The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.
PricesFrom: R 6,679.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From6th of May 2018 (Sunday)
Valid To10th of May 2018 (Thursday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: YesEuropean Union: YesAmerican: Yes
About the Holiday
Incredible offer for a 5 day stay in Istanbul ! BOOK NOW!
Intensely intriguing, Istanbul is the only city in the world that lies half in Europe, half in Asia. It was the capital of three huge historical empires: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman.
Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Bosphorous Cruise and so much more
Includes & Excludes
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- 4 Nights at the Yasmak Sultan Hotel 4*
- Daily breakfast
- Istanbul classics and highlights tours
- Bosphorus Cruise Tour
- International flights of approximately R6990 pp (estimate) based on the lowest category airfare
- Travel and Medical insurance
- Meals not mentioned
- Items of personal use
IstanbulIstanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.
The first human settlement in Istanbul, the Fikirtepe mound on the Anatolian side, is from the Copper Age period, with artifacts dating from 5500–3500 BC. A port settlement dating back to the Phoenicians has been discovered in nearby Kadýköy (Chalcedon). Cape Moda in Chalcedon was the first location which the Greek settlers of Megara chose to colonize in 685 BC, prior to colonising Byzantion on the European side of the Bosphorus under the command of King Byzas in 667 BC. Even after Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Sultans in 1453, the city remained (and it still is) the trading post for valuable spices and textiles brought via the Silk Road from as far away as China.
The city has a temperate-continental climate with hot and humid summers; and cold, rainy and often snowy winters. Humidity is generally rather high which can make temperatures feel much warmer or colder than they actually are. Snowfall is quite common, snowing for a week or two during the winter season, but it can be heavy once it snows. It is most likely to occur between the months of December and March.
One of the oldest monuments still surviving from antiquity is the Serpentine Column, a monument built originally to honor Apollo for the victory over the Persians at Plataea in 479 BC. The column was moved by Constantine the Great when Constantinople became the new capital, and has stood at the Hippodrome ever since.
Istanbul’s cultural activities, both traditional and contemporary, are rich and varied, although not well publicized. Matching the city’s exploding youth population is a growing number of festivals, galleries, new music venues and film centers and, within the last decade, Turkish artists have begun to make an international impact.
As in most cities, drinks prices vary hugely. The tavernas or meyhanes are much cheaper than nightclubs or live music venues. It is advisable to check for cover charges at live music venues. Meyhanes tend to close at 2400, bars at 0100 or 0200, while clubs can stay open as late as 0600 at weekends. Turkish cuisine inherited its Ottoman heritage which could be described as a fusion and refinement of Turkic, Arabic, Greek, Armenian and Persian cuisines.