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8 Days Culture & Culinary Tours in Turkey

  • Sirkeci Mansion, Taya Hatun Sokak No: 5, 34120 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey

8 Days Culture & Culinary Tours in Turkey

  • Sirkeci Mansion, Taya Hatun Sokak No: 5, 34120 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey

Culinary Vacations in Istanbul

Get yourself completely engrossed in the Turkish culture through our series of typical Turkish daily life experiences with our complimentary culinary experiences in Istanbul. Sirkeci Mansion stands for the idea of hosting rather than tourism. Guests satisfaction is our deal, so expect yourself to be our top priority during your stay with us. Our responsibility goes beyond the role as an accommodation provider; we will go the extra mile to make you feel as a part of the city.

Highlights

  • Turkish cooking experience
  • A visit to Fatih Farmers Market
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation
  • History tour around Istanbul
  • Daily tea time with snacks
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Double room standard

Standard double room has 1 queen size bed and are approx. 20 square meters. Standard rooms have hair dryer, air condition, central heating, mini bar, LCD screen TV, bathrobe, towel, safe, wireless internet, pillow menu coffee and tea maker and a bottle of water.

Twin room

Standard twin room has 2 separate beds and is approximately 20 square meters. All standard rooms have hair dryer, air condition, central heating, mini bar, LCD screen TV, bathrobe, towel, safe, wireless internet, pillow menu, coffee and tea maker and a bottle of water.

Single room

Standard single room has standard double bed and it is approximately 18 square meters. All single rooms have hair dryer, air condition, central heating, mini bar, LCD screen TV, bathrobe, towel, safe, wireless internet, pillow menu, coffee and tea maker and a bottle of water.

Superior room

Superior rooms have queen-size bed and Jacuzzi the room size is approximately 25-30 square meters. All superior rooms have flat-screen TV with satellite channels, hair dryer, air condition, central heating, mini bar, bathrobe, towel, safe, wireless internet, pillow menu, coffee and tea maker and a bottle of water.

Turkish Cuisine Cooking Experience

Every Monday at 17:00. You will join a Turkish cooking experience with the Chef from our restaurant on Monday at 17:00. No special skills required. Enthusiasm is a key ingredient for a delicious meal and a good time. You will learn how to cook an appetizer, and a main course in our kitchen. Takes about 45 minutes, then enjoy the meal you have created.

A Taste of Life Style in Golden Horn (Walking Tour)

Every Wednesday at 10:30. Take yourself out of the tourism routine and live the real life of Istanbul. We will start our tour on Wednesday at 10:30 from the Mosque of Mehmed the 2nd, the conqueror of Constantinople. Then, we will shop in the busy and colorful Fatih Farmers Market. At the end of the tour we will visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to feel the Greek Identity of Istanbul then enjoy a cruise back to the Hotel.

A Walk Through the Trade Life of 800 Years

Every Saturday at 10:30. Istanbul can be described as one of the most colorful cities in the world, in terms of the lifestyle hidden inside. As the last stop of the Silk Road before entering Europe, trade facilities and shopping have always been parts of this colorful life. With this Saturday tour starting from 10:30, you will see the hans which are old production and shopping centers of the Ottoman Era. You can visit the whole seller areas, production facilities of traditional handcrafts, and flow with the local life style.

Sirkeci Konak

Sirkeci Mansion is one of the properties of Sirkeci Group Hotels and our history goes back almost a half century. The owner, the Boyaci family, has a history of operating business in the Sirkeci district of Istanbul for 3 generations. The four-star hotel is located at the heart of the old town, in Sirkeci neighborhood which was home to Roman & Ottoman Empires, and still maintains its important role as steward of cultural traditions to this day.

Sirkeci Mansions operational policy is based on a theology not of tourism, but of hosting. This hosting project aims for our guests; not only to spend nights in Istanbul but also be a part of the city. With its spacious 52 rooms, personalized guest services, spa, Neyzade Restaurant, you can get the most from your experience in Istanbul, without having to worry about a thing.

Activities
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Baby sitting
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Library
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wake-up calls

Optional tours

City tour

A full day tour with lunch, we will visit the must-sees of Istanbul. This tour includes Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Irene Church, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. Prepared to be amazed and amused with colourful anecdotes that accompanies these iconic Istanbul attractions.

