Culinary Tours

Izmir Culinary Break (2 Nights/3 Days)

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Izmir is the 3rd biggest city in Turkey. It’s a modern and beautiful harbour city with lots of sightseeing, shopping and entertainment opportunities within.

 

 

 

Tour Days

 Day 1 – Well off the beaten path – a feast today!

Welcome to Izmir! Upon arrival you will be met by a Unison Turkey representative at the airport and escorted to your hotel. Make sure to have a light breakfast today as today we will be enjoying a great barbeque as the locals do. We will first start with a panoramic tour of Izmir City. Izmir is a modern city famous with its open minded people and culture. We will drive around the historical parts and important sights. Then we will head to a picnic area. On our way, we will stop by the local farmer’s stalls along the road and will buy our vegetables and meat. The picnic area is called “Kendin Pişir Kendin Ye”, which means “You Cook You Eat”. There will be a lot of locals in this area enjoying their day. After our relaxing picnic, we will head to ancient city of Klazomenai where excavations are still going on and we will learn about ancient olive oil making in the region. One of the oldest Olive Oil production centers of Anatolia (from 2600 years ago) was found here and is being renovated to start producing again. We will also visit Teos Ancient City. Along the way we will learn about the local olive oil produce and will be able to purchase some of the best olive oils in the world.

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 Day 2 – Ephesus – Cooking Class – Wine Tasting

After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Selcuk. This 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.

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 Day 3 – Aegean Breakfast – Pergamon

Skip breakfast at the hotel today because we will be enjoying a real Aegean breakfast in a village house along our way. Aegean breakfast is very tasty and healthy with fresh tomatoes, cheese, tasty olives, home made bread, home made jams and lots of olive oil mixed with oregano. After taking our time with breakfast and also getting to know the villagers who host us, we will head to Pergamum. Pergamum is one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey. The city was a great center of culture and the capital of East Roman Empire. On the Acropolis there are numerous remains including the celebrated Library, the steepest theatre of Anatolia, the Temples of Trojan and Dionysos, the place of the monumental Altar of Zeus famous with the relief of God and devils, the Sanctuary of Demeter, the Gymnasium situated on terraces and the lower Agora. You will visit the Archaeological Museum of Bergama. Proceed to the Medical Center of the ancient world, Asklepion where the first psychological treatment had been used and which was dedicated to the God of Health, Asklepios. This afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the next destination.

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Prices

  Prices - Per Person In DBL Single Supplement  Extra
Night
PP in
DBL
Extra Night Single Sup.
Hotel Name 2 Pax 4 Pax 6 Pax 8 Pax 10 Pax
Ontur Hotel 4*   € 789 € 609 € 509 € 479 € 459 € 99 € 79 € 49
Anemon Hotel 4* € 799 € 590 € 509 € 490 € 459 € 89 € 79 € 49
Moevempik Hotel 5* € 869 € 659 € 599 € 549 € 519 € 149 € 109 € 79

 

  • Rates are given for land services only and do not include accommodation. Selected hotel is to be added on top of the price.                                                          
  • Rates are based on private services and include transportation, guide services and entrance fees as per itinerary.                                                             
  • Rates do not include meals as we assume the clients would rather order from ala carte menu than being limited by set menus.                                                      
  • All prices are in EUR and NET.                                                  
  • Domestic flights are not included in above prices. Domestic flight rates are to be added on top of the tour rate. As prices vary due to availability, domestic flight rates will be advised at the time of enquiry.                                                      
  • Above prices are given for guidance only. Prices may change according to the changes in the programs according to clients’ wishes, when preparing tailor made itineraries.             

Testimonials

  • My magical week with Unison Turkey ended last night. I had an incredible stay. Thank you sooooo much for the great experience. I will definitely come back to Istanbul! kisses! - Sayuki Schafer

  • Dear Gursan & Nazan Thank you and Nazan for all you did for us well beyond the call of duty. I want you both to know how much your care was appreciated and all of the extras.
    Sara Williams - University of Saskatchewan
    I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire
     

  • 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


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