We will dive deeper into the local spirit and the unescapable history of Istanbul as we inhale the life through the streets of two of my most favourite neighbourhoods, Galata and Moda - on the European and Asian sides - in which I call as the "Hipster Istanbul" and where you will live the incredible synergy of these two creative and vibrant neighbourhoods. We will kick off our tour in front of Salt Modern - which was the HQ of first major bank of the Ottoman Empire - and use this beautiful public space to go over our agenda and start our walk through the street of Galata until we hit our first "pit-stop' at the very first baklava maker of the city. From there we will take the ferry to cross continents. While you soak in the incredible views of the historical peninsula, I will share you my insight on the landmarks we pass by. After the 30 min ferry ride, we will be on the beautiful streets of Moda, filled with cafes, theatres, and a beautiful water front park where we will chill and have a beer - like locals do. Following an early dinner at my favourite Pide place in Moda I will take you back to the ferry that will cross you back to Galata.
I am a Turkish Canadian, currently taking time off from my corporate finance life in Toronto, keeping myself busy reconnecting with life, pursuing a graduate degree in Organizational Behaviour at Harvard University, learning Spanish, and most importantly falling in love again with my beautiful hometown, Istanbul. Born and raised in Turkey, before moving to Canada for my MBA 15 years ago, I still call Istanbul as my first and eternal love - sounds as dramatic as a Turkish soap opera, I know:) Over this past year, I have been spending an extended amount of time in Istanbul, Buenos Aires and Madrid and it has really been all about living life out of my comfort zone. I am now back in the magnificent Istanbul and want to share “my city & my story” with you.
World's by far best baklava and baklava-ish desserts will be on me! Accompanied by your choice of Turkish tea or coffee.
Moda park is just the perfect space to enjoy a beer/beverage in the middle of our tour. I will serve you your choice of drink…
We will cross continents through an incredibly scenic ride and ferry tickets will be provided by me.
As I have highlighted above, while we walk and go through all the historical landmarks on our way both in Galata and Moda. The snacking pit-stops will give us an opportunity to address all your questions and most importantly share our insights at beautiful settings. Once you sign up, I will approach you via email for your areas of interests/questions to make sure the tour has the personal touch you need.
With the group size limited to 4 people, I will make sure you make the best out of this tour while I do my best to appeal to everyone's areas of interests and and answer all the questions.