A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF TURKISH CUISINE
Istanbul is a spectacular city, filled with layer upon layer of history, culture, and incredible food.stanbul is one of the most ancient cities in the world, packed with history and a food culture that is deliciously exciting
Turkish cuisine represents a combination between easy and elaborated recipes, flavoured with oriental condiments and delicious sweets.
The Istanbul cuisine is also a feature which proves the dual nature of the city, because ingredients combine elements from the Asian and Oriental culture with the traditional European food, all packed in what we believe is an extraordinary and unique culinary experience.
Gaziantep has been home to same of the oldest civilizations in the world. Owing to this heritage and the wide variety of foodstuffs available due to its geographical position, the region has developed a unique cuisine with lts own distinctive flavours.
The cuisine of Gaziantep is acknowledged to be the richest in Turkey, and visitors, will savour its fusion of Anatolian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes. The strength of Gaziantep’s cooking tradition comes from the land. Local crops, ripened under a strong sun, are further infused with flavour as they cook over the fire’s embers, adding delicious depth to the taste. Whether slow-cooked on the range or flame-grilled, Gaziantep’s food keeps the taste of the sun and the fire.
Cooking is an art in Gaziantep, where each dish is crafted to perfection. Gaziantep has at least unique dishes to its name, and invites to its bounteous table those who wish to share in the secrets of this delicious cuisine …
Day 1 ISTANBUL
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.(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. (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. (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.
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
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.
Day 5 ISTANBUL – GAZİANTEP
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 Gaziantep.
Overnight at HIŞVAHAN or Divan Hotel
Day 6 GAZİANTEP
After breakfast at Orkide pastry shop, tasting and observing the production of “katmer”, a local dessert with clotted cream and pistachio we will continue our day with a visit to the city’s famous Mosaic Museum where there are the most important mosaics from the ancient site Zeugma.
Lunch will be served at Küşlemeci Halil Restaurant.
After lunch you will walk through the local bazaar to explore artisan workshops such as coppersmiths, spice shops and other tradesmen making furniture with inlaid mother of pearl. You will stop for a cup of coffee made of roasted wild pistachios at the historical Tahmis Coffeeshop founded in 1635.
Dinner will be served at İmam Çağdaş Restaurant open since 1887
Overnight at HIŞVAHAN or Divan Hotel or similar (B,L,D)
Day 7 GAZİANTEP
After breakfast we will visit a traditional baklava producer( Koçak) and learn more about Baklava production.
Lunch at Metanet Restaurant where you will also taste a Gaziantep classic “Beyran” soup and lahmacun.
After lunch you will visit the Emine Gogus Culinary Museum a historical stone house built in 1904, and restored into a museum.
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner will be served at Bayazhan.
After lunch Transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul
Day 8 DEPARTURE
Tour Cost is USD 2955.- per person
Single Supplement is USD 650.-
Minimum group size is 2 Pers.
Group size limited with 12 Participants
Included services are :
All Domestic flights ISTANBUL- GAZIANTEP- ISTANBUL ( Economy class)
All arrival and departure transfers
Transportation by airconditioned vehicle
6 lunches and 7 dinners
Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis at below luxirious boutique hotels
10 KARAKÖY HOTEL in Istanbul– https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/10-karakoy
HIŞVAHAN in Gaziantep –http://hsvhn.com/
Turkish cooking class in a Turkish Home in Istanbul
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 :
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
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PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR PRE or POST TOURS IF YOU WISH TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR LEAVE LATER TO/FROM ISTANBUL.
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