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Dancing in Istanbul (half day)

Where can be a better place to learn how to shake your belly?? Belly dancing is a very popular and traditional dance originated from Middle East and now considered a great way of keeping fit and getting in touch with your body and soul. We will collect you from your hotel in the morning and drive you to the studio where you will meet Turkish teacher who will be very excited to share with you those special figures. A workshop of two hours will take place in which during you will learn basics of belly dancing, how to relax your muscles and moving them in a way you never did before. During and after the class, you will feel much more flexible, and well... also feminine..

Inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off
  • Belly dancer starting kit (a hip scarf and finger cymbals)
  • 2 hours private belly dancing class from Turkish teacher
  • Hire of studio for 2 hours
  • English speaking assistant

Tour Prices:

  Number of people
Period 1 2 3 4 5 6
01 Jan 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 € 316 € 163 € 116 € 92 € 75 € 65

Dancing in Istanbul (full day)

Same program as half day tour in the morning, in which we will collect you from your hotel and you will meet your Turkish teacher in a studio for your two hour belly dancing class.

After a lunch break you will meet your tour guide to tour some of the most interesting parts of the city. According to your request we may start our afternoon tour with a visit to a famous belly dance costume designer – Bella. You may want to purchase one of her already designed beautiful costumes or get one specially made for yourself.

In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive around Istanbul viewing Galata Bridge, old city walls of Istanbul and some local neighbourhood and will spend the rest of the day indulged in shopping in famous Grand Bazaar where has been very lively for hundreds of years as it was the heart of economy and politics in Old Istanbul.. With thousands of shops selling many oriental ornaments, jewellery, food, handicrafts and now many perfectly faked big brands Grand Bazaar still keeps it charm.

Inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off
  • Belly dancer starting kit (a hip scarf and finger cymbals)
  • 2 hours private belly dancing class from Turkish teacher
  • Hire of studio for 2 hours
  • English speaking assistant for the morning and tour guide for the afternoon
  • Half day afternoon tour of Grand Bazaar

Tour Prices:

  Number of people
Period 1 2 3 4 5 6
01 Jan 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 € 479 € 246 € 169 € 127 € 104 € 92

Dancing in Istanbul - Mini Break Package (2 nights/3 days)

Day 1
Welcome to Istanbul. The amazing capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. This is the only city in the world located on two continents. Istanbul is one of the world’s greatest cities, where millions of people from many different cultures live and contribute to the colours of the city.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by one of our staff members and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city.

After checking in and refreshing, depending on arrival time, you can start exploring the city.

Day 2
Here we go..

Today after breakfast, we will be transferred to the studio for our first belly dancing class. (2 hours) After changing and refreshing, we drive to Sultanahmet to start exploring the city.

First pay a visit to Hippodrome, where the chariots were used to race in the Byzantine times and continue to Old City.

We will then visit Aya Sophia Museum which was built as a Christian church by Byzantines, then turned into a mosque by Ottomans and finally to a museum by Ataturk. The beautiful frescoes and mosaics inside and the magnificent dome impress the visitors.

We will then visit Aya Sophia Museum which was built as a Christian church by Byzantines, then turned into a mosque by Ottomans and finally to a museum by Ataturk. The beautiful frescoes and mosaics inside and the magnificent dome impress the visitors.

Next stop is Blue Mosque, this is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets and takes its name from the blue tiles used for decorating its walls and dome.

We will spend the late afternoon visiting nice seashore town of Ortakoy and a cruising along the Bosphorus. Nibbles and drinks will be served on the boat while we are enjoying the beautiful views of mosques, palaces and old houses along the shore.

Day 3
Our second belly dancing and rhythm workshop takes place this morning after breakfast. (2 hours)

After a lunch break we will start touring the city for the afternoon with Topkapi Palace which features precious ornaments from Ottoman Empire and the Islam religion. You will visit the treasury where you will see one of the biggest diamonds in the world. You also have the option of visiting the Harem where the women of the palace used to reside (Harem entrance fee not included).

Get ready for one of the most amazing shopping experiences ever, because we are going to Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered market in Istanbul with more than 3000 shops selling carpets, leather, jewellery, spices, antiques, and more.. You will test your bargaining skills while getting lost in many streets of this market.

According to your request we may add a visit to a famous belly dance costume designer – Bella. You may want to purchase one of her already designed beautiful costumes or get one specially made for yourself.

This evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights BB accommodation in selected hotel
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 4 hours private belly dancing class with a professional Turkish teacher
  • Studio hire
  • 2 half day city tours (private)
  • 1 afternoon Bosphorus cruise (public boat)
  • Services of an English speaking tour guide with the tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Service charges, parking fees, 18% VAT
  Number of people   Extra Night
Hotel Period 2 4 6 8 S.S.   S.S.
Richmond Hotel
(Taksim 4*)
01 Apr - 31 Oct 2015 € 675 € 439 € 365 € 219 € 135 € 75 € 69
Lush Hip Hotel
(Taksim Boutique)
01 Apr - 31 Oct 2015 € 725 € 489 € 415 € 269 € 169 € 99 € 85
Crown Plaza Harbiye
(Near Taksim 5*)
01 July - 31 Aug 2015 € 675 € 439 € 365 € 219 € 135 € 75 € 69
01 Sept - 31 Oct 2015 € 739 € 499 € 429 € 289 € 149 € 109 € 75
Sky Kamer Hotel
(Old City 4*)
01 Apr - 31 Oct 2015 € 639 € 399 € 329 € 185 € 85 € 59 € 45
Antea Hotel
(Old City Boutique)
01 Apr - 31 Oct 2015 € 645 € 399 € 335 € 189 € 85 € 59 € 45
Legacy Ottoman Hotel
(Old City 5*)
01 Apr - 31 Oct 2015 € 745 € 515 € 439 € 295 € 189 € 115 € 95

Above hotels or similars will be offered due to availability.

Istanbul By Night - Dinner and Dance Show (Night tour)

We visit an exclusive night club where we will enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, including the delicious array of appetizers known as meze. The Turks are justly proud of their food. They are equally proud of their traditional music, and after dinner folk musicians from different regions of Anatolia will perform for us. And of course no night out in Istanbul would be complete without Turkish belly-dancers. We will be entertained by some of the city’s finest.

Inclusions:

  • Pick-up & drop-off
  • Dinner including limited beverages
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English speaking tour guide, fully licensed under the Tourism Ministry

Tour Price : € 65 per person


You may also extend your stay by booking extra nights and extensions.

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Oriental Istanbul is operated by Unison Turkey.
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