A city spreading on two continents. From the busy, colorful, energetic European  to the greener, more laid back Asian side, take a wonderful private tour to discover Istanbul like a local. Feast on delicacies, enjoy two very unique, vibrant markets, sample sweets, load up on spices to take home, watch Istanbul from the sea and visit an opulent summer palace.

And while you are there, why not visit a sultan’s palace and a vibrant local market!
The highlight for food is the whole Kadikoy Market… Authentic Anatolian dishes, lahmacun, pide, grilled meatballs, kokorec ( you will find out what that is…), pickle kingdom, pastries , endless varieties of Turkish delight, helva and sweets…We will take you there…
Rustem Pasha Mosque’s tiles create a pleasing festival of color for your eyes.
While visiting mosques, female visitors are kindly asked to cover their hair. Please bring a scarg along if you prefer to use your own.Otherwise, they will be available at the entrance.
This is your private tour to enjoy to the fullest. We walk at your pace, talk about anything you want to know regarding our beautiful country, rest a little if you need to and stop to take pictures.

Travel between two continents and enjoy Istanbul like a local.

Shop in an ancient market in Europe, visit a palace in Asia and enjoy your afternoon tea enjoying stunning views, on a ferry between two continents...all within a couple of hours...
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A very fragrant, traditional bazaar filled with shops and stalls overflowing with spices, nuts, dried fruit, Turkish delight and tea. The 350 year old building is infused with the aroma of cardamom, coriander, saffron, cumin, oregano and mint and has always been an indispensable part of the bustling Golden Horn trade district. You can shop for spices with confidence since they can be vacuum packed for you to comfortably travel with.


Lavishly adorned with the most exquisite blue Iznik tiles, the mosque was built in the 16th century as part of a complex by Rustem Pasha, the ambitious grand vizier and son in law of Suleyman t he Magnificient. It is truly a beautiful and unique mosque with a serene courtyard rising above a bustling market.



Kadikoy is a great place to get a firm understanding of Turkish people and life style. Alongside side with mosques, churches and boutiques, you will find the widest selection of delicious Turkish food in the stores lined up in this vibrant local market. Bakeries, patisseries, delicatessens, fish, kebaps, authentic Anatolian dishes, spicy flat breads, fruits, coffee shops, sweets, cheese, meats…You can expect to come across a spontaneous little concert or a puppet show at any time of the day.


Bosphorus Bridge is the first of two suspension bridges connecting Europe and Asia. It stretches between Ortakoy in Europe to Beylerbeyi in Asia, with sweeping views from the domed historical peninsula to the Black Sea.


The elegant 19th century summer palace of Sultan Abdulaziz is built in royal gardens, on the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. The opulent interior is decorated with a nautical theme that reflects the personal taste of the Sultan.

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Sit back, enjoy a delicious cup of hot Turkish tea and the stunning views of Istanbul as the ferry takes you back from Asia to Europe in 25 minutes. For many Istanbulites, this is a daily commute. It may not add years to their lives, but definitely adds life to their years.

Rustem Pasha Mosque…Spice Market…Drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill…Beylerbeyi Palace…Kadikoy local market…Ferry back to the European side

Professional tour guide services
All museum entrance fees as stated
All transportation costs
Coffee and tea
Personal expenses
Gratuity to the guide


Enjoy Istanbul like a local.
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