Day 1 – Istanbul: Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel, offers a welcome drink and a chat with gourmet experts in Turkish cuisine . Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish Food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night.
Day 2 Turkish Cooking Lesson Istanbul
After a morning orientation sightseeing tour of Istanbul, you participate in your first Turkish cooking lesson: preparing lunch which you will enjoy! After lunch visit to 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, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE : Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME : Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 Safranbolu
08:30am we depart for Safranbolu (From the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century, Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East-West trade route. The Old Mosque, the Old Bath House and Süleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu’s architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire.) On arrival we will walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar, continuing on to Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath House, Kaymakamlar House (Museum), We will cook some traditional foods for our dinner with traditional Turkish women. Overnight stay in Safranbolu
Day 4 Safranbolu – Cappadocia
After breakfast drive to Cappadocia (4 hour drive). Check in to your hotel. Tonight we have an optional Activity – The famous traditional Turkish Night, here you will enjoy Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing & Traditional Turkish Folklore accompanied by traditional Turkish food and drink. This evening comes highly recommended as it is one of the only places in turkey to glimpse the Whirling Dervishers. Overnight Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 4 Cooking Lesson and Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast depart for local markets with stops for tastings of artisanal food and wine for our lunch. Cooking classes with village women using traditional recipes. After Lunch visit to Visit of Göreme Open Air Museum where rock churches carved by the first christians after the 4th.Century and decorated by frescoes that explain the life of JESUS, is the place where the first religious education was started Climb up Uchisar Castle used as a watch tower and also populated by head of the village. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
Day 5 Cooking Lesson and Cappadocia Tour
After having had breakfast, participants will take part in the another cooking lesson in Cappadocia.
In the afternoon Participants will enjoy a guided tour through the spectacular places of Cappadocia;
Derinkuyu Underground City where dwelling was started during the Hittites (2000 BC) and became a big shelter for 12 different nations. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
Day 6 Cappadocia To Egiridir
This morning we drive to Konya and see the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana & museum, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). Stop in Egridir on the southern tip of the most beautiful of the Pisidian lakes. Egirdir is a fine place to stop in the midst of your journey for two days of quiet rest and contemplation.. Over Night in Egridir.
Day 7 Egridir Cooking Fish Lessons
Egridir is beautiful and shows another side of Turkey all together. Swimming, boating and hiking can fill a few days if you want to be active. You can also swim in the beautifull natural lake that lies at Ergidir. There are famous fish to be caught here that seem to have no bones… The fish is extremly delicious in Ergidir so we will cook fish for ourselves and you can have the famous Turkish drink Raki. There are a number of small farms located in this area where you can see the workers using traditional methods of farming. You will be welcomed by all people in this region. Overnight in Egirdir.
Day 8 Egridir to Pamukkale
After breakfast at 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. Over Night in Pamukkale.
Day 9 Tour of Village Sirince
After breakfast at 08:30 we will depart for Sirince Village. Visit the beautifull village of Sirince and the ruins of 42 churches, the suggested birth place of the Virgin Mary. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards. ( Optional : If you would like to visit the Ephesus which is one of the seven wonders of the world, please inform us. ) Overnight in Sirince.
Day 10 Tour of Village Sirince
Today it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. Sirince’s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope all buildings are still original with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, house, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. Overnight in Selcuk.
Day 11 Selcuk to Istanbul
After breakfast at 09:00 am we will depart for Istanbul. On the way we will pass many traditional villages and we will see the farmers. We will have a break at the one of these farms. We will have a lunch break and continue our way to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 Istanbul Tour – The End
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again .After breakfast check out from the hotel. We make your return airport transfer services. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
2-3Pax € 1565.00 € 1999.00
4-6Pax € 1295.00 € 1769.00
7-10Pax € 1115.00 € 1459.00
12 Day Turkey Cooking Tours
If you would like to see something different in your life and if you like cooking or want to learn how to cook, we offer you very special itinerary to learn very good Turkish cuisines with smiley and friendly Turkish people. You can cook, taste and eat. First class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, Safranbolu which is one of the oldest cities, underground cities of Cappadocia, beautiful lake in Egridir the hot springs of Pamukkale, the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the beautifull village of Sirince in Turkey, At the same time, you will be travelling traditional Turkish villages, the historical sides of Turkey and you will also make a lot of friends.
Private Professional English speaking tour guide
11 Breakfast and 11 Dinners
3 Nights accommodation at 4 Star Hotel Istanbul H/B
1 Night Accommodation at authentic wodden houses in Safronbolu H/B
2 Nights accommodation at Boutique Cave Hotel in Cappadocia H/B
2 Nights accommodation at 3 Star Hotel in Egiridir H/B
1 Nights accommodation at 4 Star Hotel in Pamukkale H/B
2 Nights accommodation at 3 Star Hotel in Selcuk H/B
Private Guided Istanbul Tour
Private Guided Safranbolu Tour
Private Guided Cappadocia Tour
Private Guided Egiridir Tour
Private Guided Pamukkale Tour
Private Guided Sirince Village Tour
6 Different Cooking classes
Private Air-conditioned busses
All entrance fees mentioned in the Itinerary
Private Return airport transfers
Everyday and on request
PS: The above tour is based on a private tour. If you would like to visit any other places not mentioned on this itinerary we are happy to make a tailored made to suit what ever you wish to do. Just let us know how long you would like to stay, how many times you would like to take cooking lessons, what kind of food cooking you want to learn and which places you are interested in visitng.
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