12 Day Turkish Cooking Tour

TST40-3642019
Highlights

Welcome to Turkey! If you would like to see something different in your life and if you like cooking or want to learn how to cook, we offer you very special itinerary to learn very good Turkish cuisines with smiling and friendly Turkish people. You can cook, taste and eat. First class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, Safranbolu which is one of the oldest cities, underground cities of Cappadocia, beautiful lake in Egirdir, the hot springs of Pamukkale, the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the beautifull village of Sirince in Turkey, At the same time, you will be travelling traditional Turkish villages, the historical sides of Turkey and you will also make a lot of friends.

Day 1 : Istanbul - Arrival Day - Welcome Dinner
Welcome Drink, Dinner Included

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.

 

Day 2 : Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul
Breakfast Included

After a morning orientation, sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson, preparing lunch which you will enjoy! After lunch, we 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 - Safranbolu Tour - Cooking Lesson
Breakfast and Dinner Included

08.30 am, we depart for Safranbolu that was an important caravan station on the main East-West trade route from the 13th century to the early 20th century. The Old Mosque, the Old Bath House and Suleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire.) On arrival we will walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar, continuing on to Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath House, Kaymakamlar House (Museum). We will cook some traditional foods for our dinner with traditional Turkish women. Dinenr and overnight in Safranbolu.

 

Day 4 : Safranbolu - Cappadocia
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast, we drive to Cappadocia (4 hour drive). Check in to your hotel. Tonight, we have an optional Activity - The famous traditional Turkish Night, here you will enjoy Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing & Traditional Turkish Folklore accompanied by traditional Turkish food and drink. This evening comes highly recommended as it is one of the only places in Turkey to glimpse the Whirling Dervishers. Dinenr and overnight Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.

 

Day 5 : Cooking Lesson and Cappadocia Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included

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 traditional 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. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

 

Day 6 : Ceramics Lesson and Cappadocia Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included

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 7 : Cappadocia To Egirdir
Breakfast and Dinner Included

This morning, we drive to Konya and see the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana & museum, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). Stop in Egirdir on the southern tip of the most beautiful of the Pisidian lakes. Egirdir is a fine place to stop in the midst of your journey for two days of quiet rest and contemplation. Dinner and overnight in Egirdir.

 

Day 8 : Egirdir Cooking Fish Lessons
Breakfast and Dinner Included

Egirdir is beautiful and shows another side of Turkey all together. Swimming, boating and hiking can fill a few days if you want to be active. You can also swim in the beautifull natural lake that lies at Egirdir. There are famous fish to be caught here that seem to have no bones The fish is extremly delicious in Egirdir so we will cook fish for ourselves and you can have the famous Turkish drink “Raki”. There are a number of small farms located in this area where you can see the workers using traditional methods of farming. You will be welcomed by all people in this region. Dinner and overnight in Egirdir.



 

Day 9 : Egirdir to Pamukkale
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast at 08.30, we depart for Pamukkale. We shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.



 

Day 10 : Pamukkale to Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

08:30, Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

 

Day 11 : Tour of Village Sirince Tour - Wine Tasting
Breakfast and Dinner Included

Today, it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope all buildings are still original with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, house, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening, you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way, we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

 

Day 12 : Kusadasi - Izmir to Istanbul - End of Tour
Breakfast Included

Today, we depart for Izmir 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 us.

 

Includes

  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Professional English - speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • Guided Pamukkale tour
  • 1 nights hotel in Pamukkale
  • Return airport transfer
  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul airport
  • 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi
  • 9 dinners
  • 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • Guided tour in Cappadocia
  • 1 cooking class in Istanbul
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 1 Cooking Lesson in Cappadocia
  • Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
  • Domestic flight ticket from Izmir to Istanbul
  • 1 Wine Tasting
  • 1 Ceramics Lesson
  • 11 open buffet breakfasts
  • 1 cooking class in Safranbolu
  • 1 cooking class in Egridir
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Egirdir
  • Guided Safranbolu tour
  • Guided Egirdir tour


Excludes

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

TRAVELSHOP TURKEY NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We would like to offer you our updated cancellation policies due to Corona Virus issue.

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; cares for the well-being of its guests and its partners very much. As a company, we keep guests’ satisfaction, health & wealth as our priority.

