a lot and had answers to all my questions.
Also the food had been very delicious and beeing typical turkish rounded up the cultural tastes.