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Best of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Ephesus - Tour
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  • 11 Nights 12 Days

Best of Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Ephesus

$ 5,470

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.  

Meryem's Village Cooking Class and Bosphorus Boat Tour - Tour
  • Eminönü 3 Pier / Üsküdar Line Terminal
  • 8 Hours

Meryem's Village Cooking Class and Bosphorus Boat Tour

   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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