Home-Cooked Istanbul - Small Group Tour

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Enjoy a meal with a local family in Istanbul and learn about the cultural customs. Take a stroll through Sultanahmet and learn the secrets of backgammon. Enjoy the national beverage in a Teahouse before trying a Turkish waterpipe. Chat informally with locals and learn what its like to live in modern day Turkey.


  • Enjoy an authentic Turkish meal with a local family and learn about the cultural customs

  • Walk through the streets of Sultanahmet


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Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
4 hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 6:00 PM
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Enjoy Turkish hospitality at its best, visit with a local family in Sultanahmet and enjoy some delicious home cooking. Then take a stroll afterwards through the backstreets with a local, sip tea and play backgammon in an authentic teahouse with locals.

Try Turkish life with a family meal and enjoy an evening mingling with locals at some of their favorite haunts! Wander through the streets in historic 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 first hand. Meet the family and settle in for a typical Turkish meal. There is only a little English spoken in the household but your bilingual guide is there to help you translate. Chat informally with all the members of the family and hear what its like to live in today's Turkey. Sharing a meal with a local family is a great privilege and an opportunity to get real insights to 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 socioeconomic groups that live here. Afterwards, head to a popular local hangout to enjoy fabulous views of the Marmara Sea. Find a comfortable spot to watch games of football pop-up or strike up conversation with the locals. There will be many games of backgammon being played and if you don't know the rules or how to play, our local will give you the lowdown. There's also a chance to try two of Turkey's favorite pastimes - tea drinking and Narglie (waterpipe) smoking. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

At the end of the 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.


  • English speaking guide

  • Dinner and drinks with a local family

  • Games of backgammon

  • Tea

  • Narglie waterpipe


  • Extra drinks at tea house

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Tour will be operated guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Dress standards throughout Turkey are conservative. To respect this, and for your own comfort as well, kindly wear a piece of clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Turkish people do not wear shoes at home so we suggest that you wear easy slip on shoes.

  • The weather in Istanbul is highly variable depending on the time of year. Winters range from freezing cold to extremely hot and humid in Summer (June, July and August). Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable, nor are tank or singlet tops.

  • Tour ends at Sultanahmet.

  • Starting 1 January 2016, the tour duration will be 3.5 hours.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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