We don’t believe in providing a step-by-step, hour-by-hour guide to what your day on The Other Tour will be like. An itinerary of that nature simply wouldn’t do the experience justice. It would be limiting, confining and, frankly, rather boring. Part of the fun of it, just like part of the fun in life, is the mystery of it all. That being said, we do want to give the potantial participants a general idea of the sorts of activities, sights and experiences that they can expect over the course of the 14-hour day.
The Other Tour officially takes off at 9am. We meet the tour participants in front of the Clock Tower at Dolmabahce Palace with a private van (that’s just how we roll) a few minutes before departure time. There will be a morning stop for some Turkish coffee, so don’t arrive late because you wanted to gulp one more down in anticipation for the day. In all honesty, there will be multiple opportunities for Turkish coffee, you’ll be a Turkish coffee expert by the end of the tour – just another cool perk offered by The Other Tour.
In no particular order (because where’s the fun in that?) these are a few of the experiences that you will have the pleasure of participating in. A private (we always feel the need to italicize the word private, I don’t know why) boat cruise on the Bosphorus, which just so happens to be one of the world’s, and history’s, most important and influential waterways. Strolls through neighborhoods that boast some of the highest populations of billionaires of any city in the world. An authentic, home-cooked lunch at a real Turkish household in a district that millions of people call home. Local markets teaming with fresh produce, people and color that bring our cameras to life and get our stomachs rumbling. Walks through vibrant, exotic, poverty-stricken neighborhoods.
We spend time at any one of a number of local schools, interacting with the children and occasionally even taking part in their lessons. We see the city from multiple angles, not just conceptually, but visually. Different heights and vantage points fill us with wonder, enlightening our senses and reaffirming our appreciation for Istanbul. Our brains, churning with new ideas, thoughts and propositions all day, are truly put to the test at a local cafe where we engage in friendly competition (that doesn’t mean you don’t try to win) by playing traditional Turkish board games. Cleanliness is important, as is feeling fresh, looking good and getting massages, so we manage to cover all 4 bases at a Turkish bath.
At the end of the day, yes, I’m going to knowingly give this portion of the tour away, we eat, drink, socialize and dance at an authentic meyhane – you’ll learn what this is once you join us ;). Finally, after party or no, we take you home, as in to your hotel. You are our responsibility from the moment we meet up at 9am to the time that you arrive back at your hotel – or even until you’re tucked safely away in your bed, depending on your preferences.
Istanbul is where east meets west, where traditional thought meets progressive vision, where Islamic culture meets western culture. It is a city with no identity, precisely because it has so many contrasting ones. It is a city of not just one heart, but multiple souls. The Other Tour presents these different aspects, embraces the diversity and allows you to add to it. It is the inconsistency, the contradictions, that make Istanbul such a majestic place. You can expect to fully experience that on the tour.
The Other Tour takes place only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Email us for booking or for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org