Turkish Delights: Exclusive Women's Retreat in The Heart of Istanbul

      İstanbul, Turkey

      Halal Travel Guide
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      9 reviews
      Dec 23 - 27, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 17
      Turkish Delights: Exclusive Women's Retreat in The Heart of Istanbul
      İstanbul, Turkey

      Halal Travel Guide
      • Twitter verified
      9 reviews

      Dec 23 - 27, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 17

      About this trip

      ✨This retreat is part of our brand-new *luxury* range✨

      Join our exclusive women's retreat in the heart of Istanbul, where culture, history, and adventure intertwine to create an unforgettable journey. 

      We have designed this retreat to nourish your mind, body, and soul. 

      Relax and De-stress at our 5* halal hotel spa, where you can enjoy our women-only sauna, steam room, swimming pool, Turkish hammam and gym. Connect with like-minded women who share your love for travel and self-discovery while trying your hand at traditional Ebru art. 

      Get adventurous by trying on traditional Turkish clothing and having a go at archery. 

      Guided by our expert local hosts, you'll uncover hidden gems and untold stories of Istanbul's past. 

      Cruise along the sparkling waters of the Bosphorus, explore the majestic Suleymaniye and immerse yourself in the bustling spice, gold and carpet markets. 

      This exclusive women's retreat offers more than just a getaway; it's an opportunity for personal growth, connection, and self-discovery. Forge lifelong friendships with like-minded women and tap into your inner strength as you embark on this empowering journey. 

      Spaces are limited for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, so secure your place as soon as possible!

      Trip Highlights

      What you'll experience

      • Ebru art: Enjoy this traditional Ottoman artistic experience, during which you'll make your own unique creations
      • Ottoman archery: Get dressed up in traditional Ottoman clothing and try your hand at the traditional sunnah sport of archery
      • Bosphorus Cruise
      • Enjoy tea on the rooftop of the Grand Bazaar
      • Learn more about the most famous Ottoman architect of all time, Mimar Sinan, whose mosques built hundreds of years ago are still some of the most beautiful in the country.
      • Relax and unwind by enjoying the perks of our 5* halal hotel with a sauna, steam room, swimming pool, gym and Turkish hammam, exclusively for ladies only.
      • Learn more about the history of Islam in Turkiye, from Ottomans to present-day
      • Stock up on beautiful clothing designed with Muslim women in mind - we'll recommend the best places for you to shop!


      We'll organise two airport transfers for arrival and departure - one for midday and one for the evening. 

      Once you have booked, we will confirm the transfer windows so you can look at booking your flights. 

      Trip Dates

      Only ONE departure for 2023: Saturday 23rd - Wednesday 27th December. 

      Terms & Conditions of Booking

       Please familiarise yourself with the Ts&Cs below. It's very important that you have read these before booking your flights, to give yourself the best preparation and protection.

      1. A £60 deposit is required to confirm your booking. The deposit is non-transferable and non-refundable.   

      2. Full payment is required no later than 8 weeks before your trip departure.  

      3. Once you have made your full payment it is non-refundable and non-transferable. You may sell your space to somebody else should you find you are no longer able to travel.   

      4. Cancellations less than 10 weeks before trip departure are liable to incur costs. Should you anticipate challenges travelling, please give us as much notice as possible.   

      5. We strongly recommend you buy travel insurance as soon as making your booking, to protect yourself in case unforeseen circumstances arise and you are no longer able to travel. This should include medical cover and cancellation protection in the event of covid, flight cancellations, illness etc.  

      6. Entry requirements: It is incumbent upon each traveller to familiarise themselves with the entry requirements to the country they are visiting. This includes visas and covid testing status. 

      7. The itinerary is a suggested outline of the route we will take and the activities that we'll experience. We will keep it flexible and make changes in the event the weather, or road conditions mean we need to adjust our plans. The same goes for our activity coordinators - in the event they are unwell or unable to attend due to a private emergency, don't worry; we'll arrange a suitable alternative.  

      8. All guests are screened following booking. Should you not pass the screening process, your deposit will be refunded.  

      9. You will receive details of the accommodations you'll be hosted at in your welcome pack, after booking. We expect you to research the accommodations in advance so that you know what to expect on the trip, particularly if you are opting for a shared room.  

      10. Once you are on the trip, there are no refunds, partial refunds or credit refunds.  

      11. Should your flight be cancelled, it is incumbent upon you to book a suitable alternative. If you do not attend the trip this will be classed as a no-show, and no refunds will be given. (This is where your travel insurance recommended in clause 5 will come in handy!).

      What’s included

      • Accommodation
        4 nights in 5* luxury halal hotel
      • Ebru Art
        Learn about this Ottoman craft and make your own unique pieces
      • Archery activity
        Dress up in traditional clothing and shoot your shot!
      • Grand Bazaar tour
        Uncover the secrets of this labrynthine market, one of the largest in the world
      • Sultanahmet tour
      • Transportation
        We'll arrange your transportation whenever we have scheduled activities
      • Meals
        4 breakfasts, 4 lunches
      • Airport transfer
        Airport pick up at Istanbul Intl Airport
      • Local tour guide
        Local English-speaking tour guides
      • Tour Leader
      • Photographer
        Enjoy the moment while we capture it for you on camera!
      • International flight
        Turkish Airlines, British Airways and various budget airlines fly direct to Istanbul International Airport
      • Visa
        Purchased in advance online. Not applicable to UK travellers and some others from EU.
      • Personal expenses
        Shopping/souvenirs, travel insurance
      • Extra meal
        Meals outside of those stated above (lunch, dinner)
      • Tips
        For driver and guides

      Available Packages

      SUPER EARLY BIRD/ sharing twin room
      only 3 left
      Deposit: £60
      EARLY BIRD/Sharing a twin room
      6 left
      Deposit: £60
      Final Tickets/Sharing Twin Room
      4 left
      Deposit: £60
      Single room upgrade
      only 3 left
      Deposit: £60


      Day 1
      Welcome to Turkiye!

      Welcome to Turkiye!

      You’ll be greeted at Istanbul International Airport and taken straight to your beautiful hotel where you can check in, rest and enjoy dinner at your leisure. We've selected a centrally-located hotel so that you can explore the local area at your own leisure.

      You'll be staying at our hand-picked 5* luxury hotel that includes all the following women-only facilities:

      - Large private swimming pool
      - Gym
      -Turkish Hammam
      - Sauna & Steam room

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      Halal Travel Guide
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      Halal Travel Guide is making it easier for you to enjoy unique travel experiences designed by travel experts and local guides. Our partnerships produce more than individually crafted trips designed with Muslims in mind. Together with our homegrown travel experts, we’re breaking down barriers and building connections that make life better. Our Values ✨Excellent Service 🤝 Building cross-cultural bridges 💚 Hosting you with love 🌙 Travelling to seek knowledge 🌿 Being Mindful, Intentional & Responsible


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