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07 Nıghts / 08 Days Tour
HEART OF TURKISH CULINARY

Starting From2,915 
  • CULINARY & FOOD TOURS


HEART OF TURKISH CULINARY
07 Nights / 08 Days Istanbul & Gaziantep & Sanliurfa
 program:

Day 01 – Arrive IST Airport than Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 – After Breakfast, Full Day Istanbul Byzantine Tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 03 – After Breakfast, Full Day Istanbul Ottoman Relics Tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 04 – After breakfast, Flight to Gaziantep. Overnight in Gaziantep.
Day 05 – After Breakfast, Full Day Gaziantep Culinary Tour. Overnight in Gaziantep.
Day 06 – After Breakfast, Full Day Oriental Gaziantep Tour. Overnight in Gaziantep.
Day 07 – After breakfast, Full Day Heart Of Civilisation Tour.  Overnight in Sanliurfa.
Day 08 – After breakfast, Full Day Sanliurfa Tour. Flight to Istanbul. Departure.

Heart Of Turkish Culinary Tour Programme:

Day 01 – Arrival Day ( Dinner Included)

Welcome to Istanbul, 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 one of Istanbul’s reknown restaurants. Accommodation in Istanbul.

Day 02 – Full Day Byzantine Tour (Breakfast & Lunch, Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights:  Hagia Sophia – Underground Cistern – St. Savior in Chora Mosque – Grand Bazaar
Today we will take you on a tour of of Istanbul’s Byzantine iconic monuments. 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. Lunch at Asitane restaurant – Ottoman Cuisine at its best.After lunch you will visit the St. Savior in Chora Mosque, known for its magnificent mosaics and frescoes dating from the 11th to the 14th centuries. Last you will explore the famous Grand Bazaar. Dinner will be at one of Istanbul’s popular restaurants. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 03 – Full Day Ottoman Relics Tour (Breakfast & Lunch, Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights: Topkapi Palace – Blue Mosque – The Palace Kitchens, Helvahane and Quarters – Bosphorus Cruise – Cooking class
Today you will visit the Blue Mosque, a famous 17th century mosque that dominates the Istanbul skyline,Topkapı Palace the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory jutting out between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. The construction of the Topkapı Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. In the Treasury section, you will see the 7th biggest diamond in the world, the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” and the Harem is a vast labyrinth of rooms and corridors once occupied by the black eunuchs, concubines, the Sultan’s mother and the Sultan himself. The Palace Kitchens comprised of buildings arranged along a 170 metre-long courtyard/street in the 2nd courtyard of the Palace facing the Sea of Marmara appear as a separate neighbourhood with their attachments. You will visit The Palace Kitchens, Helvahane and Quarters and learn about our culinary culture of 400 years. Lunch near sites. Then we will drive to the pier for our cruise on the Bosphorus. Upon disembarkation you will proceed to your host’s home to enjoy a hands- on cooking class learning to cook home-style, family recipes and taste what you have cooked. A truly unique opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and Istanbul home life. Accomodation in Istanbul.

Day 04 –  Istanbul to Gaziantep (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights: Spice Bazaar – Kadikoy – Gaziantep
After breakfast you will walk through the Spice Bazaar, an extensive market which was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque – Yeni Cami. 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. You will stop for a spice tasting session in a Spice shop that has been there since 5 generations. Take a ferry ride to the other side of the river that separates the European and Asian parts of Istanbul to explore the famous open-air street market of Kadıkoy. Notice the big difference in atmosphere between the Spice Market and the Kadıkoy which is more in tune with the way most people in Istanbul cook and eat. Indulge yourself in the huge variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, with plenty to discover for the “foodie.” Feel the real bazaar shopping experience with the fishmongers, bakers, butchers and grocers singing out to attract you to their stall. Take your time and explore the many pastry shops, Turkish delight and deli stores and the aromatic spice stands. There is plenty to see and buy, with information and recommendations available. Lunch will be at reknown Ciya Restaurant where you will taste best samples of Anatolian Cuisine. After lunch we will head to the airport for our flight to Gaziantep. Dinner will be home cooked  at a local Gaziantep home.

Day 05 -Full Day Gaziantep Culinary Tour (Breakfast & Lunch  & Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights: Zeugma Mosaic Museum – Emine Gogus Culinary Museum
Gaziantep has been home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world. Owing to this heritage and the wide variety of food stuffs available due to its geographical position, the region has developed a unique cuisine with lts own distinctive flavours and becoming a top destination for foodies. The city of Gaziantep is best known for its highly developed industrial areas and pistachio nuts as well as baklava. We will visit a traditional baklava producer and learn more about Baklava. Breakfast at a pastry shop offering plates containing vegetables, dips, olives, spreads, cheeses, jams and a basket of different warm breads (simit, pide), tasting and observing a production of “katmer”, a local desert with clotted cream and pistachio. We will then visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the world’s largest mosaic museum complex displaying the most important mosaics from the ancient site Zeugma (Belkis). Lunch at a reknown kebab restaurant. The city of Gaziantep is best known for its pistachio nuts as well as baklava. After lunch we will visit a traditional baklava producer and learn more about Baklava. We will stop at Historical Tahmis Coffee shop to taste Menengiç (wild pistachio) coffee. Last today you will visit the Emine Gogus Culinary Museum a historical stone house built in 1904, and has been restored into a museum. The museum has displays of kitchen equipment and table arrangements. Dinner at one of the main landmarks in Gaziantep, a restaurant serving traditional meals since 130 years. Accomodation in Gaziantep.

