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Journeys of a lifetime

with custom crafted itineraries escorted by our expert guides

TravelRefinery offers special interest concept tours, pre-post cruise tours all around Turkey and shore excursions in all port of calls in Turkey. Everything arranged for your trip is custom tailored in accordance with your wishes, expectations and needs. Your privately arranged tour will include authentic and exciting routes, memorable stops with extraordinary experiences to make sure that

you go back home with inspiring stories about Turkey. We would love to hear your next travel plans about Turkey and what you would want to experience here. If it’s worth trying, TravelRefinery will know about it. If there’s a better way to tailor it, we’ll refine it. If not, we’ll tell you. Would you prefer a luxurious hotel experience by the Bosphorus or a design, hip hotel stay in the heart of Pera? 

Would you like us host you in very private mansions owned by the famous interior designers/decorators of Turkey? How about visiting a private museum with famous lecturers, journalists or historians or floating between the continents of Europe & Asia with your privately chartered motor yacht?

Archaeological Tours

 

Turkey welcomes millions of archeology fans who want to trace the remains of ancient civilizations. As the motherland of many ancient civilizations that had left their traces to different periods of the history, Turkey hosts many archeological sites located at various cities of the country. From Greco-Roman archeological sites like Ephesus, Priene, Aphrodisias or Pergamum to the Neolithic settlements like Catalhoyuk and the world’s first temple: Gobeklitepe or Hitite settlements of Comma gene and Troy, our archeological tours cover them all. Specially designed according to your interests, we will take you a journey in the corridors of the history for you to trace the remains of ancient civilisations.

Biblical Tours


At the time of the early Christianity, Asia Minor (today’s Turkey) was one of the most important lands  because it was the center for the growing Christian movement in the early centuries. Most of the city names mentioned in the Holy Bible are here and two third of the New Testament had been written to or from the churches located in Turkey. Whatever faith based experience you want, we can design a trip to trace that mysticism. From Old Testament sites like Mount Ararat, Harran and Edessa to New Testament sites like the seven churches of Asia Minor, the birthplace of St. Paul (Tarsus), Apostle Paul missionary journeys, to the first Christian church of St. Peter (Antioch), the church of St. Nicholas (Myra), the city of Nicea where Nicean creed comes from or the world’s first temple Gobeklitepe and the rock carved churches of Cappadocia, we virtually cover it all.

 

Culinary Tours

 

Turkish cuisine is a combination of Central Asian cuisine with a great deal of Mediterranean touch and Ottoman interpretations. The variety of organic products of Anatolia (Turkey), interaction with variety of ethnic groups over a long period of time in history, and the unique delicacies developed in the palace kitchens of the monarchs of the Byzantian, Seljuk and Ottoman. As for the drinks, Anatolia is the homeland of viticulture where wines of Hittites were produced 4000 years ago. Let us take you on a culinary journey to experience the authentic Turkish cuisine. In our culinary tours, you will be invited to the local kitchens for local recipes, not for only cooking but also for tasting what you have cooked. We will visit the local restaurants of famous chefs who are committed to discover the best tastes and aromas by cooking with old recipes and sometimes with a modern twist. With easy walks, visits to the historical sites and the full time services of our expert guides, you will enjoy a great diversity of authentic Anatolian delicacies including simple street food and sophisticated Turkish food. 

Wine Tours

 

Turkey is one of the top 5 grape producing countries in the world and produces good quality wines. Although Turkey’s wine heritage goes back to ancient times (7,000 years), Turkish wines have recently grown in both prestige and popularity in the last few years and many Turkish winemakers have won prestigious international awards. We invite you to explore our wine regions where the winemakers located their vineyards on picturesque lands with inspiring stories. You will be fascinated and surprised with the good quality wines that are produced on these ancient lands. Our wine tours include visits and tastings at château style vineyards on distinguished terroirs located in Thrace region of Turkey (where Galipoli/Canakkale is located), Cappadocia and Izmir regions. Wines produced on these vineyards are awarded Gold, Bronze or Silver medals by prestigious wine authorities in the world. Thrace, Cappadocia and Izmir are the 3 amazing regions of Anatolia offering unique cultural & culinary experiences as well which will enhance your special interest journey.

Contemporary Art Tours

 

Turkey is transforming itself on both economic and cultural fronts. The Istanbul Biennial, founded by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 1987, has acted as a catalyst for Istanbul’s art life which has witnessed a big rise in commercial galleries since 2000. “Contemporary Istanbul”, the leading international art fair in Turkey, brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Turkey’s vibrant metropolis every November. More than 200 dealers are now based in the city of Istanbul. Some major world class galleries and museums include Galerist, Pi Artworks, Galeri Nev, X-ist, Galeri 77, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Salt Museum and Pera Museum exhibiting contemporary art with selective collections by both Turkish and international contemporary artists. In our Contemporary Art Tours, we include visits to many art galleries and museums with the guidance of our tour leaders who have a passion & an expertise for contemporary art. In addition to these visits, we arrange special access to some artists’ private studios, workshops for a more interactive experience.


Daron Mouradian, “Mademoiselle”
Oil on canvas, 120×100 cm | 2013 | Galeri 77, a local art gallery in Istanbul

 
 
 
 
 
Shopping Tours

 

Ready for a treasure hunt at the 6 centuries old Grand Bazaar which is the world’s most visited attraction with more than 4000 small shops and 65 streets? Even if you are not in the market to buy something, this will be a memorable experience in the heart of ancient Constantinopolis which has been located on an ancient trade route between East and West. This huge and dazzling covered market is the Souk of the Orient with its labyrinthine streets, hidden corners and tiny shops selling local authentic handcrafts: silks, fabrics & linens, fine jewellery, art and antiques, ceramics, carpets & kilims. Orient is present in all your senses with exotic scents in the air during your stroll at the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market) – another must for shoppers especially for foodies who want to sample Turkish candies, delights, exotic spices. Another stroll at the eclectic and artistic Cukurcuma & Galata will take you to chic boutiques, vintage and concept stores. Our expert guides will take you on an exciting shopping tour to our handpicked Turkish shops for the best experience.