Turkey – Culinary Tours & Wine Tasting

  • 11 Days , 4 Cities
  • From $4,860
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Countries Visited Turkey
Places Visited İstanbul, Ankara,
Suggested Duration 11 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours, Wine Tours, Food Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Istanbul!

    Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Meet your private driver and transfer to your hotel.

    Dinner in a traditional Ottoman house with great choices of the world-famous Turkish Cuisine accompanied by local wine and deserts as final.

    What's included?

    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Istanbul - Visit the highlights of this fantastic city

    Visit the Highlights of Istanbul: The Hagia Sophia Church, built in the 6th century AD by Justinian and became the largest church in the world for many centuries until its conversion into a mosque by the Ottoman Sultan, where you can admire beautiful mosaics of Byzantine art. The Byzantine Hippodrome, where horses and chariots raced once upon a time and ten thousand people cheered for them. The Blue Mosque, famous for its tiles and interior decorations, is the most important in the city. Topkapi Palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years. Lunch will be in the Palace, with a unique view over the Bosphorus and delicious Doner Kebab. The Grand Bazaar is for a leisure afternoon with more than 4,000 shops. Dinner in Kumkapi district, famous for its fresh seafood and tens of restaurants full of local people enjoying their fish with mezes.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 3

    Istanbul - Doluca Winery visit & tasting

    Doluca Winery produces a wide selection of white and red wines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Moscato, etc. After breakfast, drive to Mürefte (2.5 hours from Istanbul) to visit the Doluca Winery and taste different brands of wines produced at this facility. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner along the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, viewing this great place at nighttime.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 4

    Ankara - Visit the best-known Kavaklidere Winery and Anatolian Civilizations Museum

    After breakfast, a private transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Ankara. On arrival, visit the best-known Kavaklidere Winery, close to the airport. Following a briefing on their products, taste the famous Turkish wine Kalecik Karasi.
    In the afternoon, visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in the Old Citadel, one of the best Archaeological museums in Turkey.
    Lunch in a traditional Ottoman house overlooking the city and taste some local food from the Central Anatolian region. Also, see the Mausoleum of Ataturk, where the founder of the Turkish Republic rests in peace. It houses an extensive display of ancient settlers in Asia Minor starting from the Stone Age and especially dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, such as Catalhoyuk and the Hittites. Overnight in Ankara.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 5

    Tokat - Discover the Hattusas (Bogazkoy), the former capital of the great Hittite civilization

    Early departure for Tokat. En route, stop at Hattusas (Bogazkoy), the former capital of the great Hittite civilization. Here you’ll visit Alacahoyuk and Yazilikaya to view the daily and religious life of the Hittites and admire these great people of faith and war. After lunch, proceeds to Tokat and overnight and dine in the hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 6

    Cappadocia - Visit the Diren Winery in the area

    Following breakfast in the hotel, visit the Diren Winery and taste their locally produced wines. On the way to Cappadocia, lunch en route. After a scenic drive, arrive at Nevsehir and check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 7

    Cappadocia - Explore this unique region

    After breakfast, you’ll explore and enjoy this unique region. Visit Kaymakli or Derinkuyu underground city carved like a maze by early Christians escaping from Roman persecutions. The Goreme Valley is famous for its rock churches with incredible Byzantine frescoes. During lunch, you’ll have great examples of food in this area, specially prepared with lamb, beef, and potatoes. The Pasabag Valley, reminding a lunar surface with its panorama and typical formations of “fairy chimneys.” Uchisar, a natural citadel in the region, is an excellent opportunity of picturing these unusual formations. Avanos, which has the longest river in Turkey, passes from it and thus making this small town an attraction for its pottery and other handicrafts. At the end of your journey, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Izmir - Scenic view of Salt Lake

