In Focus The Olive Tree Tour of Istanbul

Join us as we travel to the Capa district of Istanbul and visit Small Projects of Istanbul, a local NGO helping displaced Syrian families.


Tucked away on a tiny side street, in an area not far from the tourist center of Istanbul, you’ll find a small building called The Olive Tree. Like its namesake, it’s a modest but strong place, much like the people it supports. It represents a peaceful co-existence of cultures.

Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, and families are struggling to either survive within Syria or to make a new home in neighbouring countries. Families are being torn apart as they struggle to find acceptance in new lands and travel further afield for opportunities and seeking better lives for their families.

In Turkey, you do not have to go far to hear the melodic tones of Syrian Arabic and to see the very real outcomes of this global crisis.

Join us as we travel to the Capa district of Istanbul and visit Small Projects of Istanbul, a local NGO helping displaced families, particularly women and children, to find their feet. With a global community of volunteers and supporters, SPI is working to provide supplemental education for children through weekly Turkish language classes and a homework support club, as well as art and other activities that develop community and a new sense of belonging.

Sit down for a simple meal of Syrian cuisine maybe moujadara (burgal, green lentils and fried onion), maklube (spiced rice, chicken, and nuts), or fetteh (rice, crispy bread, chicken, and tahini) proudly prepared by the ladies of the center.

Talk informally with some of the brave individuals who have had to flee their home, and with the eclectic group of volunteers from Turkey, Syria, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and beyond, who give up their time to help.

Afterwards, we’ll journey back to Sultanhamet by local tram. Your tour will finish back at the original meeting point.

All net proceeds of this tour will go to Small Projects Istanbul.


  •  Support a local NGO helping Syrian refugees to find their feet in a new home
  •  Enjoy a delicious Syrian meal and talk directly with people who have had to flee Syria
  •  Meet some of the volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others
  •  Visit a corner of Istanbul off the beaten tourist track
  •  All net proceeds of this tour will go to support Small Projects Istanbul


48 Hours
3.5 Hours
Voucher Type
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Operating Hours

Tour Start Time: 18:30hrs

Duration: 3.5hrs

What You Get


  •  Meals: home cooked meal, tea and sweet
  •  All transports: local transportation
  •  Local English-speaking guide


  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your local guide

Additional Information

  • What to wear: Modest clothing, easy slip on shoes
  • This is a child-friendly tour. 
  • Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
  • Child Price: Age 6-11 years old
  • Meeting Point: Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
  • How to get to Meeting Point: The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a three minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop.

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  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity
  • This voucher is only valid on the date and time specified

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

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Age: 12 & above
Age: 6-11 years

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