Have you already seen all the mosques and palaces, tried all kinds of kebabs and washed it down with strong tea with baklava? However, the true life of the Turks, with their places of power, rest and favorite restaurants, remained behind the scenes - although it is she who is most curious of all. With me you will spend the day as a local and feel what it is like to be born in Istanbul. Individual excursion for 1-3 people Duration 3.5 hours Children Possible with children How it goes On foot € 125 per excursion Price for 1-3 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
Where Istanbulites rest: districts, parks, favorite views Let's start our journey from the "magic" park, where you can feel the very unity with Istanbul: the Turks come here to gain strength and energy for new achievements. Next, you will see the second suspension bridge across the Bosphorus, and once on the shore of the strait, see the majestic 15th century fortress. Walking along the Bosphorus, we will enjoy an idyllic picture of old fishing villages - today they have turned into fashionable areas with real estate from a million dollars. And in the elite quarter "Malysh", beloved by cinematographers, there is a high chance of getting into the shot or meeting a local celebrity while jogging along the embankment in the morning
Where do Istanbulites eat: restaurants, shops, cafes I will tell you about the gustatory habits of the locals and share their most visited gastronomic outlets. We will visit an old pastry shop and enjoy the legendary dessert - a favorite of the Turks. Between themselves, they call the sweetness "3-4 minutes of your life." In addition, you will walk into a shop that has been selling the freshest marzipans since 1904, be seduced by the smells of the famous Nusr-Et meat restaurant and unveil Istanbul's long-running trendy establishment, which has been famous for its cocktails for over 15 years! I almost forgot - of course, I will declassify the famous breakfast cafe: any local Turk would consider it an honor to check in here, especially on weekends. If you want, we will also take a look there
The colorful end of the meeting: the market and the wine cellar After walking around the favorite places of the Istanbulites and enjoying the delicacies, we will go to the elite fishing village of Arnavutkoy. It is known for its Ottoman-style wooden mansions and some of the best fish restaurants in town. In ancient times, the area was famous for its strawberry plantations - and now, in spring, shops sell juicy berries. We will end the meeting in the Kurucheshme district, in a place where you will buy unusual gifts for yourself and your loved ones. Here organic products are brought from the olive plantations of the peninsula in southern Turkey: thyme-flavored oil, olive and almond paste, fig vinegar and a sea of cosmetics. The locals in the boutique are the most loyal customers
In the wine cellar we will raise a glass of Turkish "rose" for a wonderful holiday and unforgettable impressions that the best city on earth has left!
Depending on the time of the start of the walk, we can go for breakfast / lunch or dinner. Please note that in popular places, it is better to make reservations a week in advance
- breakfast (about 25 euros for two)
- lunch / dinner (approximately 50 euros for two)
- dessert in a pastry shop (38 TL)
- entrance tickets to the Rumeli Hisary fortress (18 TL / person + ticket for the guide)
- metro or taxi costs to get to the meeting point
- seasonal fruits at the local mini-bazaar (if the walk takes place on Saturday when the market is open)
The excursion starts in the area of the Boğaziçi Üniversitesi metro station.You will find out the exact meeting point immediately after booking.