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Discover Antalya, known as the Turquoise Coast, and Istanbul, with Chef Ana Sortun. In addition to historic and cultural sites, experience food producers, cooking classes, and fantastic restaurants during this unforgettable tour.


Spend a week with Oldways and Oleana Chef Ana Sortun—cooking, eating, and touring in Antalya and Istanbul

March 20-27, 2022

7-night stay in 
Antalya and Istanbul, Turkey

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Travelers book flights independently. Fly into Antalya (AYT), out from Istanbul (IST)


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How to Register for this Culinary Tour

Please download and complete the registration form below, which includes instructions for how to submit the form and deposit to Oldways.

If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

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What You’ll Love About Your Week in Turkey

Sunset in Turkey
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Spend 7 days immersed in the food, history, and culture of Turkey with Chef Ana Sortun and Oldways.  

Learn about Turkish food, ingredients and cooking with Chef Ana Sortun, one of the great experts in the U.S. on the subject. We’ll also experience the history and culture of two very different cities—Antalya on the Mediterranean and the bustling, international and exotic city of Istanbul. It is an experience not to be missed!

On our trips, you don’t just get to taste a fabulous meal—you get the recipes and knowledge to bring these ”old ways” home with you. And in between all the excitement, you’ll have time to shop or take a siesta, and then relax in luxurious hotels at the end of the day!

Day-By-Day in Turkey


Sunday, March 20

Arrive in Antalya and check in at the Alp Pasa Hotel. Take time to unpack and wander around Kaleci, the old section of the city. In the evening, meet Chef Ana Sortun, along with Chefs Paige and Pri, our food guide, Banu, and tourguide Oguz, the Oldways staff, and your fellow travelers at a welcome reception, wine tasting, and dinner.


Photo courtesy Suleyman Uguz on Unsplash
Photo courtesy Nas Mato on Unsplash



Turkish breakfast

Monday, MARCH 21

After a wonderful Turkish breakfast, we’ll head out for a city and market tour with Banu and Oguz, followed by our first cooking class and lunch with Chef Ana. You’ll have time in the afternoon for free time or an optional tour, before dinner at the well known restaurant, 7 Mehmet.

Tuesday, MARCH 22

This is our day for exploring in the countryside, learning about traditional ingredients, and seeing them produced. We’ll have a country lunch and then return to Antalya for a night on your own—time to explore Antalya and share a meal with new and old friends.


Turkish countryside





Wednesday, MARCH 23

Today our focus will be the history and archaeological treasures of the city and region.  We’ll learn from one of Turkey’s most famous guides, along with Oguz. You’ll be free for a late lunch or shopping, and we’ll end our time in Antalya with a fabulous meze dinner.  

Thursday, MARCH 24

We’ll fly from Antalya to Istanbul in the morning, and head immediately to Sultanahmet, the Old City, for a guided tour of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi.  We’ll then check in at the Novotel in Karakoy, and rest and relax before dinner at one of Ana’s most favorite restaurants on Istanbul’s European side, Yeni Lokanta. 


Turkish waterfront




Turkish boats


Friday, MARCH 25

The day will start with a boat cruise on the Bosphorus, ending on the Asia side, in Kadikoy. We’ll have a market tour and free time before a cooking class with Chef Ana and Chef Musa Dagdeverin of Ciya Restaurant and Netflix fame. After lunch at Ciya, we’ll take the ferry from Kadikoy (Asia side) to Karakoy (European side) and our hotel.  You’ll be very full from lunch, so dinner is on your own.

Saturday, MARCH 26

We’ll spend the morning with Banu and Chef Ana, exploring markets and food shops in Istanbul. You’ll be free in the afternoon to explore on your own, shop, relax, or pack before our final Gala dinner at Murver Restaurant. 


Pomegranates in Turkey



Sunset in Turkey
Photo courtesy Osman Koycu on Unsplash


Sunday, MARCH 27

This is a day of departures—for home or for more travel!

See Your Luxury Accommodations

Alp Pasa Hotel Turkey
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Alp Pasa Hotel, Antalya

Set in a historical Ottoman mansion dating back to the 18th century, this modernly decorated hotel also features lush gardens. The Alp Pasa Hotel is in the center of the old district of Antalya-Kaleici. It is also minutes away from historic Hadrian’s Gate.

