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Turkish Delights: A Culinary Tour of Turkey(sm) (14 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Istanbul, Turkey To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2020


Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Dinner

Arrive at Istanbul airport. Transfer to your hotel. Welcome Cocktail and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise on the Bosphorus, lunch at a seafood restaurant. Visit Dolmabahçe Palace.  Dinner at an authentic Turkish setting

Day 3
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A Seminar on Ottoman Turkish Cuisine.  Lunch at a special restaurant after the seminar. Visit Topkapi Palace, including the Harem, followed by the Covered Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.  Casual dinner at an authentic venue.

Day 4
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing at the St. Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome. Lunch at a distinctive or typical Turkish restaurant.  Possibility of attending a performance of the Ottoman Janissary Band*.  Dinner at an old Ottoman mansion or other authentic venue.

Day 5
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Ankara via Bolu, home of the great chefs of Ottoman Palaces for centuries. Lunch en route. Dinner at the hotel in Ankara

Day 6
Cappadocia, Turkey
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

City Tour in Ankara: Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, and The Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations. After lunch at a famous “kebap” restaurant, fly or drive to Cappadocia.  Dinner with Entertainment at a cave restaurant.  Return to hotel in Cappadocia for overnight stay.

Day 7
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in an underground city, as well as at churches carved into the volcanic rock, and a walk among “Fairy Chimneys”.  Lunch at an authentic restaurant.  More sightseeing afterwards, before a special Dinner experience.

Day 8
Izmir, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Kayseri Airport for the flight to lzmir**.  Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in Izmir.  This afternoon, enjoy a walk or a horse-drawn carriage ride along the waterfront.  Dinner will be at a seafood restaurant by the bay.

Day 9
Izmir, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in the famous ruins of Ephesus, including the Terrace Houses (of wealthy ancient Romans) as well as at the House of The Virgin Mary and the Archaeological Museum. Lunch at the mountain village of Sirince, or similar.  Return to Izmir for dinner at a local restaurant in.

Day 10
Çanakkale, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure from Izmir in the morning for Pergamum. On the way, stopover at a quaint village for a Private Morning Coffee and Cake as guest of a Turkish Family in their restored 150 year-old stone  house.  Sightseeing in Pergamum will include visits to the Acropolis and the Aesculapion, the ancient Roman hospital.  Continue with the drive on to Canakkale for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11
Bursa, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Troy in the morning, the city immortalized by Homer’s Iliad. Then, drive on to Bursa, one of the great culinary centers of Turkey.  Enjoy Doner Kebap (“gyro”), in this city where perhaps the most delicious version of this famous dish was created for the first time.  Visit the Green Mosque, the Green Mausoleum, and the Silk Bazaar. Dinner at the hotel in Bursa

Day 12
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, drive to Istanbul (having with lunch en route). Check in at the hotel upon arrival in Istanbul.  Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 13
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

A seminar on Turkish Desserts. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner at an elegant restaurant.

Day 14
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination

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An "Exclusively Virtuoso" Preferred Specialty Tour Operator, we specialize solely in Turkey, working with Travel Consultants of the Virtuoso Consortium; and, we have the distinction of having in house a former Professional Turkish Tour Guide and Turkish Archaeologist who has served as Official Guide to the British Royal Family during the tour of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Ephesus. Whether arranging a customized Shore Excursion or developing a complex Special Interest Tour itinerary in Turkey, Virtuoso Members communicate directly with the U.S. Headquarters of TURKEY AT ITS BEST(sm), enjoying (1) Immediate responses to their inquiries without delay from the time zone difference with Turkey, (2) Quotes in U.S. Dollars, rather than in Euros, (3) The security and cost savings of having the credit cards of their clients charged in the U.S., and in U.S. Dollars, (4) Prompt receipt of their commission checks, drawn on a U.S. bank, issued and mailed in the U.S., and (5) The peace of mind from receiving enhanced 24/7 customer support and service from our own Operations Center in Turkey for their clients.

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Turkish Delights: A Culinary Tour of Turkey (sm)

Influence of Ottoman Turks, who once controlled a vast empire that spanned three oceans and stretched over three continents, is clearly seen (and tasted) in today's Turkish Cuisine. This tour is designed to provide an experience of the rich Turkish kitchen, one of the four greatest cuisines of the world. The Turkish Cuisine was created with a legacy of ancient cultures going back thousands of years, and on a land that once extended from Vienna on the West, the Arabian Peninsula on the East, Northern Africa along the Mediterranean Sea in the South, and all the land that surrounds the Black Sea to the North. In this tour, you will feast like the Ottoman Sultans did, learn more about magnificent dishes going back hundreds of years, and try a few of the approximately 150 varieties, each, of rice and eggplant dishes found in Turkish Cuisine! Discover how the Turks influenced European and Western cooking. Enjoy all these, while visiting famous sites of this cradle of civilization. We are using Deluxe or "best available" hotels on this tour.

14-Day Tour Private Tour Can Start On Any Sunday in Turkey.

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*We innovate unique, premium, custom travel experiences, with our dedicated Operations Center in Turkey *34th Anniversary, over 10 years as 'Exclusively Virtuoso' Tour Operator *Team of M. Esat Kadaster, CEO, and Engin Kadaster, VP & GM, offers decades of experience and expertise; premier tour operator for customized upscale private tours in Turkey. *Engin's 40 years, start as Tour Guide, Archaeologist, and GM of a major Turkish ‘on-site’; *Served as Official Guide to HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's 1971 visit in Ephesus *2018 A-List honoree, Travel + Leisure listed multiple times as top advisor for Turkey.

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By: Charlie1

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Fantastic Tour Guides

By: SHuff

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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A good tour


Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2019

Tour was as expected and any issues were dealt with. The operator was on time and we arrived at the places that we wanted to go and see on time.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Pedersen