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6 Days Dream Culture and Culinary Vacations in Turkey

  • Ramada Golden Horn Hotel, Istanbul - Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi - Colossae Hotel, Pamukkale

Culinary Tours Turkey

If you want to take a break from your daily life while creating memories for years to come, this tour is just what you need. During this trip, you will visit some of the most important Turkish cities and archaeological sites, including Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and more. In addition, you will get to taste the delicious Turkish fruit wine and learn how to make it. This will certainly be an unforgettable holiday!

Highlights

  • Sirince tour with a wine tasting
  • Discover the Bosphorus on a boat
  • Visit a famous Turkish leather production center
  • Explore Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hierapolis
  • Airport transfers included in the price
  • Daily delicious full board meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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These are the suggested hotels for this trip. All hotels are four or five stars. In case one of them is not available at the time of booking, a similar hotel will be arranged for the group. A different category hotel can also be arranged, but there might be an additional cost.

Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi

Charisma Hotel has 116 standard rooms, six connected rooms, seven family rooms, two suites, one king suite, and one suite deluxe. Rooms offer direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, Jacuzzi, fire alarm, mini-bar, wake up service, safety box, balcony, 24-hour room service, LCD television, satellite television, wireless internet, and split air conditioning. Rooms with sea view are available.

The hotel features two meeting rooms with a total capacity of 350 persons. Meeting rooms include wireless network, wireless microphone, table microphone, illumination system, DVD player, stage, lectern, projection screen, Barco vision, flip chart, writing board, fax, air conditioning, and laser pointer.

Services such as medical room, babysitting, wake-up service, secretarial services for businessmen, internet, market, dry cleaning, laundry service, power generator, and parking lot are available. An outdoor swimming pool with a children section, an indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, healing center, beauty salon, and mini club can also be found.

The hotel offers many activities to choose from. To begin with, you can play table tennis and billiards. Water sports can also be practiced, including windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing, parasailing, pedal boating, jet skiing, and banana riding. If you want to learn how to dive, there is a school nearby.

Colossae Hotel, Pamukkale

Colossae Hotel offers 207 are standard rooms, three rooms for disabled guests, three king suites, and 18 suites. All rooms have direct-dial telephone, bathroom, hair dryer, mini-bar, wake-up service, balcony, 24-hour room service, satellite television, internet connection, wireless internet, central air conditioning, split air conditioning, fan, fire detector, electronic safe, and makeup mirror. King suites also have refrigerators.

The hotel has six meeting rooms with a total capacity of 950 persons. These rooms have wireless network, corporate internet connection, sound system, collar microphone, wireless microphone, table microphone, voice recording system, illumination system, DVD player, VCD player, VCR, stage, lectern, music broadcast, slide projector, projection screen, Barco vision, overhead projector, flip chart, television, fax, and air conditioning.

Facilities and services include medical room, services for disabled people, wake-up service, secretarial services for businessmen, internet, market, laundry, power generator, parking lot, and parking garage. It is also possible to get a room with a garden or a mountain view.

At the hotel, you will find a thermal pool, pool for children, Turkish bath, sauna, massage, fitness center, healing center, coiffeur, aqua therapy, solarium, garden, playground, mini club, night club, disco, and beauty center. Here, you can practice trekking, jogging, tennis, table tennis, squash, billiards, volleyball, basketball, mini football, professional football, and soft animation. There is also an aquapark nearby.

Ramada Golden Horn Hotel, Istanbul

Ramada Hotel and Suites Istanbul Golden Horn is located in Beyoglu, near Golden Horn, in the center of Istanbul. The hotel is close to Halic Congress Center, Miniaturk, Musiad headquarters, Istanbul Trade University, Halic University, Koc Museum, Vialand Theme Park, and Bilgi University. It is 10 minutes away from many places of interest, such as Historic Feshane, Taksim, Besiktas, and Levent.

All of the rooms are decorated with the latest technology and comfort to simplify your journey. Equipped with a shower, private bathrooms include a hairdryer, bathrobes, and bathroom amenities. The hotel also has meeting halls, a ball hall, a spa center, a vitamin bar, laundry and dry cleaning service, doctor on call, babysitting service, and transfer and car services on request.

Day 1 - Sunday - Arrival and Istanbul

You will be picked up at the airport to be transferred to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Dinner is included for this day. You will spend the night in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Monday - Istanbul City tour

Today, you will be picked up at 08:30 at the hotel for a day tour of Old Istanbul City. You will visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th century, which houses 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 relics of the Prophet Mohammed.