Day 06 – Full Day Oriental Gaziantep Tour (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights: Bey neighborhood – Local Bazaars & artisan workshops
Today you will walk down the Bey neighborhood which has the city’s most striking nostalgic value, with its narrow streets and houses with bay windows. The Bey neighborhood is the place where perfect examples of stonemasonry of Gaziantep are displayed. Lunch at a restaurant where you will also taste a Gaziantep classic “Beyran” soup and lahmacun. After lunch you will walk through the local bazaar to explore artisan workshops such as coppersmiths, spice shops and other tradesmen making furniture with inlaid mother of pearl. Rest of the day at leisure. Accomodation in Gaziantep.

Day 07 – Full Day Heart of Civilisation Tour  (Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights: Rumkale – Gobeklitepe – Sanliurfa
After breakfast we will drive towards the Euphrates river to take a traditional boat to Rumkale. Rumkale is rumored to be a place where John the Apostle dwelled during the Roman Empire and reproduced the Bible in a room excavated inside a rock. As you cruise you will come to an ancient castle city of now surrounded by water that the dam stopped travelling elsewhere. After the boat ride you will drive to Harran and see the beehive shaped sun dried mud brick houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spent the last years of his life. En route we will stop for harvesting some Pistachio. After lunch we will drive to visit Gobeklitepe. It is currently the oldest known archaeological site with evidence of significant and prolonged construction activity by humans. Evidence suggests that it was some sort of religious/gathering place for people. The site was built about 12,000 years ago, was active for over 3,000 years and then methodically covered up in the 8th millennia BC. Gobeklitepe is a series of mainly circular and oval shaped structures set on the top of a hill and has been interpreted as the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered. After visiting Gobeklitepe, we drive to the city centre of Sanlıurfa. Home to the world’s earliest civilizations, Sanliurfa’s cuisine also featuring fantastic origin tales. Cig kofte (raw meatballs, according to legend was invented by Abraham himself from what he had available in the cave where he hid from Nemrut. The dish is also said by some to have been created for Hittite royalty. Sanliurfa is also known throughout Turkey for its spice, and in particular Urfa biber or Isot pepper, a dried dark red pepper with a smoky, raisin-like taste. In addition to being used in Sanliurfa’s diverse range of kebabs and lahmacun, the pepper features in sac kavurma, a dish that consists of ground lamb and vegetables fried on a thin iron skillet. Dinner at a popular Urfa Restaurant. Accomodation in Urfa.

Day 08 – Full Day Sanliurfa Tour / Departure Day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

* Visited Sights: Sanliurfa Archaeological Museum – Abraham’s Cave – Pools of Holy Carp – Oriental covered bazaar & Gümrükhan
After breakfast you will visit the New Şanlıurfa Archaeological Museum also housing the oldest temple of the world,Gobeklitepe excavation findings. Then continue to Abraham’s Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it. You will then walk around the oriental covered bazaar and Gümrükhan. We will then drive to the airport to take flight to Istanbul. Hope your trip will be a memorable one!

Inclusions:

  •  Total 7 Nights  Hotel Accommodations
  • All tours mentioned above (including entrance fees, taxes & professional guiding) – SIC
  • All transfers required to complete the program (in good model luxury vehicles) – PRIVATE
  • Accommodation in prestigious luxury boutique hotels
  • Turkish cooking class in a Turkish Home in Istanbul
  • Licenced professional tour guide in English language
  • Entrance fees to all museums ,parks, and historic sights as included in the itinerary .
  • Sumptuous meals at the best restaurants throughout the itinerary.
  • All breakfast & lunches & dinners that are mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Domestic flights ISTANBUL- GAZIANTEP- URFA – ISTANBUL ( Economy class)
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation by airconditioned vehicle
  • %18 Vat taxes.

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Visa fee on arrival to Turkey
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Non mandatory but customary tips
  • Optional balooning in Cappadocia
  • Alcoholic drinks where not included in menu

Important Notes :

  • Minimum group size is 4 Pers.
  • Group size limited with 12 Participants
  • This tour can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements .
  • We are running this trip privately also for individuals this year.
  • Pre or post trip extensions can be arranged on tailor made, upon request.
  • If you have 2 or more children, please contact us.
  • Please note that higher prices may apply during peak periods. (Eid period, Easter and New years etc.)
PACKAGE PRICE WITH 4* HOTELS
1 person  Euro person rate / For Single Room
2 person  Euro per person rate / For 1 Double Room
3 person  Euro per person rate / For 1 Triple Room
4 person  Euro per person rate / For 2 Double Rooms
5 person  Euro per person rate / For 1 Double Room and 1 Triple Room
PACKAGE PRICE WITH 5* HOTELS
1 person  Euro person rate / For Single Room
2 person  Euro per person rate / For 1 Double Room
3 person  Euro per person rate / For 1 Triple Room
4 person  Euro per person rate / For 2 Double Rooms
5 person  Euro per person rate / For 1 Double Room and 1 Triple Room

Schedule

Guaranteed Departured Seat-In-Coach  Tour

*This tour can be operated as private tour on request.


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