14 DAYS AUTHENTIC COOKING TOUR TURKEY
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 - Istanbul City Tour - Turkish Cooking Lesson 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 - Istanbul City Tour - Belly Dancing and Folklore Class Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the Tour return to hotel for a rest. In the evening we depart for your Belly dancing and folklore class. This will be a very memorable class learning belly dancing techniques and folklore dance. You will learn the special moves and how to get the attention of the audience. We have dinner at the Restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - 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 5 - Troy - Pergamon Tour - 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 6 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour A fully guided Ephesus Tour starts at 08:30, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial center of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus and the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. 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 7 - Tour of Village Sirince - Textiles and fruit wine tasting After breakfast at 08:30 we will depart for Sirince Village. Visit the beautiful village of Sirince and the ruins of 42 churches, the suggested birth place of the Virgin Mary. Today we will go to Sirince Village to see locals making handmade textiles. The textiles that we will see include carpets, kilims, clothing and homewares such as pillow covers. You will see firsthand the ancient techniques used by the Turkish women to make these intricate styles and patterns that are famous to Turkey and the local region. Sirince is also very famous for it''s many different varieties of fruit wine. We will have a chance to enjoy some of these wines at the local wineries. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale 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. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 9 - Pamukkale to Antalya by local bus Today, from Pamukkale to Antalya, we may use luxury public bus. This service is door to door, we pick you up from your hotel and drop you to Denizli bus station and again we pick you up from bus station in Antalya and drop you to your hotel in Antalya. Tea, coffee, snacks and TV are available on the buses. We will also have one break on the way after 2,5 hours. Only 5 hours drive to Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 10 - Antalya Duden waterfalls - Cooking Lesson After breakfast visit the Duden Waterfalls. The Duden Waterfalls make a pleasant side trip from Antalya and its surrounding gardens are a popular picnic spot with locals. The Duden River extends from the Taurus Mountains all the way to the Mediterranean and creates two cascades known as the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Today we will taste the Mediterranean flavors, Mediterranean kitchen is famous for its salads and mezzes. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 11 - Antalya to Cappadocia by Flight After breakfast, 12:00 hrs check out and free time till departure. Then we depart for Antalya airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Dinner and Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Then we depart for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
14 DAYS AUTHENTIC COOKING TOUR TURKEY Photos
All Airport transfer mention in site the ItineraryDomestic flight from Antalya to CappadociaDomestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul3 different cooking classes1 Belly Dancing and Folklore Class1 Textiles and fruit wine tasting1 Ceramics Lesson3 nights hotel in Istanbul1 night hotel in Canakkale3 nights in Kusadasi1 night in Pamukkale2 nights in Antalya3 nights in Cappadocia13 open buffet breakfasts10 local dinners at hotels Guided Istanbul city tourGuided Istanbul Bosphorus CruiseGuided Gallipoli tourGuided Troy tourGuided Acropolis of Pergamon tourGuided Ephesus tourGuided Pamukkale and Hierapolis tourGuided Antalya Duden Waterfalls TourGuided Cappadocia tour with Goreme Air MuseumTransportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coachProfessional English - speaking tour guidesAll entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
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've been looking for a memorable destination, with rich history, spectacular landscapes , History, Culture, great beaches, Special culinary Lesson, Belly Dancing and Folklore Class, Ceramics Lesson, leather and textiles that we will see include carpets, kilims, clothing and homewares such as pillow covers then you must come to Turkey. 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, 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, beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya an the underground cities of Cappadocia.