15 Days Culinary Tour of Turkey with flexibility in choice of locations and activities.
Itinerary ( B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner )
DAY 1 ARRIVAL to ISTANBUL
Welcome to Istanbul, the city on two continents. You are met by your tour manager and escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
Start with a visit to Hippodrome (World Heritage List-1985), see the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Attend a special culinary course about Ottoman Cuisine and visit the Egyptian Spice Market. Take the scenic Bosphorus cruise for a dazzling voyage between Europe and Asia. Disembark at Kanlica known for its excellent yogurt and enjoy the view from Camlica Hill at the end of the day. Return to hotel for overnight.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
Morning visit to the famed Topkapi Palace and Harem. Visit Beyoglu fish market in the modern section of the city. Short walk to Galata Tower and gourmet lunch. A tempting experience at the famous Karakoy Gulluoglu Baklava shop will close the day. Return to hotel for overnight.
DAY 4 ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
Grand artifacts of Byzantine and Ottoman artists today; Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent and Chora Church with the world's finest Byzantine mosaics. Gourmet lunch at the esteemed Asitane Restaurant. Visit the Grand Bazaar and return to hotel for overnight.
DAY 5 BURSA (B,L,D)
Early departure for Iznik- former Nicea. Visit the Iznik Foundation Tiles and the Green Mosque. Proceed to Bursa; visit the Grand Mosque, the Green Mausoleum and the historical Covered Bazaar. Today's specialty is Iskender (Alexander's) Kebap which is an excellent type of doner kebab. Overnight in Bursa.
DAY 6 CANAKKALE (B,L,D)
Drive via Manyas Bird Paradise and hike in the untouched terrain. Continue to Troy (World Heritage -1998), dream city of the history lover. Visit the remains; free time to take pictures by the wooden Trojan Horse. Continue to Canakkale for overnight.
DAY 7 ASSOS (B,L,D)
Take a ferry to Bozcaada- ancient Tenedos; taste the famous wine and fresh fish from sea to your table. Time to swim or hike around the vineyards. Continue to Assos; visit the remains; free time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Dinner is at a local restaurant where you will be served delicious examples of mezes and olive-oil dishes. Overnight in Assos.
DAY 8 KUSADASI (B,L,D)
Morning trip to Adatepe Village by Mt. Ida. Visit the Olive Oil Museum and learn about Aegean olive culture. Continue to Pergamon. Visit the Acropolis and Asclepius' Sanctuary; the god of healing. Drive to Selcuk and visit the old Greek village Sirince. See the Ayios Ionnades Prodomos Church. Free time for wine tasting and strolling in the colorful village center. Drive to Kusadasi for overnight.
DAY 9 KUSADASI (B,L,D)
Today's highlight is Ephesus; the capital of Asia Minor. See the renown Celsus Library, Temple of Hadrian, fascinating Terrace Houses and the site of Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders. Visit the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk and Basilica of St. John. Close the day with a memorable visit to House of Virgin Mary. Return Kusadasi for overnight.
DAY 10 CAPPADOCIA (B,L,D)
Transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Kayseri. A short orientation trip and end the day with a glass of fine Cappadocian wine at sunset overlooking the surreal terrain. Optional hot air balloon flight is possible early in the morning. Overnight in Capadocia.
DAY 11 CAPPADOCIA (B,L,D)
These two days excursion in Cappadocia will enable you to visit the natural and historic museums, savor the splendid panorama, trek in the hidden valleys, take fantastic pictures, meet the locals and see the age old arts like carpet weaving and pottery making. Also visit the award winner Turasan Wine Factory, where you will be briefed by the manager and invited for wine tasting. Overnight in Capadocia.
DAY 12 CAPPADOCIA (B,L,D)
Highlights will be Goreme Open Air Museum (World Heritage -1985) with the best examples of Byzantine frescoes in rock-cut churches, Uchisar Rock Castle, Zelve, Pasabagi and a staggering underground city. You will meet a local family and learn to make Manti- traditional Turkish ravioli while enjoying your wine from the vineyards of the region. Overnight in Capadocia.
DAY 13 SAFRANBOLU (B,L,D)
Drive via Ankara today and visit Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of Turkish Republic. Continue to Ottoman town Safranbolu for overnight. You will enjoy the unique local -historic cuisine and famous Safranbolu lokum (Turkish Delight) tonight.
Day 14 ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
Safranbolu (World Heritage – 1994) is entirely under protection with its more than thousand registered artifacts. Visit the Cinci Hani, Asmazlar Konagi, Hidirlik Hill, Seljuk mausoleum, Torumtay Turbesi with Mongol mummies and colorful bazaars with blacksmiths and shoemakers all the while enjoying the photographic looks of the town. Drive Istanbul for overnight.
Day 15 ISTANBUL - DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Please allow three hours for check-in to your international flights and two hours for domestic.
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
Please contact us for additional pricing options from any departure airport not listed.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes, you can arrange for that by contacting us either by phone or email.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
Check the dates listed above to see if there is availability for the specific date you are interested in. If there are multiple dates listed feel free to contact us for the most up-to-date availability.
14 nights Hotel Accommodations
Wine tasting everyday; a delightfully different experience each time you hold a wineglass
Culinary course about the legendary exotic Ottoman cuisine in Istanbul
Learning the inside stories of internationally loved tasteful Turkish delicacies
Distinguished tastes, elegant restaurants, heavenly olive-oil specialties and unforgettable kebab feasts
Sightseeing on air conditioned vehicles with English speaking professional tour guides
Entrance fees to all places visited on included sightseeing tour
All Hotel service and local taxes are included
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy as described above.
International Airfare is not included and nonrefundable after booking.
Additional fees: Baggage fees may apply.
Airfare and departure taxes are additional.
Anything not listed above.
Cancellation policy and fees:
All cancellations subject to fee up to date specified.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.