Choose to meet your guide either in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet or Karakoy district, whichever is most convenient for you. If you start in Sultanahmet, travel with your guide across the Golden Horn to the colorful Karakoy district, where your tour starts proper.
Soak up Karakoy’s market-filled streets as your guide regales you with stories about Istanbul’s culinary history. Stroll the lanes and pause to admire the 14th-century stone Galata Tower on route to the lively Beyoğlu quarter.
Delve into the Beyoğlu’s cobblestone streets past lively boho bars, coffee shops and top-notch restaurants. Hear about the area’s European-style culture, and stop at Sensus, a trendy wine boutique with one of Turkey’s best wine cellars.
Sample some Turkish wines here and then visit a welcoming meyhane for dinner (own expense). Savor the convivial setting and company of your fellow food-lovers as you enjoy a fresh starter, main course of seasonal ingredients, and a dessert or fresh fruit. As you eat, chat to your guide further about Istanbul’s signature foods and gastronomic influences, and learn how best appreciate raki, Turkey’s beloved anise-flavored spirit.
Afterward, drink in more of the cool evening breezes and Beyoğlu's night-time buzz as you return to your original starting point, where your tour ends.