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.
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 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.
The tour ends at Sultanahmet.
Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Modest dress is recommended. Avoid spaghetti straps, tank tops and shorts
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