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Food-Culinary-Gourmet Tour of Turkey

Turkish Cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world. Anatolia, today’s Turkey, has always been a cradle of civilizations. A delicious food and culinary experience in Turkey awaits you. Join Serif Yenen, a reknown travel specialist and food lover on this 11-day gourmet and culture tour of Turkey.

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Food-Culinary-Gourmet Tour of Turkey with Serif Yenen

Tour Date: 18-28 May, 2019

How familiar are you with the Turkish Cuisine? Would you believe if we told you it is one of the best cuisines in the world? You have to visit Turkey and decide about it by yourself. A delicious food and culinary experience in Turkey awaits you.

Anatolia, today’s Turkey, has always been a cradle of civilizations, going as early as Göbekli Tepe in 10.000 B.C. More than 30 advanced cultures of ancient history have chosen Anatolia as their home land, each leaving a very rich culture behind. There is so much history and food culture in these lands.

Furthermore, the lands of Anatolia were the earliest to cultivate vineyards and produce wines, dating back to the Neolithic Age (Çayönü-Nevali Çori, 7000 B.C.).

The Bronze Age people, the Hittites were the first to make laws and regulations about viticulture and wine making.

Serif Yenen is a travel specialist, tour guide and guidebook author. As a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Turkey and food lover himself, he has been leading very special tours and traveling through the lands of Anatolia for more than 30 years. With his special interest in food, over the years, he has found so many hidden places for food experiences.

Now he is ready to share these experiences with you.

Come join us to discover the delicious tastes of Anatolia along with the rich cultural heritage.

Program

May 18, Saturday (Arrival Day)

  • Arrive in Istanbul
  • Private transfer to the hotel
  • Included welcome cocktail and presentation by Serif Yenen
  • Included welcome dinner
  • Overnight at the Recital Hotel or Armada Hotel

 

May 19, Sunday (Walking Tour)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Basilica Cisten
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Grand Bazaar with visits to backstreets and Hans around
  • Back to the hotel
  • Included dinner at a local restaurant

 

May 20, Monday (Walking Tour & Public Transportation)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Topkapı Palace with Harem
  • Street food tastings
  • Egyptian – Spice Market and around
  • Asian neighborhoods to visit the food markets
  • Food tastings
  • Late lunch at a gourmet restaurant in Kadiköy
  • Baklava experience in Karaköy
  • Wine tasting with an expert giving a presentation on historical background of wine in Anatolia
  • Turkish coffee experience followed by a coffee-cup reading/fortune telling experience
  • Back to the hotel

 

May 21, Tuesday (Tour with Private Transportation & Cooking Class & Bosphorus Cruise)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ancient Walls of Constantinople
  • Chora Church – Kariye Museum
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
  • Boza tasting
  • Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Lunch break at a local restaurant
  • Cooking Class
  • Eat what you cook (early dinner)
  • Bosphorus Cruise in a Private Boat
  • Back to the hotel

 

May 22, Wednesday (Istanbul – Fly to ✈ Kayseri – Cappadocia)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 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 Millstone Cave Suites or Yunak Evleri (Cappadocia)

 

May 23, Thursday (Cappadocia)

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

 

May 24, Friday (Cappadocia to Konya)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hiking 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)

 

May 25, Saturday (Konya to Pamukkale)

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

 

May 26, Sunday (Pamukkale to Selçuk)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for Selçuk (Ephesus area)
  • Aphrodisias
  • Included lunch at a local restaurant near Aphrodisias
  • Şirince Village in Ephesus area
  • Included Dinner in the Şirince village
  • Overnight at Cella Boutique Hotel

 

May 27, Monday (Ephesus)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 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 farewell dinner at a local winery
  • Overnight at Cella Boutique Hotel

 

May 28, Tuesday (Departure Day)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the Izmir Airport
  • Flight to Istanbul to connect to the international flights

 

Note:

  • To run this tour, we need a minimum number of participants. Until we reach this minimum number, please do not buy your flight tickets yet. Once we are sure that we will run the tour, we will let you know, so that you can buy your flight tickets.

 

Prices

  • The price will be $3750.00 USD per person (accommodation in double room)
  • The price will be $4350.00 USD per person (accommodation in single room)

For those participants, who pay the 20% deposit and bring the balance in cash (Dollars or Euros), we have discounts like below:

  • The price will be $3350.00 USD per person (accommodation in double room)
  • The price will be $3900.00 USD per person (accommodation in single room)

 

What is included in these prices:

  • Private airport transfers from and to the airports in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Izmir,
  • Professional tour guide services in English by Şerif Yenen,
  • Welcome cocktail and presentation by Şerif Yenen,
  • Accommodation for 10 nights in the above mentioned hotels or similar hotels,
  • 10 breakfasts at the hotels
  • 9 lunches at local casual restaurants with good traditional food
  • Dinners
  • Air conditioned deluxe vehicle with a driver all along the tour (except for walking days),
  • Vehicle expenses (i.e. parking, tolls, highways),
  • Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Kayseri (Cappadocia) and from Izmir to Istanbul,
  • Wine tastings,
  • Food tastings,
  • A cooking class,
  • All museum entrance fees and costs as mentioned 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 Serif Yenen’s maps and books
  • Headsets (Whispers) will be provided to hear your guide

 

What is NOT included in these prices:

  • International Flights to/from Turkey
  • Meals not stated,
  • Drinks with meals,
  • Hot-air balloon ride in Cappadocia (optional),
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver,
  • Travel Insurance,
  • Passport and visa services and fees.

 

Capacity

  • Minimum 7, maximum 19 guests.

 

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy

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