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GOURMET TOUR GAZIANTEP AND HATAY


To most people eating isa daily part of life, however to the people of Gaziantep they live to eat. The Turkish cuisine is world renowned and travelling around Turkey you will find amazing food and cultural delights. However, it is in the region of Hatay and Gaziantep where you will experience the most unexpected and most amazing food.

Be prepared as this is no traditional ‘gourmet tour’. There are no restaurants with Michelin stars, fine dining or fancy wine tasting events. Gaziantep and Hatay is a fantastic cultural array of tasty, spicy, plentiful meals in quite often very local and simple surroundings that will bring the food to life. For any serious foodie this is must do experience! Bring some loose clothing and be prepared to put on some extra pounds.

Gaziantep is listed in UNESCOs list of Creative Cities Network for gastronomy.The city is well known for its gastronomic history and it is the main source of economy in the city where 60% of the active working population is employed in the food industry.The city of Hatay is very close to the border, influenced by many different cultures the cuisine is a real foodie adventure. And, as nobody can eat 24 hours we spend the rest of the time exploring the amazing history and culture of this beautiful region.

To most people eating isa daily part of life, however to the people of Gaziantep they live to eat. The Turkish cuisine is world renowned and travelling around Turkey you will find amazing food and cultural delights. However, it is in the region of Hatay and Gaziantep where you will experiencethe
most unexpected and most amazing food.


Be prepared as this is no traditional ‘gourmet tour’. There are no restaurants with Michelin stars, fine dining or fancy winetasting events. Gaziantep and Hatay is a fantastic cultural array of tasty, spicy, plentiful meals in quite often very local and simple surroundings that will bring the food to life. For any serious foodie this is must do experience! Bring some loose clothing and be prepared to put on some extra pounds.


Gaziantep is listed in UNESCOs list of Creative Cities Network for gastronomy.The city is well known for its gastronomic history and it is the main source of economy in the city where 60% of the active working population is employed in the food industry.The city of Hatay is very close to the border, influenced by many different cultures the cuisine is a real foodie adventure.And, as nobody can eat 24 hours we spend the rest of the time exploring the amazing history and culture of this beautiful region.

DAY 1

Arrival to the airport or bus station in Gaziantep we will meet you and transfer to our hotel in the old town of Gaziantep where after check in we take a walk through the old town bazaars selling nuts, ried fruits and spices. You will have plenty of chance to try the local products before we make a break in one of the traditional coffee shops.


It is interesting to see that the local government in Gaziantep have pioneered many projects to protect the old quarters of the town and to maintain traditional handicrafts, which underpins the foundations of this fascinating historical town.There are many living ateliers of handicrafts from the area where you can spend some free time exploring the old town and asking questions to the locals.

For the evening we will visit one of the most famous restaurants in the city where you will have a chance to taste one of the many traditional kebabs from the region, and of course to taste the famous baklava.

DAY 2

Feast up at breakfast then onto visit the wonderful Zeugma Mosaic museum.This modern museum is the worlds biggest mosaic museum with a total of 2500 m2 of mosaics.It showcases superb mosaics that have been found and rescued during excavations of the Roman site of Belkis, also called Zeugma before the Birecik dam flooded most of the area, and you will find beautiful mosaics from other ancient cities of the region.


After exploration time in this museum we will be ready for lunch.Close to the museum you will find one of the most famous restaurants in Turkey and as they say ‘never judge a book by its cover’.

A jury of 100 gourmets selected one of the kebabs from this restaurant as the best meal in Turkey, this is the küsleme kebab. This can be quite surprising to many expectant visitors as the neighbourhood is poor, the exterior and the restaurant look is very basic, however you will taste for yourself why it is so talked about that people visit from all over Turkey to eat here.


After lunch we drive back to the city center to visit the castle of Gaziantep, the famous old Gaziantep houses and much more to explore.We take a break in a Syrian sweet shop run by a refugee that used to be one of the best sweet makers in Aleppo, the town in Syria most famous for its sweets. A true delight you can sample some of their sweets with tea or coffee.


The rest of the day is free time for you to continue to explore some more of the city or relax in the hotel. For the evening we visit a small restaurant that serves traditional tasty stews and soups of the region, experiencing the local ambience and culture.

DAY 3

After breakfast we head towards Hatay. Our first stop is in Yesemek ancient quarry and workshop complex. A place that in ancient times served as a workshop for the monumental sculptures that decorated Hitite sanctuaries. Today, an open air museum and the largest known stonemasonry workshop in the Near East.

Later we continue to the city of Antakya where we visit the old bazaars tasting the famous local Tepsi Kebab, also elected as one of the best meals in Turkey, before we explore the streets and enjoy the smells and looks of the array of spices, dried fruit and vegetables. We also make a break to taste the most famous dessert or sweet of Hatay called Künefe, served with a glass of traditional Turkish tea.


In the old town we pay a visit to the famous Habib-i Neccar Mosque.This mosque is known as the oldest Mosque in Turkey and has been built on what used to be first a roman temple, and then later a Byzantine church.
We continue with a drive out of the town center and visit the Church of St Pierre.This church was used since the first Christians in Antiokheia and was constructed on the place St Pierre first preached. St Pierre was the founder of the Antakya Church, the Archpriest of the first Christian Community and also the world’s first Pope. It is fascinating to see how St Pierre church played a significant role in the early period of early Christianity.

After a freshen up we will go out fordinner in one of the traditional Hatay restaurants and enjoy a feast of delicious local starters,traditional kebabs, accompaniment sides and of course the delightful sweets. We like to take a night walk here by the river,also recommended for a good night’s sleep if you’ve eaten too much!

DAY 4

After a filling and tasty breakfast we drive to Hatay Archeological Museum which is one of the best museums in Turkey, with findings from all over the region. It contains one of the world’s finest collection of Roman and Byzantine mosaics and houses a rich collection of Hitite and Asyrian works.

After exploration time in this museum we have lunch before the transfer to the airport or busstation. If you have a later departure,there is the option of free time in the city center before your departure time.


PRICE: From 210 euro per person

PRICE INCLUDES: Hotel with breakfast (3 or 4 stars or quality boutique hotels), transportation, entrances, guiding and insurance.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 4 (can be arranged privately for less than 4 people – ask for price)
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 12
NOT INCLUDED: Lunch / Dinner / Drinks (prices on food is very reasonable in this region, typical price
for a lunch 5-7 euros included soft drinks)
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLIMENT: 15 euro per night
TRANSPORT: We will drive with a private car or minibus

NOTES: Bring sun protection and good walking shoes, clothes that are suitable for visiting a mosque and as it may be chilly in the night in the spring /autumn bring a coat/jacket. This area is really hot in the peak of summer we do not recommend this trip for the months of July, August and early September.