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Turkey Real Food Adventure

11 Days | Go behind the scenes of the local cuisine on an adventure that’s full of Turkish delights

3.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
EUR 1.736 €
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Get up close and personal with Turkey's age-old culinary traditions on this authentic food adventure. From ancient recipes with modern twists to Asian-inspired feasts with European influences, take a tongue-tingling journey beyond the cookbook and discover the secrets behind delicious Turkish dishes. Enjoy a cooking class in the caves of Cappadocia, learn from a celebrated local chef in Selcuk, and explore the impressive ruins of Ephesus. Whether you’re wandering through the passageways of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar or flying high in a balloon above the fairy chimneys of Goreme, embark on an experience that goes above and beyond what you think you know about Turkish cuisine.

Trip overview

Map of Turkey Real Food Adventure including Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 52.78 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the secrets behind Turkish dishes during a cooking class with a celebrated local chef in Selcuk, and learn how to make central Anatolian dishes with a local chef in her cave home.
  • Meet the people behind the dishes, from the market vendors serving up sizzling street food in Izmir and Istanbul, to the owners of a local olive farm in a rural village.
  • Explore bustling Istanbul, walk among the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, hear the wartime stories of Gallipoli and wander through the ancient ruins of Ephesus.
  • Taste the country’s most cherished dishes, from iconic kebabs and world-famous Turkish delight to local favourites like baklava, pide, gozleme and fish sandwiches.
  • Get to know the artisans behind local crafts when you visit a social enterprise that trains local women in carpet weaving, and visit a family-run pottery studio that’s been in business for six generations.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, CYDD (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği). Donations help them provide scholarships and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth in Turkey.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Turkey includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Turkey which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • This trip includes a 12 hour overnight train trip from Izmir to Konya. Please see Day 6 of the itinerary for details.
  • This trip involves a lot of walking, sometimes on rocky or slippery terrain such as the sites in Goreme. Please bring sturdy walking shoes, but also note that you can sit out the walks if you do not feel up to them.
  • Don’t underestimate the weather at any time of year in Turkey. In the summer months, heat can be extreme. In winter months, some travellers have been surprised at how low the temperatures go. A hat, sunscreen, and clothing that can be layered will serve you well year-round.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners


Plane, Private Vehicle, Overnight Train


Hotel (9 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)

  • Istanbul - Welcome Dinner
  • Istanbul - Spice Market tour
  • Istanbul - Kadikoy visit and street food tour
  • Istanbul - City Tour
  • Gallipoli - Battlefields visit
  • Canakkale - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Canakkale - Cheese and jam tasting
  • Havran - Olive Oil Farm
  • Adatepe - Altar of Zeus
  • Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk - Sultankoy Village Carpet Weaving
  • Selcuk - Cooking class
  • Selcuk - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Izmir - Street eats and city tour
  • Cappadocia - Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Goreme - Sunset wine tasting
  • Goreme - Red Valley walk
  • Goreme - Soganli Valley walk
  • Mustafapasa - Coffeehouse visit and tasting
  • Goreme - Cooking Class
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Istanbul - Balik ekmek (fish sandwich)
Add on activities
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR270
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR320

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 6 (Overnight Train) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to
availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

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3.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Ronnie · Traveled October 2023
This trip reshaped how I view Turkey. The landscape is stunning, the people are incredibly friendly, the culture was beautiful, and the food was amazing. What an incredible country to visit!
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Lynette · Traveled October 2023
Turkey is such an interesting country with so much fascinating history. The Food Tour really accentuated one of the true gems they have to offer. The food was exceptional. 10 out of 10! Highly recommend.
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Emer · Traveled September 2023
An excellent trip led by a brilliant guide, Pinar. I've learnt so much and eaten a ridiculous amount of absolutely delicious food. Pinar was enthusiastic and is proud of her country, culture, traditions and people. This trip was perfect mix of history, culture, food and gave a great sense of Turkey.
Review submitted 03 Oct 2023

Kimberly · Traveled May 2023
What a beautiful fascinating country. This was my 7th trip with Intrepid and my 3rd culinary/food tour — and one of my favorite! Learning about a country, culture and society though food is fantastic, but visits to historic and ancient sites and masters of arts and crafts were also included. I learned so much and loved our superb guide, Tarik.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2023

Katie · Traveled May 2023
An excellent trip led by a brilliant guide (Tarik). I’ve learnt so much about Turkiye and eaten a ridiculous amount of absolutely delicious food. Tarik was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and obviously loves his food - which is ideal for a trip like this! NB The accommodation was good and clean.
Review submitted 31 May 2023
Turkey Real Food Adventure
EUR 1.736 €