Alp Pasa Hotel Turkey
Photo courtesy Alp Pasa Hotel

The Oldways rooms are Deluxe rooms. Upgrades are possible at the Alp Pasa Hotel, and we are waiting to receive prices.  


Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Seaside Meal Novotel
Photo courtesy Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Located on the Bosphorus in the Karakoy district, the 5-star Novotel is modern and comfortable, and in a great location (Ana’s favorite area to stay in!). It is easy to walk to Istiklal Street, the ferry ports, Galata Tower and Sultanahmet, the old city. Our final dinner will be held in the hotel’s Mürver Restaurant, a modern take on traditional Turkish cuisine.

The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, Turkish bath, massage services. The breakfast buffet has one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul.

Our rooms at the Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus are Executive Superior Rooms. Upgrades are available as follows:

4 Executive Sea View Superior Rooms (an additional $20/night)

2 Executive Sea View Junior Suites (an additional $40/night)

4 Executive Bosphorus Suites (an additional $80/night)


Meet the Chef You’ll Be Traveling With


Chef Ana Sortun

Our tour is led with Chef Ana Sortun of Oleana Restaurant and Sofra Bakery & Café. Hailed as one of the country’s “most creative fusion practitioners,” Chef Ana Sortun was named the Best Chef Northeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2005 and has been lauded as “deeply inventive” by the New York Times, and “a culinary genius” by Boston Magazine and in Saveur. In 2016 and 2017 she was a James Beard semi finalist for Best Chef, general excellence.

Trained at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine de Paris, Sortun opened Moncef Medebs Aigo Bistro in Concord, and then honed her skills at 8 Holyoke and Casablanca in Harvard Square. She opened Oleana in 2001 where her creative take on the rustic-traditional cuisines of the Middle East and her interpretation of the flavors of Turkey continue to receive rave reviews.

Ana and her business partner, Executive Pastry Chef Maura Kilpatrick, opened Sofra Bakery & Café in 2008. Then, in 2013, Ana, with chef Cassie Piuma, opened Sarma, a Turkish-style meze tavern. 

Siena Farms, owned by Ana’s husband, Chris Kurth and named for their daughter, provides produce to the restaurants and underscores her commitment to fresh ingredients and healthy food. Ana is also involved with Oldways Preservation Trust which fosters good health by supporting the cultural food traditions of the Middle East and Mediterranean. 

Covid Protocols & Guidelines

On Oldways tours, our travelers’ safety and wellbeing is our priority. We’re ensuring that we follow the latest Covid regulations and guidelines on all of our tours. Below, please find more detailed information about the Covid regulations for travel to Turkey. Last updated December 2021

Arriving in Turkey
Starting December 6, 2021, all air travelers aged two and above, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, must show a negative COVID-19 test. Your negative test result must be from a COVID-19 viral test performed one calendar day before the day of your flight to the U.S. In other words, the testing window can be slightly more than 24 hours before your departure. If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). 
Departing from Turkey

PCR testing  while staying  in Turkey  for foreigners is limited to those who have symptoms, or those who may have an entry requirement back to their home country. 

Our Istanbul hotel can arrange for your test. The Novotel is working with a lab that can arrange for the test within 24 hours. We will arrange this with the hotel’s Front Office team for the group. The cost is 350 Turkish Lira, or $44 (currently). 

PCR testing is also available at Istanbul Airport, except that you must arrive at the airport 6 hours prior to your flight, which is far from ideal. There is no need for an appointment to visit the airport’s testing center, as it is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The testing center is in front of Entrance 14 in Arrivals Hall. The test fee is 250 Turkish Lira or about $35 for all ages. You must arrive at the airport at least 6 hours prior to your flight with a valid ticket and a valid passport, test results take up to 5 hours. 

Travelers who test positive for COVID can be required to quarantine for up to 10 days. Due to increased instances of mandatory detention by health authorities, the U.S. State Department does not recommend airport testing.

Returning to the United States 

Negative COVID-19 test required for all air passengers coming to the United States. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. 

Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. 

  • Why does the Order specify 3 days rather than 72 hours? What is considered 3 days? 

The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered. For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after. 

  • What is an attestation? 

An attestation is a statement, writing, entry, or other representation under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 that confirms that the information provided is true. 

  • Does this Order apply to land border crossings? 

No, the requirements of this Order only apply to air travel into the US. 

  • Who is checking to make sure that people have a negative test or documentation of recovery before they board a plane to the US? 

The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.