    After breakfast, visit the Turasan Winery, where they produce and store their wines under the ground to get the perfect temperature for the production phase. They’ve also won several national and international awards for their wines. You’ll be briefed and offered to taste Turasan wines. Then visit the Agzikarahan Caravanserai, a sort of motel of our days, built in the 13th century to accommodate caravans traveling along the Silk Route. En route to Ankara, lunch in the restaurant with Salt Lake view, the second largest lake in Turkey and a significant salt resource for the country. Arrive at Ankara airport to catch a short flight to Izmir. On arrival, a private transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 9

    Izmir - Visit antique city of Ephesus Ruins

    Following breakfast, a short drive (45 min.) to Selcuk town to visit the antique city of Ephesus Ruins, the ancient capital of Asia Minor with its magnificent theater, library, agoras, temples, and baths. The Temple of Artemis nearby was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, dedicated to the goddess Artemis, known as Diana in Rome. The town was the largest port-city in Asia Minor and today is one of the most attractive archaeological sites in Turkey.

    After lunch, visit the House of Virgin Mary, a place of pilgrimage for Christians where there is a small church. It’s believed that Mary spent the last years of her life recognized as a shrine by the Vatican. Then visit the old Greek village of Sirince in a lovely setting in the mountains where you can taste the local production of their cherry, apple, strawberry, and peach wines made by the villagers. A short drive back to Izmir and dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 10

    Istanbul - Visit a great civilization the 4th century B.C, Pergamon

    After breakfast, drive to Pergamon to visit a great civilization dating back to the 4th century B.C. The Acropolis has a great view over the valleys, and the temple of Trajan is the most impressive building on top of a very steep theater. The Aesclepion was an important healing center/hospital dedicated to Aesclepius, the god of medicine. Especially mentally ill people tried to get a cure here while it became the second most famous hospital after the one on the island of Cos.

    After lunch, drive back to Izmir airport for a short flight (1 hour) back to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 11

    Istanbul - Departure

    Breakfast in the morning and transfer to the airport.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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Starting from $4,860 per person

Price per person in double occupancy
The rate is based on 4 and 5-star accommodation
Price excluding international flights
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What’s Included?

  • 10 nights’ accommodation at 4 Star and luxury and boutique hotels, centrally located
    3 nights in Istanbul
    1 night in Ankara
    1 night in Tokat
    2 nights in Cappadocia
    2 nights in Izmir
    1 night in Istanbul
  • Full Board Basis during the tour
  • Domestic flights Istanbul – Ankara & Izmir – Kayseri
  • Transportation by a vehicle as per program (Mercedes Vito)
  • Professional English-speaking guide services throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to the museums/sites (as mentioned in your program)

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Visit the Highlights of Istanbul: The Hagia Sophia Church, Byzantine Hippodrome, The Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the Doluca Winery and taste different brands of wines produced at this facility
  • Visit the Kavaklidere Winery
  • Discover the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in the Old Citadel, one of the best Archaeological museums in Turkey
  • See the Mausoleum of Ataturk, where the founder of the Turkish Republic rests in peace
  • Visit Hattusas (Bogazkoy), the former capital of the great Hittite civilization
  • Visit the “Diren Winery” and taste their locally produced wines in Tokat
  • Explore the world-famous Cappadocia and visit Kaymakli or Derinkuyu underground city,  The Goreme Valley, famous for its rock churches with incredible Byzantine frescoes, The Pasabag Valley, Uchisar, and Avanos
  • Visit the Turasan Winery, where they produce and store their wines under the ground to get the perfect temperature for the production phase
  • View the Salt Lake, the second largest lake in Turkey and a significant resource of salt in the country
  • Discover the world-famous Ephesus, the ancient capital of Asia Minor with its magnificent theater, library, agoras, temples, and baths
  • See the Temple of Artemis
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a place of pilgrimage for Christians. It’s believed that Mary spent the last years of her life there, and it’s recognized as a shrine by the Vatican
  • Visit the old Greek village of Sirince.
  • Drive to Pergamon to visit a great civilization dating back to the 4th century B.C.
  • See the temple of Trajan in the Acropolis

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