Real Food Adventure - Turkey

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Departs from
Hotel, Overnight sleeper train, Pension
Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group
Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Plane, Private minibus, Train
Important Notes
A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.


Taste mouth-watering meze at an Istanbul meyhane , Become entranced by the beauty Istanbul’s The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi Palace, Discover exotic spices or a magic carpet in Istanbul's incredible Spice Bazaar, Go on a kebab crawl through Istanbul’s storied streets, Learn the art of Turkish tea preparation at a traditional teahouse, Be mesmerised by a Whirling Dervish performance, Sail to Cunda Island to watch the sun set while eating baked fish freshly caught from the Aegean Sea, Step back in time at the glorious ruins of Ephesus, Delve deep into Cappadocia in an incredible underground city , Encounter the draw-dropping beauty of Goreme’s Open-Air Museum on an optional tour, Munch on super fresh balik ekmek (fish sandwich) straight off the wharf, Sample freshly made cheese and forage for wild greens in Ayvalik, Savour the sweetness of Gaziantep’s famed emerald-green pistachio baklava, Experience central Anatolian flavours and tandir cooking in Goreme

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Take a culinary journey through Turkey, a country steeped in history and tradition, where east meets west and the ancient bleeds into the modern day. Begin in astonishing Istanbul, eating meze in a traditional meyhane, being awed by the Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque and exploring the well-trod passageways of the Grand Bazaar. Soak in the history and beauty of Bursa while discovering the out-of-this-world Iskender kebabs and drink in the tranquillity and traditions of the seaside village of Ayvalik, where fresh seafood and olive oil are the order of the day. Visit the impressive ruins of Ephesus near Selcuk and marvel at the astonishing underground cities of Cappadocia. Spend time with a local Goreme family and learn the secrets behind central Anatolian cuisine in a cooking class. Famous for its emerald-green pistachios, Gaziantep is the perfect place to see Turkey’s renowned south-eastern food traditions come alive. Arrive back in Istanbul, where this adventure into Turkey’s sights, sounds and incredible cuisine comes to an end.


Days 1-2 Istanbul
Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.
Day 3 Bursa
Once the capital of the Ottoman State, Bursa has a rich architectural heritage. It's also famous for being the home of the Iskander (doner) kebab.
Days 4-5 Ayvalik
With a picturesque harbour facing the Aegean Sea, relaxed waterside cafes, hills of olive groves and nearby idyllic islands, Ayvalik exudes Turkish charm.
Days 6-7 Selcuk
Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.
Days 8-9 Goreme
Sculptured by millenniums of erosion and centuries of human craftsmanship, Goreme is a truly magical place with fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches and underground cities.
Days 10-11 Gaziantep
One of the oldest continually settled cities in the world, Gaziantep is considered by many to be the gastronomic capital of Turkey thanks to its rich and varied cuisine.
Days 12-13 Istanbul
The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style.