Great deal! Visit Istanbul, Izmir and Seychelles in one trip from Dusseldorf for only €496 roundtrip with Qatar Airways, Atlas Global, Corendon Airlines and Pegasus Airlines!
Take advantage of this offer and see the icons of Istanbul, like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Blue Mosque and many other extraordinary landmarks! Take a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise or enjoy shopping in the Grand Bazaar. Walk along the oriental streets of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood and try some traditional Turkish food!
Famed for its architecture, this 6th-century Byzantine masterpiece is Istanbul’s most iconic sight. Its dome was considered a revolution in the history of architecture. The building that stands today was actually the third church to be built on this site. The original 4th century structure was built by the first Emperor, Constantine the Great. It was once a house of worship that served several religions. It started out as a Greek Eastern Orthodox basilica, then it was converted to a Roman Catholic Church. It then served as a mosque from 1453 until 1931, before becoming the secular museum in 1935.
This great structure features decorative mosaics depicting various religious scenes. Five sultans and their families rest at the southeast corner of Aya Sofya. The tombs date from as early as 1574.
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Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city is proudly liberal and deeply cultured. Garlanded around the azure-blue Bay of İzmir, it has been an important Aegean port since ancient times, when it was the Greek city of Smyrna, and its seafront kordon (promenade) is as fetching and lively as any in the world.
The city’s rich and fascinating heritage reflects the fact that it has been the home of Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Levantines and Turks over the centuries. While not as multicultural these days, it still has resident Jewish and Levantine communities and its unique and delicious cuisine attests to this.
Foreign visitors here are largely limited to business travellers and tourists en route to Ephesus. The reason for this is a mystery to us, as the city is home to compelling attractions including one of Turkey’s most fascinating bazaars, an impressive museum of history and art, and a local lifestyle as laid-back as it is welcoming.
The Seychelles are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere on Earth. Sandy, dreamlike beaches with granite boulders, swaying palm trees, coral reefs and underwater wildlife make this country a dream destination. The group of 115 tropical islands in the Indian Ocean with only a few inhabited, is known for rich marine life and nature reserves.
You can visit some privately owned islands to see unique natural attractions. Entrance is controlled by the owners, so the island management must be contacted for permission. Bird Island, the northernmost in the Seychelles archipelago, is a private resort with 26 bungalows. The 0.94 km2 coral island, located 100 km from Mahé, is known for its birdlife, turtles and sea cows. It contains a small air strip which connects the island with Mahé. Cousine Island also hosts seabird colonies and exclusive accommodation.
Fregate Island, the easternmost of the granitic Inner Islands of the Seychelles (55 km east of Mahé), is renowned for snorkelling and diving. It boasts Anse Victorin, voted "The World's Best Beach" by The Times, a tiny airport, and a secluded private luxury resort which funds an environmental programme on the island. Denis Island, ringed by flawless white sand, is a place where you can snorkel in a sea turtle sanctuary, spot some of the rarest birds on earth, and go sport-fishing. Other privately owned islands in the Seychelles are: Chauvre Souris, Anonyme, Felicite, D’Arros, St. Joseph Atoll, Grand Soeur, Petite Soeur, Moyenne, North Island, Round Island near Mahé and Round Island near Praslin.
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Routing and sample dates:
Dusseldorf – Izmir Dec 9, Dec 12
Izmir – Mahe Dec 14
Mahe – Izmir Dec 27
Izmir – Istanbul Dec 28
Istanbul – Dusseldorf Dec 29
How to book:
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In Seychelles we recommend you staying at Forest Lodge Guest House with very good reviews. Forest Lodge is located in Bel Ombre and a 15-minute walk away from Beau Vallon Beach. The property has a garden, BBQ facilities and a restaurant. Free WiFi is available. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a telephone with the benefit of free local calls. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator, as well as a balcony. Private bathroom also comes with a shower. You can enjoy mountain and garden views.