Sultanahmet Hotels

Our Balcony-WOW what a view!

It’s my second time to be in Istanbul, and I feel regretful not to stay in this hotel on my last trip. I came Istanbul with a package tour, and stayed one of the Sultanahmet hotels some two years ago and it was a total disaster. Hotel menu was poor, price was very high and so on… Though I loved the city and decided to come back again.

So I came again, and stayed Premist Hotel. Room layout is perfect, so does its panoramic view of Istanbul. When you look out the window, you see nearly whole seven hills of Istanbul. Staff are always smiling and so kind to you. Breakfast buffet is totally amazing. In each food, there is both Turkish and English descriptions of the meal you want to eat. And price is kinda low when I compared with menus of other Sultanahmet hotels.

Rooms are all good designed and each room has its own fridge and mini-bar. Bathrooms are cleaned in an hourly basis and are perfectly clean. Free snacks are everywhere. Even in your first step to your room, you feel the comfort and luxury.

Another major advantage of Premist Hotel is its location. This Sultanahmet hotel is near to nearly all the historical sites of Istanbul. What do I mean by historical sites, let’s say, European side of the city. If you want to see Topkapi Palace, it is five minutes by foot. And if you want to drink a cup of Turkish coffee on the seaside, it’s ten minutes on foot and five minutes by train. It’s amazing. If you are a low budgeted traveller and eager to see Istanbul with a short money and with best quality, I think Premist Hotel is the perfect choice among all the hotels in Sultanahmet.

I chose this hotel randomly, but I found the place very satisfactory. I stayed there, and if I come back again, definitely I will stay in there.

All-Inclusive Vacations: What They Don’t Include

All-Inclusive Vacations: Is it “all” really included?

Vacations are a way to re-connect with yourself, relax and get away from the daily routine of life. And though they can be an expensive luxury, that needn’t be the case. Many 5-star accommodations are aware of this and they usually offer all-inclusive deals which can make the experience more accessible.

These all-inclusive vacation packages are some of the most popular travel packages offered by travel agencies and resorts. They are extremely popular from December to April during the high Caribbean season, which should come as no surprise, but would you believe there are even specific resorts which provide only all-inclusive travel?

Looking back at when all-inclusive travel emerged, it was in the 1950s that Club Med resorts introduced an all-inclusive scheme in their resorts. Over the years, different resorts have altered the model depending on the services offered by the particular hotel.

So what are you actually getting?

While most all-inclusive vacation packages cover the same basic staples, some include amenities that may surprise you.

Some of the fairly standard items include the following:

  • three meals a day
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • transport services
  • sports facilities and equipment
  • instructors for sports like water aerobics, archery, and swimming

And some resorts even offer the following:

  • spa treatments
  • live shows
  • 24×7 room service
  • laundry
  • airport transfers

We often get swayed by the “All Inclusive” sign on a deal thinking that this might be the best available at the quoted prices, forgetting to focus on the tiny asterisk that could literally cost us a fortune later. It is highly important to list all the things you need and don’t need and then do your homework on the various packages offered in order to select the best one suited for your needs.

And what’s not necessarily included?

The following are some of the things one must remember before booking an all-inclusive vacation:

  • No airfare – Most of the packages do not include airfare and one must be prepared to shell out for their own tickets.
  • Airport transfers – While some vacation resorts do offer free airport transfers for their all-inclusive packages, some — like those in the Dominican Republic — can charge up to $30 per transfer.
  • Limited alcohol – You should be aware that many of the hotels do not offer an all-you-can drink pass, and at some you might have to pay if you want an upgrade from a simple wine to a champagne-based cocktail. Premium brands of alcohol are also often an extra charge.
  • Sports – While most non-motorized sports facilities are included in these packages, several trademark destination-based activities like snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and zip-lining are not included in the all-inclusive packages.
  • Services like babysitting, dry cleaning, tour excursions,  and beauty treatments are also not included in all-inclusive vacation packages.
  • None of the packages include honeymoon and anniversary specials, nor are birthday parties included.
  • Room service – Although integral to almost all hotels, room services might not be included in your vacation package. In fact, some hotels might even charge you extra for having your meals delivered to your room.
  • Internet – While it is downright preposterous that one has to pay for wireless in the 21st century, unfortunately some resorts do charge you for connecting to their Wi-Fi services. Some resorts might have complimentary internet services in the lobby but most of them charge for every byte your iPhone uses to keep you in touch with the outside world.

