Cities explored: Urla, Izmir, Tire, Adana, Gaziantep, Turkey
Length: 5 days
Date: October 6th to – 11th, 2019
Availability: Limited to 12 guests
From the beaches of the Aegean to the towns along the ancient caravan spice routes, Western Anatolia is where Empires met and swapped recipes.
You will understand the cuisines of the different peoples who settled the region, Arab and Greek, Armenian, Circassian and Ottoman.
Street food crawls, markets and mezze, you will taste and learn about the wines of the region, the many different varieties of baklava and — most importantly, the difference between doner, kebab, and kofte. This is a tour that takes you from the smoky grilled delicious of local inns to some of the very best fine dining restaurants around the Mediterranean.
Hungry Tourist tours are fun and friendly. Like-minded people from around the world, around the table, sharing stories and experiences and tastes. Couples, singles, family groups — everyone fits right in.
Sinan Hamamsarılar or as many in Turkey know him, Tatdedektifi (The Taste Detective) is the guy you want to have to navigate Anatolian cuisine.
Sinan is one of Turkey’s most serious and popular culinary experts and influencers, a consultant to the food industry and food writer for “Hürriyet”, Turkey’s biggest newspaper and Turkish Airlines’ ’“Skylife” magazine. He knows every grand restaurant and every delicious doner hole in the wall from Sultanahmet to Gaziantep.
On top of all this, Sinan is a great cook, an encyclopedia of Turkish wine, has a passion for the hundreds of different kinds of Turkish cheese and is a world-class expert on hamburgers.
Price includes all food, beverages (not wine), taxes, service charges, domestic transportation and 5 nights of accommodation.
Price does not include airfare and any travel or medical insurance.
Extra nights: before or after the tour can be booked at the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus hotel in Istanbul at special rates.
A Note on Set Menus
The menus offered during the tour are selected by The Hungry Tourist with the help of our local partners. We believe they represent the best culinary fare these cities have to offer. Guests may order outside of these menus at their own expense.
Wine: Not offered in most restaurants and not included.
A non-refundable deposit of Euro 800 per person will be charged upon reservation.
The balance will be charged to your credit card 60 days prior to the first day of the tour.
Cancellation Policy and Penalties
If cancellation is received up to 30 days before the first day of the tour, the deposit will be forfeited.
If cancellation is received up to 10 days before the first day of the tour, a penalty fee of 50% of the remaining balance will be charged. If cancellation notice is received within 10 days of the first day of the tour or the guest is a no-show, the entirety of the remaining balance will be charged.