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Turkish Flavour Tour

2950 € (12.167,57 TL) Best Prices
Package Turkish Flavour Tour 12 Days
Tour Dates
Every wednesyday guaranteed departure

Including All Transportations
Tour Program
Istanbul
Old Istanbul
Grand Bazaar -Spice Bazaar
Chora Museum
Bosphorus
Thrace-Tekirdag
Cappadocia-Fairy-Chimneys
Underground Cities
Valleys-Pottery-Hot Air Balloon
Izmir-Alacati
Ephesus
Bodrum


Day 1 –ISTANBUL 
Arrive at Istanbul, Atatürk International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel. Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, provides a unique link between East and West. The guardian of the treasures of three great empires, Napoleon once said that if the world were a single state then its capital would be Constantinople. Even today, amid the traffic-choked streets of modern Istanbul, among the high-rises, the steep alleys and the glowing ancient churches and mosques, you can still feel exactly what he meant. Welcome dinner at a tradinonal Turkish foods  restaurant. This evening you will enjoy a hands- on cooking class learning to cook home-style and taste what you have cooked. A truly unique opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality.
Overnight in Istanbul
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Dinner 
 
Day 2 - ISTANBUL
Today you will visit by guide and taken on a short ferry ride to the European side of Istanbul. You will stroll through the Spice Bazaar and stop at shops for tastings. The bazaar is often referred to as the "Egyptian Market" due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt. Despite the fact that the bazaar is becoming more touristy, there is still plenty to discover for the "foodie". We will stop at a Spice shop for spice tasting and discover some typically Turkish delicacies.
We will then take you on a tour; the St. Savior in Chora Museum, known for its magnificent mosaics and frescoes dating from the 11th to the 14th centuries. "Chora" means outside the walls or in the countryside, which the church certainly was when it was built originally; however, it was enclosed within Istanbul's walls no later than 413 AD and the church you see today was actually built in the 11th century. For four hundred years it was a mosque and now it is a museum; virtually all of the famous mosaics and (less renowned but just as striking) mural paintings date from about 1320, having been restored between 1948 and 1959 under the auspices of the Byzantine Society of America.
We will then proceed to our lunch in Asitane Restaurant. The Asitane Restaurant, whose dishes reflect the eclectic nature of the Turco-Ottoman neighborhood, was named Asitane which not only means "Head Gate" in Farsi but was also one of the many names given to Istanbul throughout the reign of the Ottoman Empire. The restaurant specializes in fine Ottoman court cuisine. Extensive research was undertaken prior to the opening of the restaurant from kitchen registries deep in the archives of Topkapı and Dolmabahçe Palaces, relevant documentation was found in Istanbul's Beyazıt and Millet libraries.After lunch you will take a private cruise along theBosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe from Asia. En route enjoy the view of the old yalıs (wooden houses on the water) and the 15th century Fortress of Rumelihisar.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch 
 
