DISCOVER ISTANBUL'S CHARMS: THREE-DAYS OF CULTURE, CUISINE, AND LUXURY
Uncover the enchanting allure of Istanbul in a three-day adventure. Day 1 begins with a warm welcome at Istanbul Airport, leading to a relaxing evening. Day 2 explores iconic landmarks, including Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, with a hands-on cooking class. Day 3 continues the journey with Dolmabahce Palace, a private Bosphorus yacht tour, the Spice Bazaar, and a rejuvenating hammam session. Depart on Day 4 from the luxurious Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel, leaving behind cherished memories of Istanbul's rich history and vibrant experiences.
You will be welcomed by our representative at Istanbul Airport with the signboard that group name on it and transfer to the hotel and rest.
After breakfast meet our guide at the hotel and start the full day tour to explore stunning Istanbul.
Today’s program includes Hagia Sophia,Topkapı Palace,Grand Bazaar and Cooking Class.
Hagia Sophia, also known as Ayasofya, is a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Originally built as a cathedral in 537 AD, it later became an imperial mosque and is now a museum (note that its status may change). The grand dome, stunning mosaics, and a rich history make it a must-visit. Take your time to admire the intricate mosaics that depict biblical scenes and the grand architecture that has influenced many buildings worldwide.
Topkapi Palace served as the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. Explore the palace's opulent chambers, stunning courtyards, and the Harem, where the Sultan's concubines lived. Don't miss the Treasury with its impressive collection of jewels and relics, as well as the incredible views of the Bosphorus from the palace grounds.
The Grand Bazaar is one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. It's a bustling labyrinth of shops selling jewelry, textiles, ceramics, spices, and much more. Explore the maze-like alleys and haggle with shopkeepers for unique souvenirs. Be prepared for a sensory overload with the array of colors, scents, and sounds.
A 2-hour cooking class in Istanbul offers an immersive and educational culinary experience that allows participants to explore the rich and diverse world of Turkish cuisine. During this hands-on local cooking session, participants typically engage in the following activities:
Guided Instruction: An experienced and knowledgeable local chef or instructor provides step-by-step guidance throughout the class. They introduce participants to the essential ingredients, techniques, and traditions of Turkish cooking.
Menu Selection: Participants often have the opportunity to choose from a set menu or focus on specific dishes, such as classic Turkish kebabs, mezes (appetizers), traditional pastries, or even regional specialties unique to Istanbul.
Preparation: The class typically involves the preparation of various ingredients, including chopping, marinating, and seasoning. This allows participants to learn the finer details of flavor combinations and cooking methods used in Turkish cuisine.
Cooking Techniques: Participants are taught traditional cooking methods such as grilling, baking, and sautéing, as well as the proper use of Turkish spices and herbs that contribute to the distinctive flavors of the cuisine.
Cultural Insights: In addition to the practical cooking aspect, instructors often share cultural insights about the significance of the dishes being prepared, the history of Turkish cuisine, and the importance of food in Turkish culture.
Tasting and Enjoyment: The highlight of the class is, of course, savoring the delicious dishes that participants have prepared. This communal meal provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy the fruits of their labor and engage in conversations with fellow classmates.
Recipe and Skills Takeaway: Participants usually receive a set of recipes and cooking tips to take home, enabling them to recreate the dishes in their own kitchens. These recipes serve as a memento of the culinary journey and a way to share Turkish flavors with friends and family.
Overall, a 2-hour authentic home style cooking session in Istanbul offers a condensed yet enriching experience that allows both beginners and seasoned cooks to connect with the local culture, savor traditional flavors, and gain practical skills in preparing authentic Turkish dishes. It's a delightful and memorable way to engage with the city's vibrant food scene while learning the art of Turkish cooking.
After breakfast meet our guide at the hotel and start the full day tour to explore Istanbul. Today’s program includes Dolmabahce Palace, 2 hrs Bosphorus Tour with private luxury boat, Spice Bazaar and Hammam session.
Dolmabahce Palace is a stunning Ottoman-era palace that was once the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. It combines elements of Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical architectural styles.
Explore the opulent halls, the Crystal Staircase, and the grand chandelier in the Ceremonial Hall. The palace also has an impressive collection of art, including paintings and decorative items.
2 hrs Bosphorus Tour with private luxury yacht. Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus, a waterway that divides Europe and Asia. The yacht cruise offers a cost-effective way to take in panoramic views of iconic landmarks, such as the Bosphorus Bridge, Maiden's Tower, and the Dolmabahce Palace from the water. It's a relaxing and picturesque way to appreciate the city's unique geography.
The Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a bustling marketplace filled with stalls selling aromatic spices, herbs, teas, and a variety of Turkish delights. Explore the vibrant colors and fragrant scents as you stroll through the market, and don't forget to pick up some spices or souvenirs to take home.
A hammam session is a quintessential Turkish experience, offering relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy a traditional Turkish bath, including steam, exfoliation, and a soap massage. The ornate architecture and soothing ambiance make it a perfect way to unwind and refresh after a day of sightseeing. Back to the hotel and rest.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to the Istanbul Airport.
Accommodation at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel.
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