Full-Day Wine Tour From Istanbul Including Lunch

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Overview

Discover the wines of Turkeys Kirklareli region on this full-day wine tour from Istanbul! Travel into the foothills of the Strandja Mountains in the historical region of Thrace, and visit three boutique wineries to sample their signature varieties, many produced using cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel and merlot grapes. Sample four wines at each stop and learn about their production, attributes and ideal food pairings from your winery hosts. Enjoy a tasty lunch at one of the wineries and discover Turkeys fascinating wine history from your expert guide as you travel.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free drinks included

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Leave your centrally located Istanbul hotel by air-conditioned coach and head to Turkeys beautiful Kirklareli region in the heart of historical Thrace. Enjoy the views of rural Turkey as you travel and hear interesting facts about Kirklarelis wine-growing heritage and the Thracian peoples who first planted vines here in the 2nd century AD.

After around 2 hours, stop at Poyrali to stretch your legs and look around this sleepy village. Then, climb the scenic road to the acclaimed Chamlija Winery perched high at 2,790 feet (850 meters) above sea level in the Strandja mountains. Absorb the magnificent views as you taste a selection of its wines, made from the reisling, pinot noir and other grapes of its vineyards.

Next, continue to nearby Vino Dessera, a boutique winery situated on the ancient Thracian wine route between Kirklareli and the Aegean Sea. Sample some of its varieties, including its prized Sauvignon Cris, a creamy clone of Sauvignon Blanc, and sit down to a hearty lunch accompanied by unlimited wine! See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

After lunch, visit the Chateau Nuzun winery near the village of Cesmeli. Overlooking rolling hills of vineyards, this organic winery ages its wines in French oak barrels. Savor some of its signature wines cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel and pinot noir as your host explains their production and gives you tips on the art of wine tasting.

With your final tasting done, return to Istanbul where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Inclusions for Full-Day Wine Tour From Istanbul Including Lunch

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional tour guide
  • Tasting of 4 different wines at each winery
  • Lunch and unlimited wine

Exclusions for Full-Day Wine Tour From Istanbul Including Lunch

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Itinerary:

Sample Menu:

Main course (choice of one):
  • Barbecued meatballs
  • Tandoori-cooked lamb

Second course:
  • Selection of regional cheeses

Drinks:
  • Unlimited wine

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Minimum age is 18 years

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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6 reviews by the users

  • While our guide was very nice and took great care of us I would not recommend this tour for people who are visiting the country for the first time. If you are spending extended time in Turkey however or are returning it is definitely worth doing. As an American it was delightful to taste varietals that are not often exported if ever to the USA.

  • Enjoyed seeing the countryside outside of Istanbul. Because of the rainy weather we could not visit one Vinyard so the lady came to the lunch place with the wine instead. Only reason why I did not give five stars is that I was the sole person on the tour and as a single traveller would have preferred to have at least one other person to enjoy and discuss the different wines. Tour guide was very gracious and knowledable about the history of turkey. Driver was also very friendly and accommodating.

  • We enjoyed it and there are 3things you should be aware of. 1) if you go during winter months, there is not much of an vineyard to look at, 2) The wine region for this tour have not been around for too long so don't expect vintage type wines. 3) This tour takes you to part of the Thracian wine route

  • A really awesome tour! Something different to do in Istanbul. You get to not only taste the wines but see the vineyards and how the wine is made. Enjoyable for those who know a lot about wine and those who don't. I would highly recommend to anyone!

  • This was a new tour for the Operator and we were only the second client to go on the tour but it was amazing. The tour took us to places in Turkey that would have normally been missed by a simple city tour. We met some wonderful people along the way and were welcomed so graciously. The vineyards they linked up with were very good. "Niko" was very knowledgeable and totally committed to giving a phenomenal tour. Fun, Fun day!

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