Retaining influences from the days of the Ottoman Empire,
Turkish cuisine offers some of the world's most exciting and
delicious food, extending far beyond the stereotypical kebab, pitta
bread and Turkish Delight. Specialities to look out for include
Borek; a thin, flaky pastry wrap filled with meat, cheese or
potatoes, Pilaf; a dish of rice or cracked bulgar wheat with added
chick peas, aubergine, beans or peas which is a traditional staple
of the Turkish diet, Yaprak Sarma; vine leaves stuffed with rice,
onion and spices and Karnıyarık; fried aubergines filled with a
mixture of mince, onion, parsley, garlic and tomato. Turkish coffee
is a popular everyday beverage and is made from fresh,
finely-ground coffee beans which are boiled to produce a strong
black drink that is taken whilst still extremely hot.
Istanbul is quite literally where East meets West. Tours of
Turkey by train bring together the two personalities of the
country; the westernised European influences and a deep rooted
spirituality from Asia.
Guests visiting Turkey by train are often worried about
misinterpreting everyday sign language. While it is true that there
are special nods of the head for yes and no, Turkish body language
is simple to understand and should you have any questions your Tour
Manager is on-hand to provide advice and assistance.