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.
Just did this last week and it was a very funevening! I was the only one with tolga (the guide), most likely because it was off season. Really enjoyed my meal with the family. The mom was so sweet and the lil kids entertaining. They didnt speak eng as it was forewarned but the guide did a good job of mediating conversation. One neice was there, spoke eng, and I ended up getting along really well with her and even hung out with her the following days. It was a perfect start to my weeklong trip. Would recommend this to everyone!
Amazing night...great food, company and the local family/kids wanted to know as much about us as we did about them!