This is one of the most sought after tours in Turkey. You’ll discover Istanbul, a city of business frenzy, entertainment, and a wealth of rich Turkish culture. Absorb it’s ancient structures, traveling from its mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. On your arrival day you'll be transferred to your hotel in the center of the historic district, Sultanahmet, and may choose to spend time this evening wandering the area. The next day take advantage of your guide’s knowledge on visits to St. Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue colored tiles and architecture. Continue your tour to Byzantine Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar - a massive bazaar where virtually every knick-knack is available. Your second full day of touring will start at the Topkapi palace, where you start to understand the unique mystical Ottomans. Next, you'll visit the Spice Bazaar / Egyptian Bazaar before embarking on a tour of the Bosphorus Straits, where seasonally you may see an amazing sunset. You'll return to your hotel for a final night. The final day will include a return transfer to the Istanbul airport for your departure flight.
The Best of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia & Ephesus Tour is the ideal travel choice for those who wish to enjoy the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey in a longer tour but without a lot of bus travel. Instead, we connect the major destination cities by short 1 hour flights. We’ll explore Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. Immerse yourself in the history of this incredible city as you explore the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome and the Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with it's Imperial Harem. Next, you'll take a short 1 hour flight to Cappadocia where you'll experience an entirely new region of Turkey and be amazed by breathtaking landscapes. While staying at a luxurious cave hotels at night, you'll explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics during the day. Sites such as Uchisar Fortress, OrtaHisar, Red Valley, Pasabaglari (Fairy Chimneys), Zelve Open Air Musuem (houses carved in rock, Seljukian Mosque and remains), Esentepe for panoramic view of the Goreme Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescos, monastery) and Kaymakli Underground City all await! A quick flight departing Cappadocia to Izmir will allow you to experience the unique Aegean culture. With a visit to the wonderful village of Sirince. The next day you'll tour the highlight site of Turkey - Ephesus - once a great Roman city, it still has the glory as a must see site. The next day will allow you to "meander" along the river of its name to the much sought after site of Pamukkale before continuing overland to Antalya. This journey will allow you to see some of the Anatolian landscapes and some impressive mountains along the way to the beautiful, turquoise Mediterranean coast of Antalya. In Antalya you'll enjoy a mix of touring and seaside lounging, where 8000 foot mountains rise from a backdrop of crystal clear waters. 3 nights here will allow you to see a mix of sites and enjoy the warm beaches. You'll return to Istanbul for one last night before departing the final day on your international flight.
The Highlights of Turkey tour is an ideal choice for those that want to see the major historic cities and attractions of Turkey within 10 days. You’ll see the best of Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. After a short flight to Cappadocia, you’ll experience the amazing landscape. While staying at luxurious cave hotels at night, travel and explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics by day. End your trip with a quick one hour flight to Izmir, and spend a few days exploring the classical sites of western Turkey, including the vast avenues of ancient Ephesus.
The Best of Istanbul & Cappadocia tour is the ideal travel choice for those who wish to enjoy the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey. We’ll explore Istanbul and it’s ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman influenced architecture. Immerse yourself in the history of this incredible city as you explore the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome and the Basilica Cistern, and the Topkapi Palace with it's Imperial Harem. Next, you'll take a short 1 hour flight to Cappadocia where you'll experience an entirely new region of Turkey and be amazed by breathtaking landscapes. While staying at a luxurious cave hotels at night, you'll explore the lunar like topography and cave mosaics during the day. Sites such as Uchisar Fortress, OrtaHisar, Red Valley, Pasabaglari (Fairy Chimneys), Zelve Open Air Musuem (houses carved in rock, Seljukian Mosque and remains), Esentepe for panoramic view of the Goreme Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum (rock cut churches, frescos, monastery) and Kaymakli Underground City all await!
Enjoy a day full of historic art and incredible food! On this tour you will visit some of the key historical sights of Istanbul, as well as have the chance to taste delicious street food. You'll explore the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, the Rustem Pasha Mosque, and the colorful and exciting Spice Market. With a leisurely ferry ride you'll find yourself on the Asian side of Istanbul where you'll roam the Fish Bazaar and sample a variety of street foods such as doner, midye dolma, kokarec, lahmacun and much more. Come with your hungry and ready to dive into all things food here in Istanbul!
