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7 Days Taste of Alaturca Wine & Food Tour Turkey

7 Days Taste of Alaturca Wine & Food Tour Turkey

  • Istanbul - Cappadocia

Wine Tasting and Cooking Vacations in Turkey

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.

Highlights

  • A spice market visit
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • Wine and cheese tasting and sommelier class
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • An outdoor market tour
  • 11 meals included
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Day 1 - Istanbul

  • Arrive to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and, after visa and luggage claim, meet your driver with private car, for your transfer to your first class hotel in the heart of Istanbul.
  • A welcome package with tour vouchers, map, and other touristic information will be waiting for you upon arrival.
  • In the evening, attend a delicious welcome dinner in a famous restaurant of the city.
  • Meals: dinner

Day 2 - Istanbul

  • In the morning, visit the Spice Market, where locals still shop for herbs and spices from all over the world.
  • Next, it is time to roll up your sleeves and put on a cooking apron. No food lovers visit to Istanbul is complete without the enriching culinary adventure of a hands-on Turkish cooking class.
  • After the presentation of recipes and their history, prepare your lunch menu and sit down to enjoy the result. After class, return to your hotel or enjoy dinner at one of TSC Travels recommended restaurants.
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 3 - Istanbul

  • Visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia Museum, pride of Byzantine architecture, the Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles; and enjoy shopping in 4000 shops, known as the Grand Bazaar.
  • After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour) and see the treasury, royal gardens, sultans kitchen and sacred relics.
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 4 - Cappadocia

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport with your private car and driver, to take a direct flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia that is about 1 hour.
  • Upon arrival, check in at your authentic cave hotel.
  • Before dinner, meet your local guide and go to Turasan Winery, rated highly by the most influential International wine publications.
  • Taste the wine; learn how it is made and how to distinguish the characteristics of the main grape varieties. Have your dinner in Somine (from the French chemine - fireplace), one of the popular restaurants of Cappadocia.
  • Meals: breakfast.

Day 5 - Cappadocia

  • The day will begin with an outdoor market tour, to shop for fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, cheese, and poultry.
  • You will take the ingredients and drive to a village house in Goreme that also serves as a traditional homemade cooking restaurant.
  • Learn to cook local dishes and enjoy a delicious lunch including wines and cheeses from small quality producers throughout Cappadocia.
  • After some leisure time, see the whirling dervishes ceremony held in an old caravanserai.
  • Enjoy dinner at your hotel, served in a medieval atmosphere with antique candlesticks, silverware, and chevalier tables.
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Cappadocia

  • Book TSC Travels optional hot air balloon tour for a birds eye view of Cappadocia.
  • Otherwise, visit the scenic Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, pottery town of Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum (cave churches), and Uchisar castle.
  • Meals: breakfast and lunch.
  • An outdoor market tour in Cappadocia.
  • A tour of Cappadocia including the scenic Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, pottery town of Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum (cave churches), and Uchisar castle.
  • A tour of Istanbul including Hagia Sophia Museum, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.
  • A visit to the whirling dervishes ceremony held in an old caravanserai in Cappadocia.
  • A visit to Turasan Winery, rated highly by the most influential International wine publications (Cappadocia).

Cappadocia

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

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!)

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All tours as per itinerary, including entrance fees where mentioned
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Cooking classes and meal preparation
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Local taxation and value-added tax
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (11 meals)
  • Transfers in deluxe air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of a qualified local guide
  • Drinks and other personal items
  • Entrance visa (if required)
  • International airfare to the trip starting point
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Optional tours, dinners, and entrance fees to any sights not mentioned in the itinerary

Arrival by airplane

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.