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May                 4 – 13, 2019

June                8  – 17, 2019

October           5 – 14, 2019


Arrive at Istanbul, Atatürk International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel.

Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, provides a unique link between East and West. The guardian of the treasures of three great empires, Napoleon once said that if the world were a single state then its capital would be Constantinople. Even today, amid the traffic-choked streets of modern Istanbul, among the high-rises, the steep alleys and the glowing ancient churches and mosques, you can still feel exactly what he meant.

Welcome dinner at one of Istanbul’s reknown restaurants.

Overnight in 10 Karaköy Hotel Istanbul or similar(D)

Day 2          ISTANBUL

Today we will take you on a tour of of Istanbul’s Byzantine iconic monuments.

Hagia Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom, which was a church (circa 548 AD), then a mosque and now a museum.

The Underground Cistern built by Emperor Justinian to provide water for the city of Constantinople. It is difficult to describe the beauty and uniqueness of this experience.

Lunch at Asitane restaurant – Ottoman Cuisine at its best

After lunch you will visit the St. Savior in Chora Museum, known for its magnificent mosaics and frescoes dating from the 11th to the 14th centuries.

Dinner will be at one of Istanbul’s popular kebab restaurant.

Overnight in 10 Karaköy Hotel Istanbul or similar (B,L,D)

Day 3          ISTANBUL 

Today you will visit the Blue Mosque, a famous 17th century mosque that dominates the Istanbul skyline,Topkapı Palace the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory jutting out between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. The construction of the Topkapı Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. In the Treasury section, you will see the 7th biggest diamond in the world, the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” and the Harem is a vast labyrinth of rooms and corridors once occupied by the black eunuchs, concubines, the Sultan’s mother and the Sultan himself.

The Palace Kitchens comprised of buildings arranged along a 170 metre-long courtyard/street in the 2nd courtyard of the Palace facing the Sea of Marmara appear as a separate neighbourhood with their attachments. You will visit The Palace Kitchens, Helvahane and Quarters and learn about our culinary culture of 400 years.

For lunch you will taste delicious kofte -meatballs- at a specialized restaurant operating since 1920.

Then we will drive to the pier for our cruise on the Bosphorus.

Upon disembarkation you will proceed to Selin’s home to enjoy a hands- on cooking class learning to cook home-style, family recipes and taste what you have cooked. A truly unique opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and Istanbul home life.

Overnight in 10 Karaköy Hotel in Istanbul or similar(B,L,D)

Day 4          ISTANBUL 

After a leisurly morning you will explore the famous Grand Bazaar.

Lunch will be served at a popular Tradesmen Restaurant.

After lunch you will walk through the Spice Bazaar, an extensive market which was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque – Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the “Egyptian Market” due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt. You will stop for a spice tasting session in a Spice shop that has been there since 5 generations.

A baklava shop stop will be your last stop for the day.

Dinner will be served at Yeni Lokanta where the menu is created from ingredients and culinary traditions derived from the many regions of Anatolia and given an innovative modern twist.

Overnight in 10 Karaköy Hotel in Istanbul or similar(B,L,D)


Morning at leisure.

Take a ferry ride to the other side of the river that separates the European and Asian parts of Istanbul to explore the famous open-air street market of Kadıkoy. Notice the big difference in atmosphere between the Spice Market and the Kadıkoy which is more in tune with the way most people in Istanbul cook and eat.

Indulge yourself in the huge variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, with plenty to discover for the “foodie.” Feel the real bazaar shopping experience with the fishmongers, bakers, butchers and grocers singing out to attract you to their stall. Take your time and explore the many pastry shops, Turkish delight and deli stores and the aromatic spice stands. There is plenty to see and buy, with information and recommendations available.

Lunch will be at reknown Ciya Restaurant where you will taste best samples of Anatolian Cuisine. After lunch we will head to the airport for our flight to Cappadocia.

You will be transferred to our cave hotel upon arrival. A light dinner will be served at our hotel.

Overnight at Kale Konak or similar (B,L,D)

Day  6                  CAPPADOCIA   

In Cappadocia we will focus on the very particular culture and foods of Anatolia.

