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7 Days Turkish Culture and Culinary Holiday in Turkey

  • Ramada Golden Horn Hotel, Istanbul - Grand Anzac Boutique Hotel, Canakkale - Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi - Colossae Hotel, Pamukkale

Culinary Tours Turkey

If you are looking for a great way to travel Turkey, this is the best option for you! Enjoy a first class service and discover the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, and Pamukkale. During this holiday, you will be able to taste delicious dishes and local wines while immersing into the culture of this beautiful country.

Highlights

  • Visit a famous leather production center
  • Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
  • Tour local vineyards and learn how to make fruit wine
  • Visit the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy
  • Visits to historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Delicious meals served daily
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 5 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

The five-stars Charisma Hotel has 116 standard rooms, six connected rooms, seven family rooms, two suites, one king suite, and one suite deluxe. The 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 views 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, such as 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 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, 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 aquatic park nearby.

Grand Anzac Boutique Hotel, Canakkale

The three-starts Grand Anzac Hotel combines neo-classic architectural design and with high technology to offer superior comfort at the heart of Canakkale. The hotel has 37 rooms, including 20 non-smoking rooms, with historical site and city views available. They also offer local tours and national travel arrangements.

The hotel features a business center, free wireless internet access, library, television room, restaurant, bar, relaxing garden, and laundry services. Grand Anzac offers many facilities, including chess, dart, split air conditioning, central heating, elevator, and safe box at reception.

There is also a multi-functional room with a maximum capacity of 120 persons. It features air conditioning, LCD television, free wireless internet connection, projector, white board, sound system, and microphone.

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: Saturday - Arrival in Istanbul

Today, you will be met at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. After receiving the key to your room, you will be free to explore Istanbul. You will spend the night in Istanbul. Today, dinner is included.

Day 2: Sunday - Istanbul City tour

Today, you will be picked up at 08:30 from the hotel for a day tour of the old Istanbul City. You will visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, which houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. You will also find 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, located across 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. You will spend the night in Istanbul. Today, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3: Monday - Gallipoli tour

At 07:30, you will depart for Gallipoli to visit the battlefields. Two hours later, you will be given 20 minutes to relax in a restaurant area. You will arrive at Gallipoli around 12:00 and have a lunch break, relax a little, and then depart for the battlefields.

You will visit Gabatepe Museum, the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery, and Anzac Cove, where the war started. You will then depart to Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley, and Plugges Plateau. After a long day, you will return to the hotel in Canakkale. Today, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4: Tuesday - Troy tour, Pergamon, and Kusadasi

You will depart at 08:30 and drive 30 minutes to Troy. Here, you will visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After the tour of Troy, take a three-hour drive to Pergamon. There will be a lunch break around 13:00

After having lunch, you will go on a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political center back in the day.

Pergamon is a famous city for its jewelry, stones, and silver. On the way, you will visit a jewelry center for 30 minutes. You will arrive back in Kusadasi at around 18:00. You will spend the night in Kusadasi. Today, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 5: Wednesday - Kusadasi, Ephesus tour, and visit to Sirince

Your day will begin at 08:30, when you will depart 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. There will be a lunch break at 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, your knowledge of making fruit wine will be tested.

Today, you will also visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region and have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and bullying that is well-known in the Turkish markets, enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience while you learn. After the tours, you will go back to Kusadasi, where you will spend the night. Today, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6: Thursday - Kusadasi, Pamukkale tour

At 08:30, you will depart for Pamukkale. You will check into the hotel around 12:00 and have a lunch break until 13:30. Afterwards, you will visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis. Then, you will 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. Today, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7: Friday - Pamukkale, Denizli to Istanbul, and departure

Today, you will be transferred to Denizli Çardak Airport (DNZ) for the domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.

  • Discover some of Istambul's historical and picturesque sites
  • Explore Gallipoli's battlefields
  • Guided tour of Ephesus
  • Guided tour of Gallipoli
  • Guided tour of Istanbul
  • Guided tour of the acropolis of Pergamon
  • Guided tour of Troy
  • Tour of a famous leather production center
  • Visit a carpet weaving center
  • Visit a jewelry center
  • Visit Sirince Village and vineyards with wine tasting
  • Visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the ruins of Hierapolis
  • Visit to the spice bazaar

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 3,000 BC, roughly at the same time as Smyrna. Evidence of Ion, Roman, Byzantine, Seljukian, and Ottoman civilizations are still seen today. The ancient city was a good center for trading, mainly because of its location close to coast and religion.

Gallipoli

The city of Gallipoli, from the Greek "beautiful city" is a pearl within the blue waters of the Ionic. With its wonderful beaches, the beautiful historical monuments that surround it, the perfumes of the healthy and delicious traditional cooking, and the alleys of its village, it was an ancient town of fishermen and sailors, a fortress against the Turks, and a place of oriental charm.

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, and 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.

Pergamon

Pergamon, once a great center of culture, survives as one of Turkey's finest archaeological sites. Located 100 kilometers north of Izmir, the city experienced its golden age until the end of the third century AD, during Hellenistic and Roman times. In the acropolis, above the modern town, are the remains of the library, a steep and impressive theater, the temples of Trajan and Dionysos, the monumental Altar of Zeus, the sanctuary of Demeter, a gymnasium, and the agora.

Troy

The ancient city of Troy is one of the most important historical cities of Anatolia. Archaeological excavations have revealed nine separate periods of settlement at this site, including ruins of city walls, house foundations, a temple, and a theater. The earliest settlement dates from 5,000 years ago and the last coincided with the late Roman period. Famous Trojan wars, depicted in Homer's epic Iliad, took place here and a symbolic wooden horse at this site commemorates this legendary war.

During this holiday, three daily meals are included. Each region of Turkey has its own distinct taste and you will get to try local dishes that will allow you to see for yourself why this cuisine has gained a world wide reputation.

At the Grand Anzac Hotel, you will find Troy Café and Garden Café, where you can enjoy the local wines, beers, hot drinks, and grills. There, they serve open buffet breakfasts, which include homemade cake and pastries, fresh vegetables, fruit, yogurt, and vegemite.

Charisma Hotel has one restaurant, where 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 of 1,200 persons and an outdoor capacity of 500 persons. The hotel features a breakfast hall, snack bar, lobby bar, pool bar, American bar, restaurant bar, disco bar, and vitamin bar. Turkish and international cuisine are served.

Special dietary requirements can be catered for. This includes vegetarian, diabetic, children menus, and dairy-free options. For meal requests, please send an inquiry to TravelShopTurkey at least two weeks before your tour start date.

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 - 180 EUR per person

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. This activity has a cost of 180 EUR per person. Video can be taken for 50 EUR extra.

Paragliding in Pamukkale

Paragliding allows you to soar from ridges, rise on warm currents of air, and cover great distances. Tandem jumps put you in the hot seat and leaves the technicalities of flying in the hands of an expert pilot, so you get to enjoy the thrills and the most amazing scenery in the country. This activity has a cost of 75 EUR per person.

Charisma Hotel and Colossae Hotel offer a 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. Treatments can be booked at an additional cost.

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.

  • 5 local lunches during tours
  • 6 local dinners at hotels
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 open buffet breakfasts
  • Airport transfer from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Denizili to Istanbul
  • Guided tour of Ephesus
  • Guided tour of Gallipoli
  • Guided tour of Istanbul
  • Guided tour of Pamukkale
  • Guided tour of Sirince village and wine tasting
  • Guided tour of the acropolis of Pergamon
  • Guided tour of Troy
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Return airport transfer
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Additional activities
  • 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.