Istanbul with a local

While visiting Istanbul we were won over by two young Turkish guides, Gökhan and Emre, who embody the modern and open Turkey that attracts the Western world. We asked them to create a week long programme for travellers to Istanbul. A week is just about the minimum to see all that needs to be seen… With Gökhan and Emre you discover their neighborhood, the area Kadikoy on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and you take lunch with them. You then cross the Bosporus to stay in your hotel near the best sights to visit in the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern … You then take a vapör (a water taxi) for Princes’ Islands to discover their beauty by bike. And you will, of course, have time for yourself …



From € 1095.–

Length of holiday:

8 days (7 nights)

Departure dates:

April to October.

Features of the holiday

Destination: Turkey
Season: Autumn, Spring, Summer
Responsible travel: Accommodation, Environmentally-friendly transportation, Food, Local food, Micro-economy, Public transportation, Small organization, Transportation
Travel type: Active holidays
Traveller type: Couple, Family, More mature, Small group, Solo
Activities: Hammam, Massage, Tour, Walk, Wellness
Accommodation: Home stay, Hotel, Small hotel
Natural environment: Island, Sea, Seaside
Culture: Archeology, Architecture, Art, Artisans, Castle, Cathedral, Customs, Dance, Fortifications, Garden, History, Music, Vernacular architecture
Climate: Mediterranean, Temperate
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Itinerary of the holiday

  • Jour 1 : Arrival in Istanbul and installation. Exploration of the Kadıköy neighbourhood.
  • Jour 2 : Heybeli & Büyükada. Biking possible. Fish market, evening meal cooked by the guides.
  • Jour 3 : Old Istanbul. Süleymaniye Mosque. Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar. Rüstem Pasha Mosque. Galata Bridge.
  • Jour 4 : Hagia Sophia basilica. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (The Blue Mosque). Little Hagia Sophia Mosque. Basilica Cistern.
  • Jour 5 : Crossing the Bosphorus Strait, up to the Black Sea. Waterside wood houses. Anadolu Kavak village, byzantine fortified castle.
  • Jour 6 : Topkapı Palace. The Golden Horn, Galata Tower & neighbourhood. Taksim area & Istiklal pedestrian avenue.
  • Jour 7 : Visit the city on your own.
  • Jour 8 : Transfer to the airport & return flight to Switzerland.


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Length of the holiday

8 days (7 nights)

Departure dates

April to October.


€ 1,465.– (base of 2 persons)
€ 1,220.– (base of 3 persons)
€ 1,095.– (base of 4 persons and more)

Included with the holiday

  • 7 nights in a double room
  • all meals except 1 lunch and 3 evening meals
  • transports needed by the programme (bus, tramway, bateau, taxi)
  • all activities described in the itinerary,
  • anglophone turkish guide
  • bottled water for all meals
  • transfers from/to airport

Not included with the holiday

  • International flights
  • travel insurance (highly recommanded)
  • excursions and activities not mentioned in the program
  • 1 lunch and 3 evening meals
  • extra drinks for the meals, alcoholic beverages
  • tips, personal expenses

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