Taste of Istanbul

3 Days | Experience Istanbul at its very best.

5 out of 5 based on 22 reviews submitted.
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Get a true taste of Istanbul – a city resplendent, enduring and diverse, truly forging itself as the world’s most spectacular intersection of cultures, cuisine and continents. Embark on a Short Break Adventure to get an essential Istanbul experience – exploring the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. You’ll also get under the skin of the place, eating with a local family, sharing tea and nargile and finding spots hidden from the tourist eye.

Trip overview

Map of Taste Of Istanbul including Turkey
Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Theme
Short breaks
Destinations
Turkey
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ERZI
This trip generates 24.97 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Most tours will leave you lost trying to explore the Hagia Sophia on your own – here you’ll take a guided tour through the hidden tales of this magnificent one-of-a-kind monument.
  • Get lost in the labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar, passing by the myriad traders who sell their wares in this expansive space. How good are your haggling skills?
  • Join a home cooked experience in Istanbul, discovering some simple local food with your hosts and spending some time in a tea house – just like the locals do.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, CYDD (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği). Donations help them provide scholarships and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth in Turkey.

Is this trip right for you?
  • With a duration of 2-3 days, Intrepid’s Short Break Adventures are the ideal add-on to a longer holiday or a mini adventure of their own! Departures are frequent and usually guaranteed.
  • On Short Breaks, you maintain a good level of independence and freedom, with the added bonus of having the details sorted out for you. You’ll have lots of free time and you won’t be accompanied by a Trip Leader. This means that all included activities and tours will be run by different local Intrepid partners, and these may operate independently from each other. The included activities and transfers will operate on a join-in basis, which means that you could have your Adventure all to yourself, or others may join you along the way. If you would prefer to travel in a group with a dedicated Trip Leader, just get in touch with your booking agent and they will take you through some alternatives.
  • Activities and tours are on a join-in basis, which means other travellers may join you at these times. You may also have different guides throughout the tour, in order to give you the best experience of each activity.

Itinerary

Map of Taste Of Istanbul including Turkey

Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Local Transport

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Activities
  • Istanbul - Home Cooked Istanbul Urban Adventure
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
  • Istanbul - Grand Bazaar
  • Istanbul - Istanbul Conquered Urban Adventure
Add on activities
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque Visit - Free
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat) - TRY150
  • Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (inc. massage) - EUR100
  • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - EUR17
  • Istanbul - Galata Tower - EUR30
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - EUR15
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Combined Ticket (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Irene + Harem) - TRY1500

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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader or local representative for the duration of the tour. This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travelers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.
2. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 5 pm on Day 1 in Istanbul.
3. This adventure includes a visit to the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. The Bazaar is closed on Sunday should you choose a Saturday departure for this product your visit to the Grand Bazaar on day 2 will be substituted with the Spice Market.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 22 reviews submitted.
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Christopher · Traveled May 2024
This is a short tour and can only cover a certain area, but it is thorough and very informative. Zeynep, the guide, is excellent. She is very knowledgeable and shares that knowledge in an easily understood way. She does her best to fit the tour to the group.
Review submitted 20 May 2024

Marilynn · Traveled May 2024
An excelkent way to see and understand the history of Istanbul. We did get e actly a taste of Istanbul. Valuable for first time visitors or anyone.
Review submitted 05 May 2024

Lynette · Traveled April 2024
Well organised, professional guide who balanced the time constructively.
Review submitted 03 May 2024

Marlene · Traveled March 2024
Our Taste of Istanbul Tour was absolutely amazing. Our guide Unsol was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made our time in Istanbul very special. We had two days in Istanbul after finishing another Intrepid tour in Spain, Portugal and Morocco before joining this Istanbul toùr. We then stayed on for two days after the tour and Unsol made some excellent suggestions for additional activities, which we really enjoyed. This tour also gave us an opportunity to have a break before our long trip home to Australia. Highly recommended.
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Alejandro · Traveled January 2024
Alp, my tour guide, was amazing!!! Great energy, and knowledge about city landmarks and history. He went out of his way more than once to show me even more places and experiences than what was included in the tour, beyond his duties, and spending his personal time to make sure I saw as much as possible of Istanbul. Definitely a great tour to get a taste of this iconic city.
Review submitted 30 Jan 2024
Taste of Istanbul
From
AUD $790