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Rates
May 29, 2016

USD 3990.-
Per Person

Sept. 11, 2016
Sept. 25, 2016
Oct. 9, 2016
 
 
 
Maximum 10 People onboard on each departure
 
 
 
 
Add-Ons and Reductions
Single Suppl.
USD 905
0-2 Child Reduc.
Free
2-12 Child Reduc.
50 %
Student Reduc.
10 %
 
 
 
 
The Prices Include

Cooking classes by Selin Rozanes and local Turkish culinary experts
Local home visits in Istanbul and Cappadocia
Discover the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, visit ancient Ephesus
Tours of food markets and bazaars
Guided visits to the iconic monuments of Istanbul
Boat journeys down the Bosphorus and around the bays of Bodrum
Amazing meals, including Ciya, in Istanbul, as well as at Selin’s favourite restaurants throughout the itinerary
Much much more!

 
 
 
 
The Prices Exclude

International Flight Tickets
Visa fee
Personal Travel Insurance
Non mandatory but customary tips
Optional ballooning in Cappadocia
Alcoholic drinks where not included in the menu

 
 
 
 
Thank you so much for making our visit such a success! We had a wonderful time with you guys and just wished that we could have stayed a few more weeks! We really enjoyed meeting you all and hope that we can visit Turkey with Argeus again soon! As soon as we get organized we will send some pictures - I think we have pictures of both of you! Once again, thank you so very much for being such competent and gracious hosts. We will give your name to everyone who asks! Please use us as references if you wish to. We'll look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely,
Jean and Lindsay Mac Dermid
USA
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EXPLORE TURKISH FLAVOURS TOUR - 11 DAYS

Departing on:
- May 29, 2016
- September 11, 2016

- September 25, 2016
- October 9, 2016

Day 1 - ISTANBUL
Arrive at Istanbul, Atatürk International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel. Welcome dinner at one of Istanbul's reknown restaurants.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals: D



Day 2 - ISTANBUL

Today you will visit the Blue Mosque, a famous 17th century mosque that dominates the Istanbul skyline, Topkapı Palace the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory jutting out between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. The construction of the Topkapı Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. In the Treasury section, you will see the 7th biggest diamond in the world, the “Spoonmaker’s Diamond” and the Harem is a vast labyrinth of rooms and corridors once occupied by the black eunuchs, concubines, the Sultan’s mother and the Sultan himself.

The Palace Kitchens comprised of buildings arranged along a 170 metre-long courtyard/street in the 2nd courtyard of the Palace facing the Sea of Marmara appear as a separate neighbourhood with their attachments. Although the architecture of the kitchens, built in the same place during the reign of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, is not known, it is known that the first two domed structures adjacent to the Cooks' Mosque has remained from this period and that the kitchens were extended due to an increase in the palace population during the reign of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (1520 - 1566), that the kitchens and living quarters were renewed by Chief Architect Sinan after the fire of 1574 and that the street in front was widened and the porticoes were brought to the front towards the courtyard.
You will visit The Palace Kitchens, Helvahane and Quarters and learn about our culinary culture of 400 years.
For lunch you will taste delicious kofte -meatballs- at a specialized restaurant operating since 1920.

After lunch you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, another skillful accomplishment of the architect Sinan, the Rustem Pasha Mosque was built in 1561 on the orders of Rustem Pasha, Grand Vizier and son-in-law of Suleyman the Magnificent. Exquisite Iznik tiles panel the small and superbly proportioned interior. Then you will drive to the pier to board our private boat for our cruise on the Bosphorus.

Upon disembarkation you will proceed to Selin’s home to enjoy a hands- on cooking class learning to cook home-style, family recipes and taste what you have cooked.
A truly unique opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and local home life.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals: B, L, D


Day 3 - ISTANBUL

Today we will take you on a tour of of Istanbul’s Byzantine iconic monuments.
Hagia Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom, which was a church (circa 548 AD), then a mosque and now a museum.
The Underground Cistern built by Emperor Justinian to provide water for the city of Constantinople. It is difficult to describe the beauty and   uniqueness of this experience.
After lunch you will visit the St. Savior in Chora Museum, known for its magnificent mosaics and frescoes dating from the 11th to the 14th  centuries. Last, you will continue to explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar.
Dinner will be at one of Istanbul's popular restaurants.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals: B, L, D


Day 4 - ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA
Today you will start the day with a walk through the Spice Bazaar, an extensive market which was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque - Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the "Egyptian Market" due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt.

Take a ferry ride to the other side of the river that separates the European and Asian parts of Istanbul to explore the famous open-air street market of Kadıkoy. Notice the big difference in atmosphere between the Spice Market and the Kadıkoy which is more in tune with the way most people in Istanbul cook and eat.

Indulge yourself in the huge variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, with plenty to discover for the "foodie". Feel the real bazaar shopping experience with the fishmongers, bakers, butchers and grocers singing out to attract you to their stall. Take your time and explore the many pastry shops, Turkish delight and deli stores and the aromatic spice stands. There is plenty to see and buy, with information and recommendations available.

Lunch will be at re known Ciya Restaurant where you will taste best samples of Anatolian Cuisine. After lunch we will head to the airport for our flight to Cappadocia. You will be transferred to our luxirious cave hotel upon arrival. A light dinner will be served at Ziggy's Restaurant.

