September 2, 2022 – You will meet your professional guide holding a name sign for your private full-day of sightseeing
Explore a bit of Culinary Art
You will visit the street stalls of the Karakoy area and sample their delicacies as we explore the neighborhood. Information about the seller and the food is explained throughout the tour with a little bit of history.
You will visit Namli, a gourmet shop and restaurant carrying quality varieties of olive oils, international sauces, cheeses, helva, dried fruit and nuts, meze and other delicacies, as well as deli meats such as pastrma and sucuk. You may enjoy tasting some specialities that are in high demand by locals in the shop.
Your next stop will be the Karakoy Gulluoglu Baklava shop to indulge in what most locals believe to be the best baklava in all of Turkey. Enjoy dessert at this Istanbul institution, and observe the local foot traffic as deliveries depart for homes throughout the city and to all parts of the country.
After your baklava tasting, you will visit Galata. You will see stuffed and fried mussel sellers and the historical pickle-hawkers in the Fish Market.
The historical Egyptian / Spice Bazaar is a colorful and mystical covered spice market lined with spice stalls in Eminonu coast, near the Yeni Mosque, in the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. Spices, dried fruits, cheeses, sausages, jams, nuts and seeds, Turkish delight and other edibles fill most of the shops. You are able to find about every kind of herbs and spices at the market, and as well as ingredients for cooking, Turkish delight and Turkish coffee.
Lunch will be served at Hamdi Restaurant, located on the Golden Horn where you can taste traditional Turkish kebabs.
Following lunch, visit the Grand Bazaar. Before arrival to the Grand Bazaar you will have an opportunity to learn about the art of carpet weaving. One of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar dates from the 15th century. The world famous handmade carpets and kilims of Turkey, some of the most beautiful examples of Turkish silver art, souvenirs and decorations made of copper and bronze and high quality ceramics, onyx, and leather goods are for sale.
At the end of your tour, return to the hotel.
Dinner tonight will be at Baskose Restaurant, which is an elegant Turkish kebab restaurant. You can taste delicious kebabs from southeastern Turkey.
September 3, 2022 – Private full day of sightseeing
Hagia Sophia is mostly known as one of the most valuable and fascinating structures in the world of art and architecture. It deserves to enter to the collection of the rare works by challenging to the time. The walls of this beautiful piece of architecture are decorated with gorgeous mosaics. UNESCO accepts Hagia Sophia as The World Heritage because of architectural beauty.
You will visit the magnificient Topkapi Palace which was completed between 1465 and 1478. The Topkap Palace Museum is notable not only for its architecture and collections but also for the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire that it recalls. Opulent, decadent and steeped in history, it offers visitors a chance to get to know the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire rather more intimately.
Lunch is served at Konyalı Restaurant serving traditional Turkish cuisine in the Topkapi Palace.
You will visit the Hippodrome Square which was built by Septimius Severus to entertain the public at the beginning of A.D 2 century, In 196. Pretty attractive Thedosius I Obelisk is the product of Egypt. This alone should give you some idea of how impressive the Hippodrome of Constantinople’s architecture was.
Blue Mosque, this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman mosques in all of Turkey. The blue Iznik Tiles covering the walls have given the mosque its popular name, Blue Mosque. Make sure you will spend some time in silence inside the magnificent mosque to admire its prayerful atmosphere and superb blue tiles. * It is advised to dress respectfully when visiting, although scarfs and outer garments are given at the door if necessary.
At the end of your tour, you will return to your hotel.
Tonight, dinner is reserved at Sarnic Restaurant – In the magical atmosphere of a 1,500 years old Water Cistern, Sarnic restaurant offers you the delicacies blended in their extraordinary menu crowned with mastic (especially used in early Ottoman era Anatolia), anise (used as an aphrodisiac in Palace kitchens), almond, dib roman, walnut, saffron, cinnamon, coriander and za’atar.