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GOURMET TOURS

Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including that of western Europe. The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkic elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of specialities- many with strong regional associations.

TRAVELXCLUSIVE GOURMET TOUR

Exotic flavours from the Turkish Cuisine, including vegetables, seafood and meat.

You will assist the local chefs and learn how to cook a different Turkish Meal each day, and at the end you will enjoy these meals as your dinner.

Small Groups: Maximum 14 Persons

Learn how to cook Eggplant Salad, Cucumber With Yogurt(Cacik), Sultan’s Delight (Hünkar Begendi), Squash Mucver, Ladies Thigh Croquettes (Kadin Budu Köfte), Semolina Helva and more...

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Programs

Apr 17 Sun
Depart New York
Depart from New York JFK Airport by Turkish Airlines flight departing at 17:45 pm.

Apr 18 Mon
Arrive Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul Airport. Our representative will meet you after the customs and baggage claim with a “Sedef Tours” sign. Transfer to the hotel. After the check-in, you will have a short orientation tour by bus in Istanbul. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Apr 19 Tue
Istanbul
Full day Istanbul tour. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Church in the morning. Lunch and brief Cooking lecture about several vegetable based Turkish meals at Asitane Restaurant. Return to the Old City to visit the Topkapi Palace in the afternoon. Tonight, dinner at outdoor Daruziyafe Restaurant, famous for its Ottoman recipes. (B,L,D)

Apr 20 Wed
Istanbul – Troy – Ayvalik
Drive to Gallipoli, the site of the World War I. Cross the Dardanelles strait by car ferry. Visit the legendary city of Troy, and see the replica of the Wooden Horse. Then drive South to the Olive Museum. Watch the local olive oil production process and taste local olives of the Aegean region. Continue to Ayvalik for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Apr 21 Thu
Pergamon – Izmir
Drive to Pergamon. Visit Acropolis, the steepest theatre of the ancient world and Asklepion, the ancient healing centre where the father of Pharmacy Galenos lived. Lunch at the local Saglam Restaurant offering homecooking Turkish Meals. Continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight. Dinner at outdoor Seafood Restaurant. Seafood of Izmir is famous and served with several cold appetizers called “mezes”. (B,L,D)

Apr 22 Fri
Izmir
Izmir City Tour in the morning. Visit the Dareo Moreno Street, the Old Elevator with a panoramic view of the Izmir Bay, the vivid Kemeralti Bazaar and the authentic Hisaronu Mosque. Retun to the hotel in the afternoon. This evening, we will have a Cooking course by the Chef of the hotel and we will have the dinner after the cooking course. (B,L,D)

Apr 23 Sat
Sirince – Kusadasi
Drive South to Selcuk. Visit Sirince Village located on a hill. This small village has authentic houses that we will be able to visit. At lunch, we will have Cooking course at the local Artemis Restaurant, mezes, and Turkish home cooking meals will be served for lunch. (B,L,D)

Apr 24 Sun
Ephesus – Kusadasi
Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, then the famous ancient city of Ephesus. See its marble streets, fountains, temples and more. Lunch and Cooking course at the Boutique Kalehan Hotel Restaurant in Selcuk. Visit a local handicrafts centre where you will observe the handmade Turkish carpet making techniques of the local women. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Apr 25 Mon
Departure Back
Transfer to the Izmir Airport for departure. Fly back to New York via Istanbul. Arrive JFK Airport at 15:35 same day. End of our services. (B)

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