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Istanbul cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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Baklava in '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Sakaman If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are actually classed…

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4 Best Hotels in Istanbul With Great Gym Facilities

Hi Everyone!I have visited Turkey several times in my life and no doubt, it is a beautiful place for tourists. However, as a fitness lover, I usually prefer to stay in Istanbul hotels which also offer an outstanding gym facility. In this thread, I am going to share such 5 hotels with you:Grand Hyatt Istanbul: If you have enough budget and want to a hotel near to Taksim Square then Grand Hyatt Hotel should be your first choice. With housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, laundry, spa and business services,…

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7 musts of Istanbul

Istanbul is a city of many fascinating and fun things to see and do. With its captivating ancient culture, delicious cuisine, and distinct neighborhoods, you can never experience a dull day in Istanbul.  Here are the top things to do in Istanbul.  read post

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    DAY 1   Arrival in Istanbul  
          Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight in Istanbul

      DAY 2   Bosphorus Cruise Tours  
          Breakfast at hotel after which we drive Eminonu Port to board the regular city boat for a 2 hour Bosphorous Cruise. Enjoy this relaxing cruise along the shoreline while your guide explains to you the history of sights seen while onboard. We then continue on land to visit the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace and then also visit Camlica Hill.

    Overnight in Istanbul

      DAY 3   Fly to Izmir / Ephesus Tour  
          06:00 Pick up from your hotel early in the morning
    07:45 Fly from Istanbul to Izmir
    08:15 You will be arriving at the Izmir airport a representative holding your name will be present to pick you up and transfer to Ephesus.
    you will begin the tour.

    Today we will visit the house of Virgin Mary, then Ephesus with the Library of Celsius, temple of Hadrian, agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater and the Basilica of St. John..

    Overnight in Kusadasi

      DAY 4   Priene Miletus Didyma Tour  
          After Breakfast. Pick up from your hotel and continue to Priene Ancient City, The city was founded in the 2nd millennium BC in an unknown location nearby and then carried to its present location on the clifs around 350 BC. The visit of the archeological site requires some steep walking up after the car park, following a footpath and some steps through the Hellenistic city walls. Didyma Ancient City, In ancient times, these two cities were connected to each other by a sacred road that had statues located on either side of it. Medusa friezes of DidymaThe Didymaion, the temple of Apollo and its oracle at Didyma, had a considerable reputation in the ancient times. German archaeologists excavating at the site have shown that the earliest sanctuary here was built in the 8th century BC Milotus Ancient City, The city was built on the seashore in the ancient times. The Miletus people who had founded about 90 colonies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, after 650 BC, had resisted the Persian invasions in Anatolia, but they were defeated finally and the city was destroyed by the Persians in 5th century BC

    Overnight in Kusadasi

      DAY 5   Pamukkale & Aphrodisias Tour / Bus to Cappadocia  
          Today we will visit the ancient site of Hierapolis, including theater, Apollo Temple and necropolis, then the calcium terraces of Pamukkale. Today we will also visit the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias.
    After the tour, you will be transferred to bus station.
    Overnight bus to Cappadocia. Duration: 10 Hours
      DAY 6   Cappadocia Tour 1  
          Arrival in Cappadocia and transfer to hotel to fresh up before start tour.
    Depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unigue fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monk''s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles.Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch.In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar.

    Overnight in Cappadocia.
      DAY 7   Cappadocia Tour 2  
          Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley (Rose valley). Then visit Cavusin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clegymen. Drive to the pigeon valley for lunch. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city. Where early christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. At the end of the tour transfer to bus Airport Fly to ıstanbul.

    Pick up from Airport and transfer to hotel.

    Overnight in Istanbul.

      DAY 8   Istanbul Old City Tour  
          Today we will visit the St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. See its intricate mosaics and huge central dome. (St Sophia is closed on Monday) Continue to the Topkapi palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Entrance to the Harem is extra). After lunch we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit the elegant little Sokullu Pasa mosque and the hidden underground Theodosian Cistern (Or instead of the last two a visit to the Suleymaniye Mosque may be made). See the Grand Covered Bazaar. This tour may be done all or partially as a walking tour.

    Overnight in Istanbul.

      DAY 0   Istanbul  
          7:30 am. Arrival in Istanbul transfer to airport.

    Fly home


    Please take note of the following

    • 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
    • You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 mnts before.

    What's Included


    • Arrival and Departure Domestic and International Transfers
    • Flight Tickets From Istanbul to Izmir, Cappadocia to Istanbul
    • 1 Overnight Bus Tickets from Pamukkale to Cappadocia
    • All Transportaiton by non-smoking and air-conditioned touristical vehicles


    • Professional Guided Istanbul Old City Tour
    • Professional Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour
    • Professional Guided Ephesus Tour
    • Professional Guided Priene Miletus Didyma Tour
    • Professional Guided Pamukkale and Aphrodisias Tour
    • Professional Guided North of Cappadocia Tour
    • Professional Guided Guided South of Cappadocia Tour
    • Museum Tickets
    • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
    • All Transportation
    • Hotel pick up and drop off in Istanbul


    Local Taxes
    Service Charges

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  • Dear Colleague,

    How are you? Hope you had great business in 2011.

    We would like to extend our invitation to you to meet with us at the ExCel World Travel Market in London 7th – 10th November 2011 to discuss business cooperation together. 

    We are the Incoming and Outgoing Tour Operators, member of ASTA American Society of Travel Agents member, ETOA European Tour Operators Association, ATTA Adventure Travel Association, TURSAB Turkish Travel Agents Association, TIES The International EcoTourism Society  and WRTA World Religious Travel Association members..

    These days, we are excited about our international web-page that we recently finalized working on. With this new web-page, we can do incoming and outgoing together.
    Moreover, agencies and hotels has the opportunity to promote their services for free via our new system. You can also promote your agency, hotel, or yacht company from our web-page by being a member for free!

    Travel Agency Sign Up Form:

    Hotel Sign Up Form:

    If you will attend the ETOA Workshop or WTM London, we can meet with you to talk about this new system in a more detailed way.

    Please visit us at WTM London between 7th and 10th November 2011, our stand number is EM 803
    Proposal for invitation to World Travel Market 7th - 10th November 2011, ExCel London

    Thank you for your interest in working with us. We look forward to doing business with you in the future. For additional information please do not hesitate to contact us - please see details provided below.

    Best Regards
    Murtaza Kalender
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  • Tripatini would like to thank Murtaza Kalender and his company Travel Shop Turkey for donating a wonderful ground package in Istanbul to our July 28 media "tweet-up" in New York City. Teşekkür ederim, Murtaza!
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