Day 4- THRACE –TEKIRDAG -ISTANBUL
Pick you up from your hotel and get onto the way to discover Turkey’s southern Thrace region, known as the capital of boutiqe wineries. Non-stop ride untill Tekirdag where we are going to give a break before visiting one of the earliest wine producing regions of the World.  Although the regional wine producing is the one of the oldest in the World, we will sight how butique wine producers are performing new techiques of wine production. We will exprience how grapes gathered, informed about the grape journey; from vineyard to wine glass and taste lip-smacking fruity wines. We then will move to Turkey’s longest coastline town; Sarkoy. Our guide will give brief information about Sarkoy before we stop for lunch at Igde Vineyards which is popular with olive, olive oil, grapes and homemade wines. You will be charmed with the view of the scenery where sea of Marmara will beneath your feet, feeling  the breeze from the sea, delicious Turkish cuisine and tasty wines.  Next, we will head to Murefte, a little village of Sarkoy. The guide will inform you about viniculture of the region on your way to “Murefte Wine and Viniculture Museum” followed by freetime for tour participants to rest or explore Murefte. It is then time to leave Murefte and hitting back to road to Istanbul via Ucmakdere Cliff and Tekirdag. On our way back, there will be couple of spots where you will have chance to try local tastes likes Tekirdag Meatball. We will get to Istanbul city center around 21:00, leave you to your hotel.
Accommodation:
Included Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
Day 3 - ISTANBUL
You will be picked up, early,We will go European side by bus. You will visit the  old Istanbul area. You start to tour with The Rustem Pasha Mosque,  a skillful accomplishment of the architect Sinan, the Rustem Pasha Mosque was built in 1561 on the orders of Rustem Pasha, Grand Vizier and son-in-law of Suleyman the Magnificent. Exquisite Iznik tiles panel the small and superbly proportioned interior.
Our second Point is the Blue Mosque, a famous 17th century mosque that dominates the Istanbul skyline, then visit The Hagia Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom, which was a church (circa 548 AD), then a mosque and now a museum.
The Underground Cistern built by Emperor Justinian to provide water for the city of Constantinople. It is difficult to describe the beauty and uniqueness of this experience. Descending a few flights of stairs underground you will suddenly be amazed to see stately, ancient columns, small bridges, lights and to hear classical music sung by Luciano Pavarotti. The main hall is 230 x 460 feet, supported by over 400 columns and with many vaults. Truly amazing!
For lunch you will taste delicious kofte -meatballs- at a specialized restaurant operating since 1920.
Last, you will continue to explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar. 
Dinner will be at the Giritli Restaurant, in an old restored Sultanahmet house, serving healthy fresh fish and delicious appetizers.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Accommodation:
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
Day 5 - ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast we will depart to visit the highest point in Istanbul.  At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphourus from the beautiful gardens, Iandscaped in traditional style.
Lunch will be served at the Çiya restaurant where Musa Dağdeviren will take you on a journey spanning Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula. As his web site states: “Here all the Azerbaijani, Georgian, Turkish, Arabian, Armenian, Ottoman, Syrian, Seldjukian and Jewish dishes are prepared according to the original customs and beliefs.” The ingredients used in his dishes travel from South Eastern Anatolia to arrive at your plate in Istanbul: aromatic red pepper, pistachios, chickpeas, olive oil and pomegranate molasses. After lunch we will visit the Topkapı Palace the first residence of the Ottoman Sultans and in the evening head to the airport for our flight to Cappadocia. We will be transferred to our cave hotel upon arrival. A light dinner will be served.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
Day 6 - CAPPADOCIA
Derived from the ancient Hittite word “Katpatuka”, Cappadocia is commonly believed to mean “Land of the Beautiful Horses”, and it is a fitting tribute. These days Cappadocia is more celebrated for its lava-sculpted topography and dawn skyline dappled with hot air balloons than horses, but historically the region was renowned for its deep equine connections.
In Cappadocia we will focus on the very particular culture and foods of Anatolia.
Today we will be cooking lunch in a village home with a local family. They will show us how to make lentil patties stuffed vine leaves and manti, a traditional dish whose heritage stretches back in to the Central Asian origins of modern Turkey. You will taste what you have cooked for lunch.
After lunch we will introduce you to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia at Dervent Valley, and then head to the Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements of Cappadocia. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos.
At Avanos, a center of terracotta art since 2,000 BC, you will see a demonstration of pottery making in a traditional workshop, where the family has been making pottery for many generations. Then we will try our hands at it under the supervision of a master potter. This is also a great spot to shop for pottery.
Before dinner we will stop at a winery. This is the biggest and oldest winery (since 1943) in Cappadocia. We will tour the winery while tasting their local wines. The Öküzgözü- Boğazkere combinations (grapes native to Turkey) are quite promising. The family-operated winery is located underground, carved in natural rock. This natural cellar also provides excellent storage conditions for the wine.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
Day 7 - CAPPADOCIA - IZMIR
Early morning optional balloon ride - transfer to the balloon launching site to meet the balloon crew. The gentle and stable wind conditions are ideal during the first few hours of the day in Cappadocia. It is also the ideal time for photography, with splendid colours and contrasts. The deep canyons and gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon. After flying over Cappadocia for about one hour, you will land to a champagne celebration!
After breakfast you will continue your day with a hike in the picturesque Red Valley. Then make your way back to the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century. After lunch in a local restaurant you will then explore the underground city of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements.
Then while sipping your wine you will enjoy a demonstration and explanation of Turkish carpet making techniques, symbols and different types of carpets, and get the chance to buy some of these works of art. Today we will take an evening flight to Izmir and then an hour’s transfer from Izmir Airport to Alacati.
Overnight in Alaçatı.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
Day 8 - ALAÇATI
After a leisurely morning we will drive to Urla’s fruit and vegetable farmers market where all produce is freshly picked in the early morning. Then we will sit down and enjoy a family style late lunch at a local’s home, accompanied by a selection of award winning local wines while enjoying the wonderful views of the region.
After lunch we will stop at the Urlice vineyards for wine tasting. Urlice Vineyards is a family owned and operated boutique winery whose owners, a husband and wife team, oversee the whole vine growing and winemaking processes from the planting of the vines to bottling. Urlice Vineyards are located on the Aegean coast, in the town of Urla, where they have been practicing viticulture over centuries.
We will drive you to your hotel after the Urla culinary experience.
You have the rest of the day to relax or explore the cobblestoned streets of this quaint seaside resort, winding between the stone buildings, and settle down in one of the village square’s coffeehouses to chill out. Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Alaçatı.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
 
