Taste of Istanbul

3 Days | Experience Istanbul at its very best.

4.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
Short Breaks
GBP £353
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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
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Short Breaks
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
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.
  • Short Breaks are slightly different to our group tours, with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence in your free time. You’ll have a leader for included activities only, but there is always support if you need it – simply call the number in the Essential Trip Information if you have any problems.
  • 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.


Map of Taste Of Istanbul including Turkey



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 - TRY200
  • 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 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.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
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Annabel · Traveled July 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend it. We were shown all the great spots and learnt so much about the history of Istanbul and Turkey. Our tour guide, Sona, was awesome. My daughters really enjoyed too. We got so much out of it. It was the high light of our holiday. Thanks Sona :)
Review submitted 08 Aug 2023

Keith · Traveled July 2023
We had our expectations exceeded. Our guide was brilliant. He was informative friendly and caring, particularly with my wife when she started to tire a little. The itinerary was well organised and very entertaining. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed my experience with Intrepid.
Review submitted 10 Jul 2023

Tamara · Traveled July 2023
5 Stars +, Clear communication when planning the trip and no problems amending things even up to a week before our trip. Guide was amazing and was integral to our enjoyment of the trip. Intrepid delivered what they promised. Can't recommend them highly enough.
Review submitted 07 Jul 2023

Timothy · Traveled July 2023
Istanbul - Amazing Trip!. Best way to spend a few days in the city of 2 continents. I had previously come from Greece on an Intrepid tour, and it was a super cool way to end off my vacation. Highly Recommend! Mosque's were amazing. A Bucket List Adventure for sure!!! Turkish people are friendly and welcome to travellers!
Review submitted 12 Jul 2023

Andrew · Traveled June 2023
The short trip to Istanbul was a revelation and an inspiration to return for more adventures
Review submitted 30 Jun 2023
Taste of Istanbul
GBP £353