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BLENDING CULTURAL VISITS, TURKISH CUISINE AND COOKING IN TURKEY

TOUR DATES:

May  22-June 1       2021

September 18-28,   2021

  

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Day 1 ISTANBUL

 

Arrival in Istanbul , the only city in the world built on two continents, providing a unique link between East and West and guardian of the treasures of three empires of which she has been the capital. Napoleon 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 will be at one of Istanbul’s award winning restaurants -Neolokal

Overnight in Istanbul. The House Hotel Karakoy (D)

 

 

Day 2 ISTANBUL

 

Today you will visit the Blue Mosque, a famous 17th century mosque that dominates the Istanbul skyline. Hagia Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom, which was a church (circa 548 AD), then a mosque. The Theodosius Cistern (known as Şerefiye Sarnıcı in Turkish), which was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct. The area is about 148 by 82 feet and the roof is supported by 32 marble columns about 30 ft high.

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

Then you will drive to the pier for your private cruise on the Bosphorus.

Upon disembarkation you will proceed to a Turkish 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 local home life. (B,L,D)

 

Day 3 ISTANBUL

 

Today you wil visit 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. 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. Although the architecture of the kitchens, built in the same place during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, is not known, it is known that the first two domed structures adjacent to the Cooks’ Mosque has remained from this period and that the kitchens were extended due to an increase in the palace population during the reign of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (1520 – 1566), that the kitchens and living quarters were renewed by Chief Architect Sinan after the fire of 1574 and that the street in front was widened and the porticoes were brought to the front towards the courtyard.

You will visit The Palace Kitchens, Helvahane and Quarters and learn about our culinary culture of 400 years.

After lunch you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, another skillful accomplishment of the architect Sinan, the Rustem Pasha Mosque was built in 1561 on the orders of Rustem Pasha, Grand Vizier and son-in-law of Suleyman the Magnificent. Exquisite Iznik tiles panel the small and superbly proportioned interior.

Then 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. You will stop for a spice tasting session in a Spice shop that has been there since 5 generations. A baklava shop where you will taste the best Baklava in town will be your last stop for the day.

Dinner will be on own. (B, L)

Overnight Istanbul.

Day 4 ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA

 

In the morning you will visit Süleyman the Magnificent Mosque and explore the famous Grand Bazaar.

Then we will depart to visit some specialty shops walking through the colorful market of Kadiköy –an open air street market, very different from the Spice Market and more in tune with the way most Istanbullus cook and eat.

Lunch will be served at one of Turkey’s foremost cook’s Çiya restaurant. The chef is devoted in letting the world know about the glorious food of his homeland. The ingredients used in the dishes travel from South Eastern Anatolia to arrive at your plate in Istanbul: aromatic red pepper, pistachios, chickpeas, olive oil and pomegranate molasses.

After lunch we will head for the airport for our flight to Cappadocia.

We will be transferred to our hotel upon arrival. A light dinner will be served.

Overnight Yunak Hotel (B,L, D)

 

 

Day 5 CAPPADOCIA

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

Today we will be cooking in a village home with local village women. They will show us how to make stuffed vine leaves and 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 will introduce you to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia at Dervent Valley, and we head on to 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 Avanos. From here you will stop at Avanos, a centre of terracotta art since 2,000 BC, for a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Then we will try our hands at it under the supervision of a master potter.

We will end the day by relaxing at one of the most spectacular valleys of Cappadocia with its different rock formations in a variety colors and enjoy the sunset while sipping delicious Cappadocian wines.

Overnight in Yunak Hotel (B,L, D)

 

 

 

Day 6 CAPPADOCIA – Optional Baloon ride

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 an awaiting champagne breakfast!

After breakfast you will visit 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. After lunch in a local restaurant you will then explore the underground city of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements.

Then while sipping your wine you will enjoy a demonstration and explanation of Turkish carpet making techniques, symbols and different types of carpets.

Overnight Yunak Hotel. (B,L, D)

 

Day 7 CAPPADOCIA – IZMIR  

After a leisurely morning join a Turkish Art of Marbelling ( Ebru )workshop. Rest of the day on your own.

In the afternoon we will drive to a village where they will show us how they do grape molasses and homemade baklava.

After a light dinner we will take an evening flight to Izmir.(B,D)

Overnight in Selçuk Livia Hotel.

 

 

Day 8 EPHESUS – BODRUM

After breakfast we will proceed to visit Ephesus, one of the most incredible archaeological wonders of the world.

We will then proceed to Kusadası 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 feast, we will take you around the farm so you will see how they dry their vegetables under the sun, how they make tomato or pepper paste, 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.

We will drive you to Bodrum after your visit.

Overnight in Bodrum El Vino Hotel. (B, L)

Day 9 BODRUM

Today after breakfast we will go around the Bays on a Gulet.

Gulets are traditional wooden yachts first built in Bodrum for fishing and sponge hunting, but with the rise of the Blue Cruise concept, Gulets became spacious motor- sailing yachts for people to enjoy a cruise in the untouched bays around the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is a perfect way to enjoy swimming in the blue waters as well as to try more of the local cuisine on board.

After the cruise we will return to the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight Bodrum. (B,L, D)

Day 10 BODRUM

Enjoy a lazy breakfast and a day of relaxation…

Late morning we may get together to drive into Bodrum to walk through some of the shopping areas for a couple of hours.

Then you will visit the center of Bodrum to visit the famous Crusaders Castle and the Underwater museum.

After spending some leisure time in town, we will be heading to Selia Artisanal Farm, producing wine, goat cheese, olives, jams and bread using traditional methods.

Enjoy a leisurely supper together before taking your flight to Istanbul.

Overnight in Yotel Hotel Istanbul. (B, D)

Day 11 DEPARTURE ISTANBUL

 

 

 


SOME PICTURES FROM OUR TOURS

COST DETAILS:

Tour Cost is USD 3845.- per person 

Single Supplement is USD 935 .-

Minimum group size is 4 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.

Pre or post trip extensions can be arranged on tailor made, upon request.

 

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

7 lunches and 8 dinners

Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis at below luxirious boutique hotels

HOUSE HOTEL KARAKÖY Istanbul https://househotels.com/en/hotels/karakoy

YUNAK HOTEL in Cappadocia –http://www.yunak.com/   

LIVIA HOTEL EPHESUS- www.liviaotel.com

EL VINO HOTEL BODRUM www.elvinobodrum.com

YOTEL ISTANBUL  www.yotel.com

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

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR PRE or POST TOURS IF YOU WISH TO ARRIVE/ EARLIER OR LEAVE LATER TO/FROM ISTANBUL.

  • Extra nights before or after in Istanbul
  • Extra nights after Bodrum

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

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

REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS EXPLORE TURKISH FLAVOURS PARTICIPANTS

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

ONE OF A KIND

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

THE ULTIMATE FOODIE EXPERIENCE

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.

JAGI SHAHANI – SAN FRANSISCO Visited October 2013