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Istanbul Winter & Experience Package (3 nights / 4 days)

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Istanbul is a magical city, also in the winter. We invite you for a 4-day bliss packed with very special experiences rather than usual touristic activities.

Your hotel for this special package is going to be Hotel Sultanhan. A traditionally designed hotel located in the heart of the historical peninsula offering you an intimate and charming atmosphere with an high quality comfort.

http://www.hotelsultanhan.com/

Do & Don't in Istanbul

  • +Take a peek at Princess Islands
  • +Enjoy a sunday brunch along Bosphorus
  • +Try “kokorec” - a very much appreciated Turkish dish (google it before trying)
  • -Do not enter the houses with shoes
  • -Do not trust the taxi drivers, check the meter as you are getting on
  • -Do not stick to one type of cuisine

Tour Days

 Day 1 - Arrival

Welcome to Istanbul. Today is your arrival day and a private car along with a representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your Ottoman style boutique hotel, located in the heart of the Old City.
Dinner is free for you to explore many restaurants around your hotel.

 Day 2 - Between Europe & Asia (B)

 Istanbul is the only city in the world which is located on two continents and today we will cruise along the strait that divides Europe from Asia.
Our day starts with a visit to Spice Market, also known as Egyptian Bazaar, where you will find myriad different spices, herbs and sweets. After taking walks in narrow streets of the bazaar, tasting sweets, Turkish coffee and completing our spice shopping, we will proceed to Ortakoy, formerly a small fishing town now a beautiful and fun district by the Bosphorus, where we will embark our cruise from. For 1 hour, we will be enjoying the beautiful views of mosques, palaces and old houses along the shore. We will finish our half day after having a cup of Turkish tea in one of the street cafes of Ortakoy.
Lunch and afternoon is free at your leisure.

 Day 3 - Taste Istanbul – In Search of Authentic Delights (B,L)

 Let us share with you our daily lives and tastes while walking through the heart of modern and old Istanbul. This is an interactive tour where you will live Istanbul by asking questions, sampling delicious food items and by being one of the crowd. We will begin our tour in iconic Taksim Square and head down the pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi/Street, home to many of the foreign embassies originally, now consulates. Formerly Pera, this area is now known as Beyoğlu. We will have a peek at the most popular (not necessarily the fanciest) restaurants to understand Turkish cuisine. We will stroll through the Çiçek Pasajı/flower arcade and adjoining small fish market, feasting our eyes on the displays of fresh produce as we go, and trying some of the more unusual delicacies. We will also sit down to enjoy a Turkish coffee in a tiny hole-in-the-wall place made by a master coffee-maker! Our walk will take us towards the Galata Tower where we will enjoy a delicious lunch together.

 Day 4 - Departure (B)

Today after breakfast, your private vehicle will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul.

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Prices

2 Pax:

PP in DBL: €609

3 Pax:

PP in DBL: €489

4 Pax:

PP in DBL: €429

5 Pax:

PP in DBL: €389

6 Pax:

PP in DBL: €369

7 Pax:

PP in DBL: €349

8 - 10 Pax:

PP in DBL: €339

Single Room Supplement: €199

Sabiha Gokcen Transfer Supplement: €60 per person for R/T

Extra Night at Sultanhan Hotel: €170 for SGL/DBL Room

Prices Include:

  •         Private, round trip transfers between airport and hotel
  •         3 nights BB accommodation at boutique Sultanhan Hotel
  •         Half day Between Europe & Asia tour (with ferry ticket)
  •         Half day Taste of Istanbul tour
  •         Services of an English speaking private guide with the tours
  •         All tasting & lunch during Taste of Istanbul tour
  •         Parking fees, service charges, 18% VAT

Prices Do Not Include:

  •         Tips for guide and driver
  •         Personal expenses

 

Testimonials

  • Had an amazing time in Istanbul. 1 week of sightseeing and dancing ..Thank you all but especially our sweet organizer Burcu who made this a special experience. Can’t wait for the next one... Kirney

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student

     

    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student


  • We just returned from Istanbul last night and I cannot thank you enough for arranging such a wonderful trip for me. I came away with so many great story ideas, and I've never been more excited to start writing about a place. Thank you so much for all of your help! Kate Parham - Journalist

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