As part of vibrant and colourful lifestyle destination the Zorlu Center, Raffles Istanbul opens onto a world where high fashion, culinary performance and art converge. From its elevated position above the Bosphorus, enjoy unparalleled views of the strait, the Princes’ Islands and the Old Town, while enjoying easy access to the financial district and the bridges that connect Europe to Asia.
A beacon at the crossroads of everything that makes Istanbul so unique – where refined modern luxury sits alongside heritage and culture. Offering a new perspective on a timeless city, Raffles Istanbul is a sanctuary where every element is carefully considered, and where everyone feels relaxed, energised and at home. The story continues…
Enjoy a Turkish bath in true Ottoman style when you book this private package to a 600-year-old hammam designed by the architect who built the Topkapi Palace.
Historic spa designed by Mimar Sinan: great choice for architecture buffs Private Turkish bath experience, perfect for mixed-sex couples and groups Choice of durations and departure times lets you fit more into the day Round-trip private transfers direct from your hotel save time and stress
The whole body cleaning and relaxation by traditional Turkish Bath with scrubbing, bubble massage, and honey&milk body care. After the hammam, rest with Turkish coffee, Turkish delight, and a fruit plate. You can go to our terrace cafe & restaurant with a beautiful Golden Horn view after your event.
Your professional guide will take you out for a full day of private sightseeing. You’ll start with a visit to the Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. Istanbul’s Byzantine Hippodrome was the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots throughout 500 years of Ottoman history as well.
This was the largest hippodrome in the ancient world with a design that was conceptually based on the Circus Maximus in Rome. You will see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and Constantine Column which remain from the original Hippodrome.
OPTION 1: Alcoholic Drinks and Transfer
Unlimited Alcoholic Drink: Local Beer, Raki, Vodka, Gin, White, and Red Wine at a Private Table
Feast on amazing foods with unlimited alcoholic drinks while cruising along the European and Asian continents and enjoying traditional Turkish dances and shows.
The boat will be ready at the pier at 08:30 pm. When you get on the boat, your appetizers are ready on the table and you can order drinks. The boat leaves the pier at 09:00 pm. And it’s back at around 11:30 pm.
During this tour, you will first visit the Grand Bazaar, but not before having the opportunity to learn about the art of carpet weaving. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels, textiles, cotton towels, Iznik tiles, and inexpensive souvenirs can be found, all sold in small shops next to each other.
The streets are named according to the trades, such as gold and silver sellers, carpet sellers, booksellers, etc. The most oriental atmosphere in Istanbul is found in the bazaar.
Next, you will visit the Suleymaniye Mosque. Built by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan on the order of Sultan Suleiman I (Suleiman the Magnificent), the Suleymaniye Mosque dominates the third hill of old Istanbul, and is strikingly graceful and less ornate than many other imperial mosques, thus lending itself to meditation and quiet reflection. Following this, you will visit the Church of St Saviour in Chora. Built-in the 11th century, the walls are decorated with beautiful mosaics and frescoes. The mosaics depict the life of the Virgin Mary and the infancy, genealogy, and ministry of Christ.
You’ll also visit the Spice Bazaar, the second largest covered market in Istanbul. It was constructed in the 1660s as part of the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) complex. The name derives from the herbs, and spices imported from or through Egypt. It is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic spices, and herbs.
Show With Dinner (alcohol) This is the ultimate package with unlimited beverages (soft and/or local alcohol), full menu freedom, and admission to the show with priority seating. Round-trip transportation from central hotels included
Experience a more decadent side of the city with this dinner package. Feast on a rich, four-course dinner of traditional Turkish cuisine and enjoy hypnotic performances from some of the city’s award-winning belly dancers. Belly dancing has a long history in Turkey, distinguished from other regions by its energy and use of Turkish zils (cymbals).
Divani Palace Acropolis is an iconic hotel showcasing the best of Athens. Just meters away from the world-famous Acropolis this is the perfect place to savor Athens’s fascinating history.
Divani Palace Acropolis offers a variety of rooms & suites that satisfy each guest and embraces how heritage and modernity blend in perfect harmony.
Unique details can be discovered in every corner making it the perfect base to take a time journey through the history of Athens.
ACTIVITIES in ATHENS, GREECE
Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and head to the Athenian Riviera along the scenic coastal road. You will be amazed by the views of the Saronic Gulf as you pass through the suburbs of Athens like Palaio Faliron, Glyfada, Varkiza, and Vouliagmeni on your way to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon.
