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Turkey - Tastes of Istanbul - 5 Nights

Turkey - Tastes of Istanbul - 5 Nights

Istanbul, Turkey

From: R 26,906.00
Per Person Sharing Inc Tax
Destination Prices From:
JNB: R 26,906.00 PPS
  • Prices

    JNB: R 26,906.00 PPS
  • Trip Reference

    #9801
  • Flights

    Flights Included
  • Duration

    5 Nights
  • Valid From

    12th of April 2019 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    31st of October 2019 (Thursday)
  • Expires

    15th of May 2019 (Wednesday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Visit Turkey and experience both the natural and man made wonders. Travel back in time when admiring the history and be amazed by Turkish hospitality. This Unique tour will take you to the Ottoman Palaces, Bazaars, Places of worship and more ruins.

About the Holiday

Itinerary :

Day 1: Istanbul
Upon arrival to Ataturk Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Dinner suggestion: Mikla Restaurant.

Day 2: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 - 1852 (excluding Harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Lunch at Pandelli Restaurant. Next, see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop after visiting Underground Cistern will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Dinner at Rana Meyhane. B L D

Lunch Menu - Pandelli Restaurant
Cold Starters
Charcoal grilled Eggplant Salad, Celery & Quince in Olive Oil, Stuffed Dried Vegetables in Olive Oil (Aubergine, Bell Pepper, Courgettes)
Hot Starter
Pandelli's Eggplant Pie, Sliced Doner on top
Salad
Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranate Molasses
Main Course
Hunkar Begendi Sultan's Delight Lamb stew served on Mashed Roasted Eggplant
Dessert
Crumpets in Thick Syrup & Clotted Buffalo Cream

Dinner Menu - Rana Meyhane (Turkish Tavern Experience):
Cold Appetizers (shared dishes to choose 7)
Cheese, Mackerels with onion sauce, mashed fish roe with bread crumbs and olive oil & crispy bread, cold Bonbay beans vinaigrette, Spinach roots dish with olive oil, Hummus, cabbage rolls, mashed broad beans with dill, mashed zucchini with yoghurt, eggplant with tahini sauce, eggplant with tomato sauce, chicken with walnuts (circassian chicken), tsatsiki.
Salads (Shared dish to choose 1)
Shepherd salad, Green salad with rocket, mixed green salad, Tomatoes & cucumber salad
Hot Appetizers
Fried lamb liver (shared plate), zucchini hash browns, savoury pastry pockets with cheese and herbs
Main Course
Grilled Fish or Grilled Chicken or Grilled Meatballs
Dessert (Shared dish to choose 1)
Pumpkin with syrup tahini and walnuts, semolina dessert

Day 3: Istanbul
After we meet, we will walk through the historical Spice Market and stop for a private Turkish Spices Tasting session in a shop that has been there since five generations. Then we will take a short scenic ferry ride over the Bosphorus to the Asian side of Istanbul. You will join our chef at her home on the Asian side of Istanbul and cook a traditional home-cooked Turkish meal together. Dishes are approachable and easy to replicate in your home country. The best part is the conclusion: Tasting your creations! For lunch, you will savour what you have cooked! A six-course menu you have prepared, accompanied with boutique Turkish wines. Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest farm to table ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Turkish experience. B L

Day 4: Istanbul
Today you will cruise the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour takes you on a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait to savour spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. You will have a chance to taste different types of traditional Turkish cheeses at Spice Market. In the afternoon stroll Istiklal Street & Beyoglu District and taste different street food. B L

Day 5: Istanbul
Take a walk through Kadikoy and learn about the cuisine of the Asian side of Istanbul. You will join a Turkish coffee brewing session at a local coffee shop. Visit a fish market, stop at a typical delicatessen, and try some local delights at well-known Çiya Restaurant. B L

Day 6: Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Ataturk Airport. Stop by at famous baklava store at Karakoy. BLisbon Fado show & dinner

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Istanbul based on availability in the lowest category airfare.
  • Approximate taxes and fuel levy
  • Transfers
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • 5 nights of accommodation at Lazzoni Hotel or similar
  • Meals mentioned
  • Local taxes and service charges
Excludes
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Visas
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • All Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

High season airfare supplement may apply. 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. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods & minimum stay conditions may apply. 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 the lowest category fare.

Istanbul
Istanbul 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 55003500 BC.[7] A port settlement dating back to the Phoenicians has been discovered in nearby Kadky (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.

Istanbuls cultural activities, both traditional and contemporary, are rich and varied, although not well publicized. Matching the citys 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.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 11 April 2019.

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