9 DAYS TURKEY CULINARY TOUR
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel, offers a welcome drink and a chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson: During our Istanbul cooking tour, you will taste various flavors of Turkey from different regions. preparing lunch which you will enjoy! After lunch visit to TOPKAPI PALACE. The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE: Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME: Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour - Cooking Lesson Canakkale 06:30am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battle fields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields. Visit Gabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau. After the tour drive to your hotel. Today you will taste the delicious cousins of Western Turkey. The area is famous for pide and lahmacun with cheese and vegetables. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi We depart at 08:30 and driving 30 minutes for to Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 13:00pm and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political center at that times. Pergamon is a famous city for its jewelry, stones and silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewelry center for 30 minutes. Arrival to Kusadasi around 18:00pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Ephesus Tour and Making Wine At 08:30 departure from hotel. Guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatreand you will have a Lunch break at a small Turkish restaurant. After Lunch we will visit to Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way to hotel, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving center. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Cooking Lesson At 08:00 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. After Pamukkale tour. Today we have from central site of Turkish cuisine lesson. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 - Pamukkale - Denizli to Nevsehir / Kayseri airport and Cappadocia After breakfast, we depart for Denizli airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 8 - Cooking Lesson and Cappadocia Tour After having had breakfast, participants will take part in the another cooking lesson in Cappadocia. You will have the opportunity to taste great food of Central Turkey, including pancakes and tasting kebab. In the afternoon we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses, visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
9 DAYS TURKEY CULINARY TOUR Photos
Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airportAirport transfer to Denizli airportDomestic flight ticket from Denizli to IstanbulDomestic flight from Nevsehir / Kayseri to Istanbul4 different cooking classes1 Wine Tasting2 nights hotel in Istanbul1 night hotel in Canakkale2 nights hotel in Kusadasi1 night in hotel in Pamukkale2 nights hotel in Cappadocia8 open buffet breakfasts6 local dinners at hotels5 local lunches at restaurants during toursGuided Istanbul city tourGuided Gallipoli tourGuided Troy tourGuided Acropolis of Pergamon tourGuided Ephesus tourGuided Sirince village tour and wine tastingGuided Pamukkale tourGuided Cappadocia tourAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coachProfessional English - speaking tour guidesReturn airport transfer
Tour Not Includes
International flightsInsurance: All typesTurkey entry visaItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundryAny others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
If you would like to see something different in your life and if you like cooking or want to learn how to cook, we offer you very special itinerary to learn very good Turkish cuisines with smiley and friendly Turkish people. You can cook, taste and eat. The best tour in Turkey. Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, battlefields of Gallipoli, the Trojan Horse of Troy, and Pergamon offers one of the Seven Churches of St John from the Bible before reaching the ancient city of Ephesus, the white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale and the underground cities of Cappadocia. There are no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed.