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If you would like to see something different in your life and if you like 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. The best cooking tour and wine tasting in Turkey, including Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Capppadocia. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. Turkey welcomes all on this amazing experience.
During your time in Turkey, you will be staying in different accommodations in each destination depending on your chosen tour package. If you prefer a different category hotel, it can be arranged for an additional cost.
Welcome to Turkey and arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) and check in to your hotel where 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 TravelShopTurkey's friendly crew and other travelers, while enjoying traditional Turkish food and enjoying the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. You will then overnight in Istanbul. A welcome dinner is included for this day.
After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you will participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson. During the Istanbul cooking tour, you will taste various flavors of Turkey from different regions and will be preparing lunch, which you will enjoy. After lunch, you will visit the 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, and the Holy Mantle, which is the enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
You will also visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque. Across from St. Sophia and built in the 16th century by the architect, Mehmet, this mosque is known as the blue mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
You will also visit the ancient Hippodrome. This 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 overnight in Istanbul. Breakfast is included for this day.
After breakfast, depart for Bosphorus cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus boat cruise and spice market tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat, including the spice bazaar (Egyptian bazaar). Bosphorus by boat is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. You then have a lunch break at the Turkish restaurant.
After lunch, you will then depart for Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) for domestic flight to Izmir. You will be transferred from Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) and check-in to your hotel in Kusadasi. At night, you will enjoy dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
At 08:30, you will depart from the hotel. Today, you will enjoy a guided tour of Ephesus, which is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes Street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, grand theatre, and you will have a lunch break at a small Turkish restaurant.
After lunch, you will visit the Sirince Village, which also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey, especially fruit wines. You will visit the vineyards and will have time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening, you will be tested on your knowledge of making fruit wine.
On the way to hotel, you will visit a carpet weaving center, which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey. You will then spend a night in Kusadasi. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
At 08:30, you will depart for Pamukkale. You will check-in at the hotel around 12:00 and will have a lunch break until 13:30. Afterwards, you shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (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. At night, you will overnight in Pamukkale. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, you will depart for Denizli Çardak Airport (DNZ) for the domestic flight to Cappadocia. You will then be transferred from Kayseri Erkilet International Airport (ASR) to the Cave Hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. At night, you will overnight in the Cave Hotel in Cappadocia. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
After having breakfast, participants will take part in the another cooking lesson in Cappadocia. You will have the opportunity to taste great food of central Turkey, including pancakes and tasting kebab. In the afternoon, you will visit Goreme Open Air Museum in the heart of Cappadocia. The Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. You will also visit a pottery work shop to see how to make potteries. Then, you go Pasabag where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. You will then overnight in Cappadocia. Breakfast and dinner are included for this day.
After breakfast, you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today, you will depart for Kayseri Erkilet International Airport (ASR) for the domestic flight to Istanbul and then you will head back home. Breakfast is included for this day.
For this tour, you will travel from Istanbul to Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, and back to Istanbul before you head back home.
For this holiday, you will enjoy a welcome dinner upon arrival, seven open buffet breakfast to start your day, three local lunches during your tour, and five local dinners at the hotel. You will also enjoy two hands-on Turkish cooking lessons and wine tasting of the famous fruit wines found in Turkey.
If you would like additional meals, you can request to do so. For dinner, it will cost you an additional 16 EUR and for lunch, an additional 12 EUR for a person. 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.
There are optional tours for you to join during your time in Turkey, with transfers included. If interested, please send TravelShopTurkey an inquiry.
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 TravelShopTurkey an inquiry.
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