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hannah-antrim


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19/03/2009 22:06

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Hi All.



Will be in Kyrenia in June, I want to go to Istanbul for 4 days whilst I am there.



Anyone know a good travel agent. ????? If possible their web address/telphone number. A name of a good hotel in Istanbul(Sultanahmet area) would also be nice.



Thanking you all



Hannah



negativenick


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19/03/2009 22:14

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i'd google it...



You don't need a travel agent.....



For flights from ercan to istanbul:



Pegasus

Atlasjet

Cyprus Turkish airlines

Turkish airlines.



All have their own websites with direct booking.



As far as hotels - type "cheap istanbul hotel deals" into Google.





Nick



LondonCypriot


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19/03/2009 23:03

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Hello there. I would not do an DIY style holiday in Istanbul, you will be ripped off.



I strongly recommend you book with polatkan travel agency in Lefkosa.

http://www.polatkan.net/



Have a nice trip.

Make sure you ask for menue before ordering drinks in Istanbul.



I once got ripped off. I went to Istanbul, an guy approcaches us and says he knows a good bar, the next thing is we are landed with an 6 milyar bill. We escaped but we were lucky.

Just be very careful



LondonCypriot


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Make sure you don't get dragged into those carpet shops or accept a tea. Don't dress like an tourist .



hannah-antrim


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19/03/2009 23:46

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Hi there, thanks to you all. we did look up doing it ourselves while we are out on holiday but the DIY version is too expensive that is why we are asking for the names of agents. When we go on the internet nwe cannot access any travel agents web sites. If we break our flight from Dublin when we stop in Istanbul Turkish Airlines are charging an extra 250 approx, yet they do not do this from they UK airports. Last year CTA took off the flights from Northern Ireland and Scotland and they wonder why there is a drop in tourism!!!!!!



Hannah



tonykyte


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20/03/2009 10:13

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Try Ceremi Travel in Karaoglanoglu

http://www.ceremitravel.com

email info@ceremitravel.com

03928223822

They have arranged our break in Instanbul, seem well up on the hotels and are able to explain best places to stay to get the most of your trip



kavenkoy


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20/03/2009 10:18

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also try



asal tur in girne (next to window bar ,archelic shop ,near big tv)



ask for su;eyman yalin (speaks english lol)

http://www.asaltur.com

email asaltur@kktc.net info@asaltur.com



tel 0392 8157661



kav or flightholiday (tom)



rigsby


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20/03/2009 12:26

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Ankara travel sorted a trip out for us,brilliant !00903928152193 And they were the cheapest.



cyprusishome


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20/03/2009 13:30

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Not used for Istanbul but Ankara Travel in Girne are very good. All staff speak good English.



E-mail them and I am sure you will find them helpful, if you give them your tel. no it will be useful.



ankaratravel@superonline.com



joandjelly


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Message Posted:
26/03/2009 18:57

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Any Istanbul hotel recommendations please. I have googled etc but there are so many it would be good to get a heads up. Sultanahmet district please suitable for a 3 night stay preferably 4* or a good 3*.

Thanks.

Jo



kavenkoy


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26/03/2009 19:04

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try this j/j



http://www.stonehotelistanbul.com/



right in tourist walking area

kav



Dawnie1


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26/03/2009 19:14

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I booked with Apple Tours near the Colony, went for 3 nights from Ercan and stayed in Hotel Arcadia in Sultanahmet. We paid around 200 which included flights and hotel B&B. Brilliantly placed hotel within walking distance of loads of tourist attractions and the most wonderful view of The Blue Mosque from their rooftop restaurant/bar. Not the cheapest hotel but have been back again as loved it so much.



hannah-antrim


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26/03/2009 21:54

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Thanks everone for your comments and advice. I ended up booking hotel called "ERBOY" as it had very good write ups on trip advisor. In for a penny in for a pound as they say.



Thanks again



hannah



flightholiday


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26/03/2009 23:21

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Hi Hannah,



See if we are competitive and you can add shuttles, tours etc.



http://www.flightholiday.co.uk/fh/Istanbul_Hotels_Erboy_Hotel.php



Pleasant hotel from what I recal a while back.



Tom

IAH Ltd



Cyprusquest


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27/03/2009 18:19

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Hannah - how did Tom @ flightholiday come out on price for the Erboy?



Thinking of booking an Istanbul break with him so it would be a good guide.



hannah-antrim


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27/03/2009 18:38

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Hi,



We booked the ERBOY ourselves on line. 4 nights 2 people double room bb this june 156 . booked with bookinhotels.com





hannah



flightholiday


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28/03/2009 20:42

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Good price and tonight they are showing the same booking for mid june at 196



NatAless



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13/06/2009 10:40

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Any feedback from this Istanbul holiday? Still haven't been which is crazy considering how much time I have spent in Turkey and here being so close, only one hour by plane!

Am researching for a future trip, following above tips looked at hotel Erboy, Arcadia & Stone Hotel online & think am liking Stone Hotel the best: http://www.stonehotelistanbul.com/

any other recommendations re good typical restaurants etc? The best thing about this forum is the useful recommendations!

Thanks

Nat



semtcm


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13/06/2009 10:49

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i sent a couple to the lady diana hotel - they booked with us Polatkan - we have a special deal with atlasjet this year - making us very competitive on flights...i also armed them free maps and info on Istanbul and my copy of The rough guide to istanbul - which they promised to return..

they did return by book - they had a great stay and bought me a little present to say thanks...

so - try us out - polatkan tourism - girne office near the pia bella - 0392 8151501

or email me

libbymain90@gmail.com



flightholiday


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13/06/2009 12:02

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Large list of hotels on http://www.flightholiday.co.uk . Can organise flights with Pegasus, Turkish or CTA.



http://www.flightholiday.co.uk/fh/Istanbul_Hotels.php



Also you might find short tours or day tours (inc Ankara Istanbul Maramaris etc) to suit you:



http://www.iah-holidays.co.uk/iah/Short_Tours_Turkey.php



http://www.iah-holidays.co.uk/iah/Shore_Excursions_Turkey_Day_Tours.php



I'm told that the customers like our personal service and experience.



Tom

Skype flightholiday

info@flightholiday.co.uk



the butler


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Message Posted:
13/06/2009 12:11

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Hi NatAless,



We have stayed at the Stone Hotel, It was ok for a short stay and is very close to all main attractions.

The hotel I would say is about a 3* clean but basic. Our room had a seaview, which we paid extra for but the ensuite bathroom was a bit smelly to say the least. The hotel management said all bathrooms smelt like that. Well they might in Istanbul, I don't know.





The butlers wife



flightholiday


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Message Posted:
13/06/2009 15:43

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Bathrooms in Istanbul hotels - in my experience not smelly like the one mentioned by T B W message 21



NatAless



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13/06/2009 16:13

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mmm thanks the Butler's wife, that is a shame as the hotel looks so nice online, thanks for that, a clean (not smelly!) bathroom is probably the most important thing second to a large comfy bed & lovely Turkish breakfast in my opinion! I liked the old feel of the place, garden, panoramic roof terrace location & Turkish breakfast, oh well may keep looking!

Thanks again!

Nat



Lilli



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Message Posted:
13/06/2009 16:23

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hI Nat why dont you try Tom at Flightholidays. He will tailor make your break to your requirements. A very nice and very helpful man. His details are on one of the posts. Good luck xx



NatAless



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13/06/2009 16:27

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Thanks Lilli,

may do but usually do things independantly as it seems more cost effective & a lot of the hotels do a free transfer anyway if you stay with them for three nights or more!

Natx



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