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Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Feast on Istanbul’s favorite snacks on this 3.5-hour walking tour of the city’s food stops, stalls and markets. With a guide passionate about Turkish cuisine, explore the Spice Bazaar to try staples such as ‘pastirma’ dried beef and artisanal cheeses. Then, sample more delicacies on a Bosphorus ferry ride to the Asian-side district of Üsküdar. Stroll the scenic waterfront and visit a teahouse to try some mouth-watering Turkish delight and refreshing tea before returning to the European side. This tour is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.
  • 3.5-hour Istanbul street food tour with a local guide
  • Explore the Spice Bazaar and stalls that are popular with the locals
  • Sample pastirma (dried beef), traditional cheeses and other treats while chatting to traders
  • Cross from Europe to Asia on a ferry to Üsküdar on Istanbul’s Asian side
  • Stroll scenic Üsküdar waterfront and enjoy views of the Maiden’s Tower
  • Visit a waterside tea shop to enjoy Turkish delight and a Turkish tea or yogurt drink
  • Enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
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Local guide
Market stall samples
Snacks
One-way ferry ride to Üsküdar
Turkish tea or yogurt drink and Turkish delight
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Eminonu ferry to Uskudar, Golden Horn, Turkey
Join your guide and small group near Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar to begin your 3.5-hour food tour. Then, set off through the colorful streets to discover the city’s tastiest and most typical street eats.

Stroll around the fringes of the Spice Bazaar to explore the enticing food stands. Stop at the most interesting stalls and try some locally loved staples such as pastirma, artisanal cheeses and chunks of melt-in-the-mouth Turkish delight from Istanbul’s oldest sweet makers.

Chat to the friendly traders, and watch as your guide selects assorted street snacks for you to sample during the next stage of your tour — a boat ride to Istanbul’s Asian side.

Foods bought will depend on the season, but may include such mouth-watering morsels as simit (bagel-like bread sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds), halva (sweets made with sesame flour and honey), olives and cheeses.

With snacks duly purchased, walk to the nearby portside at Eminönü, and take the ferry across the Bosphorus to the Üsküdar district.As you sail, perhaps sample the goodies chosen by your guide, and admire the stellar views as you cross the waters between Europe and Asia.

Step ashore and stretch your legs along the scenic Üsküdar waterside. Pass bustling cafés and stop at a tea house that offers a stunning vantage point over the Bosphorus and Maiden’s Tower, a medieval watchtower rising from a small island.

Sink your teeth into delectable Turkish delight and enjoy a cup of traditional tea as you chat with your guide about the influences that have shaped Turkey’s cuisine.

Afterward, ride the metro back to Eminönü, where your tour finishes. If you wish, get restaurant recommendations or directions back to your hotel from your guide before saying goodbye.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
KIz Kulesi
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eminonu Pier
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Intrepid Urban Adventures Istanbul
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Uskudar Pier
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Turkey

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Istanbul Sightseeing Street Food Tour with a Picnic.

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Thank you again for this great...
Estelle M
, Jun 2017
Thank you again for this great afternoon! it was so interesting and funny! i recommand Istanbul street food tour and picnic estelle
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It was a really pleasant tour, our...
Sarah W
, Jun 2015
It was a really pleasant tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and a really nice guy. We got to taste typical Turkish food and sat in the sun having a picnic and some apple tea.
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You get to try a lot of things and have...
Lorenext
, May 2014
You get to try a lot of things and have the chance to buy some tea and spices at the bazaar.
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Compared to other food tours was...
Susan R
, Sep 2013
Compared to other food tours was uninspiring. , fresh meatball tho was showstopper! Nice guide. Viator is wonderful tho in very way!
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Very nice and knowledgeable guide...
Maria S M
, Aug 2013
Very nice and knowledgeable guide and interesting tour. I wish we had tasted more foods and had visited the market a little longer.
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