Istanbul: Exploring the Tastes of Two Continents - June 8, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Teddy Wolff
Photo Credit: Teddy Wolff

Istanbul: Exploring the Tastes of Two Continents

from $3,530 USD per person for 8 days, 7 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Urban Exploration

For millennia, Istanbul has been the connection point for a vast web of places with distinct cultural identities, landscapes, and, of course, cuisines. These disparate influences form the great mosaic that is modern-day Istanbul cuisine, which is so much more than simply “Turkish food.” Question the origin of any dish in a typical neighborhood restaurant and you’ll find yourself falling down a rabbit hole that may lead out to Albania or maybe over the peaks of the Caucasus to Chechnya. On this week-long culinary experience in collaboration with Culinary Backstreets, we’ll be studying the city of Istanbul through its kitchens. We’ll use the simple ritual of a tea break to access ancient crafts still alive today. We’ll cross the Bosphorus, visiting food bazaars on both continents and eating in private homes along the way. We’ll also witness cooking demonstrations in working restaurants and have a hands-on lesson in a private home. It will be a week of constant collision and confluence between the many cultural currents that make Istanbul so unique.

Our partner, Culinary BackstreetsIn order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.

Highlights
  • Culinary workshops
  • Meals in private homes
  • Market tours and tastings
  • Local perspectives

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Culinary Backstreets
In Partnership with Culinary Backstreets

Additional Info

Activity Level

Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Istanbul is a bustling and crowded place!

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive anytime by 3 p.m. on June 8 and depart anytime on the morning of June 15. We’re happy to book you extra nights at the group's hotel and provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Dates and Prices

Jun 08–Jun 15, 2020
Shared Room
$3,530 USD per person
Single Room
$4,160 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,530. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $3,030 will be due by March 10, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $630 will be due at the time of final payment. 
Included
  • Seven nights of accommodation at a comfortable, boutique hotel.
  • Transportation during the trip, including in a private coach for visits outside the center city. Travel within the city will be by foot and public transportation.
  • All meals and tastings as listed in the itinerary, including all breakfasts and most lunches and dinners.
  • The company of experienced, local English-speaking guides throughout the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Istanbul has to offer!
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Istanbul, including airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • If applicable, applying for a Turkish visa.

Trip FAQ

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can’t be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Vegan options are challenging to come by, but if you’re willing to be flexible and miss out on some of the tastings, then you’re more than welcome to join. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.