ISTANBUL: FOUR MEANS OF TRANSPORT, TWO CONTINENTS AND A THOUSAND FLAVORS
Culture & local gems, More than 3 hours walking, Certified guide
Explore Istanbul by every means to get right into the life of the city. Visit the New Mosque and the Egyptian Bazaar on the European side, then travel through the Eurasia Tunnel to the Asian side with the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque and markets. Sail on the Bosphorus to start the Istanbul Foodies Tour and enjoy the most typical Turkish delicacies, with a glass of rakı in hand.
- Yeni Cami by tram
- Egyptian Bazaar
- Eurasia Tunnel by subway
- Uskudar district: Mihrimah Sultan mosque, market, external visits
- Mimar Sinan Carsisi market
- Boat crossing of the Bosphorus
- Istanbul Foodies Tour
- Tour Istanbul on foot and by tram, subway and boat to get a taste of Istanbul lifestyle and the best street food in the city.
- Take the tram to Yeni Camii, otherwise known as the New Mosque, which is “only” 400 years old, and don't miss its ornate interior and rainbow colored Iznik tiles .
- A couple of minutes later you'll be in the Egyptian Bazaar, “Mısır Çarşısı” in Turkish, an Ottoman market dating back to 1660. This was the last stop on the Silk Road and is now a riot of spices and lokum, Turkish delights. Souvenir?
- How about an intercontinental journey by subway? At Marmaray station, board the train that travels under the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul. Here you'll see the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, the Uskudar market and the Mimar Sinan Carsisi, which was a hammam until the 16th century.
- You're invited for a snack on the river before returning to Europe by boat. This is the start of the Istanbul Foodies Tour: from Taksim square to Beyoğlu you can try the street food favored by the local residents.
- From the sweet “baklava' to 6 varieties of kebab, from stuffed mussels to “Simit”, a Turkish chestnut and corn bagel, and don't miss a glass of rakı, the Turkish national drink.
Good to know
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol.
- Wear suitable clothing for the places of worship you will be visiting.
- If you want to enter the mosque, remember that you must cover your shoulders and your legs down to your knees, and remove your shoes.
- Before booking the excursion or once on board, contact the excursion office to check the availability of vegetarian or gluten-free dishes and to report any food intolerances.
- This is one of the most popular excursions so book early.