You will also visit Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from Saint 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. The Ancient Hippodrome is also part of your tour. Here, you will enjoy the scene of chariot races, the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

Lunch break will be at 13:00. Later, Murtis Tour will take you to the spice bazaar or Egyptian bazaar, where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme, and every other conceivable herb and spice. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul, where you will spend the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 3 - Tuesday - Bosphorus Cruise, Istanbul to Izmir, and Kusadasi

After breakfast, you will depart for the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Your Bosphorus Cruise and spice market tour will begin at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat, including the Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Bazaar. This is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.

Later, you will have lunch at a Turkish restaurant. After lunch, you will depart for Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) for a domestic flight to Izmir. You will spend the night in Kusadasi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 4 - Wednesday - Kusadasi, Ephesus tour, and Turkish village Sirince

Your day will begin at 08:30 with your departure for a guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved ancient sites in the world. On your way, you will visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes Street, the famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, the Grand Theater, and the House of the Virgin Mary.

Lunch break will be around 13:00. After lunch, you will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey: a carpet weaving center. You will also do a Turkish village tour. Sirince's construction style belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white walls.

Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey, especially fruit wines. You will visit the vineyards and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish winemakers. In the evening, you will be tested on your knowledge of making fruit wine.

Today, you will also visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and bullying of the markets, enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience. After the tours, you will go back to Kusadasi, where you will spend the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 5 - Thursday - Kusadasi and Pamukkale tour

At 08:30, you will depart for Pamukkale. The check-in at the hotel will be around 12:00 and you will have lunch at 13:30. Afterward, you shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale, known as the cotton castle, and the ruins of Hierapolis.

You will then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. You will spend the night in Pamukkale. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for this day.

Day 6 - Friday - Denizli to Istanbul and end of tour

Today, you will depart for Denizli Çardak Airport (DNZ). Hopefully, your tour was a memorable one and you will want to come back to Turkey in the future. Only breakfast is included for this day.

  • Guided Bosphorus cruise
  • Guided tour of Ephesus
  • Guided tour of Hierapolis
  • Guided tour of Istanbul
  • Guided tour of Pamukkale
  • Guided tour of Sirince Village with a wine tasting

The lands of Turkey are located at the point where Asia, Africa, and Europe are closest to each other and straddle the point where Europe and Asia meet. Geographically, it is located in the northern hemisphere at a point that is about halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.

Because of its geographical location, the mainland of Anatolia has always found favor throughout history and is the birthplace of many great civilizations. It has also been prominent as a center of commerce because of its land connections to three continents and the sea surrounding it on three sides.

Turkey is generally divided into seven regions: the Black Sea, the Marmara, the Aegean, the Mediterranean, Central Anatolia, East Anatolia, and Southeast Anatolia. It is surrounded by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Aegean Sea. In the northwest, there is also an important internal sea, the Sea of Marmara. Between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, there are important waterways that connect the Black Sea with the rest of the world.

Ephesus

According to ancient inscriptions, Ephesus is thought to have been inhabited since around BC 3,000, roughly at the same time as Smyrna. Evidence of Ion, Roman, Byzantine, Seljukian, and Ottoman civilizations can still be seen today. The ancient city was a good center for trading, mainly because of its location close to coast and religion.

Istanbul

Istanbul is known as the pearl of the East and the jewel of the West. 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. Every street corner has a story, every building has a past. Istanbul is an amalgamation of east and west and the division between the two. It is the starting point for tourism in Turkey and the crossing point from Europe to Asia.

Kusadasi

Kusadasi is reputed as one of the most attractive cities of the Aegean, as it is close to important historical sites, including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos, the main centers of ancient times. Apart from the great historical beauties around Kusadasi, the city also preserves excellent examples of Ottoman and Turkish mosques, such as the Fortress Mosque, the Hanim Mosque, Haji Ibrahim Mosque, the Turkmen Mosque, and the Camiatik Mosque.

Pamukkale

The terraces of Pamukkale are composed of layers of accumulated limestone sediment. For thousands of years, an underground spring on the hills above has been pouring out streams of hot, mineral-saturated water. As it flows down the mountainside, its rich mineral content coats them in a smooth layer of white calcareous rock. Since these white slopes resemble castles when observed from the plain, the area is called Pamukkale, which means cotton castle in Turkish.