After walking through a local farmers market you will proceed to a village where you will be cooking lunch in a village home with a local family. They will show you how to make manti, a traditional dish whose heritage stretches back in to the Central Asian origins of modern Turkey. You will taste what you have cooked for lunch.

After lunch we will introduce you to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia at Dervent Valley, and then head to the Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements of Cappadocia. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Kaymaklı. You will explore the underground city of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements.

Before dinner we will stop at a winery. This is the biggest and oldest winery (since 1943) in Cappadocia. We will tour the winery while tasting their local wines. The Okuzgozu- Bogazkere combinations (grapes native to Turkey) are quite promising. The family-operated winery is located underground, carved in natural rock. This natural cellar also provides excellent storage conditions for the wine.

Dinner will be at a popular Cappadocia restaurant.

Overnight at Kale Konak or similar (B,L,D)

Day 7          CAPPADOCIA – IZMIR

Early morning optional balloon ride– transfer to the balloon launching site to meet the balloon crew. The gentle and stable wind conditions are ideal during the first few hours of the day in Cappadocia. It is also the ideal time for photography, with splendid colours and contrasts. The deep canyons and gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon. After flying over Cappadocia for about one hour, you will land to a champagne celebration!

Proceed to Avanos, a centre of terracotta art since 2,000 BC, you will see a demonstration of pottery making in a traditional workshop, where the family has been making pottery for many generations. Then we will try our hands at it under the supervision of a master potter. This is also a great spot to shop for pottery.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch you will continue your day with a hike in the picturesque Red Valley. Then make your way back to the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century.

Then while sipping your wine you will enjoy a demonstration and explanation of Turkish carpet making techniques, symbols and different types of carpets, and get the chance to buy some of these works of art.

After dinner we will take an evening flight to Izmir and drive to Selçuk.

Overnight in KALEHAN  Hotel Selçuk (B,L,D)

Day 8          SELCUK- EPHESUS 

After breakfast we will proceed to visit the ancient archaeological ruins of Ephesus, featuring the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of ancient world.

We will then proceed for lunch in an ecological farm that houses the best restaurant in the area and visit the Oleatrium, an Olive and Olive Oil Museum where we will be travelling 2500 years in time. After having a delectable feast, we will take you around the farm so you will see how they dry their vegetables under the sun, how they make tomato, pepper paste, pomegranate molasses and the making of many different organic jams. The farm tour will end at the museum where you will see how mankind first discovered that olives were edible and how olive oil was used from the beginning of time until today.

Dinner will be served at a meze and fish restaurant in Kuşadası.

Overnight in KALEHAN  Hotel (B,L,D)


Morning at leisure.

After lunch  we will stop at a village where you will watch evil eye production.

Then proceed to the airport to take flight to Istanbul.

Overnight in Istanbul ( B, L)




Tour Cost is USD 3850.- per person 

Single Supplement is USD 580.-

Minimum group size is 2 Pers.

Group size limited with 12 Participants

  • Accommodation in prestigious luxury boutique hotels
  • Cooking classes by local Turkish culinary experts
  • Local home visits in Istanbul, Cappadocia
  • Discover the rock cut churches and fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, visit Ephesus
  • Tours of food markets and bazaars
  • Guided visits to the iconic monuments of Istanbul
  • Boat journeys down the Bosphorus 
  • Sumptuous meals at the best restaurants throughout the itinerary.
  • Much much more!


This tour can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements .

We are running this trip privately also for individuals this year.


Included services are :
All Domestic flights ISTANBUL- KAYSERI/IZMIR / IZMIR- ISTANBUL ( Economy class)
All arrival and departure transfers
Transportation by airconditioned vehicle

8 lunches and 8 dinners

Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis at below luxirious boutique hotels

10 KARAKÖY HOTEL in Istanbul
KALE KONAK HOTEL in Cappadocia –   


Turkish cooking class in a Turkish Home in Istanbul
Anatolian cooking experience in a village home in Cappadocia

Wine tasting in Cappadocia and Selçuk
Licenced professional tour guide in English language
Entrance fees to all museums ,parks, and historic sights as included in the itinerary .
%18 Vat taxes.

