We were having a wonderful holiday in Istanbul, but had only a few days left. I had bookmarked Turkish Flavours before we left home and finally contacted them to check which tours were available. The trip to the Princes’ Islands was scheduled for our last day in the city. So we signed up.
What a fabulous way to spend a day! Everything worked perfectly, we met up with Selim and John outside of the Egyptian Bazaar and took the ferry to Kadikoy where we boarded their 37 foot sailboat and headed for the islands. No wind, but a beautiful sunny day, we arrived at Burgazada in time for a short walk around town.
Selin ordered up a wonderful lunch at a restaurant on the harbour front in the bright sunshine. The meal included a dozen different meze dishes, plus calamari, prawns, and a selection of fish cooked to perfection. We knew the fish were fresh as the fisherman were selling their catch just a few feet away from us. Dessert was a delicious baked halva and Selin explained techniques and ingredients throughout the meal and provided a useful little cookbook too.
All food and transportation was included in the cost of the trip, it was excellent value. Selin is friendly and knowledgeable, and very good company.