Savour Istanbul - Your itinerary

Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of Istanbul. Staying at the elegant Conrad Hotels & Resorts Istanbul Bosphorus, experience the very best of the city and its cultural diversity. An exclusive and unforgettable weekend.

Gastronomous team contact details:
Hannah: 07970 518 595
Patrick: 07719 139 178
Keely: 07813 005 097

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2022

3.00pm. Arrival at Conrad Hotels & Restorts Istanbul Bosphorus
– Receive your welcome pack and check-in to your room
– Check in to your room
Enjoy time at leisure at the hotel or explore the local

6.30pm. Welcome drink and canapés at the Hotel, Bosphorus Lounge
– Drinks with the Gastronomous team in the Bosphorus Lounge located on the 14th floor, before heading into the city for dinner
– Enjoy a selection of capanés and drinks with a welcome from Gastronomous and the hotel

8.00pm. Dinner at Dinner at Tuğra, Ciragan Palace
– Short walk from the hotel for dinner at Ciragan Palace (please wear comfortable shoes for this walk)
The Tugra restaurant is situated in the historic 19th-century Ottoman Ciragan Palace
– Serving Ottoman and Turkish cuisine accompanied by glittering Bosphorus river scenery, enjoy a three-course menu with wine
– Walk back to the hotel at leisure

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2022

7.00am-8.30am. Breakfast
– Enjoy breakfast in the Executive Lounge, located on the first floor

9.00am. Depart for River Cruise
– Meet the group in the hotel lobby
Transfer to the river Bosphorus, for the river cruise

9:30am. Bosphorus River Cruise
– Experience the sights of Istanbul by water, including The Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace and much more on this river cruise
– During the cruise enjoy a selection of Turkish teas, coffees and Turkish pastries

11.00am Guided tour of the Historic Island
– Explore Istanbul’s old town on a guided walking tour; sights include The Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome
– Discover the history of Istanbul and how it has become the city it is today
– We recommend bringing a head covering for women and the laundry bag from the hotel room to store your shoes when visiting The Blue Mosque

1.30pm Lunch at Hamdi Restaurant
– Stop for a three-course lunch with local wines at Hamdi Restaurant with a menu inspired by the Southeast region of Turkey
– Featuring magical views of the Golden Horn, historical New Mosque and both Asian and European sides of Istanbul

3.00pm. Visit The Grand Bazaar
– Experience the hustle and bustle of Istanbul at The Grand Bazaar
– Either at your leisure or be guided through the beautiful maze of over 4,000 shops by a guide

Alternatively you may wish to return to The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque to enter (approx 2.5 hour queue)

5.00pm. Transfer back to the hotel

– Meet at The Old Garanti Bank Bab-ı Ali Cd. No: 27, a five minute walk from The Grand Bazaar (The guides will drop you off)
– Or continue to explore the Historic Island at your leisure and return by taxi

7.30pm. Dinner at Yeni Lokanta
– Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:30pm to depart for dinner at award-winning restaurant Yeni Lokanta
– Enjoy a 10-course wine paired Tasting Menu, showcasing modern Turkish inspired dishes
– After dinner, return to the hotel or explore the local nightlife

SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022

8.00 – 9:30am. Breakfast at the hotel
– Enjoy breakfast in the Executive Lounge, located on the first floor

10.45am. Cookery Class at the Istanbul Cookery School
– Meet in the lobby and travel the short journey to Istanbul’s Cookery School, for a private cooking class
– Under the chef’s watchful eye, learn to prepare and cook three traditional Turkish dishes, before sitting together for lunch enjoyed with wine

1:30pm: Guided tour of the local food market
– Visit a selection of Istanbul’s unique food stalls and shops within the local market, including a visit to the local spice shop and one of the oldest traditional ‘Turkish delight’ shops
– Led by a guide to navigate your way around, enjoying samples along your way

3.00pm: Time at leisure
– Enjoy time in the Galata area of the city, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Istanbul. Sights include the 14th-century Galata Tower or shopping on Istiklal Street, a famous 1.4 km pedestrianised shopping area
– Transfer back to the hotel via taxi at leisure

6:30pm: Dinner at Neolokal
– Meet in the hotel lobby to leave for dinner at newly awarded Michelin-starred restaurant Neolokal. Open on this Sunday especially to host the group
– Enjoy a five-course Tasting Menu where chef Maksut Aşkar and his team preserve their culinary heritage and guide it into the future of Turkish cuisine. The rigorous selection of local produce has also resulted in the award of a Green Michelin-star in October 2022
– After dinner, return to the hotel

MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2022

After a hotel breakfast in the Executive Lounge, enjoy time at leisure before checking out of the hotel and departing.