Istanbul & Bodrum

Flights with Turkish Airlines out of Heathrow – pleasantly surprised at the quality & comfort of their planes

ISTANBUL – Steeped in history, the European gateway to the East, on the shores of the Bosphorus. The skyline dominated by majestic colourful Domes, minarets and markets including the Grand Bazaar – providing a vibrant backdrop for bartering during the day.
While at night shoreside restaurants & bars vie for your attention. Ecelectic colours, Belly Dancers dancing to the sounds of the distinctive Turkish music.

We stayed here at the magnificent, luxurious Ciragan Kempinski Palace Hotel – once the home of the Ottoman Sultans – overlooking the Bosphorus and ancient city. (45 minutes to the airport).

Tips –
• most people cannot speak English, keep a little dictionary handy on your travels
• When bargaining in the covered Bazaar, remember a price tag of ‘100’ can be either euros or dollars.
• Great place to buy textiles and rugs
• Escape the chaotic streets of the city and take a ferry to Princess Island

BODRUM – one of Turkey’s leading seaside resorts – an attractive town with twin harbours. A multitude of yachts and Gulets boats providing the opportunity to go on day trips to nearby islands, beaches and seaside restaurants or a Gulet ‘Blue Cruise’ holiday for a longer duration. Watersports, horse riding and a wide variety of excursions are on offer including a jeep safari to the mountains.

We stayed at The Kempinski Barbaros Bay – a chic hotel, on the cliff top overlooking the beautiful, crystal clear Aegean Sea. A quality hotel in a quiet location about 14 kms from the vibrant town of Bodrum.

Travel Stop can give you guidance on the huge variety of activities and interesting places to visit in each of these locations as they are too numerous to list here.