(Istanbul, Canakkale, Sirince, Izmir)
Turkish cuisine is one of the most renowned in the world, refined through centuries of experience; a fusion of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Start your tour in Istanbul, a grand mosaic of East and West, the only city in the world built on two continents. Istanbul is a haven for those who enjoy stimulating their senses. Absorb Istanbul's ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influenced architecture. Browse the Egypt or 'Spice Bazaar', one of the largest bazaars in the city, dedicated wholly to a multitude of spices, preserved fruits and not to be missed, Turkish Delight! Discover the unique method behind creating the infamous Turkish Coffee and immerse yourself in learning the methods of creating delicious traditional Turkish fare. Continue to Canakkale with visits to Gallipoli and Troy before making your way to Sirince, a small, pretty village located in the hills of Izmir Province. Take some time to visit the silversmiths, leather shops, jewelers and to enjoy the infamous local handmade fruit wines! Complete your adventure with a visit to Ephesus, the site of a succession of great ancient civilizations where your private guide will bring to life the striking archaeolgy and extraordinary history of this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Visit one of Istanbul’s most famous coffee & tea houses, Sark Kahvesi, the most popular meeting place in Grand Bazaar. This is a great place to taste the famous Turkish coffee. After a short lecture about traditional Turkish coffee, its roasting and preparation, you will have time to enjoy a cup or two.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul and see the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, and the Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Afterwards, visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans.
360 Istanbul offers traditional Turkish cuisine and 360 Istanbul’s international flare. Starting with Mezes (appetizers) made especially for sharing with your table partners. These exquisite morsels have been carefully selected and sectioned into Veggie, Sushi, Crisp Pastries, Fish & Shellfish, Salads and Soups. The main courses are presented in a selection of Vegetable, Pasta & Pizza, Meat & Poultry and Fish specialties. Many of the main courses are the original restaurant's recipes again mixing Turkish and international influences coupled with an ingeniously engineered and extensive wine menu. The 360 restaurant famous desserts range from assortment of mouth-watering sorbets and original pastries, to the climatic “Death by Chocolate, Popcorn Creme Brule & Chocolate Orgazm ” dish to squarely end the meal.
Experience firsthand the good tastes of Turkey. Turkish food is famous throughout the world, and is considered one of the 3 pre-eminent cuisines alongside French and Chinese. Cooking tours are a great way to combine your love of arts and travel into an extraordinary experience. The Turkish kitchen provides you with the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful regions of the world while teaching you to make delicious Turkish foods. Learn great recipes and techniques to add to your own collection. Share the memory of your holiday with your friends and family.
In Istanbul, enjoy a port transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
A cruise by public boat on the Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents. The shores offer a beautiful harmony of the old wooden mansions, marble palaces, stunning mosques and modern buildings. Among the most famous to be seen are; Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortakoy area, Maiden’s Tower. Spice market, a marketplace for herbs and spices since centuries will also be visited.
Visit the beautiful and atmospheric Gallipoli Peninsula, site of the disastrous British and Commonwealth invasion during the First World War. See some of the most important sites which eloquently commemorate the events of that tragic battle. Then cross the Dardanelles by local ferry and continue on to Canakkale for overnight.
Enroute stop for lunch in Tekirdag region, Mahramli village to taste meatballs , a favorite meal in Turkey.
After breakfast visit the world famous ancient city of Troy including its various layers of civilizations. Troy is the legendary city immortalized by Homer's Illiad and later excavated by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. It is also famous for the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen.
Enjoy famous Turkish kebabs at Kosebasi restaurant in Izmir.
Continue your trip to Sirince the pretty old village, that was once was called Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village.Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly at all and called it Sirince ("pretty"). As the village is located on the top of a mountain, anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees' views on his way
Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture as of the 1920's: after the Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. Even in the courtyard of one of them, one will discover a nicely restorated Orthodox church.All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds and olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: try its taste in small cafés or in the former municipal school restorated. Though Sirince Village is developing its tourism very quickly, it has been able to preserve its authenticity and the meaning of its name..
Following a traditional Aegean style breakfast visit the splendid site of Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the most magnificent sites in the ancient world and it is remarkably well preserved to this day with whole streets still clearly visible. Your tour will include many remains dating from the time of St Paul such as the Odeon, Bouleterion, Nymphaeum, great baths and the two most famous sites of all: the magnificent theater, which is still in use today, and the elegant, three story Library of Celsus. Continue to Izmir for lunch (drinks are not included) at Kaplandag restaurant to sample a local beef specialty, another favorite of Turks. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a domestic flight from Izmir airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
The Eresin Crown Hotel (5*) is a special deluxe boutique hotel in Sultanahmet with a private museum showcasing a cistern, mosaic and 49 other museum pieces of historical and architectural significance from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine times. Tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and many more are just a short distance from the hotel.
Kolin Hotel is a 5* luxury hotel on the beach just out of the center of town. This incredible hotel has 276 rooms, which are fully air-conditioned, satellite T.V. safe box, mini-bar, bathtubs, and hair dryer. There are large grounds and plenty of sports and activities. There is an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, water sports, billiards, darts, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, football, mini golf. The hotel also has an in-house doctor, beauty and skin hair, fitness room, Turkish bath, Steam Bath, Sauna, massage rooms and more.
Markiz Konaklari is a complex of 3 different Greek houses and it has the best view of the village at Sirince, which is built in a garden with full of fruit trees and endemic flowers, is located just 3 minutes walking to the Village Centre and just 10-minute drive from Selçuk and the archaeological treasures of Ephesus. In the mansions, 8 rooms in total which are 4 Standard Rooms, 2 Deluxe Rooms and 2 Superior Deluxe Rooms. All rooms have Central Heating System, Air-condition, Lcd TV and Fire place.
The KEY Hotel (4*) has a prime location with 21 of its rooms either with direct or partial views of the sea. Set in the heart of the city, the KEY Hotel is a luxury-driven lifestyle hotel. The hotel is located in the commercial hub of Izmir, along the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by traditional buildings from the 1930s. The Hotel is by the promenade of the Gulf of Izmir and within walking distance to the shopping districts of Konak as well as Alsancak. The hotel offers 34 elegantly appointed rooms with state of the art technology; 31 guest rooms, 1 Executive Suite, 1 Deluxe Suite and 1 Grand Suite. Overlooking Kordon, the promenade by the bay of the city, The KEY Restaurant and Bar showcase international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. The hotel also offers a fitness room for guests.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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