Combine a Bosphorus boat cruise, a Black Sea village tour and a full Turkish meal cooking class in one fantastic day. Meryem invites you to join her and her amazing staff of ladies from the Black Sea to their village to learn some of the secrets of the Turkish kitchen. Meryem has established her business as a social enterprise to provide meaningful and well paying employment for women in her village. Join them and see what a delight it is to work together to make a great meal. Experience the heart of Turkish culture as you learn how to cook authentic Turkish dishes with local women from the Black Sea in their village setting. You'll have a chance to see the sites all the way up the Bosphorus and some time to tour around their Black sea village. Away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, this tour allows you to enjoy a very insider's moment during the village cooking class combined with a private tour of the Bosphorus strait. Turkish cuisine offers a seemingly endless variety of flavors, dishes and recipes to discover making Turkey the ideal destination for any foodie. Join local staff as we invite you into our kitchens for a hands-on cooking experience where you will make and enjoy a beautiful and delicious meal. Afiyet olsun! Before you begin cooking, feel the fresh sea breeze on a boat trip up the Bosphorus Strait. As you glide between Asia and Europe and venture towards the Black Sea, you’ll see the world famous Bosphorous bridge surrounded by colorful steam ferries plying the water between neighboring continents. You’ll disembark near the beautiful ‘Yali’ or waterfront mansions before taking a short drive up the hill to our Black Sea village. Now we begin. Local staff will demonstrate recipes and then you will put your culinary skills to work. Collaboration with the village locals as you dice, chop, roll, and prep is a highlight for many of our travelers. We’ll work together to prepare a full meal. This may include corba (Turkish Ezogelin soup), Salad, and specialty dishes, such as Islim Kebabi and Perde Pilavi with traditional meze (carrot tarator). As you cook, you’ll enjoy a variety of Turkish snacks and taste unique local beverages such as chai or ayran. Just past noon we will come together to eat what we have made and enjoy a proper, Turkish, family style meal. During your time in the village you have the chance to see fresh and delicious Turkish produce and ingredients. Embrace serendipitous opportunities to explore as we guide you through the village. View the local gardens filled with the fruits or vegetables of the season. Stroll through the food markets and taste local produce. With each step, see a glimpse of what village life is like in Turkiye. Finally, in the early afternoon we’ll head back and catch a return ferry down the Bosphorus with still enough time for you to enjoy a late afternoon in Istanbul. This class runs only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The class can be joined as a small group class or you can reserve the class privately for your group. For details see pricing. Note: Extra tips for the staff are always welcome, please make sure to use the tip box.
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This trip is designed for you if you've been to Istanbul before and want to see the less visited, but still amazing sites outside of Sultanahmet. This tour is also a great option for those wanting to extend a longer Turkey tour by adding a few days more in Istanbul, but not repeating the typical Hagia Sophia/ Topkapi Palace route. This 3 night 4 day tour, assumes you arrive early on day 1 from your flight and allows you to visit the splendors of the Dolmahce Palace and the Yildiz palace on the Bosphorous. By the end of the day you will be drinking tea while watching the sunset and commuters across the romantic Bosphorous straits from the Ortakoy Mosque. Day 2 takes you to a less visited area - the cross roads of Orthodox Christianity, Judiasm and Islam all in the same avant garde and up and coming neighborhood of Balat. You'll see incomprehensible diversity in a small area on the Golden horn where you'll be able to witness authentic Turkish life going on around you. Day 3 will slow things down and allow you to visit the unbelievable but often overlooked Istanbul Archaeology Museum before you take a ferry to one of our favorite hangouts - the progressive, always on the move and very cool Kadikoy, where you can taste street foods and see how locals live.
Explore Istanbul with the perfect combination of Turkish cuisine, food and history. While visiting the highlights of Istanbul, you will also delve into the flavorful food culture of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Gain insight into how people used to prepare, gather, and enjoy meals in one of Turkey's most exciting cities. You'll experience a day in the life, as you learn about new cultures from the pages of history with food habits, daily life and cooking history.