Taste of Istanbul

3 Days | Experience Istanbul at its very best.

5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
Short Breaks
EUR €490
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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

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Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Short Breaks
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 12.93 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.


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2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Local Transport


Hotel (2 nights)

  • Istanbul - Home Cooked Istanbul Urban Adventure
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
  • Istanbul - Grand Bazaar
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Istanbul - Istanbul Conquered Urban Adventure
Add on activities
  • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - TRY390
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque Visit - Free
  • Istanbul - Galata Tower - TRY650
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat) - TRY150
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - TRY340
  • Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (inc. massage) - EUR100
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Harem Entry - TRY85
  • Istanbul - Hagia Irene - TRY80

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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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5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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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

Regula · Traveled December 2023
Thanks to the excellent guide I learned more in a day than I would've in a week on my own!
Review submitted 05 Jan 2024

Katherine · Traveled November 2023
Almost everything we did on this tour you could organize yourself. However if you are visiting for a short time it is ideal. The selected hotel is in a great location for exploring on your own and with good restaurants nearby. Having an excellent private guide (Omer) is also very beneficial. He shared so much historical and factual information about the sites, Istanbul, and life in Turkey in general. The tour allows for a unique opportunity to have dinner in a private home. I would recommend the tour.
Review submitted 30 Nov 2023

Jessica · Traveled October 2023
Excellent introduction to Istanbul, taking in the main attractions. I would recommend leaving time day before/after to also visit basicila Cistern and museums
Review submitted 30 Oct 2023

Lesley · Traveled September 2023
Absolutely superb trip! Istanbul far exceeded my expectations. It's a fascinating and unique blend of East and West and Past and Present. We were lucky to effectively have a private tour as there were just two of us on our trip. Our guide Omer was excellent! He was very knowledgeable, highly professional, friendly and approachable. His passion for history was evident but he also pointed out so many interesting things about local life in Istanbul and we felt able to ask him anything - including lots of questions about the local cats! The evening meal with a family was a highlight of the trip as well as that first glimpse inside the Hagia Sophia. I can't praise Omer enough, a very pleasant young man and an asset to Intrepid. I highly recommend this trip
Review submitted 26 Sep 2023
Taste of Istanbul
EUR €490