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Culinary Tour of Turkey



Spice Bazaar

  • Enjoy meals featuring Imperial Ottoman Cuisine which incorporates Central Asian, Anatolian, Middle Eastern and Balkan flavors. The meals are the result of research at three palace kitchens, Dolmabahce, Topkapi and Edirne, and will include talks by a culinary specialist.
  • Tour the Spice Bazaar with the culinary specialist and stop at shops for tasting. The bazaar is often referred to as the "Egyptian Market" as spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia. Stop at shops tasting and discovering typical Turkish delicacies.
  • Take a local ferry, to the Asian side of Istanbul. After visiting specialty shops, walk through the colorful market of Kadiköy. There, an open air street market will show you what most Istanbullus cook and eat today.
  • Watch Turkish Delight production in a family owned Turkish candy shop.
  • Eat at one of Turkey’s most famous restaurants, Çiya, where the chef, one of Turkey’s foremost cooks, prepares the glorious food of his homeland, South Eastern Anatolia. Using aromatic red pepper, pistachios, chickpeas, olive oil and pomegranate molasses, he has been written up in the New York Times and Gourmet Magazine, among others.
  • Visit St. Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom, the Blue Mosque, a 17th century mosque that dominates the skyline of Istanbul and the Byzantine Underground Cistern. Also see the magnificent Topkapi Palace and with your guide explore the famous Grand Bazaar.
  • Taste delicious köfte - meatballs - at a specialized restaurant operating since 1920.  Learn to cook Turkish food at a hands-on cooking class at a Turkish home, with the pleasure of enjoying what you have cooked. This is a truly unique opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and local home life.
  • Visit a Baklava Factory, seeing the baklava dough rolled out, and watch baklava production with a tasting of various kinds of Baklava along with Turkish coffee.
  • Cruise to Prince’s Islands, a beautiful summer resort with ancient style wooden houses, old summer residences and mansions wreathed with wisteria, bougainvillea and surrounded by pine forests. Enjoy a meze lunch and a visit to the island's local market and specialty shops. A horse-drawn carriage (there are no cars on this island) will drive you throughout the pine woods.
  • Visit Cappadocia with a focus on the very particular culture and foods of Anatolia. Visit a local market and join a cooking demonstration in a home with village women. See how they make gozleme, stuffed vine leaves and manti, a traditional dish whose heritage stretches back in to the Central Asian origins of modern Turkey, with lunch at their home.
  • Discover the lunar landscape of Cappadocia and visit Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements of Cappadocia. See fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, and visit Avanos, a center of terracotta art since 2,000 BC.
  • Visit the oldest and largest winery of Cappadocia, with wine tasting of the Öküzgözü-Bogazkere combination of grapes native to Turkey. Eat the delicious Testi Kebab, which is a meat stew cooked in a seamless pot, and then broken with a hammer upon service.
  • Have an opportunity for an optional balloon ride - the ideal time for photography, with splendid colors and contrasts. Gentle winds carry you over places only reached by balloon. Land to an awaiting champagne breakfast.
  • Visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. Try making pide –Turkish flat bread and explore the underground city of Kaymakli.
  • Fly to Izmir and drive to an Ecological Organic Farm near Kusadasi. Meet the people who work on the farm and watch the preparation of organic products. Lunch of organic food will be at the farm. Visit Ephesus, one of the most incredible archaeological wonders of the world.
  • Visit Tire, a 5000 year-old town with a long cultural heritage of Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Visit a small market where the village people sell the fresh vegetables and fruits which are cultivated and harvested by the people selling to you.
  • Visit Bodrum Castle that occupies the tip of the wedge-like peninsula at the center of Bodrum with its courtyards, turrets, galleries and sunken gardens and see the collections of the Museum of Underwater Archeology, located inside the Castle.
  • Take a Gulet cruise around the bays of Bodrum with lunch on board. Learn how to cook dishes from the Aegean Turkish cuisine which features olive oil and herbs. You will taste what you have cooked for your Farewell Dinner.
  • Have a free day in Bodrum.
  • Have lunch at a restaurant where owner brings together local Bodrum women as his ‘tasters’ to maintain the quality and consistency of his food and personally selects the best olive oil and the freshest herbs and vegetables from the markets. 

For a detailed itinerary of this trip please contact
Marcus Giddens at 843.364.0363 or email Marcus@adventureintravel.com.