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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This was a fun way to experience Turkish food and culture. We were picked up at our hotel and shuttled to Independence Street. We were only a group of 5, which was just right. We started at a place where the men go and play the game Okay. We learned how to play, plus were given a little bit of strategy by some locals. From then on we went to various restaurants and sampled lots of different foods. Kabobs, mussels, trip end of course raki. The tour didn't finish until well after midnight. Fun was had by all!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

This was one of my favorite tours yet. Yuke was our tour guide; she was friendly, warm, and all around fantastic. She provided great insight into the Turkish culture, while we walked around Taksim square and the surrounding area. We got to experience great Turkish cuisine and tried traditional food that we would never have tried on our own. We LOVED this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone who has an open mind and wants to truly experience the city and its culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Very very tasty

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

One of the best tours I have taken. My guide was excellent and I got to see places that few tourists get to see and to try new Turkish foods. I very much recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

This is the first tour I did on the same day that I flew in. The tour guide: Serhat Kalay is an awesome tour guide. First you are picked up at your hotel and taken over the Galata bridge to Taksim square. He then takes you around mainly on Independence street. You dodge in and out finding gems of restaurants and local places, sampling all types of foods everything from street vendors to awesome grills. tasted everything from street chestnuts and oysters to grilled kebabs and local rakun drink that tastes like ouzo. Must try the tripe soup! Highly Recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Yuke (and your brother), thanks for the tour and showing me great Turkish hospitality. I pretty much enjoyed everything I ate and drank. Along with the historical and social commentary behind the food and areas we walked through, I appreciated the candid and unscripted discussions throughout the night. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone. For me, it was a great intro into the Turkish culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

I highly recommed this tour if you like to try new dishs. We went to like 5 different restaurants, a bakery, and 2 coffee shop. Our tour guide was Uuke Celik a young lady full of energy. She made the trip amazing :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

What a terrific was to get into a city. Guide fantastic and such a great variety pack into one night. A must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Sharp, well-informed, spunky guide took me to a variety of food and historical places. Lots of walking involved along uneven pavement... so if you're not comfortable walking briskly on cobblestones you should give this a pass. Otherwise, I highly recommend this fun and informative tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

We booked this for our first night in Istanbul, hoping it would be a good way to familiarize ourselves with the city while also taking care of dinner. The tour accomplished both objectives, and then some!

It was so much more fun than we had expected. Our guide Selma did a great job of making the evening enjoyable for us and the other couple on the tour.

In addition to getting a tour of the Beyoglu nightlife, we got a tile game lesson in a traditional tea house, a charcoal grilled kebab on a hidden rooftop terrace, kokorec with hot peppers, melons and fresh cheese as we were serenaded with live gypsy music, and topped off the evening with tripe soup at a streetside table.

The food was great, but what made the tour special was the experiences. I don't think we could have found some of these places and experiences on our own, especially not the first night.

I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

This was a fun way to be introduced to Istanbul and a great wait to experience some new culinary delights in a new city. The guide was very dedicated, professional and was proud to share her culture. Will definitely recommend to others. Great job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

The guide was very knowledgeable. Excellent English and a very fun evening. A must do.

Blanca
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

This tour was a great oportunity to get to know more about Turkish cuisine and try a few things out. We were taken to a few hidden spots where there were mainly locals, which we really enjoyed. We also had some Turkish coffee and the typical liquor, raki. The live music was great too, very authentic!

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Concept of the tour is great and offers opportunity to try different local dishes and experience venues and customs you wouldn't necessarily find yourself, including a rooftop bar. It was very enjoyable - there were just 2 of us on the tour which was a bit of a bonus. Another plus is they collect you at your hotel and return you at the end of the evening. The guide unfortunately cut the evening short by 1 hour by not going to the live music venue per the promotional brochure - pity.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Good and interesting way of seeing the city. the Guide was friendly and made the evening interesting.

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