Join a local Turkish family for a meal in the heart of Istanbul. What better way can there be for getting an insight into the intricacies of social customs than by joining the locals in the most common yet special of situations, eating. This cultural tour also teaches you the secrets of backgammon, invites you to a national beverage in a teahouse, to enjoy a water pipe and more.
Begin by enjoying the warmth and comfort of a home-cooked meal with a local family at the famous Sultanahmet Square. Turkish hospitality is renowned throughout the world and here you get the chance of experiencing it first-hand. As you tuck in, you will have a bilingual translator with you so that you can communicate with the hosts. Natter with the family and find out more about what it is like to live in Turkey.
After that pleasurable experience, head back to the road to explore the fascinating backstreets. In them, you come across many picturesque wooden houses. Make your way towards a popular local hangout where you can enjoy some breath-taking views of the Marmara Sea. Make yourself at home, find a spot to watch the football game or strike up a conversation with the locals. You can even learn to play backgammon, Turkey's favourite pastime that is, after drinking tea and smoking water pipes, both of which you will also get the chance to taste. This tour will give you a much better insight into the everyday life of Turkish folks than any book or museum.