Trip to Istanbul

The Bosphorus city

Istanbul is the jewel of the Bosphorus, the starting point of the silk road and halfway between Asia and Europe. It is a big city with a lot to offer. Walking its streets will give you the option to get to know the day to day life of the locals, find charming corners and enjoy the contrast of the different neighborhoods. Its cuisine is something that catches. Without a doubt, a city that will leave you wanting to return.

As you can see, our trips are a little away from the traditional concept of travel, we seek to complement tourism with dance, because we know that dance is happiness, it makes our mind to be distracted, generates energy and smiles.

Are you traveling alone or are you few and want to meet more people? Our trips are a meeting point for those who enjoy traveling and dancing! The group is small, so you can meet people with your same interests and with whom to continue sharing them when you return.

If you want to know more about how our trips, here, we tell you in more detail.

Viaje a Estambul

During these days we will have the opportunity to know, by the hand of our guide, monuments and important places of this city, both Roman and Ottoman. While we try to visualize how the city was in the past with the explanations of our guide we will visit the Roman Hippodrome, Santa Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Cisterns. We will also take advantage of this trip to get lost in its streets and markets on the Asian side of the city and enjoy streed food.

And of course we will have time in the Grand Bazaar for shopping and bargaining, but also in the Spice Bazaar.

You cannot miss it … and all this combined with oriental belly dance classes!

We want you to come back home having enjoyed a unique experience!

8 April 2020 - 12 April 2020
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TRIP DETAILS

Day 1 : ARRIVAL

Arrive to Istanbul, transfer to hotel.

Depending on your time arrival we will have time to walk around the Old City to start discovering Istanbul.

Accommodation.

 

Day 2 : CLASSICAL VISITS OF ISTANBUL

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day discovery of the Old City, alive with its history, culture and architecture, dating back to Roman and Ottoman times. Visit the church of Saint Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque.

Lunch during the visit included.

After lunch, visit the Topkapi Palace and to finish the day we will explore the Spice Market to feel the exotism of the Orient.

Accommodation.

 

Day 3 : BELLY DANCE COURSE & BOSPHORUS BOAT TRIP

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, attend the private belly dance course of 90 minutes given by an active dancer rated as one of the best in Istanbul.

Enjoy a fish lunch under the Galata Bridge with stunning views over the silhouette of the Old City.

Enjoy a langourous boat trip along the European and Asian coasts of the Bosphorus.

Last stop is in the Grand Bazaar, the world’s greatest historical covered market housing thousands of shops selling a variety of goods and artifacts.

Accommodation.

 

Day 4 : DAILY LIFE IN ISTANBUL WITH STREETFOOD EXPERIENCE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Rendez-vous at “Milion” which used to indicate the center of the city when it was called Nova Roma. Taste “simit” with white cheese and sip the black tea like do many turkish people in the morning. Continue to the Underground Cistern dating back to 6th century.

Walk down to Hocapasa to try one skewer of “djaa kebab”, a specialty of eastern Turkey. Stop at the train station which used to be the terminus of Orient Express.

Take the public transportation to cross the Bosphorus from under water. As you put your feed on the asian bank, take a lovely walk in the picturesque marketplace with vegetables, fruits and fish sellers; you can taste the real turkish coffee prepared on wood coal, then the famous stuffed meatballs.

Cross back to the European side by “vaporetto”,  the traditional white public boats offering a stunning panorama of the Old City during the trip. In Karakoy, you can try a slice of “lahmacun”, Turkish style thin pizza or fish in bread sold in small boats.

Climb up the hill by funicular bult in 1875 and walk along the pedestrian Istiklal Street to experience the sparkling daily life. In a special type of typical restaurant called “ocakbasi” taste lamb kebab on skewer.

Photo stop at Pera Palace Hotel which hosted many celebrities including Agatha Christie, Greta Garbo, Mata Hari… Admire the authentic architecture of Cicek Pasaji and have a small bit of several specialties : tripes, stuffed mussels, condiments and many more…

OPTIONAL: In the evening, enjoy a turkish dinner and night with belly dancers, folk groups and singers.

Accommodation.

 

Day 5 : FREE TIME AND DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time until the time for your transfer to the airport.

Transfer to Istanbul International Airport.

Arrival at home and end of your TravelToDance bachata trip!

 

*The detailed program may suffer some variation due to climatic or operational reasons. Due to these reasons, the offered services may suffer a change of day or order, but the provision of them is guaranteed whenever possible.

PRICES

Price per person based in a double room in bed and breakfast in a boutique hotel in the Old City.

Supplement to be paid to have a single bedroom: 219€

In case of not wanting to use any of the services offered as included in the trip, (classes, insurance, visits,
etc.) no discount will be made on the price thereof, this being a package price.

 

GROUP

Guaranteed departure when there’s a minimum of 4 people. In case of not reaching the minimum, you can pay a supplement to make the trip being fewer people.

 

DEPARTURES

8 – 12 Abril 2020

* Prices may change according to the date, check the trip on the date you wish to travel.

