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Join the gourmet experience in Turkey that combines lifes great pleasures - food and travel. Design your own weekly experience in Istanbul and Cappadocia. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable day of shopping in the local food markets like a true Turkish, and cooking a feast with village women in a local home. Discover the best food in the country with your personalized food itinerary. After a day of tasting, youll visit magical Cappadocia, sleep in a luxury boutique hotel and be seduced by the most romantic land in the world.
TSC Travel offers hotels situated at excellent locations and close to all amenities. Room types range from double rooms to junior suites, depending on the package of choice.
Its lunar landscapes may be familiar from photographs, TV and Turkey travel guides, but nothing can truly prepare visitors for their first trip to Cappadocia. Deep in the heart of Anatolia, this amazing area offers surreal scenery, adventure activities, and an in-depth look into the history of Christianity. The landscape is dotted with rocks nicknamed Fairy Chimneys. Created because of wind and water erosion, they are mainly found in valleys between the towns of Nevsehir and Urgup. Some of them have been inhabited for many years, with rooms, windows, and staircases laboriously curved inside creating 5-store structures. Known as cave homes and hotels, they are one of the main attractions of the region. Cappadocias geological quirks, plus the wealth of caves and hideaways, have made it a place of refuge since the biblical times, when it was popular with Christians fleeing persecution. Their legacy includes the underground cities at Derinkuyu and Kaymakl as well as the painted cave churches found in the Goreme and Zelve valleys. Where to stay in Cappadocia? There are four main areas to stay in Cappadocia: Urgup, Uchisar, Goreme or Avanos town. Cappadocia has all sorts of hotels, from simple modern pensions to deluxe five-stars, but the real character of the region shows in its cave hotels, those in which you can actually sleep in a cave room.
Istanbul is unquestionably one of the worlds great metropolises, the city formerly known as a Byzantium and Constantinople has served as a capital of great civilizations including the Roman and Ottoman Empire. Ankara usurped it as the seat of government when the Republic of Turkey was formed in 1923, but it is Istanbul that remains Turkeys biggest draw by far. The city straddles Europe and Asia on both sides of the Bosphorus and is an endlessly compelling blend of East and West. Historic sites such as the Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) and the Topkap Palace are vivid reminders of the city's long run of glory, while teeming bazaars and ancient hamams (Turkish baths) also offer a window into the past. Its history is not the only lure. The international media have been talking up Istanbul for many years. There are numerous innovative boutiques, bars, galleries, clubs, and restaurants as there are Ottoman mosques. In the city of so many beguiling sights, it can be difficult to know where to start. Most tourists head straight to old city of Sultanahmet , where reminders of Constantinople are found. Other options for daytime exploration include a cruise of the Bosphorus or a trip to the Princes Island archipelago; a car-free heaven away from the heavy buzz of the city. After dark, Istanbul's restaurants and selection of eating options is heroic, while the bars, cafes, and clubs of areas such as Beyoglu offer further evidence of Istanbul's irresistible life force.
Turkeys most famous creation is undoubtedly the kebab, but the country has many more creative dishes influenced throughout history by Greek, Ottoman, Persian, Armenian and other cultures. There is an emphasis on freshness and frozen ready meals are not popular. Mezes (appetizers) are widely served, and the main meals offer a variety of meat and vegetarian options. Seafood is particularly popular in the coastal resorts and desserts are often sold in cake and pastry shops.
On day 6, you can enjoy an optional hot air balloon tour for a birds eye view of Cappadocia.
No visit to Turkey is complete without the experience of bathing in an authentic Turkish bath called hamam. Beautiful marble sinks, brass fixtures and a gravity-defying dome deliver the right ambiance and exotic atmosphere. A belly stone is a large, circular, heated platform in the center of the bath where you can lounge and relax. This is where the massage will take place. Some massages are hard and long, while others are short and gentle. Some masseurs are gentle on foreigners because they know we are soft. As a rule, no self-respecting Turkish woman would let a man scrub her. So if a woman found herself in a situation where a man was going to do the scrubbing, she would be well within her rights to ask for a woman. (Sorry men, your washer will always be a man!)
The most convenient airport to arrive is Istanbul Ataturk airport (IST). TSC Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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