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Per Person $205 USD
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Soak up the Turkish culture and cuisine by exploring both the European and Asian food markets of Istanbul, topped with an authentic traditional meal to make your day.

Start your tour from the European side of Istanbul with a walk through the Spice Bazaar, an extensive market which was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque--Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the "Egyptian Market" due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt.

Take a ferry ride to the other side of the river that separates the European and Asian parts of Istanbul to explore the famous open-air street market of Kadýkoy. Notice the big difference in atmosphere between the Spice Market and the Kadýkoy which is more in tune with the way most people in Istanbul cook and eat.

Indulge yourself in the huge variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, with plenty to discover for the "foodie." Feel the real bazaar shopping experience with the fishmongers, bakers, butchers, and grocers singing out to attract you to their stall. Take your time and explore the many pastry and deli shops, and the aromatic spice stands. There is plenty to see and buy, with information and recommendations available.

Feeling hungry after all that walking? Want to try some of the things you have seen? One of Istanbul's best restaurants is just around the corner. Enjoy an ethnic countryside-style dish in a traditional atmosphere.

A ferry ride back to the European side ends our delicious walking tour in Istanbul.

  • On this tour, you'll:
  • Embark on a delicious walking tour with plenty for a "foodie" to discover
  • Explore both the European and Asian markets of Istanbul
  • Savor the many exotic aromas in the Spice Market
  • Be dazzled by the variety of fruit and vegetables in the Kadikoy Market
  • Stop, try, and buy as often as you like
  • Treat yourself to a tasty meal in a traditional Turkish restaurant for lunch
  • Absorb the history and rich culture of Istanbul

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:30 AM (6 hrs) 9:30am check-in. You will need to take a taxi to the meeting location.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• You will need to taxi to the meeting location. Taxi from the pier should cost about $5-$6 per taxi, each way. More instructions will be on your voucher.
• Tastings, ferry rides, and a multi-course lunch with a tasting menu are included. You will also be able to have non-alcoholic beverages. (Kindly note that alcoholic drinks are not served in this restaurant.)
• We will ask you about food allergies and dietary restrictions during checkout.
• Wear comfy shoes because you'll be walking!


• Minimum 2 people.
• This is not a private tour. It is a small shared tour.
• The Spice Bazaar is closed during religious holidays, Ramadan and Eid.