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Dinner with a Family in Istanbul

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Duration: 4 hours
Price per person
$33.90
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  • Go behind scenes to enjoy an authentic local experience
  • Enjoy a delicious meal with a family in Istanbul
  • Stroll the picturesque streets of Sultanahmet
  • Learn the secrets of backgammon
  • Hang out with local people in a teahouse
  • Experience the fabled Turkish waterpipe

Experience firsthand the world renowned hospitality of Turkey by visiting a family and enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal.

The adventure begins by wandering through the streets of historical Sultanahmet en route to meet a local family. After enjoying a delicious feast, you’ll stroll through the backstreets and marvel at the wooden houses lining the streets.

Next, you’ll go to a popular local hangout to enjoy fabulous views of the Marmara Sea. Find a comfortable spot to watch games of pop-up football or strike up conversation with the locals. Try your hand at one of the many games of backgammon being played.

Afterwards you can sample two of Turkey’s favorite pastimes – tea drinking and Narglie (waterpipe) smoking.

Itinerary

Enjoy an enchanting slice of Turkish life with the memorable Dinner with a Family in Istanbul tour. An expert local guide, who speaks English, will greet you at Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet Istanbul and accompany you on this walking tour.

You will wander the streets of historical Sultanahmet en route to meet a local family. Turkish people’s sense of hospitality is world famous and tonight you have the opportunity to experience it firsthand. Meet the family and settle in for a typical Turkish meal. Little English is spoken in the household but your bilingual guide is there to translate. Chat informally with all members of the family and learn about life in today’s Turkey. Sharing a meal with a local family is a great privilege and an opportunity to get insight into local family life.

After feasting on delicious food it’s time to take a stroll through the backstreets. Get your camera ready for the picturesque wooden houses that line the streets in various states of repair. Get a sense of the communal style of life in Istanbul and learn about the various socio-economic groups that live here.

You’ll then head to a popular local hangout to enjoy fabulous views of the Marmara Sea. Find a comfortable spot to watch games of pop-up football or strike up conversation with the locals. There will definitely be many games of backgammon being played and if you don’t know the rules or how to play, our local guide will give you the lowdown.

Next you’ll go to a local teahouse and indulge in two of Turkey’s favorite pastimes – tea drinking and narglie (waterpipe) smoking. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

At the end of the 4-hour adventure, you are free to return to your hotel or continue your own personal exploration of Istanbul. Your guide will be able to suggest some more places to spend the evening.

Please note
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Inclusions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Dinner and drinks with a local family
  • Tea in local teahouse
  • Narglie waterpipe
Exclusions
  • Transportation
  • Additional drinks at tea house
  • Tips and gratuities
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily
Duration
4 hours
Start time
1800h (6:00pm)
Meeting point
Please make your way to Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet Istanbul. The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a three minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop.
Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at Sultanahmet.
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the season – freezing cold in winter and hot and humid in summer (June, July and August)

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry in the country. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Modest dress is recommended. Avoid spaghetti straps, tank tops and shorts

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