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Experience Istanbul with a Local ☀️ City, Nature, Culture - Single Bed

Guided trip

ırmak will take the lead and plan your journey for you. Just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Cost per TripMate

€528
Hi, if you are here you should also be a travel addict! My name is Irmak. I am 23 years old and I was born and raised in Turkey. I have been to Istanbul countless times in the past 6 years and already made some trips to Istanbul; so you can trust your guide 😄. I just graduated from university and I work as a TripLeader at JoinMyTrip. I believe that traveling is the best way to get to know a person and have fun at the same time. Istanbul is the cultural and historical capital of Turkey. It hosts a lot of different civilizations and cultures throughout the years. While you can find artifacts 🏰from every culture in Istanbul, it is also possible to find unlimited night and city life.🌃🥳 DAY 1: Exploring Cihangir DAY 2: Dolmabahce Palace and Beşiktaş. And for the night we will go to a wirling dervish ceremony. DAY 2: Sultanahmet Square and Grand Bazaar, mostly exploring the historical places DAY 4: Island day-trip DAY 5: Trekking in the morning and in the evening we can go to Istiklal Street. DAY 6: Exploring the Anatolian side (Üsküdar-Kadıköy) DAY 7: Eyüp-Fener-Balat tou DAY 8: Long Boshoprus tour and end then experience a Turkish Bath. DAY 9: Checking out and leaving 😢 For a detailed trip description, you can check the stops underneath. I write the day's plan in detail there. During the schedule, we can eat traditional foods and drinks. In addition, of course, you don't have to join activities which cost extra☺️ (like some museum entrances and etc.) And don't hesitate to contact me, If you have questions.🥰 The trip price includes; 8-night accommodation in a super nice Airbnb in a nice neighbourhood with a jacuzzi, 6-hour Boshoprus tour and all trips planned by a local. P.S: The potential house we will be going to stay in is in the pictures. There is a small price difference between shared beds and single beds. Personal expenses like gift shopping or drinking in a bar will be covered by you. ✨ And for common expenses we can use Splitwise. If you like the trip and join, please send me a message and introduce yourself. Have a nice day to all🥳
Trip Itinerary
Map
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Day 1

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İstanbul

Day 1

On Sunday, we will meet in Istanbul. Go to the apartment and relax a bit.Since everybody's departure time will change, we can spend the day with talking and get to know each other better and then have a walking tour and explore the neighborhood. Also we can go groccery shopping for the later days.

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Day 1

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Cihangir

Day 1

Our accommodation will be at Cihangir which is the classiest neighbourhood at Istanbul. It is a peaceful place with its antique shops and quiet streets. It is also right next to Istiklal Street, which is the heart of the city.

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Day 1-2

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Dolmabahçe Palace

Day 1-2

This palace, which hosted the Ottoman Sultans and Atatürk; has a magnificent view overlooking the Bosphorus. It will be super nice for pictures and the architecture of this building will make you amazed

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Day 2

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Beşiktaş

Day 2

After Dolmabahçe Palace we will go to discover the neighborhood. Beşiktaş has a lovely bazaar. We can try "midye dolma" (which is a super delicious Turkish street food 😋). And has a lovely Boshoprus view on the pier.

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Day 2-3

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Sultanahmet Square

Day 2-3

On the first day, we will start our tour with the famous historical square of Istanbul which is Sultanahmet Square. Monuments from many civilizations that lived in Istanbul, such as the Ottoman and Byzantine, can be visited here. We will visit the famous Topkapı Palace Museum and Hagia Sophia. And after that, we can eat the famous dish of Sultanahmet which is meatballs. ( In restaurants they also serve other things for vegans too so do not worry :D)

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Day 3

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Grand Bazaar

Day 3

After Sultanahmet Square, we will go to Kapalı Çarşı ( Grand Bazaar) which is the biggest and oldest bazaar. It has almost 4000 shops and is the perfect place to buy some souvenirs, gifts to remember your trip when you go back.

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Day 3-4

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Büyükada

Day 3-4

We will start the day early today, and make a day trip to the biggest island of the Prince Islands. First, we will explore the island ( Aya Yorgi Church and etc.). And then we will go to a beach on the island and will spend a chill beach day.

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Day 4-5

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Pierre Loti Hill

Day 4-5

This is a hill with a view of the Golden Horn, at an altitude of 55-60 meters. We will come here to have our breakfast with the view. At the same time, we will have a sweet experience by climbing the hill with the cable car.

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Day 5

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Fener

Day 5

On this walking tour, which includes Balat and Fener districts, we will have many stops, including the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Red School, an old Jewish neighborhood with colorful houses.

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Day 5-6

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Belgrade Forest

Day 5-6

We will go to the Belgrade Forest for trekking in the morning. It is not a crazy tiring road but a nice place for walking. It is a bit far from the city and it would be relaxing after spending all days in the city.

