Culinary Tours

Ephesus – Learn to cook Aegean Style (full day)

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Selcuk is a small town where famous Ephesus Ancient City is located. Our first stop is House of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have lived her last days. We will then proceed to beautifully preserved Ephesus Ancient City. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. With the mythological stories and spectacular ruins you will feel the life in ancient city. See the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House, the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24,000 spectators. Now we are ready to learn to cook a Turkish meal for ourselves. Our first stop is the street market of the town (available only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – on other days ingredients will be provided by the restaurant) and do our shopping for fresh vegetables and other ingredients. Our menu may vary depending on season and your taste.

We may learn to cook a nice vegetable cassarole, or a Turkish style pizza or some stuffed eggplants. After preparing, we will be using a stone oven to cook our food. While lunch is being cooked, you will have a chance to visit a nearby carpet center in order to learn and understand about this very important and traditional local handicrafts. After lunch, we will proceed to small and beautiful village of Sirince located up the hill. This village is famous with it’s fruit wines. You will have a chance to learn how fruit wines (cherry, peach, raspberry, melon, etc) are made and will also have a tasting session. You will also have a chance to walk around it’s narrow streets and shop from locals selling olive oil, soap, wine, food and souvenirs.

Prices

Period 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
01.01.2016 31.12.2016 €339 € 209 € 159 € 139 € 129 € 119
             

Tour Includes:

Pick-up & drop-off

Entrance fees as per itinerary

Air-conditioned vehicle

Cooking class and lunch

Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry

Testimonials

  • We are just back home from a great Turkey holiday. We want to thank Hakan for being such a considerate, well organized and devoted guide. This has definitely been a trip of a lifetime. Neither we nor our children will never forget this amazing experience. Thanks again. Kim Sato - Japan

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student

     

    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student


  • Hello Burcu
    I am writing from Madrid, where we arrived last night after a wonderful experience in Istanbul, thanks to you and your organization.  The tours, the guide and the chofer were magnificent, they allowed us to have a view of the city that was relaxed, care free and most of all instructive and fun.
    Many, many thanks Burcu
    Best regards
    Carlos

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