Day 9 - ALAÇATI - EPHESUS - BODRUM
After an early breakfast we will proceed to visit the ancient archaeological ruins of Ephesus, featuring the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of ancient world.
We will then proceed to Kusadası for lunch in an ecological farm that houses the best restaurant in the area and visit the Oleatrium, an Olive and Olive Oil Museum where we will be travelling 2500 years in time. After having a delectable feast, we will take you around the farm so you will see how they dry their vegetables under the sun, how they make tomato, pepper paste, pomegranate molasses and the making of many different organic jams. The farm tour will end at the museum where you will see how mankind first discovered that olives were edible and how olive oil was used from the beginning of time until today.
We will end our day with a light dinner in Bodrum.
Overnight in Bodrum.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
 
Day 10 - BODRUM
Today after a delicious homemade breakfast with freshly baked bread, olives, honey, kaymak (rich clotted cream) jams, cheeses (cow and goat), eggs and sausage in a village nearby. Then we will go around the Bays on a typical Turkish wooden yacht.
Traditional wooden yachts first built in Bodrum for fishing and sponge hunting, but with the rise of the Blue Cruise concept, they became spacious motor- sailing yachts for people to enjoy a cruise in the untouched bays around the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is a perfect way to enjoy swimming in the blue waters as well as to try more of the local cuisine. After the cruise we will return to the hotel.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Bodrum.
Accommodation: 
Included Meals: Breakfast,Lunch
 
Day 11- BODRUM - ISTANBUL
In the morning we will stop at a Turkish Delight manufacturer to watch a demo on Turkish Delight production. Then we will proceed to our cooking class at Erenler Sofrasi, where you will be guided through the delicious secrets of regional Aegean cookery with its accent on olive oil and fresh herbs. You will then taste what you have prepared at a sumptuous lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit the Bodrum Castle that occupies the tip of the wedge-like peninsula at the center of Bodrum and has a massive conglomeration of courtyards, turrets, galleries, and sunken gardens to admire the collections of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, located inside the Castle.
The rest of the afternoon will be free for discovering the center of Bodrum.
We will take a late flight to Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
 
Accommodation: At an airport hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
 
Day 12 - DEPARTURE ISTANBUL
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
 
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The Prices Include : 
Accomandation Charming or Deluxe superior Hotels
Transportations (with an A/C luxury minivan-bus)
Domestic flights in the program
Professional guiding
Admissions
Meals
All of the Tax and service charges

The Prices Exclude : 
International flights
Personal travel insurance
Drinks
Non-mandatory but customary tips

Tour Prices
Turkish Flavour Tour
TRIPLE Room (Per Person)
DBL Room(Per Person)
SNGL Room(Kişibaşı)
Childs(3-11 Age)
Baby(0-2 Age)
1.Period (Jan,Feb,Mar)
2950 €
2950 €
3950 €
2000 €
Free
2.Period(Apr,May,Jun, Jul, Aug)
3550 € 
3550 €
4750 €
2500 € 
Free
3.Period ( Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec)
3250 € 
3250 € 
4250 €
2250 €
Free

 

Tour Participation Points
Pick-Up Locations

Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport 


Drop-Off Locations 

Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport 
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