Culinary tour in Sirkeci District

Every Monday at 12:00. We will take you on a short culinary tour through our neighborhood and show you what its really all about. Some foods you have heard of, and some you havent. The names may scare you, but these foods are unique, delicious, and most of us eat them every day. Do not miss this experience.

Here is our menu: i Kfte, Kokore (lamb intestines), li Kfte (deep fried, bulgur breaded, meatball), Adana Kebap, Pide (long, thin, boat shaped bread, rolled from a small ball of dough.), various special desserts, which are not as famous as baklava or Turkish Delight, and finally, Turkish Coffee.

Istanbul cruise and Asian side tour

In this full day tour, we will take you to Spice Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palce. Get to know how the East and West culture intertwine - that made Istanbul a rather unique capital to be explored and admired. A lunch is included.

Sultans massage

This massage has 2 stages. The first stage takes place in the Turkish bath and includes the peeling of dead skin from the body with a special kind of glove called a kese. Stage 2 utilizes special massage techniques, in association with aromatic oils to reach mental and physical tranquility.

Swedish massage

The Swedish massage concentrates on relaxing all your body muscles, stimulates blood circulation, improves energy flow and generates overall body well-being by applying specially blended oils with rhythmic hand movements for relief of all your aches and pains. Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. Ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and bring relaxation. Therapists use aromatic massage oils to make long, smooth strokes over body. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western Massage including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.

Turkish bath massage and scrub

A traditional with its roots established many centuries ago, the Turkish bath is an important part of the Turkish culture, and provides a truly original experience to indulge body and soul. A traditional full body scrub carried out in this authentic atmosphere, will allow your skin to breathe, and give a feeling of ease invigoration. The therapist will wash and scrub your skin upon a hot marl slab, then proceed to massage your entire body with aromatic soap and hot water.

Turkish bath tradition

You can experience a real Turkish bath right in your hotel. Turkish bath baths have played an important role in Ottoman and Turkish cultural life throughout ages. These baths have been and still are usually public places. However, some historical major Mansions are known to have their own hamams.

Distances

  • Basilica Cistern, 750 meters - 10 minutes
  • Blue Mosque, 800 meters - 10 minutes
  • Grand Bazaar, 1.5 kilometers - 20 minutes
  • Hagia Sophia, 750 meters - 10 minutes
  • Hippodrome, 800 meters - 10 minutes
  • Spice Bazaar. 750 meters - 10 minutes
  • The Archaeological Museum, 800 meters - 10 minutes
  • Topkapi Palace, 750 meters - 10 minutes

Arrival by taxi from Ataturk Airport

Taxis are available by the exit of international arrivals.

Please give the full address of the Hotel to the driver.

Do not try to fix the price and let him activate his taximeter.

Taximeter should start with 2.95 Turkish Liras.

Approximately it should cost between 55 - 60 Turkish Liras (which is around 25 Euros)

If it is hard for the taxi driver to find the hotel please call us from +90 212 528 43 44

Please do not forget to keep small banknotes

Arrival by tram from Ataturk Airport

Before you get on the tram do not forget to buy 2 tokens from the token machines at the airport. Each token will be used for one journey. Token machines work with coins, 5, 10, 20 Turkish Lira paper notes.

You may also buy an Istanbul Card (a kind of smart ticket), load some money and use your credits during your stay for all sorts of public transportation in Istanbul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaKgBu0nwaw

Take the stairs from international arrivals to the beginning of Airport Aksaray Line (M1A),

By using your first token take the tram from the airport to Zeytinburnu Tram Stop,

Get off the tram at the Zeytinburnu Tram Stop (6th Tram Stop),

By walking 50 meters and using your second token pass to Bagclar-Kabata Tram Line (T1) (Becareful tram should be heading to Kabata or Eminn not to Bagcilar),

If the tram is crowded and your luggage is heavy, you may want to wait for the next tram to catch a less crowded one. Depending on the time every 5 to 15 minutes a new tram comes.

Get off the tram at the Glhane Tram Stop,

Keep the old walls on your right hand side and walk into the Taya Hatun Street by following the old walls,

Our hotel is on the left hand side in 50 meters.