 

INCLUDED

Travel insurance.

Local guide during the visits.

Transportation during the whole itinerary private for the group. Including at the arrival and departure.

Four nights of accommodation in bread and breakfast.

3 lunches as per intinerary.

Dance class as described on the itinerary.

Visits and entrances described in the itinerary.

All taxes and service charges.

 

NOT INCLUDED

Air tickets.

Tourist visa.

Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the included sections, and any personal extra.

Any entrance to night clubs neither any tour not described in the included section.

Anything that is not described in the section INCLUDED.

 

OPTIONAL: Turkish dinner with show, including pick-up and drop-off – 80€

 

* If in your free time you want to do some tour not mentioned as optional, tell us about it and we will offer you availability and prices. 

** If you are interested in taking more dance classes, we can also offer you price and availability. 

*** Due to the fluctuation of the local currency, prices may suffer slight variations until 100% of the trip has been paid. 

DOCUMENTATION

Travelers of Spanish nationality need to travel with a Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. Mandatory tourist visa that can be obtained at the airport itself or on the following website for $ 35 to avoid the visa queue upon arrival.

Our recommendation is that you process it online. https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

If you do not have a Spanish passport, please consult your country’s embassy.

 

MINIMUM AGE

18 years

 

VACCINES

There is no mandatory or recommended vaccine.

For more information we recommend, as in all our trips, that you enter the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consult the file of the country to visit.

 

WEATHER

During the winter months temperatures range from 10 to 15 degrees maximum and 3 to 4 degrees minimum. From December to February they are the coldest and rainiest months.

During spring and autumn temperatures range between 23 and 18 degrees and the probability of rain is quite low.

During summer months temperatures usually reach 30 degrees and there is a shortage of rain, although at night it tends to cool a bit.

 

CURRENCY

The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (LT), with bills of 1,5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Turkish Lira. The coins are 1 Lira and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 kurus (100 kurus = 1 LT) € 1 are approximately 6.6 LT. (change fluctuates)

There are ATMs and banks throughout the city. The bank’s business hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Currency can be exchanged at the exchange offices, or taken directly from the ATM.

Today there are cards that allow you to withdraw money and pay abroad without commissions, and also at To make the currency exchange only apply the change of the day but do not apply any percentage on the exchange rate. We use the Visa Bnext.

Download Visa Bnext from this link and get € 5 gift when activating your card. (if the link works for you, we send it to you on WhatsApp)

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Turkish. Although we can find people who speak Spanish and English.

 

ELECTRICITY

In Turkey the plugs are of type F, so you will not need an adapter, although we always recommend putting one in the suitcase because you never know.

Usually, the electricity is 230V.

We explain what adapter you need at What should I pack?

 

SECURITY

Turkey in general is a safe destination and you will have to take the same precautions as anywhere in common sense, such as keeping your belongings in a safe place and not leaving them unattended.

 

TIPS

You are not obliged to leave it, so use your criteria depending on how the service was, but without offending anyone leaving a few cents. Normally we could say that it is 10%.

 

CLASSES AND DANCE SHOES

Bring comfortable and cool clothes for your classes, keep in mind that in many dance schools they will not have air conditioning, so bring clothes to change later if you usually sweat a lot, a towel and a bottle of water.

If you are interested in one of our trips and don’t want to run out of place, book now.
You have to make a 150€ payment and we will book you a place in the trip during the next 15 days (in case this period is not incompatible with the remaining time until the trip)

 

 

1. Click on BOOK NOW from the trip you are interested in.

2. Fill in the booking form where you will find the IBAN number to make the bank transfer.

3. In the bank transfer, indicate your name, surname and the booking code.

4. Once we receive the payment, we’ll send you an email with the booking confirmation.

When the group is formed with the minimum of travelers we’ll contact you to make the payment for 50% of the total of the trip. (The 150€ from the booking will be deducted from the amount corresponding to 50%). At this point, if required by the destination, we’ll ask you to send a copy of your passport.

5. 15 days prior to departure we’ll send the travel documentation, itinerary, air tickets in case we have issued them, travel contract and travel insurance.

6.  Let’s travel!

The trip price does not include flights.
We can arrange the air tickets for you, and have to be paid in full before being issued and we charge 20€ as a management fee..
No tickets will be issued until the group is confirmed, unless the participants agree to pay the supplement in case the minimum group isn’t form.
We recommend you, as far as possible, to buy your flights in advance to get better schedules and prices.

The 150€ from the booking will be fully refundable during the 15 days of the reservation if you decide not to travel.

The amount of the reservation will not be refunded in any case if the trip is canceled voluntarily by the traveler after the 15 days mentioned above. Next, the indemnities are detailed according to the time remaining for the date of departure of the trip, always being 150€ the minimum amount to be indemnified.

    1. More than 45 days: 40% of the total amount of the trip.
    2. Between 45 and 30 days: 50% of the total amount of the trip.
    3. Between 29 and 15 days: 80% of the total amount of the trip.
    4. Less than 15 days: 100% of the total amount of the trip.

Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.