12 DAYS TURKISH COOKING TOUR (bf)
Day 01 - 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.
Day 02 - Istanbul City Tour - Turkish Cooking Lesson After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson: 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 03 - Istanbul - Safranbolu Tour - Cooking Lesson 08:30am we depart for Safranbolu (From the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century, Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East-West trade route. The Old Mosque, the Old Bath House and Suleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu''''s architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire.) On arrival we will walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar, continuing on to Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath House, Kaymakamlar House (Museum). We will cook some traditional foods for our dinner with traditional Turkish women. Overnight in Safranbolu.
Day 04 - Safranbolu - Cappadocia After breakfast drive to Cappadocia (4 hour drive). Check in to your hotel. Tonight we have an optional Activity - The famous traditional Turkish Night, here you will enjoy Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing & Traditional Turkish Folklore accompanied by traditional Turkish food and drink. This evening comes highly recommended as it is one of the only places in turkey to glimpse the Whirling Dervishers. Overnight Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 05 - 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 06 - Ceramics Lesson and Cappadocia Tour After breakfast, we will depart for our ceramics class. You will be assisted by professional ceramic artists to make your own ceramic piece that you will take home as a memory and souvenir of your trip to Turkey. Ceramic art is the most famous artwork coming from the Cappadocia region. In the afternoon participants will enjoy a guided tour through the spectacular sight of Cappadocia; Derinkuyu Underground City where dwelling was started during the Hittites (2000 BC) and became a big shelter for 12 different nations. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 07 - Cappadocia To Egirdir This morning we drive to Konya and see the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana & museum, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). Stop in Egirdir on the southern tip of the most beautiful of the Pisidian lakes. Egirdir is a fine place to stop in the midst of your journey for two days of quiet rest and contemplation. Overnight in Egirdir.
Day 08 - Egirdir Cooking Fish Lessons Egirdir is beautiful and shows another side of Turkey all together. Swimming, boating and hiking can fill a few days if you want to be active. You can also swim in the beautifull natural lake that lies at Ergidir. There are famous fish to be caught here that seem to have no bones The fish is extremly delicious in Ergidir so we will cook fish for ourselves and you can have the famous Turkish drink Raki. There are a number of small farms located in this area where you can see the workers using traditional methods of farming. You will be welcomed by all people in this region. Overnight in Egirdir.
Day 09 - Egirdir to Pamukkale After breakfast at 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 10 - Pamukkale to Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour 08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 11 - Tour of Village Sirince Tour - Wine Tasting Today it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. Sirince''s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope all buildings are still original with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, house, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. 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 we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.
Day 12 - Kusadasi - Izmir to Istanbul - End of Tour Today we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
12 DAYS TURKISH COOKING TOUR (bf) Photos
Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk AirportDomestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul4 different cooking classes1 Wine Tasting1 Ceramics Lesson2 nights hotel in Istanbul1 night at authentic wooden houses in Safranbolu3 nights hotel in Cappadocia2 nights hotel in Egirdir1 night hotel in Pamukkale2 nights hotel in Kusadasi11 breakfasts and 11 dinnersPrivate guided Istanbul tourPrivate guided Safranbolu tourPrivate guided Cappadocia tourPrivate guided Egirdir tourPrivate guided Pamukkale tourPrivate guided Sirince village tourAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coachProfessional English-speaking tour guidesReturn airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
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
Welcome to Turkey! 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. First class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, Safranbolu which is one of the oldest cities, underground cities of Cappadocia, beautiful lake in Egirdir the hot springs of Pamukkale, the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the beautifull village of Sirince in Turkey, At the same time, you will be travelling traditional Turkish villages, the historical sides of Turkey and you will also make a lot of friends.