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Florence Weekend Tour 2019
Florence Weekend Tour 2019
Florence Weekend Tour 2019

Turkish Delight!

What to Expect

Welcome to Istanbul, a place where the yin and yang of old and new complement each other.  This cosmopolitan city is bursting with modern charm, where stylish cafes sit next to traditional bazaars, archaeological sites filled with ancient splendour merge with magical landscapes straight out of a storybook.

Your weekend adventure awaits where we’ll be meeting Istanbul’s finest entrepreneurial women, from the apartment we stay in, the food we eat, the workshops we attend to our amazing guide… A Turkish weekend at its finest!

At A Glance

  • Stay in hip & vibrant Galata

  • Meet Istanbul’s women artists & designers

  • Turkish cookery class with Aylin

  • Visit the Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar

  • Discover Harems, mosques & palaces

  • Private Yatch along the Bosphorus

  • Dine in the finest women-owned restaurants

Florence Weekend Tour 2019

Istanbul Tour Itinerary*:

Day 1 - Istanbul

Hotel:  Baylo Suites 

After arriving in the hip and vibrant neighborhood of Galata with its many café’s, boutiques, restaurants and one of the most popular jazz clubs in the city, we’ll check into our check suites, owned by a mother and daughter team, and head out to discover the local area.

As we walk over Galata Bridge, it’s such a great place to take pictures of the old city and the people who fish and socialize on the bridge. Exploring further, it’s easy to get lost amongst the narrow and interesting side streets of Karakoy and Tophane with its many bohemian coffee shops.

Tonight we eat at 9 Ece Aksoy, a traditional restaurant run by Sophia, a very well known Turkish woman in the food industry. She opened her restaurant over 15 years ago and still prepares the food herself.  This evening she’ll join us for a glass of  ‘raki’ or two!

Let the weekend begin!

Meals; Dinner

Day 2 - Istanbul

Hotel:  Baylo Suites

Today we have the pleasure of meeting the women artists and designers in 2 areas of Istanbul, Fener, and Galata.

Our daily breakfast is at Biberon Café, a laid back cafe run by two wonderful women, Janset a former guide and currently a jewelry designer, and Berrin who is the cook.

After breakfast, we can get creative in a jewelry workshop with one of the owners, Janset where she’ll teach us how to make a unique ring or bracelet from metal. 

Lunch is in the popular neighborhood of Fener & Balat, former Greek & Jewish neighborhoods during the Ottoman era and now are home to artist’s workshops and galleries, vintage stores, hip coffee shops and some interesting street art.  The Perispri Café is an enchanting and quite impressive loft which used to be ceramic artist, Cahide Erel’s workshop, now she’s turned it into a café that exhibits some of her works as well.

Camhane Balat is our last stop, the workshop and the art gallery of Yasemin Aslan Bakiri  an established glass artist who will be has invited us to have afternoon tea with her.

The evening is at leisure to discover some hidden streets and with more than enough choices for food and drinks.

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 - Istanbul

Hotel:  Baylo Suites

After breakfast at the Biberon Cafe, we have a day of sightseeing.  The first stop is the famous Hagia Sophia. Once the highest dome on earth and the main cathedral of the Roman Empire, this 6th century UNESCO world heritage building is one of the most important monuments in Istanbul.

Our next stop, Serefiye Cistern.  A newly renovated Byzantine cistern is a beautiful example of many cisterns built during the Byzantine era and if we’re lucky, we may get to see one of the very interesting art exhibitions hosted there. 

Sightseeing is hungry work, so we’ll stop for lunch at 1741 Lokanta, a new restaurant in the courtyard of the historic hammam.  The food is amazing!

And now for my favorite part of the day, shopping in the  Grand Bazaar!  Did you know, it was the world’s first shopping mall!  Built-in the 15th century, this is today the biggest covered bazaar in the world.  This is definitely a place we’ll need a local to come shopping with us to show us where the locals shop and buy high-quality handmade ceramics, carpets and kilims, jewelry, scarves, purses etc and so today we have Eda owner of Istanbulite, showing us where to go and how to haggle like a local!

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

Day 4 - Istanbul

Hotel:  Baylo Suites

After breakfast, we are meeting Aylin, our cooking expert for the day, who is taking us to Balat market to pick our ingredients and back to her restaurant No. 19.  to teach us how to cook Turkish style in her kitchen. We will of course end with eating our art in the restaurant!

Late afternoon we board a private yacht where we can sit back and enjoy the views of the city from the water as we cruise down the Bosphorus River with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand! 

Our last dinner is at Jash Istanbul, an Armenian restaurant known for its authentic atmosphere and excellent food.  Owned and run by Mari a serial Turkish entrepreneur who originally had no experience in the food industry but as soon as she went inside and found it was for sale, she decided she was going to turn it into the best restaurant in the area, and from the reviews, I think she did just that!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 5 - Departure Day

Today is our last day…but there is still some more things in store before we board our flight this afternoon.

After breakfast we’ll visit the Suleymaniye Mosque.  This  16th century mosque is the biggest mosque complex in the city.

Topkapı Palace & Harem is next. This 15th century palace is the place where one of the biggest empires on earth was ruled from for four centuries. It has the most amazing views of the city.  

Of course we’ll fit in a spot of lunch which is at The Konyali Restaurant at the palace. This famous restaurant dates back to 1890, has been serving in the courtyard of the palace for a few decades now. 

Then it’s onto the airport for our flight back home…what a great way to spend a long weekend away!

 

*Itineraries and hotels are subject to change. Elle Voyage and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Elle Voyage reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.

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Details:

Dates:
30th April – 4th May

Where: Florence – 5 Days/4 Nights

What’s Included: Airport Transfer included on a group basis   4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Tour Cost: £2199 (sharing Twin room)

All tours are quoted in British Pounds.

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Space is limited. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

​To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 is required to secure your reservation.

Balance is due 90 days prior to travel.​​​​​​

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