Gourmet Tour of Turkey with Şerif Yenen

Gourmet Tour of Turkey

Day 1; Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey

  • Arrive in Istanbul
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Included welcome cocktail and presentation by Serif Yenen
  • Included welcome dinner
  • Overnight at Richmond Hotel (Istanbul)

Day 2; Istanbul

  • Topkapı Palace
  • Walk in the Süleymaniye neighborhood
  • Included Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Break at a local coffee house
  • Tahtakale neighborhood
  • Baklava experience
  • Included dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight at Richmond Hotel (Istanbul)

Day 3; Istanbul

  • Hippodrome
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Egyptian – Spice Market
  • Cooking Class and Dinner
  • Overnight at Richmond Hotel (Istanbul)

Day 4; Istanbul – Fly to Kayseri ✈- Cappadocia

  • Transfer to the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul
  • Flight to Kayseri (Cappadocia) with Turkish Airlines
  • Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia with valleys and rock-cut churches
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Göreme open air Museum
  • Local craft demonstrations
  • Whirling Dervishes ritual (included)
  • Included dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight at Yunak Evleri (Cappadocia)
Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member Serif Yenen will be leading this tour.

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member Serif Yenen will be leading this tour.


A variety of Turkish Delight in the market

A variety of Turkish Delight in the market


Ali Nazik Kebap with mashed eggplant and garlic yoghurt

Ali Nazik Kebap with mashed eggplant and garlic yoghurt


Barbecue

Barbecue

gourmet tour map

Day 5; Cappadocia

  • Optional Hot-Air Balloon Ride
  • Full day sightseeing in Cappadocia
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Avanos Pottery Village
  • Local craft demonstration (pottery)
  • A visit to an underground city
  • Included wine tasting and dinner
  • Overnight at Yunak Evleri (Cappadocia)

Day 6; Cappadocia – Konya

  • Sightseeing in Cappadocia
  • Departure for Konya around 10.00 AM
  • Sultanhan Caravansary
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Rumi (Mevlana) Museum of Whirling Dervishes in Konya (Iconium)
  • Dinner and overnight at Hilton Garden Inn (Konya)

Day 7; Konya – Pamukkale

  • Beysehir Lake and Beysehir Mosque
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hierapolis in Pamukkale
  • Dinner and overnight at Doga Thermal Hotel (Pamukkale)

Day 8; Pamukkale – Kusadasi

  • Aphrodisias near Pamukkale
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Dinner and overnight at 7 Bilgeler Hotel

Day 9; Kusadasi – Ephesus – Kusadasi

  • Ephesus with Terrace Houses
  • The House of the Virgin Mary
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • The Basilica of St. John
  • Included wine tasting and dinner at a local winery
  • Overnight at 7 Bilgeler Hotel

Day 10; Kusadasi – Izmir – Fly to Istanbul ✈

  • Transfer to the Izmir Airport
  • Flight to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines at 10.00 AM, arrive in Istanbul at 11.05 AM.
  • Chora Church
  • Included street food lunch
  • Included farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight at Richmond Hotel (Istanbul)

Day 11; Istanbul & Departure

  • Transfer to the Ataturk Airport
  • Departure

* Price:
Price per person in double occupancy: $3,450.00 USD
Price per person in single occupancy: $4,125.00 USD

* Included Services:

  • Accommodation for 10 nights in above mentioned hotels or similar hotels,
  • Airport transfers for arrival and departure in Turkey,
  • Professional tour guide services in English by Şerif Yenen,
  • Air conditioned deluxe vehicle with a driver all along the tour,
  • Vehicle expenses (i.e. parking, tolls, highways),
  • Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Kayseri (Cappadocia) and from Izmir to Istanbul,
  • Welcome cocktail and presentation by Şerif Yenen,
  • 10 breakfasts at the hotels,
  • 9 lunches at local restaurants,
  • 8 dinners at local restaurants and 2 dinners at hotels,
  • 2 wine tastings,
  • A cooking class,
  • All visits stated in the itinerary,
  • All stated entrance fees to the sites, museums and religious places indicated in the itinerary,
  • Bosphorus Cruise in a private boat,
  • Tips to the hotels with porter services,
  • Tips to the restaurants for included meals,
  • Complimentary copies of some of Şerif Yenen’s publications,

* Services not included:

  • International Flights to/from Turkey
  • Meals not stated,
  • Beverages with meals,
  • One hour hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia (optional),
  • Personal expenses,
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver,
  • Travel Insurance,
  • Any airfare unless specified above,
  • Departure and airport taxes and fees (No similar taxes or fees are required for Turkey),
  • Passport and visa services and fees.

* Hotels:

* Depending on availability there may be hotel changes. Serif Yenen Travel assures to accommodate you at the hotels with same standards.

 

Important Notes:

  • Travel on an intimate, expert-led luxury small group journey.
  • Almost all of the meals will be notable local dishes at special restaurants.
  • Pre or post trip extensions can be tailor made upon request.
  • Ladies should bring scarves with them to cover their heads when visiting religious sites and mosques.
  • All foreigners must obtain their Turkish visas from Turkish missions abroad or from the e-visa application system, depending on eligibility. Please note, e-visas are easier to get.

Information regarding Turkish e-visas and the application process can be found at: www.evisa.gov.tr/en

General information on Turkish visas can be found at:

www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

  • Serif Yenen Travel has always the right to modify the program according to the upmost satisfaction of the guests.
  • We will disclaim any responsibility and shall not pay any indemnity or reimbursement in the event of certain museums or monuments included in the program could not be visited with any reason beyond our control.

* This tour is operated by A-group Travel Agency “Serif Yenen Travel” licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism (License number: 8860)

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia


Spices in the Egyptian Bazaar

Spices in the Egyptian Bazaar


Chora Church, Kariye Museum

Chora Church, Kariye Museum


Sufi Museum of Mevlana Rumi, Konya

Sufi Museum of Mevlana Rumi, Konya


Making Dolmas

Making Dolmas


From the Topkapi Palace

From the Topkapi Palace


Basilica Cistern, Yerebatan

Basilica Cistern, Yerebatan


Keshkek

Keshkek


Pomegranate

Pomegranate


Tea time, in the traditional tulip-shaped glasses

Tea time, in the traditional tulip-shaped glasses


Kokorec

Kokorec


Cag Kebap

Cag Kebap


Pide Bread

Pide Bread


Mezes

Mezes

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