Turkey small group holiday, a food adventure

“Turkey anyone? Don’t mind if I do...ten days of tasty Turkey and all things gastronomically gorgeous. And in such magnificent locations too. ”

Highlights

Istanbul | Egyptian Spice Bazaar | Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar) | Fly Istanbul to Bodrum| Visit a local, family run vineyard | Selcuk | Ephesus | Sleeper train journey | Overnight bus journey | Goreme | Capadoccia

Description of Turkey small group holiday, a food adventure

This ten day food adventure is the most wonderful way to enjoy a Turkey small group holiday. Starting in the capital city of Istanbul, enjoy the sensual feast (literally) of this wonderful country that bridges Asia and Europe. You will not only get some time to explore this great city with its Ottoman mosques, Byzantine churches and iconic River Bosphorus, but also the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar, numerous cafes and bars, and the Eminonu street food.

From Istanbul, we take a flight to the coast and the famed port city of Bodrum. Besides its justly famous beaches, it's a fantastic locale to explore the region's many seafood dishes, as well as to visit a local, family-run vineyard. Given that Islamic alcohol laws prevent vineyards and wineries from advertising their product, groups stopping by for a tasting and perhaps to make a purchase can have a big impact.

Moving on to the ancient town of Selcuk, we will sample the local wine industry, which goes back over fifty years when local people started to make wine from different local fruit. Selcuk is also the gateway town for another fine ancient site, that of Ephesus. A vast and yet still only partially excavated Roman metropolis, its most incredible sights include the world renowned Temple of Artemis.

Food is very much a part of living culture in Turkey, however, and this Anatolia region is bursting with regional specialties, which we will discover in our small, locally owned guesthouses, a cooking class and, as a finale, a sunset wine tasting session in Goreme, with one of the world’s finest backdrops for a farewell like no other: Cappadoccia Valley, the magnificent central Anatolian wonderland of caves, chimneys and cliffs formed by ancient volcanic activity. Some of our guests choose a farewell of a different kind, taking an optional balloon ride over this unique landscape.

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Food Adventures

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what makes a Food Adventure different?
Our focus on these trips is exploring our destination through regional specialities, eating where the locals eat, learning to cook traditional dishes and refreshing your palate with the local tipple! Our usual grass roots style of travel is still very much in evidence and you'll still get to explore a region's highlights as well as more out of the way places under the guidance of your group leader, but there will be a lot of focus on the unique flavours of the region you are visiting.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

We encourage our travellers to reduce their excess waste using a reduce, re-use and recycle policy. We also in avoidance of animal cruelty never visit places known to use cruel practices in rearing and/or slaughtering of livestock. We also make sure that foods from the endangered species list are not served on the trip.

As a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a ‘take in, take back out’ waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper buses and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants, you will get the opportunity whilst in Selcuk to visit a traditional family run restaurant where you will witness their speciality dishes being created, whilst learning old and traditional skills to take home with you. We encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Our project supported in Turkey is Mavi Kalem. This project provides the children of rural immigrants, in the poorer areas of Eastern Turkey, with additional weekly classes through its Children's Education Program. These lessons, by trained teachers in all areas of formal education, give unprecedented educational opportunities in a region where the uneducated face limited prospects.

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