Overnight at Esbelli Evi.

Meals: B, L, D


Day 5 - CAPPADOCIA
In Cappadocia we will focus on the very particular culture and foods of Anatolia.
Today you will be cooking lunch in a village home with a local family. They will show us how to make  stuffed vine leaves and manti, traditional dishes stretching  back in to the Central Asian origins of modern Turkey. You will taste what you have cooked for lunch.

After lunch we will introduce you to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia at Dervent Valley, and then head to the Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements of Cappadocia. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos.

At Avanos, a centre of terracotta art since 2,000 BC, you will see a demonstration of pottery making in a traditional workshop, where the family has been making pottery for many generations. Then you will try our hands at it under the supervision of a master potter. This is also a great spot to shop for pottery.

Before dinner you will stop at a winery. This is the biggest and oldest winery (since 1943) in Cappadocia. We will tour the winery while tasting their local wines. The Okuzgozu-Bogazkere combinations (grapes native to Turkey) are quite promising. The family-operated winery is located underground, carved in natural rock. This natural cellar also provides excellent storage conditions for the wine.
Dinner will be at Muti Restaurant.

Overnight at Esbelli Evi.

Meals: B, L, D


Day 6 - CAPPADOCIA - IZMIR
Early morning optional balloon ride
- Transfer to the balloon launching site to meet the balloon crew. The gentle and stable wind conditions are ideal during the first few hours of the day in Cappadocia. It is also the ideal time for photography, with splendid colours and contrasts. The deep canyons and gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon. After flying over Cappadocia for about one hour, you will land to a champagne celebration!

After breakfast you will continue your day with a hike in the picturesque Red Valley. Then make your way back to the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. These are found in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings dating from as early as the 10th century. After lunch in a local restaurant you will then explore the underground city of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements.

Then while sipping your wine you will enjoy a demonstration and explanation of Turkish carpet making techniques, symbols and different types of carpets, and get the chance to buy some of these works of art.
Today we will take a late afternoon flight to Izmir and drive to Alacati.

Overnight at Alacati Beyevi Hotel or similar.

Meals : B, L


Day 7 - ALAÇATI - URLA - ALAÇATI
After a leisurely morning you will visit a fruit and vegetable farmers market where all produce is freshly picked in the early morning.
Here we will choose our seasonal produce and fresh cheeses and arrive at the cooking workshop. We will learn how to prepare Aegean style foods featuring the strong influence of the regional culinary heritage using the freshest ingredients and dishes cooked in local extra virgin olive oil.
After cooking a delicious meal together, we will sit down and enjoy a family style late lunch with the food we prepared, accompanied by a selection of award winning local wines while enjoying the wonderful views of the region.

After lunch we will walk through the Arts street featuring ceramics, wood working, mosaic and painting studios. You will enjoy the artwork along with 150 year old stone buildings and the narrow streets of central Urla. A walking tour through Arts Street featuring ceramic, mosaic, woodworking and painting studios.

We will drive you to your hotel after the Urla culinary experience.

You have the rest of the day to relax or explore the cobblestoned streets of this quaint seaside resort, winding between the stone buildings, and settle down in one of the village square’s coffeehouses to chill out.
Dinner at Alacati's Asmaaltı Restaurant.

Overnight at Alacati Beyevi Hotel or similar.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8 - ALAÇATI - EPHESUS - BODRUM
After an early breakfast you will proceed to visit the ancient archaeological ruins of Ephesus, featuring the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of ancient world.

You will then proceed for lunch in an ecological farm that houses the best restaurant in the area and visit the Oleatrium, an Olive and Olive Oil Museum where we will be travelling 2500 years in time. After having a delectable feast, we will take you around the farm so you will see how they dry their vegetables under the sun, how they make tomato, pepper paste, pomegranate molasses and the making of many different organic jams. The farm tour will end at the museum where you will see how mankind first discovered that olives were edible and how olive oil was used from the beginning of time until today.

Overnight at Lugga Hotel or similar.

Meals: B, L



Day 9 - BODRUM
Today after a delicious homemade breakfast with freshly baked bread, olives, honey, kaymak (rich clotted cream) jams, cheeses (cow and goat), eggs and sausage in a village nearby we will go around the Bays of Bodrum on a typical Turkish wooden yacht.
A delicious lunch will be prepared for you on board our boat. It is a perfect way to enjoy swimming in the blue waters.
After the full day cruise you will return to the hotel.
Dinner at one of Bodrum's popular restaurants.

Overnight at Lugga Hotel or similar.

Meals: B, L, D


Day 10 - BODRUM - ISTANBUL
In the morning we will stop to watch a demo on Satsuma Orange and Tangerine Turkish Delight production and a local shop for best quality Turkish towels and  locally woven home textiles.
Then you will proceed to your cooking workshop at Erenler Sofrasi where you will be guided through the delicious secrets of Turkish cookery with its accent on olive oil and fish. You will then taste what you have prepared at a sumptuous lunch.
After lunch you will drive to the center of Bodrum to visit the famous Crusaders Castle and the Underwater Archaeology Museum.
You will take a late afternoon flight to Istanbul at 18:45pm.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals: B, L


Day 11 - DEPARTURE ISTANBUL
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B


 
 

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