The above list is a great way to estimate the financial cost of your vacation, so make sure to do a little bit of research for the trip ahead. Also you can join us for Part 2 of this article where we cover the non-monetary cost of going the all-inclusive route: “All Inclusive Vacations: What They Don’t Include (Part 2).”

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Get Great Wall Beijing Airport Tour To Your Desired Place In The Capital Of China

Being the China’s capital and a significant cultural and transportation center, Beijing with its long history has a lot to offer to the visitors. Here some of the treasures of Chinese history and culture are hidden, mixed with a scenic beauty.

There are multiple landmark tours offered that allow guests to start exploring the wonders of the city and the region, where famous dynasties ruled over the great empire. Get great wall Beijing Airport tour to the Forbidden City, which for five centuries has been the imperial palace of emperors from different dynasties, including the Ming and the Qing. Today, the Palace Museum takes place there.

The unique Temple of Heaven is another must-see attraction, in which solemn rituals has been performed long time ago by emperors to multiply harvests. Both of these sites have been constructed by the Yongle Emperor between 1406 and 1420.

Your next stops could be the Summer Palace and the Ming tombs, where 13 emperors of the Ming Dynastyhave been buried.Tourists can take a look at their majestic mausoleums in the largest tomb. The second largest tomb is the Dingling Tomb, which is a typical imperial tomb, opened to the public as well.

Obviously, the most notable attraction, located near Beijing, is the Great Wall, and especially its Badaling Section. Get great wall Beijing Airport tour to the so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, where you can use a cable car or walk on the stone wall enjoying the beautiful panoramas.

Another tour is offered from Beijing Airport to the Mutianyu Section, which is among the prettiest parts of the wall. Mutianyu provides ideal opportunities for hiking on the wall or taking a cable car, if you are tired. For as little as 3 or 4 hours, people will be able to see all the interesting things there, including the 22 watchtowers and the Mutianyu pass and learn more about its history.

Those, who love classical music, can also pay a visit to the popular Beijing Opera, where they may enjoy classical dance styles and singing that date from the times of Ming Dynasty.

Tourists can also visit any of the public parksin Beijing early in the morning to meet the local people who do their exercises outdoors at these places. Different kinds of physical activities can be seen in these parks, such as jogging, ballroom dancing and tai’chi.


Going Camping? Then Hire a Minibus to Get You There

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like in the UK, there are still many of us that enjoy camping trips.

Are you planning on going camping with some friends? Don’t want to take the car. Then hire a minibus and driver to get you there. If there are quite a few of you going, you will most likely have to go in separate vehicles, if you were driving yourself. With a minibus you can all travel in style and comfort together, even if it’s just for the weekend. Choosing to hire a minibus with its driver is cheaper than having to fuel etc. more than one vehicle to get you there. Start your adventure from leaving home together, before getting to the campsite.

Minibuses are probably a lot safer than years gone by, because they have to pass such vigorous rules and regulations. They are very spacious giving you plenty of leg room, and to pack away all your camping gear. Minibus companies can now fit trailers to the back of their vehicles for extra luggage.

Hiring a minibus means you can chat away with your friends and family along the way. Plus, you can travel in style and comfort. Many of the minibus companies around the country now have their vehicles fitted with seatbelts, air conditioning, CD and DVD players, plasma TVs, tables, reclining seats, docks for iPods, tinted windows and even curtains.

No need to worry about keeping an eye on the other traffic or getting lost. Minibus drivers are very knowledgeable about roads, where road works etc. are, giving you an enjoyable journey to let you relax. You can rest assured that your minibus driver will get you to the campsite without any hitches. Not only will they drive you there, but also take you home at the end of your holiday. Most minibuses seat from 8 to 16 people. They will also pick you up door-to-door or at a location of your choice.

If you are planning a camping trip over in Europe, you must check that the drivers have the necessary documents. There are more rules over there about buses transporting passengers.

Camping can be very enjoyable if you like the outdoors. Cooking your food in the open-air can give it a certain taste that is different to indoor cooking. Many campsites have buildings for showers and toilets these days, as well as running water. They are not as primitive as they once was. Plus, the tents you can buy have separate rooms in them. They are lot more comfortable, making your camping trip a lot more enjoyable.

Many people are taking up camping as some form of holiday, because it’s cheaper than staying in a hotel. You can also tour around, and not stay in one spot for your holiday. The only downside to camping in the UK is probably the weather. We cannot guarantee good weather from one day to the next. So, as long as you don’t mind getting wet, camping is the way to go.