Istanbul, Turkey

Announcing The “I Love Istanbul Tour” (May 2013)

Derek Turkey, Wandering Earl Tours 20 Comments

Istanbul, Turkey
The time has come for me to announce the next Wandering Earl Tour…

“I Love Istanbul” Tour
Dates: May 1st – 6th, 2013

This unique tour of Istanbul is being organized by myself and my good friend/fellow travel blogger Anil from FoxNomad.com after the idea to organize such a tour came to us one day while discussing how much we both, well, love Istanbul. And the more we talked about, the more we realized that, as a result of our own travel experiences and the contacts/ connections we’ve made in this city, we could put together an amazing itinerary, one that offers an experience unlike any other. So, we got to work and put together this tour, and now we’re ready to take bookings!

Here’s a description of what this tour is all about….

“The tour will cover major sights such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, but will also focus on lesser known locations and neighborhoods throughout this city. The “I Love Istanbul Tour” offers an experience that simply could not be had on your own. You’ll have visits to impressive Ottoman-era palaces, unique and educational walking tours, a hamam experience (Turkish bath!) and even behind-the-scenes access to Turkey’s most famous baklava factory (complete with a baklava ‘tasting’ session) all as part of the adventure as well.

That’s not to mention the incredible Turkish cuisine that you’ll enjoy along the way, with nightlong traditional mehane dinners, lunches at some of the best local joints, incredible Ottoman cuisine and the most delicious street food the city has to offer. As for entertainment, how about some Turkish folk music at a popular late night venue, a night out along famous Istiklal Street and a relaxing evening or two chatting with locals, sipping tea and puffing away at a shisha cafe. It’s all included, plus plenty more, part of this unforgettable six-day experience to one of the greatest cities in the world!”

View of Istanbul

Hagia Sophia interior (Istanbul)

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation – 5 nights (private room) at a wonderful historic hotel in a prime area
  • Meals – breakfast and dinner every day, as well as some lunches
  • Transportation – airport pickup, unlimited tram/bus/ferry pass, all taxi rides
  • All mentioned activities and all associated entrance fees
  • Plenty of excellent surprises along the way!

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights or other transportation to/from Istanbul
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel/health insurance (will be required)
  • Passport/visa fees

Tour Dates: May 1st – 6th, 2013
Tour Cost: $1995 USD per person

If you’re interested, just send me an email and I’ll forward you a more comprehensive description of the tour. Once you have a read of that, if you then want to confirm your spot, just follow the deposit instructions and you’ll be all set to go.

Keep in mind that space is very limited. We’ve already had a few people sign up from those who asked to be placed on our early list and we’ll only be taking a maximum of 8 participants. This way, we can keep the tour truly personal and ensure that this is the most rewarding adventure imaginable!


If you have any questions at all about the tour or about Istanbul, just let me know…

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Comments 20

  1. Merrill

    Hey Earl,
    I’m leaving Amman tomorrow (May2) for 5 days in Istanbul. I already arranged a bed (airbnb) but would welcome a tour of the sort you describe. Do you have room for a tag-a-long for a few days?
    I teach 3rd grade at an American school here and am so eager for this trip.
    Thanks,
    merrill

    1. Wandering Earl

      @whereistherent: This tour offers an experience unlike any other and we make very little off of this tour. The money is used to enhance the trip and guarantee that it’s as amazing an experience as possible. We thought long and hard about the price and given all that we want to include, this is as cheap as we could make it.

  2. RunAwayHippie

    ahhh that sounds like an amazing tour Earl! i wish I finished school before that time, then I would definitely go! I hope it turns out well for you and all the participants 🙂 you should do another one in the fall/winter of eastern europe 🙂

  3. Forest Parks

    I’m so glad you managed to organise another tour this year. The Indian one looked amazing and this will be too. I have never been to Istanbul but with my focus shifting to Europe (I may be moving to Hungary for a year or so, maybe even a permanent hop off base) I am sure it’s wonderful Baklava will be enjoyed by me soon!

    Anyway, good luck on the tour and rounding people up… Going to share this on FB and Twitter right now :).

  4. Bram

    I’m so going to participate in one of your tours in the future! I hope you’re considering doing another tour next winter. You can probably count me in then 🙂

  5. Natalie McMillan

    Hey Earl!
    I love your blog and have recently got back to Australia from a 2 week holiday in India! It was amazing!

    Have you heard of Jonathan Spollen? He’s been missing since the start of last year and may have been sighted in southern India. Would you happen to have any advice for the people searching for him? This is the link: http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttarakhand-f135/have-you-seen-jonathan-spollen-missing-in-rishikesh-since-february-3rd-2012-a-t159252/123/#post1537611

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Natalie – Thanks for the comment and yes I have heard of Jonathan Spollen. As for advice, I’m not too sure…India is huge and the reasons for his disappearance could be one of many. Hopefully the sighting turns out to be real and they can finally make some good progress.

  6. Brian D.

    This trip sounds wonderful and I’d encourage anyone and everyone to sign up. My wife and I visited Istanbul about 3 years ago and it opened our eyes to international travel in a way that previous destinations had not. Beautiful city with an amazing history and delicious food to boot.

  7. Karina

    My word… If only it wasn’t smack bang in the middle of my semester this year! Otherwise I would have loved to go on this amazing trip.

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