Afterward, enjoy a fabulous seaside dinner in a local fish tavern.
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin your private tour with visits to the Acropolis, Temple of Parthenon, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora, Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Erechtheion, the Caryatides, Herodeion Theater, Theater of Dionysus, Mars Hill and a picturesque walk along the Dionyssious Areopagitou St to the New Acropolis Museum.
Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Greek Parliament Building before taking in panoramic city views from atop Lycabettus Hill.
Next drive through modern Athens and stop off at Hermou Street, the old city Plaka (and Flea Market) for a traditional Greek lunch, delicacies, and drinks.
After lunch, you will make a stop at the New Acropolis Museum, one of the world’s best museums.
Grasp the opportunity to support local, family-run farms during this evening dining experience in Athens. After a tour of the farm, you’ll pick vegetables, feed animals, and feast on rustic Greek cuisine grown on the grounds surrounding you.
Drink in the atmosphere created by live Greek music and inhale the aromas of slow-cooked lamb, roasted chicken, feta and spinach pie, and Greek salad. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere during this small-group experience, limited to 12 people.
Your experience begins on Litous Street, outside the Margi Hotel, in the early evening. Here, you’ll board a vehicle destined for a local farm, located just 20 minutes from the Athens Riviera. On arrival, you’ll greet the farmers and embark on a tour of the bounteous homestead.
Pick organically grown vegetables, feed resident goats, collect eggs from free-range chickens, and make the acquaintance of Billy, the family’s rescue donkey.
After working up an appetite, you’ll be escorted to a communal dining area to enjoy a buffet-style Greek barbeque. Ingredients and dishes vary according to the seasons, however, expect to feast on spit-roasted lamb, roast chicken, spinach pie, stuffed peppers, and eggplant dip. Ideal for vegetarians, the buffet includes a plethora of meat-free options.
During dessert, the dulcet tones of a bouzouki (Greek-style mandolin) fill your ears and encourage dancing. Before returning to your original departure point in Athens, you’ll have time to browse the farm’s shop for organic goodies such as olive oil and feta cheese.
The newly renovated luxury Petasos Beach Resort and Spa stands majestically on a private peninsula offering great class, impeccable taste in seductive luxury, and stunning sea views of the Aegean for unique privacy and relaxation.
ACTIVITIES in MYKONOS, GREECE
Mykonos, the rock star of the Cycladic Islands in Greece, has a stretch of sand for every mood and taste. To make your trip to cosmopolitan Mykonos more complete, definitely try Scorpios where sybaritic hedonism rules supreme. This hip addition to the Mykonos’ island beach club scene offers the ideal combination: beach fun in the sun, laidback lounging, explosive cocktails, starlit dancing, and good food along with fine wines.
On a sun-drenched southern tip of Mykonos Island, a weatherworn house has been transformed into a modern-day agora for pretty kitties & cool cats. Overlooking the rugged wild of a nature sanctuary hugged by the azure of the Aegean Sea, Scorpios Beach Club Mykonos is a dreamy boho-luxe slice of paradise with an in-tune-with-nature ambiance.
Cruise in sophisticated chic style and discover the gorgeous nearby island of Rhenia or the famous Mykonian southern coast.
Avoid the crowds and cruise in peace where customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance. If you are ready to pump up your adrenaline with joy and excitement, step onboard and let the fun begin.
The stunning panoramic views of the Caldera, the volcano and the Aegean Sea, the personalized and unique decoration in each of the suites with handmade charming furniture, the independent fairy-tale courtyards of every suite, as well as the omnipresent artistic atmosphere will make you rank our hotel in your favourites.
ACTIVITIES in SANTORINI, GREECE
Today you will meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel for a full-day private tour of Santorini.
Some of the stops will include:
Amazing Sunsets are what Santorini is all about. You will start from Ammoudi beneath the spectacular cliffs. Head to the neighboring- and once a part of Santorini- the island of Thirassia. Here you can swim in the crystal clear waters and admire the views of the Santorini caldera.
The next stop is Sulfur Springs for a dive at the volcanic waters and then to the Lighthouse of Akrotiri.
On Red Beach, Red Beach enjoy your barbeque prepared by your crew. While you wait you can enjoy another dive and use the snorkeling gear to discover the underwater thrills.
After dinner, you will sail to the Old Port of Fira and following the caldera coastline we reach the hidden church of Eftapedes, the bay of Armeni with the sun setting behind you. It’s the amazing sunset!
Your amazing day has come to an end. Your driver awaits and will bring you back to your hotel.