Tastes of Turkey: Western Route


Istanbul | Bursa | Pergamum | Alacati | Sirince | Ephesus (9 Days)

Turkey is a paradise for gourmets, and you’ll find plenty of food and wine to love on this culinary-focused itinerary traveling from Istanbul along the coast into the Aegean region until you come to ancient Ephesus.

Highlights
  • Experience the energetic city of Istanbul, a bridge between continents
  • Tour the Sultanahmet district, the keeper of Istanbul’s ancient landmarks
  • Sample the street foods of Istanbul with a local guide
  • Meet the king of kebabs in Bursa
  • Enjoy wine tastings in Urla and Şirince
  • Tour the magnificent acropolis of ancient Pergamum
  • Explore the charming Aegean town of Alaçatı
  • Eat a typical Turkish breakfast the way it should be
  • Step back in time on the streets of ancient Ephesus
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Brief Itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul and private transfer to your hotel in the Old City. Evening dinner at a fish restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus. Istanbul
Day 2 Full-day private tour including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul
Day 3 Morning private tour including the Spice Market and a Bosphorus boat ride. Afternoon private street food walking tour. Istanbul
Day 4 Private transfer to your hotel in Bursa. Afternoon city walking tour, including the local kebab specialty for lunch.  Bursa
Day 5 Visit ancient Pergamum and stop for lunch at an excellent local restaurant. Continue on to your hotel on the Çeşme Peninsula in the Aegean region. Assos
Day 6 Private walking tour of old town Alacati and included olive oil and wine tastings in Urla. Evening dinner of olive oil-infused meze and fresh seafood. Alacati
Day 7 Private transfer to your hotel in the village of Şirince. Lunch at a local restaurant, including tastings of fruit wines. Sirince
Day 8 Excellent typical Turkish breakfast at your hotel in Sirince. Full-day private tour of ancient Ephesus and the Archaeological Museum, with included farm-fresh lunch. Sirince
Day 9 Private transfer to the airport for departure.  

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