In order to pre-book your tours and benefit from your bookings until the last day, we have made some alterations to ease the process. As a result of this process, you will save time and money and no risk taken when you book to travel with us.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; makes it easy to book the tours with an advanced payment of only 25% with the rest of 75% payable on arrival. You can cancel your new bookings anytime until 15 May 2020 up to 2 working days prior to your departure. If you will prefer to make bank transfer for the remaining balance of 75%, you need to make sure that it is received by our side by the tour start date. If through a credit card, you can always make the payment our online service only to be withdrawn by the tours start date.


CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; will not apply any penalties to you if you cancel before 2 working days of tour departure date until 15 May 2020, your deposit of 25% to be refunded. This way, our guests will be on the safe side and will not worry about penalties. In case that you have informed us of your arrival/departure flight details and received related confirmations for accommodation and tour programs, yet haven’t showed up for the tour, 25% deposit to be non-refundable. With the exception of ready-made packages, if you require different accommodation venues like any international brand name hotels, your tours would fall under “customized/tailor-made tours” category and hotels’ regulations to be applicable and to be announced within the itinerary. Our aim is not to charge guests’ for a penalty and care for the benefit of the guests that we will comply from here on end. 

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHT PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS:

As we strive to refund our guests fully, we haven’t included our domestic flights. Each domestic flight has its own set of regulations applicable. Therefore, to cover you and keep from a no-show penalties, we will provide our tours without the calculation of domestic flights. Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 50,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy. When your booking is ascertained, we will require flight ticket price in full. If cancelled, we will comply by Airline Company’s cancellation policy. This way, we would be able to ease the process and provide a comfortable and worry-free travel.  

 

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION

We would like to again underline that our purpose is to cover you from any harm due to this virus issue and help as best we can. You may direct this information to your guests with a comfort and the fact that no loss on their part that, this may help you to travel to Turkey as a popular destination that TravelShop Turkey caters for. TravelShop Turkey has over 1.000 tours in 30 different categories that you can book and purchase with a comfort and confidence as no cancellation fees will be deducted from you.

 

Please let us know in case of any further assistance required by yourselves that we are willing to help in every way that we can.

 

P.S. Besides from the Updated Terms & Conditions, Cancellation Procedures and Domestic Flights Regulations as listed above, all current terms and conditions  on the itineraries still valid and applicable respectively.


What are the discounts for children?
Under 2 years of age, your child will travel free of charge by land. Flight ticket insurance cost will be 20 Euro only.
Children under 6 years of age are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul
Children 7-11 years of age are charged at 75% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul
Children above 11 years at full price adult fare

Please check the information below before your departure

  1. International Flight Tickets
  2. Tour itinenary
  3. Confirmation received from us to include Hotel reservations etc.
  4. Domestic Flight Tickets if any (Please check your title/name spelling printed correctly)
  5. Passport Validation Terms
  6. Visa if needed (check before your trip for the dates on your visa )
  7. If visa needed, please ask us for invitation letter to ease the visa application process
  8. Flight details for on time Airport transfer services
  9. Observe the luggage limitation by Airlines for domestic flights ifa ny
  10. Obtain emergency contact details from our office 

Many of our Tours include domestic flights. These flights have a limitation of 15 to 20 kg of luggage with 8 kg of in-cabin weight depending on the Airlines. Please abide by these in-flight regulations. You should be present at the Airport an hour prior to flight times. We reserve and book your flight Tickets a week before the travel dates with the names provided by yourselves. If there is a typo or a lettering mistake on the names, our company holds no responsibility of any incovenience thay may be experienced so it is best to have a copy of the passport provided to your reprsentative.

Our vehicles differ in line with group sizes. For 8 pax, we have Mercedes Vito, over 14 pax, we provide Sprinter, for over 29 pax, we have midibuses and finally for up to 45 pax, we have Coaches available. Taking into consideration of guests’ luggages we make an arrangement as below:

For 8 pax van: Maximum 5 persons.
For 14 pax van: Maximum 10 persons
For 29 pax van: Maximum 24 persons
For 45 pax Coach: Maximum 40 persons

Our vehicles are fully equipped with A/C, refrigeration, clean, comfortable and brand new or latest models. For long bus rides, we will have regular breaks in rest points on highways fora quick coffee and food, rest room breaks and such neccesities.   