Not included :
Intl airfare
Visa fee on arrival to Turkey
Personal travel insurance
Non mandatory but customary tips
Optional balooning in Cappadocia
Alcoholic drinks where not included in menu



We are also running this trip privately for individual groups this year.

If you would like to organize a private trip for you, your family or friends, please email us


Eight of us just returned from a magnificent cultural and culinary trip through Turkey with Turkish Flavors, organized by Selin Rozanes. If you are a foodie, do not miss this trip!! We visited Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Bodrum, among other places, and loved it all because of our wonderful guides, the accommodations, the food, and the variety of experiences. We visited a typical cave home in Cappadocia (and stayed in a marvelous cave hotel there); had cooking classes, including one with a local family; went to a local school, rode a hot air balloon, and had a delightful day on a gulet in Bodrum, where we swam and enjoyed a wonderful lunch on board. In addition to visiting the important cultural sites, such as Hağia Sophia, Chora Church, the Rustum Pasha Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and more, we toured several marketplaces, such as the Spice Market, and tasted many local delicacies. Look at the web site to see more details of the trip. At the end we could not believe how much we had seen and experienced. We only wish we could have had two or three more days. Every meal we had was better than the last and the accommodations throughout were first rate!

Thank you again for this marvelous trip!!!

DIANNA JOHNSTON – USA Visited Sep 2015

Turkish Flavours” 11 days of exploring and eating through Turkey”

My husband, adult daughter and I recently took Selin Rozanes’ 11 day “Turkish Flavours” tour. What an amazing experience of exploring, tasting, cooking, and meeting never-to-be-forgotten people. Selin is attentive to the details of making this trip all it can be for her guests – the accommodations were not only first-rate in quality, but each was unique in it’s physical offerings as well as location in the region we were visiting. The team of guides and cooks Selin has put together is outstanding – knowledgeable; each very diverse, involved in their communities, not just in cooking lessons; flexible to the tour guests needs/preferences; engaging and wonderfully fun to spend time with. The 4 cooking lessons were menu specific to the region we were visiting and took place in 4 very different settings. While Selin was not on the entire tour with us, she was talking to our guides daily and also to us, to make sure all was going smoothly and to find out if there was anything we needed.

We traveled, explored, and ate our way through 4 different regions of Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia, Alacati and Bodrum), then came home wanting to visit and know more about this beautiful and intriguing country. Thank you for a very special experience Selin!

SHAYNE FRANKEL – USA Visited May 2015


It’s been almost three weeks since we completed the Explore Turkish Flavours tours with Selin Rozanes – just wanted to make sure that what we said was not biased by the immediate afterglow of the experience. This was a once in a lifetime experience where you get to experience another nation’s history, culture, and cuisine with a front row center seat with an added backstage pass. What makes the tour so special is the personal involvement of Selin. She not only makes the arrangements but personally participates in the activities and makes changes to the planned itinerary as local conditions or the desires of the participants dictate. For those readers not available to participate in this twice a year event, the spice market tour and the cooking class at Selin’s home were both parts of this tour that can be booked separately and are not to be missed. If you’re a foodie, it doesn’t get any better than this!! If you decide to take this tour make sure you are up for days that are full of activities that require walking and a disciplined appetite. Selin also help us with arrangements for excellent tours in Istanbul for days prior to the tour that allowed for us to adjust to a seven hour time zone change and see some of the city sights not included in the tour.

ANDY JUDD- LOS ANGELES Visited October 2013


If you are a Foodie and like to eat/cook/explore then Selin Rozanes’ Turkish Flavours tour of Turkey MUST be on your bucket list. We had such a memorable, fantastic, scrumptious, enjoyable experience that words can’t describe it! Not only did we get to do the sites in Istanbul, Cappadocia and the west coast but we also ate at authentic (not the touristy garbage) gourmet restaurants that served regional fare. In addition, we got hands-on cooking lessons in homes and restaurants learning how to make family recipes and of course, eating the results of our work. In the process we met some wonderful people. Turks are a warm, friendly, hospitable people and meeting them this way made us feel welcome and so much at home. We truly did not want to leave.