Real Food Adventure - Turkey Overview

Explore Turkey, visiting the mouth-watering cities of Istanbul, Ayvalik, Goreme, Gaziantep and Selcuk, and get an insight into the country’s history, culture and food traditions.

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    • 4.80 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,796
      CAD $1,822
      AUD $1,893
      EUR €1,316
      GBP £1,121
      NZD $2,246
      ZAR R17,238
      CHF FR1,623
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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Discover Turkey’s diverse food traditions in Istanbul, Goreme, Gaziantep and Ayvalik

Take a culinary journey through Turkey, a country steeped in history and tradition, where east meets west and the ancient bleeds into the modern day. Begin in astonishing Istanbul, eating meze in a traditional meyhane, being awed by the Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque and exploring the well-trod passageways of the Grand Bazaar. Soak in the history and beauty of Bursa while discovering the out-of-this-world Iskender kebabs and drink in the tranquillity and traditions of the seaside village of Ayvalik, where fresh seafood and olive oil are the order of the day. Visit the impressive ruins of Ephesus near Selcuk and marvel at the astonishing underground cities of Cappadocia. Spend time with a local Goreme family and learn the secrets behind central Anatolian cuisine in a cooking class. Famous for its emerald-green pistachios, Gaziantep is the perfect place to see Turkey’s renowned south-eastern food traditions come alive. Arrive back in Istanbul, where this adventure into Turkey’s sights, sounds and incredible cuisine comes to an end.

  • Be mesmerised by a Whirling Dervish performance
  • Become entranced by the beauty Istanbul’s The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi Palace
  • Discover exotic spices or a magic carpet in Istanbul's incredible Spice Bazaar
  • Encounter the draw-dropping beauty of Goreme’s Open-Air Museum on an optional tour
  • Go on a kebab crawl through Istanbul’s storied streets
  • Learn the art of Turkish tea preparation at a traditional teahouse
  • Sail to Cunda Island to watch the sun set while eating baked fish freshly caught from the Aegean Sea
  • Step back in time at the glorious ruins of Ephesus

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (9 nts), Overnight bus (1 nt), Pension (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Overnight bus, Plane, Private minibus, Taxi, Van
  • Included activities:

    Ayvalik - Cunda Island Visit, Ayvalik - Market tour, Ayvalik - Olive oil pressing demonstration, Bursa - Brunch at farming village, Gaziantep - Baklava tasting, Gaziantep - Dinner at Imam Cagdas, Gaziantep - Guided food tour, Goreme - Central Anatolian hands-on cooking class, Goreme - Home-cooked dinner, Goreme - Open Air Museum, Goreme - Valley walk, Istanbul - Balik ekmek lunch (fish sandwich), Istanbul - City Tour, Istanbul - Dinner at Ciya, Istanbul - Kebap crawl, Istanbul - Meyhane dinner, Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site, Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch, Tea tasting, Whirling dervish performance

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    759kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

  • Total price from

    USD $1,796
    CAD $1,822
    AUD $1,893
    EUR €1,316
    GBP £1,121
    NZD $2,246
    ZAR R17,238
    CHF FR1,623
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $138
    CAD $140
    AUD $145
    EUR €101
    GBP £86
    NZD $172
    ZAR R1,326
    CHF FR124
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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.

Day 3 Bursa

Once the capital of the Ottoman State, Bursa has a rich architectural heritage. It's also famous for being the home of the Iskander (doner) kebab.

Days 4-5 Ayvalik

With a picturesque harbour facing the Aegean Sea, relaxed waterside cafes, hills of olive groves and nearby idyllic islands, Ayvalik exudes Turkish charm.

Days 6-7 Selcuk

Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.

Days 8-9 Goreme

Sculptured by millenniums of erosion and centuries of human craftsmanship, Goreme is a truly magical place with fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches and underground cities.

Days 10-11 Gaziantep

One of the oldest continually settled cities in the world, Gaziantep is considered by many to be the gastronomic capital of Turkey thanks to its rich and varied cuisine.

Days 12-13 Istanbul

The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style.
    • 13
    • ERZZ
    • 4.80 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,796
      CAD $1,822
      AUD $1,893
      EUR €1,316
      GBP £1,121
      NZD $2,246
      ZAR R17,238
      CHF FR1,623
      *
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