Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul has launched a new ‘Taste of Istanbul’ experience for 2015.

Curated to introduce guests to the best of local food, knowledge and culture, the two-night stay includes a traditional Turkish cooking class, the chance to experience a Turkish Hammam and a guided tour of the vibrant markets.

Guests at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah are offered a guided culinary walking tour led by the hotel’s executive chef Arif Doğan. With his expertise in local Turkish cuisine, Arif Doğan’s tour will take in the famous Spice Bazaar and the traditional Fish Market. It will also explore the evolution of Ottoman cuisine by stopping at the city’s historical specialty food stores, some of which have been in operation since the early 1900s.

Once back at the hotel, guests will be able to use their freshly sourced ingredients during a traditional Turkish cooking class with Chef Arif Doğan, followed by dinner at the hotel’s signature Agatha Restaurant. The following day, guests can complete their authentic Turkish experience by indulging in a relaxing Hammam in the hotel’s Pera Spa.

Prices for the 'Taste of Istanbul' package lead in at 515 euros per night for two people, with a minimum two-night stay required. Guests can stay in a Deluxe Pera View room and the package includes breakfast.

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