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Walking Tour of Istanbul's Cultural Treasures

Duration: 6-8 hours
Budget: $0

Experience the rich culture and history of Istanbul, Turkey, with a self-guided walking tour of its most interesting and compelling locations. This romantic date idea allows you to see Turkish life through the lens of its bustling streets and heartwarming history, without having to spend a penny.

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  • You start your walking tour at the historic Sultanahmet Square, where you can marvel at the stunning beauty of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. From there, you wander through Gulhane Park, with its beautiful foliage providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic moment.
  • Your tour then takes you through the bustling streets of Istanbul, where you both can dive into the authentic Turkish street food and try delicious lokma, bรถrek, or simit from local vendors.
  • The highlight of your date will be a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. Here, you can explore a labyrinth of stalls selling all manner of things, from antiques and jewelry to textiles and spices.

Preparation steps:

  • Study the route beforehand to have an idea of the places you are visiting. This can heighten the level of enjoyment as you appreciate the history and significance of each location. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet for the majority of the day.
  • Eating breakfast before the tour is recommended to start the day off right and to provide energy for the walk ahead. Grab a water bottle, it will also be important to stay hydrated during the tour.
  • Pro tip: Take a small backpack or money belt to keep your valuables safe and secure, especially when visiting crowded places like the Grand Bazaar.

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Some tips:

  • Start your walking tour early to make the most out of your day and to avoid big crowds at popular sites. Take many pictures, but remember to respect the rules at each location, some places like Blue Mosque have a strict etiquette that must be followed.
  • While the street food in Istanbul is generally safe and delicious, consider any dietary needs or allergies you or your partner may have before indulging in the local cuisine.
  • Finally, remember that the goal of the day is to enjoy each other's company and not to rush from one site to another. If you find a spot you both love, feel free to linger and soak in the atmosphere.

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