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Day 6

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İstiklal Caddesi

Day 6

Beyoğlu is one of the most beautiful parts of Istanbul. And Istiklal Caddesi is the iconic street with the famous tram. After a long trekking tour, we can come home relax and walk to Istiklal street because it is super close to our Airbnb. We can enjoy walking this beautiful street with lots of beautiful architecture in the early evening and visit Galata Tower at the end.

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Day 6-7

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Kuzguncuk

Day 6-7

Today we will explore the Anatolian side. Kuzguncuk district, located in Uskudar, the district in the song "Uskudar'a Giderken", also sung by Eartha Kitt, will again offer us a sweet experience with its beautiful streets and sweet buildings. P.S There is a park on Kuzguncuk which has a zipline, you can see all of Istanbul under your feet. We will also go there, If you are not scared, you can try :D

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Day 7

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Maiden's Tower

Day 7

Maiden's Tower, is another famous historical place. We will put a sweet end to our tour by visiting the Maiden's Tower with its fairy-tale story and naive appearance. (This could be changed since Maiden's Tower is in recovery now but even if we can' go up we will still going to see it close)

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Day 7

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Kadıköy

Day 7

Having a nice ferry ride to Anatolia would be perfect for our last day. We will pass by Maiden Tower and also see the historical Haydarpaşa Railway Station. Kadıköy is a new cool place to hang out with its beautiful bazaar and nice bars.

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Day 7-8

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Bosphorus

Day 7-8

On our last day, we will enjoy the 6-hour Bosphorus tour. We are going to see all the Boshoprus cost side and have a break for discovering "Anadolu Kavağı" which has lovely nature. Sailing on a boat on Boshoprus is totally a different experience.

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Day 8

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Çemberlitaş Hamamı

Day 8

Until this time of the trip, we will be super tired with all the walking and everything. I thought having a Turkish Bath experience on our last day will be a nice touch to end the trip. We can get rid of all the tiredness :D.

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Day 8-9

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İstanbul

Day 8-9

We will check out from our apartment and end our trip. Depending on your departure time, we can have breakfast together and share our lovely trip pictures. I will guide you on how to go to the airport and which transportation you have to use. I am sure that you are going to love Turkey and we will see each other next time on another trip :).

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ırmak

24 years old

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Hello, My name is Irmak. I am 23 years old and I am from Turkey. I am an intern and also a TripLeader at JoinMyTrip. I am passionate about theatre, acting, sociology, and traveling. I like broadening my horizon and getting new perspectives in life. I love meeting new people. If you also love having unique and cool experiences, traveling and share them with new people join me on my trips.🥳

Profile description: Hello, My name is Irmak. I am 23 years old and I am from Turkey. I am an intern and also a TripLeader at JoinMyTrip. I am passionate about theatre, acting, sociology, and traveling. I like broadening my horizon and getting new perspectives in life. I love meeting new people. If you also love having unique and cool experiences, traveling and share them with new people join me on my trips.🥳

Reviews

5 based on 6 reviews of ırmak's 4 previous trips.
Oskari
‘Budget Barcelona 🇪🇸 Get Away- Game of Thrones tour, Wine Tasting🍷, Food, Sun & more ☀️’, Jul 2022
Irmak is very open-minded and relaxed person. She is easy to talk to and doesn't seem to take things too seriously. In my opinion the trip was organized perfectly. We had a rough idea on what to do and when but nothing was strictly scheduled which allowed us to take our time with the places we visited. I hope that I get to go on more trips with Irmak. I 100% recommend her as a trip leader.
Brian Tinashe
‘The Fairy Tale Land of Cappadocia, Turkey with a local expert 🪂 Food, Nature,Culture & More-Single Bed’, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time in Cappadocia with Irmak. The trip was well organized with flexibility for the group to also do other things outside the Trip Leader's suggested itinerary. Irmak was a wonderful Trip Leader with great organizational and communication skills - she would communicate ahead of time what the plan was for the day and helped us navigate conversations with local service providers. Would absolutely recommend embarking on a trip organized by Irmak!!
Olli
‘Istanbul Experience with A Local ; History, Traditional Food and Much More’, May 2022
I had a great time in Istanbul, thanks to the trip organised by Irmak. We have seen important attractions of the city, but also explored more local known places. The selection & variety of food spots we have visited has been outstanding, and i can say that every single meal was delicious! Irmak helped & guided whenever we had any questions or queries during but also before the trip. I can give full recommendation for everyone to join a trip lead by Irmak!
ırmak is most often complimented for…
  • Open minded
  • Communication
  • Friendliness

What is included

Accommodation
Hotel
9 days trip
İstanbul, Cihangir & 15 more
Transportation
Trekking, Train, Boat, Other

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