Visiting a world class museum, peering into a dimly lit mosque, wandering down secret alleyways or just sipping tea in a local café. The perfect way to delve into the layers of this ancient city is to walk from one to the next... All my suggested walks include fair amount of “steps”, but being reasonably fit and a pair of comfortable shoes will just do fine...
1. I have priority entrance at museum gates so we'll skip the queues. 2. All my walks are flexible, there is never a set itinerary until we tailor it together according to your preferences. 3. It's fun and easy going. We walk at a leisurely pace. 4. You actually see the local way of life,not just the tourist hubs. 5. When you walk you learn more. 6. Feast on local specialities in lesser known family-owned “lokantas” and from traditional street vendors.
Everything that you can ask from a food destination! We walk through markets brimming with fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, stellar pastry shops, baklava, helva, kebaps on fire, dried fruits, nuts, herbal teas, Coffee Arabica, Iranian Caviar, exotic oils and simple restaurants.
One of the oldest and most picturesque quarters of the city is the principal market district. The tumultuous streets are full of clamor and commotion with trucks, cars, wagons and porters forcing their way through the milling crowds of shoppers and sidewalk vendors. Very colorful and fascinating with narrow, winding streets. the bazaar area is a must see with its streets of jewelers, goldsmiths, furniture dealers, silversmiths, haberdashers, shoemakers, ironmongers. There are 4500 shops selling brocades, damasks, antique costumes, rugs, embroidered towels, brass and copper of every description, often old and fine, ancient swords and weapons, fine glassware, antique coins, classical pottery and tiles