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Turkey Gourmet Culinary Holiday

Welcome to Turkey! If you would like to see something different in your life and if you like gourmet cooking or want to learn how to cook, TravelShopTurkey offers you a very special itinerary to learn very good Turkish cuisines with smiley and friendly Turkish people. You can cook, taste, and eat; with first-class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul!

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class with lunch
  • Enjoy tours to various Istanbul cultural sites
  • There will be professional English-speaking tour guides
  • 2 breakfasts and 1 welcome dinner will be served
  • Chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

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2 days with instruction
Group size: 6-40 participants
Airport transfer included: Istanbul Atatürk Airport
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Accommodation

TravelShopTurkey uses mostly four-star, five-star, or boutique hotels for your convenience and comfort. For example, in Istanbul and other regions, they have four or five-star hotels wherein Cappadocia and such areas, TravelShopTurkey uses classy cave resorts. On guaranteed tours, they declare the accommodation venues but it may differ for private ones within the same category, with good reviews.

Hotel list

  • Silver tour package: Istanbul Pullman Hotel or Ramada Hotel Golden Horn
  • Gold tour package: The Marmara Pera Hotel

If this hotel list is not available at the time of your booking then TravelShopTurkey will arrange similar other hotels for your group. If you prefer a different category hotel, there might be an additional cost. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Program

Day 1: Istanbul tour - Arrival day - Welcome dinner

Welcome to Turkey, arrive in Istanbul. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel. You will be offered a welcome drink and a chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine. Tonight, you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to the friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food, and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Turkish cooking lesson in Istanbul

After a morning orientation, sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you'll participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson. During your Istanbul cooking tour, you will taste various flavors of Turkey from different regions, preparing lunch which you will enjoy!

After lunch, visit 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, and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.

You will also visit Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it 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 - End of tour

After breakfast, check out from the hotel. TravelShopTurkey hopes your cooking tour was a memorable one and they look forward to seeing you in the future on another tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShopTurkey!

Tour guide

All of the tours include professional and knowledgeable tour guides. The 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, you will have multi-lingual professional tour guides available as you may need.

Location

Istanbul is the pearl of the east and the jewel of the west. Istanbul stands on the division between two very different cultures, religions, and social views. Historically and geographically, this great city has the weight of a nation behind it and a country that still claims several of the wonders of the world.

Accepting and fascinating Istanbul is a city not to be taken lightly. Every street corner has a story and every building has a past. Istanbul is an amalgamation, where east meets west and the division between the two. Istanbul is the starting point for tourism in Turkey and the crossing point from Europe to Asia, all bundled together elegantly by its founder, Ataturk. The history of this man and the love from his nation is truly defining.

Istanbul has always been a popular visiting place for travelers and now it is preparing for its rendezvous with the 21st century. Its new ports and marinas facilitate arrival by the sea. For visitors who prefer air travel, the existing modern airport has been enlarged and a second airport is under construction on the Asian side.

By a lucky coincidence, the maintenance and repair projects realized for the 75th year of the Republic of Turkey, in 1998, turned into a blessing for the initiatives to get Istanbul ready for the 21st century. Istanbul is now a city with adequate supplies of energy, no major infrastructure problems, clean air and seas, unproblematic transportation, a sufficient number of five and four-star hotels, and minimized traffic jams.

In addition to the neatly covered bazaars, a new development for the city is the large, modern, and luxurious shopping malls that include outlets for well-known international brands.

Food

Two breakfasts, one welcome dinner, and one lunch is included in the package price. Dinners are usually served in the hotels on a half-board category. Lunches will be served in restaurants on the destination route. Meals are mostly served as a set menu or open buffet style. If you have meal preferences or special diet requirements, please inform TravelShopTurkey beforehand for necessary arrangements during your tour confirmation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Museum

On the tour routes, TravelShopTurkey includes all the “must-see” museums and sight-seeing venues in the itinerary. This service is included within the tour price. Some museums have different operation days and times but you will have similar sites to fill in for them.

Shopping

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

Optional tours

Most of the major sightseeing and museums are included within the tour prices. However, some of the activities and excursions that are not favored by everyone are not included, such as hot-air ballooning, paragliding, dinner cruise, Turkish night dhows, Whirling Dervishes ceremony, and Turkish bath visits, these may be extra upon requests.

The prices for such exclusions are available upon request. TravelShopTurkey recommends that you book before the booking of your tour to make sure of the availability. You may not find space for some of these activities on the last minute or once you have arrived.

Other activities

  • 1001 nights dinner show: 45 EUR per person
  • Dinner cruise on the Bosphorus tour: 45 EUR per person
  • Bosphorus dinner cruise: 45 EUR per person
  • Indian dinner at a restaurant: 15 EUR per person

What's included

  • 1 cooking class with lunch
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Roundtrip Istanbul Airport transfers
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Hotel room taxes (8%)

What's not included

  • International flights
  • City tax
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, etc.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the included section
  • Dinner (16 EUR, Transfer included)
  • Lunch (12 EUR, Transfer included)
  • 1001 nights dinner show Istanbul (55 EUR, Transfer included)
  • Bosphorus dinner cruise Istanbul (60 EUR, Transfer included)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

TravelShopTurkey will provide your airport transfers for arrival and returns. Please, provide the flight details when purchasing the tour for proper arrangements with flight code, destination, date, and arrival timing. The 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.

Coach transfers

The vehicles differ in line with group sizes. For 8 pax, they have Mercedes Vito, over 14 pax, they provide Sprinter, for over 29 pax, they have midibuses, and finally, for up to 45 pax, they have coaches available. Taking into consideration of guests’ luggage, they 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

The vehicles are fully equipped with A/C, refrigeration, clean, comfortable, and brand new or latest models. For long bus rides, you will have regular breaks in rest points on highways for a quick coffee and food, restroom breaks, and such necessities.

Airport: Istanbul Atatürk Airport Airport transfer included: Istanbul Atatürk Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Special discounts

If there are more than five travelers, TravelShopTurkey can provide a special discounted price. Please send an inquiry for requests and more information. They also have special rates for private tours if you are interested in doing your tour on a private basis.

Pricing information
  • Under 2 years of age, your child will travel free of charge by land. Flight ticket insurance cost will be 20 EUR 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 are charged the full priced adult fare
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

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