Turkey  

Explore Istanbul with a local: A Weekend Filled with History, Culture and Traditional Cuisine

Guided trip

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

Cost per TripMate

€198
👋 Hello everyone! My name is Lara and I can't wait to meet you guys at this fun weekend getaway! A bit more about me: I am 24 years old and I've been living in Istanbul for 6 years now. I have spent my university years in this city so you can make sure I know where the fun is😄 About the trip 🗺️ If you want to experience Istanbul, Turkey's most culturally and historically rich city, with a local; this is the trip for you! I will take you to all my favorite landmarks and also introduce you to the wonders of Turkish Cuisine. So get ready to gain some weight😄 We will be staying at a cute apartment flat in Beşiktaş, which is in the center of the city, in order to cut the costs a bit so the trip is even cheaper! So if you're looking to have fun and get to know this beautiful city but you're on a budget, you should definitely join my trip. 💰 To summarize the price of this trip is included 🛏️ Accommodation, 🎫 Entrance fees 🚌 Public transport 🍽️ Our first dinner together✨ Only personal expenses like shopping for souvenirs or having drinks are not included in the price. If you're interested in my trip, make sure to send me a message. I wish you all to have a lovely day, cheers! Are you ready? Send me a message ❗ Looking forward to meeting you 📬
Trip Itinerary
Map
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Day 1-2

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Beşiktaş

Day 1-2

I will greet you guys in Beşiktaş and take you to my apartment so that you can unpack and chill for a bit. After that we can go out to explore the neighborhood and get to know each other over dinner and drinks!

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Day 2

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Topkapı Palace

Day 2

Our first landmark is of course the Topkapı Palace in all its glory! The palace that has seen centuries of ruling is now a must-see museum. This will be especially interesting for you if you love history and architecture.

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Day 2

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Hagia Sophia

Day 2

After the Topkapı Palace, we will walk to our next stop Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia, which is considered to be the eight wonder of the world, has served several religions and cultures. And its name's literal translation would be The Holy Wisdom.

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Day 2

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Grand Bazaar

Day 2

Now is the time to see the world's oldest and largest shopping center. Here you can buy some traditional spices, teas and souviniers for your loved ones. Even if you're not looking to buy anything I'm sure you will be mesmerized by the energy and greatness of this place.

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Day 2

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İstiklal Caddesi

Day 2

After a long day of exploring the historical landmarks of the city, I will take you to İstiklal Street to eat dinner and of course to have some fun. The street is one of İstanbul's biggest attractions and is the heart of entertainment culture.

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Day 2-3

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Dolmabahçe Palace

Day 2-3

Dolmabahçe Palace is located very near our apartment so I thought we could walk there under the morning sun. The site of Dolmabahçe was originally a bay on the Bosporus which was used for the anchorage of the Ottoman fleet. The area was reclaimed gradually during the 18th century to become an imperial garden, much appreciated by the Ottoman sultans; it is from this garden that the name Dolmabahçe (Filled-in Garden) comes from the Turkish dolma meaning "filled" and bahçe meaning "garden."

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Day 3

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Kadıköy

Day 3

Now the exciting part! We will take the ferry to the Anatolian side of the city. We will land in Kadıköy which has a very urban style. Once we get there we can walk around the neighborhood and chill at a cafe or a bar.

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Day 3

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Moda Sahil Yolu

Day 3

Moda is a very peaceful and green shore near Kadıköy. Moda is very popular among young locals and it is a great spot to kick back and relax for a bit. It is also one of my favorite activities to watch the sunset from the shore.

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Day 3

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İstanbul

Day 3

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. We will say our goodbyes and I'll guide you about how to get to the airport or wherever you need to get. I hope we will have great time during this trip and everybody will leave happy.

TripLeader

Lara

24 years old

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Hey there!✨ My name is Lara and I’m a visual designer. My interests are: everything design related, traveling and meeting new people. I believe making new connections and seeing new places is what makes the experience of life so unique. I am also a very curious person and keen to learn. So I can’t wait to meet you guys and learn something new from each and every one of you!💕

Profile description: Hey there!✨ My name is Lara and I’m a visual designer. My interests are: everything design related, traveling and meeting new people. I believe making new connections and seeing new places is what makes the experience of life so unique. I am also a very curious person and keen to learn. So I can’t wait to meet you guys and learn something new from each and every one of you!💕

What is included

Accommodation
Apartments
3 days trip
Beşiktaş, Topkapı Palace & 7 more
Transportation
Train, Trekking, Boat

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