Vincenzo is a traveling journalist and professional gourmet from Rome, Italy. Ever since he was introduced to the fact that food does not exist simply for the purpose of making yourself feel full but it also exists to try out new tastes and achieve the cultural diversity it offers, he has been traveling all around the world for that exact purpose while documenting his journey of tasting the ultimate original dishes every civilization on the face of the Earth have ever created. His efforts have not gone unnoticed as he is highly regarded as one of the best in his line of work and he regularly writes articles for well known publications all around the world. After scouring the planet for the most diverse tastes, he has recently realized that he saved one of the best ones for the last: Turkish and Ottoman cuisine. Even though he could try out pretty much every single dish in Rome, he knows that it would be for the best to travel to the capital of these very particular cooking principles. Thus begins Vincenzo’s Istanbul Culinary Trip.
As he searches meticulously for the best options both online and offline, he comes across a Turkish travel agency based in Istanbul called Travel Booking Turkey by Imperial Travel Turkey who seem to specialize on custom trips of all kinds. Since their TripAdvisor reviews for private trips are stellar, he decides to contact them with his specific request. The experienced travel agent on the other end is quite understanding and helpful in assisting with his extensive and time saving daily trip on search for the best kind of food, helping him choose Istanbul Culinary Tour since it would be the most logical option among many offerings on their website and especially in their Special Turkey Tours category. When the tour date hits, he is picked up from his hotel in Istanbul like clockwork at the exact time of the morning that he decided for himself. His guide is a fellow gourmet who also happens to be a licensed tour guide that has amassed a baffling amount of knowledge in regards for the history behind every neighbourhood of Istanbul that they will be visiting during Vincenzo’s Istanbul Culinary Trip. Their first stop is the historical neighbourhood of Besiktas at the edge of the Bosphorus with its breath taking views and amazing architecture that has been very well preserved since Ottoman times. Taking a walk through the local market with its narrow streets with authentic Turkish pubs called ‘meyhane’, they begin with light foods that are usually served alongside hot beverages such as Turkish tea which are great breakfast material. Once they have a marvelous breakfast with menemen, clotted cream mixed with natural honey and a wide variety of cheese, they pick up some Turkish pastry from the shops nearby and catch a boat for a quick journey in between two continents – from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side. As they arrive in Uskudar, they immediately notice fact that the food culture here is perfectly preserved since ancient times when Muslims, Christians And Jewish people all lived in peace – creating an amazing joined recipes of foods of all kinds. They try out honey vendors, olive shops and candymakers before arriving in the gorgeous district of Kuzguncuk. Many different local restaurants with different concepts offer them a myriad of authentic dishes, accompanied by great conversation and lessons on the history of Istanbul which makes the mega city a holy grail for food enthusiasts among many other types of travelers. Once their stomachs are full and their souls are revitalized, they head back to Vincenzo’s hotel in the Old City district of Istanbul which marks the ending of a unique experience in Vincenzo’s Istanbul Culinary Trip.
Over here at Travel Booking Turkey by Imperial Travel Turkey, we are more than happy to accommodate your specific traveling needs just like what we did with Vincenzo’s Istanbul Culinary Trip. All you need to do is give us your basic details such as dates, number of travelers and what kind of an experience you have in mind – then watch it unfold right before your eyes without you even breaking a sweat in the planning and booking phases!