Overview

If you are interested in different cuisines and history, you are in the right tour. This tour is a combination of cuisine, food and history. While visiting the highlights of Istanbul, you will also learn about food culture in byzantine and ottoman period. You will get all information what people used to eat in Istanbul and what people’s daily lives were like in history. An interesting journey in the pages of history with food habits, daily culture and cooking history and a different experience than cooking classes.

8 Hours 21 Apr, 22 Apr, 23 Apr, and more Fatih, İstanbul
Highlights

Topkapi Palace: 

  •  The home for 400 years of ruling Sultan’s in Istanbul, this is a not to be missed site. The second palace built in Istanbul after its conquest by the Turks, it served as the center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. This palace’s maze of oppulent buildings is where the sultans, their courts, and their harems lived and governed.

Balat :

  • Whether it's the Iron Church of Saint Stephens (yes made completely of Iron) and located on the Golden horn or the beauty of the Orthodox Churches or the numerous Synagogues located here-  a visit to Balat is a step back in time, but with a very current even progressive vibe.  

Chora Church :

  • Located in the area of Balat - this is a one of a kind place -with gold frescoes that go on and on and on all showing the life of Christ.

 

Itinerary

We will begin our tour with Topkapı palace and as we visit the palace we will focus a bit more in the kitchens  

We will continue to the mosaic museum to talk about the byzantine palace 

After spending aproximately half day in Sultan Ahmet area we will go to chora chuch and blacherna area in the city where the byzantine palace life continued and the latest ruins are located.

After having lunch in an authentic restaurant, we will visit / see from out side chora church from there we will walk to tekfur palace which is the only part left from blacherna palace.

We will continue our afternoon walking through the narrow streets of balat where greek orthodox patriarcal church, the oldest synagouge in the city along with some old ottoman mosques are located almost next to eachother , 

balat also is a cultural heritage area as announced by unesco which symbolizes  coexistence of muslim, christian and jewish communities in our city throughout history.

we will also enjoy seeing the  wooden houses which used to belong to rich greek citizens in the city and have some cofee breaks before we head back to our hotel.

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Lunch on Full Day tour 
  • Private Tours with licensed professional English speaking guides

  • Admission tickets to sites and museums

  • Private VIP transportation per tour itinerary

  • Parking, portage, toll roads

  • Coordination and attentive customer service throughout the tour by Sojourn staff

  • Required Association ofTurkish Travel Agencies Foreign Visitors Insurance 
(a basic mandatory policy and not an adequate replacement for purchasing your own travel insurance.) 
  • Optional Domestic flights with extra cost, you may add during the booking process

What is not included in the tour

  • Drinks at lunch and dinner
 Sodas or alcohol
  • Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Entry Visa to Turkey
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, and personal items
  • International flight tickets

  • Optional programs listed in the itinerary 
Price
Participants
Price per participant
1
$320
2
$185
3 to 5
$120
6 + 
$100
8 +
$85
10 +  
$80
Single Supplement
$NA
Map
Cankurtaran, Topkapı Palace No:34093, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey View on Map