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Private Mediterranean Cooking Experience & Dinner

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Put your cooking skills to the test during this tasty tour. Cook up an epic 6-course feast and learn all about local cuisine.

Private Mediterranean Cooking Experience & Dinner

If you're looking for something other than a typical Turkey tour, you've come to the right place. This fun experience goes beyond your standard monument visits. During this Istanbul tour, you'll have a chance to familiarize yourself with local cuisine. How? By cooking it yourself!

Your Istanbul cooking tour begins with a trip to Rustem Pasha Mosque, a 16th-century mosque known for its use of Iznik tiles. These tiles, featuring various floral and geometric designs, are found throughout the mosque; there are roughly 80 different designs! From the mosque, you'll continue toward the famous Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. The former is the perfect place to pick up spices and other goods to use for cooking Turkish fare. At the Grand Bazaar, shop until you drop and take advantage of great deals. While here, expect to take part in a Turkish carpet presentation.

Once you're done shopping, the real fun begins; cooking! For two hours, you'll take instructions from English-speaking Turkish chefs to prepare a 6-course feast. Don't worry if you're not an expert chef. These recipes are easy to follow and can be used later at home. Your tour ends with dinner (whatever you cooked) plus local wine to wash it all down. Following dinner, you'll be taken back to the cruise ship.

Book this appetizing Istanbul tour for a delicious Turkey experience!

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from $94.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic, Cuisine
Tour Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Terminal
Food/Beverage Provided
Appetizers: Muhammara (Wallnut salad with spices), Kısır (Cracked Wheat salad) and Pastries with cheese and spinach. Main course: Beef stuffed eggplants and Turkish style couscous. Desert: Fig desert. 2 local drinks, water, tea or coffee.
Special Instructions
Comfortable lightweight seasonal clothing. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Please be aware that the standard of dress throughout Turkey is conservative. We recommend modest clothing to respect this fact; clothing that covers your shoulders and knees is required. Please note that short shorts for both men and women are not acceptable nor are tank or singlet tops.
Must be able to get in and out of vehicle and walk about 1 mile. Not wheelchair accessible.