All of our Tours include Professional and knowledgeable Professional Tour Guides. Our guides have all the information that may be requested by yourself whether historically, culturally or locally with very good English spoken. Although Regular Tours will have an English Speaking guide, for private Tour Options, we will have multi-lingual Professional Tour guides available as you may need.

 

We use mostly 4 star, 5 star or boutique hotels for your convenience and comfort. For example, in Istanbul and other regions we have 4-5 star hotel where for Cappadocia and such areas, we use classy cave resorts. On guaranteed tours, we declare the accommodation venues but it may differ for private ones within the same category, with good reviews. 
 

Dinners usually served in the hotels on half board category. Lunches will be served in restaurants on the destination route.  Meals are mostly served as Set Menu or Open Buffet Style. If you have meal preferences or special diet requirements, please inform us beforehand for necessary arrangements during your tour confirmation.    

On our Tour Routes, we include all the “must see” museums and sight-seeing venues in our itinenary. This service is included within the Tour price. Some museums have different operation days and times but we will have similar sites to fill in for them.  

Turkey is a great destination for shopping opportunities especially Trukish rugs/carpets, jewelry, leather, textile, ceramics and many other hand made artifacts. During the tours, we recommend some of the reliable and reasonable shopping venues to be visited. Our shopping stops are consisted of trustworthy, guaranteed vendors. Our guide will direct you to such stores during the tours. You may get informed by our guide in regards to shopping mattters while on the tour. Some of our shopping venues may apply group discount that you may want to take advantage of.

It is not a  -must- to tip on our tours. However, if you are satisfied with the services provided by driver and the guide, you may consider tipping them accordingly as 2 EUROS for the guide and 1 EUROS for the driver. It is customary in Tourism industry in line with customer expectations and we inform our personnel to provide the best of our services whether or not tip is given.
 

Most of major sight seeings, museums included within the tour prices. However, some of the activities and excursions that are not favoured everyone, are not included. Such as Hot-Air Ballooning, Paragliding, Dinner Cruise, Turkish Night Shows, Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Turkish Bath visits may be extra upon requests.

The prices for such exclusions are available on our website. We recommend that you book before the booking of your tour to make sure the Availability. You may not find space for some of these activities on the last minute or once you have arrived.  

We provide your airport transfers for arrival and returns. Please, provide us the flight details when purchasing the tour for proper arrangements with flight code, destination, date and arrival timing. Our airport officer will be present to Welcome you after you pass the customs,luggage claim and greet you with a name board outside the gates.

Winter Season: Between the months of December, January, February as the weather is around 10 degrees celsius

Spring: Between the months of March, April and May as the weather is around 22 degrees celsius

Summer: June, July and August are summer time with approx 30 degrees celsius.

Autumn: September through November is considered to be Autumn month with a National average of 20 degrees celsius.

Have your attire accordingly and dress with proper clothing as per the guidance above.

Turkey is a very modern Islamic country. You may just have fun and go around as in any European country when you are in Turkey. Only a few things to pay attention for such as entering into a Mosque with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Women should be carefully head-covered when in a holy environment. Rest is Pretty much the same as in any western city. Bars, cafes and restaurants are open until late nights and People get entertained safely.  We suggest for you have the items listed below.

  1. Travel Insurance that covers Health as well. Globally recognized credit cards
  2. Cash needed for small purchases where cards are not accepted. It is best to use an official Exchange office for Turkish currency transactions.
  3. Clothing in line with seasonal standarts as indicated above.
  4. Camera
  5. Universal adaptor and charger equipments for electronical devices.
  6. Comfortable trekking shoes for walking around as the tours most likely to have walking distances
  7. International Telephone Communication checked
  8. Have a copy of your flight ticket with you
  9. Have a personal identification on you at all times

Available On Dates

16 October, 2019 - 15 March, 2021 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Book Now
Istanbul - Safranbolu
Safranbolu - Cappadocia
Cappadocia - Egirdir
Egirdir - Pamukkale
Pamukkale - Kusadasi
Kusadasi - Ephesus
Ephesus - Sirince
Sirince - Istanbul
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