All the meals specified in the itinerary are included for this holiday. During this special culinary and culture trip, you will get to try Turkish food and see for yourself why this cuisine has gained a world-renowned reputation. Your breakfasts will be open buffets. You will also enjoy a wine tasting in Sirince, where you will also learn how to make Turkish fruit wine.

Charisma Hotel has one restaurant with an indoor capacity of 200 persons and an outdoor capacity of 250 persons. Here, you will find a patisserie, snack bar, a la carte restaurant, lobby bar, pool bar, beach bar, and restaurant bar. Turkish, international, and seafood cuisine are served.

Colossae Hotel has five restaurants with an indoor capacity for 1,200 persons and an outdoor capacity for 500 persons. The hotel features a breakfast hall, snack bar, lobby bar, pool bar, American bar, restaurant bar, disco bar, vitamin bar. Both Turkish and international cuisine are served.

1001 Nights dinner show

Drive through illuminated Istanbul and tour the Bosphorus coastline. During this experience, dinner will be served at a first class restaurant with a bottle of wine or a soft drink. You will watch a spectacular floorshow, famous belly dancers, and typical Anatolian Folklore groups featuring popular musical instruments and a Turkish singer.

Being in an Oriental atmosphere, enjoy the Kanun, a typical musical instrument and discover the delights of a typical Fasil orchestra. Then, experience the flavor of words and customs of Turkish folklore and belly dancing. Have Turkish coffee in a Turkish home furnished with lacework all around and, as a finale, enjoy a nostalgic journey into the very heart of entertainment. This dinner show costs 35 EUR per person.

Bosphorus dinner cruise

Join a luxurious night out in Istanbul. Enjoy delicious gourmet foods while you dance with the panoramic view of the Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia. As you dine, you will see historical places like Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumeli Forthress, Fatih Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace Maiden's Tower, and Istanbul's famous night clubs.

No other Istanbul experience can match this unique romantic ambiance. A combination of fresh food with unparalleled views of Istanbul and live entertainment will create an unforgettable experience. After dinner, you can enjoy the entertaining music provided by a professional DJ and the traditional show, or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the view. The Bosphorus dinner cruise costs 40 EUR per person.

Ephesus skydiving

Tandem skydiving is an incredibly easy, safe, and enjoyable way to experience the excitement of skydiving without having to learn it. Jump above the ancient city of Ephesus and enjoy 35 to 40 seconds of free fall from a 3000-meter or 10,000-feet altitude, accompanied by a professional skydiving instructor. This experience is available all year around and beach landings are available upon request. Skydiving costs 180 EUR per person. Video can be taken for 50 EUR extra.

Paragliding in Pamukkale

The cost of this activity is 75 EUR per person.

Charisma Hotel and Colossae Hotel offer Turkish bath, sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, healing center, and beauty salon. In addition, Colossae Hotel also features a coiffeur, aqua therapy, and beauty center. The use of these facilities and treatments is not included in the price of this holiday.

Turkish bath in Kusadasi

The Turkish bath is a place where physical and spiritual cleaning takes place and is hundreds of years old. In 1741 Istanbul built its first public bath house in Sultan Mehmet. Natural lighting and izonic colored tiles create a relaxing atmosphere.

When entering the Turkish bath, you will leave all the hastiness of daily life outside, exchange your clothes for a waist cloth, and adorn the traditional clogs. Inside, temperatures go up to 50 degrees Celsius under the central dome of the building.

The heat and humidity open the pores of your body and extracts the fat and oils from the body. This is a preparation for a scrub and a massage. After a gentle soap massage, you will leave the bath and pass to resting room. Here, tea will be offered to you. You will leave the Turkish bath renewed, beautiful, and refreshed. The cost of a Turkish bath is 25 EUR per person.

  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 open buffet breakfasts
  • Airport transfers
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Denizli to Istanbul
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Guided Bosphorus cruise
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • Guided Hierapolis tour
  • Guided Istanbul City tour
  • Guided Pamukkale tour
  • Guided Sirince Village tour and wine tasting
  • Professional English speaking tour guides
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Additional activities
  • Additional excursions
  • Additional meals
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • All types of insurance
  • Cold drinks
  • International airfare
  • Laundry
  • Other expenses not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Turkey entry visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). Transfer from and to Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) is included. TravelShopTurkey will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) is available upon request.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.