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My Fascinating Turkey 2015 Tours; Can’t wait to get on road again

Ephesus - Izmir, Turkey

Ephesus – Izmir, Turkey

I have recently watched this wonderful video on the beautiful Izmir region; Ephesus, the turquoise Aegean Sea, inviting Turkish food, friendly locals to welcome you; video said “life is worth exploration; so much to experience, see, taste…” How very true. This has been the basis of my culinary and cultural tours to Turkey; a fascinating land with warm people, so worth exploring.

Fascinating Istanbul, Turkey

Fascinating Istanbul, Turkey

Sultanahmet Koftecisi, Istanbul - a fine example of Turkish hospitality

Sultanahmet Koftecisi, Istanbul – a fine example of Turkish hospitality

I have been organizing and hosting small scale Culinary and Cultural Tours to Turkey for 8 years, aiming to show my homeland from a local’s perspective. This is the land I belong and love; a special land packed with history, traditions, beautiful landscape, fabulous Turkish food and wonderful, friendly locals.

Fragrant Turkish spices galore at the Spice Market, Istanbul

Fragrant Turkish spices galore at the Spice Market, Istanbul

Turkish Breakfast, delicious, healthy; a feast to all senses

Turkish Breakfast, delicious, healthy; a feast to all senses

Here, I am delighted to present you my 2 upcoming Fascinating Turkey Culinary & Cultural Tours to Turkey. First one from Saturday, May 23rd 2015 through Saturday, May 30th 2015, second one from Saturday, October 24th through Saturday 31st October 2015. We have a very exciting itinerary, covering off the beaten track sights, experiencing foodie heaven markets like the Kadikoy Market in Istanbul, private boat tour along the Bosphorus, Whirling dervish shows, exploring old and new parts of Istanbul to give you a real feel of this fascinating city. And food, the glorious Turkish food; starting from my favorite meal of the day Turkish breakfast, every meal will be authentic and memorable. We will learn all about Turkish spices, Turkish coffee, Turkish Delight and stock up the finest examples of them at the Spice Market, Istanbul.

Bountiful seasonal produce at Besiktas Pazari, Istanbul

Bountiful seasonal produce at Besiktas Pazari, Istanbul

Locals making Gozleme, Turkish flatbreads with fillings

Locals making Gozleme, Turkish flatbreads with fillings

During our tour, we will have 3 Turkish cooking classes to explore regional cuisines – in Istanbul, Cappadocia and at the charming village Sirince, to learn about the hearty Anatolian cuisine and the Aegean cuisine, using region’s wonderful olive oil and fresh produce. In Cappadocia, we will be treated to a special local Turkish cookery class by the village ladies in a traditional Cappadocian home, an experience I greatly look forward to.

Stunning fairy chimneys at Cappadocia, over the hot air baloon; photo credit National Geographic

Stunning fairy chimneys at Cappadocia, over the hot air baloon; photo credit National Geographic

Cappadocia Region, the land of fairy chimneys will be a special highlight. Exploring Goreme Underground City, optional Hot air balloon over the fairy chimneys, visiting a local Turkish Ceramic Art Shop to learn how the world famous tiles and ceramics made and watch masters working and many more – all to look forward to.

Cooking delicious Aegean flavors at our Turkish cooking class in Sirince, Turkey

Cooking delicious Aegean flavors at our Turkish cooking class in Sirince, Turkey

And then beautiful Izmir region to follow; charming Sirince Village for our hands on Turkish cookery class, learn about the delicious and healthy Aegean cuisine; visits to the fascinating, ancient Greco –Roman city, Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s house.

Here is my Fascinating Turkey 2015; Culinary & Cultural Tour Brochure with the Registration Form. The tour is limited to 15 participants only and the registration started. Please kindly Contact me if you have any questions or would like to sign up for our tour.

Beautiful Pergamum, Bergama - Turkey, with spring blossoms - Turkey

Beautiful Pergamum, Bergama – Turkey, with spring blossoms – Turkey

The Willie Nelson song sums it all up for me –“On the road again; just can’t wait to get on the road again!” I really can’t wait and I hope you can join us too.

Happy travels, Iyi Yolculuklar,

Ozlem

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10 Responses to My Fascinating Turkey 2015 Tours; Can’t wait to get on road again

  1. jaz January 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    that turkish breakfast just made me hungry! turkish breakfast is one of my most favorite things. my grocery store quit carrying sucuk and it is driving me crazy. i am actually heading to a turkish store this afternoon to see if they have it.

    • Ozlem Warren January 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

      I am with you Jaz, Turkish breakfast is my favorite meal of the day too – I can eat all day! I hope you can get some sucuk, best of luck!

  2. seniordogsabroad January 27, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Özlem’ciğim,

    I’m so excited about your upcoming tours as well. Sounds like it’s ambitious and very engaging. I can testify that your cooking classes are truly revelatory. Most of all your enthusiasm is so infectious. Congratulations on planning such an exciting program and, of course, we hope we’ll get to see you when you’re here. Ailene selamlar, çok öpüyoruz. Sevgilerimizle, xo J

    • Ozlem Warren January 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      Jolee’cigim merhaba, many thanks for your kind note; any trip back home makes me so excited and I can’t wait for these special tours; so much to see, taste, experience. Many thanks for your very kind words for my cooking classes, means a lot to me : ) Cok sevgilerimle, Ozlem xx

  3. BacktoBodrum January 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Sounds a trip of a lifetime.

    • Ozlem Warren January 28, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Thank you, it is quite a special trip, do look forward to it : )

  4. Peri's Spice Ladle January 29, 2015 at 5:31 am #

    Reading about your tour to Istanbul always makes me want to pack my bags right away, Ozlem! It sounds so wonderful and full of food adventures. Peri xx

    • Ozlem Warren January 29, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Pack your bags dear Peri, Istanbul waits with open arms! So look forward to having you there, I know we will make it happen one day, hope soon – many thanks for your kind words : ) Ozlem xx

  5. Alan January 29, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    . . what a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to explore this amazing, wonderful country – not just a delightful native to guide you, but a celebrity chef as well! You’ll love it people! 😀

    • Ozlem Warren January 29, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      How very kind of you Alan, thank you so much : ) This is the land I love and belong, I would be delighted to do this job – and maybe swing by Okcular and see you guys!:) Even the thought is lovely, many thanks again.

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