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TravelShopTurkey welcomes all to beautiful Turkey. If you have always wanted to see something different in your life or if you like gourmet tour and want to learn how to cook, they are offering you a very special itinerary to learn very good and delicious 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, all in this holiday.
During this holiday, you can choose to stay in four or five-star hotels. The hotels have been carefully selected to guarantee that every aspect has been taken into account for your enjoyment.
Today you will arrive in Istanbul, Turkey. Transfer from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) and check into your hotel. You will be offered a welcome drink and a chat with gourmet experts on Turkish cuisine. Tonight, you will have a welcome dinner and be introduced to TravelShopTurkey's friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. You will then spend the night in Istanbul. Today, a welcome dinner is included.
After a morning orientation and sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you will participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson and prepare lunch, which you will later enjoy. During your Istanbul cooking tour, you will taste various flavors from different regions.
After lunch, you will visit the Topkapi Palace, this was the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, as well as robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle, which is enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
You will also visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque. Located across from St. Sophia and 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.
You will also make a visit the Hippodrome. The ancient Hippodrome is the scene of chariot races with the three monuments, which are the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. You will then spend the night in Istanbul. Today, breakfast is included.
After breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel and have a safe trip back home. Today, breakfast is included.
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 neat covered bazaars, a new development for the city is the large, modern, and luxurious shopping malls that include outlets for well-known international brands.
For this holiday, you will indulge in traditional Turkish food. You will have to not only taste them, but to cook these delicious delicacies. In each regions of Turkey, there are a wide range of distinct flavors. With that, you will have the opportunity to taste the various flavors from different regions.
Special dietary requirements of passengers are catered for in the menu, including vegetarian, diabetic, children menus, and dairy-free. For meal requests, please contact TravelShopTurkey for at least two weeks before your tour start date.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST). Transfer from and to the airport is included. TravelShopTurkey will pick you up from the airport.
Alternatively, you can also book your flight to arrive at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW), which is 55 kilometers away from the city center. However, transfer from and to this airport is not included in the price, but it is available upon request. Please send an inquiry to TravelShopTurkey for transfer rates.