Why not visit Istanbul in Turkey Jan/Feb/March 2018 - BA sale city break. 3 nights in a 4* hotel £145 p/p Economy or £280 Business class
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Why not visit Istanbul in Turkey Jan/Feb/March 2018 - BA sale city break. 3 nights in a 4* hotel £145 p/p Economy or £280 Business class

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Found 6th Sep 2017
BA sale city break. 3 nights in a 4* hotel (quite a few choices) in the tourist area of Istanbul.

Based on a couple sharing a double bed.

£145 p/p Economy or £280 Business class- which includes Lounge access with unlimited Champagne and hot grub. Decent 3 course meal on board with unlimited booze. More space (middle seat blocked out).

Business class gives 160 TP return, so for me was a very cheap way to top up TP to retain silver for another year !

We paid £280 each to go in Feb very nice looking hotel which includes full breakfast. Just hope by full breakfast I get my full English each morning !

if you don't wanna go then don't. I didn't really want to either tbh because of terrorism stuff. Just going for the TP really (the Mrs wanted to go more).
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Istanbul is a fabulous city. I love it. I don't know why people get so obsessed about terrorism when you can't go to a teenager's concert in Manchester or walk across Westminster bridge without risking life and limb. It is ubiquitous and if we based all our travel around that, nobody would leave their house.
BigCheeseGlenni26 m ago

Lovely offer but not for me op thank you as I feel it would be very …Lovely offer but not for me op thank you as I feel it would be very irresponsible for me to take my young family there


I'm not criticising because you have a young family and that is your prerogative. I understand that. The thing is, would it stop you going to London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, New york, barcelona ? All of these have suffered catastrophic terrorist attacks, some of them far more recently than Istanbul and yet we don't see these places as as much of a threat. I'm interested to understand what the criteria for danger is. What is it that makes people feel a place is too dangerous?
gmschuple5 m ago

it's going to be cold.


The deal or Istanbul?
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Istanbul is a fabulous city. I love it. I don't know why people get so obsessed about terrorism when you can't go to a teenager's concert in Manchester or walk across Westminster bridge without risking life and limb. It is ubiquitous and if we based all our travel around that, nobody would leave their house.
it's going to be cold.
gmschuple5 m ago

it's going to be cold.


The deal or Istanbul?
Lovely offer but not for me op thank you as I feel it would be very irresponsible for me to take my young family there
Edited by: "BigCheeseGlenni" 6th Sep 2017
BigCheeseGlenni26 m ago

Lovely offer but not for me op thank you as I feel it would be very …Lovely offer but not for me op thank you as I feel it would be very irresponsible for me to take my young family there


I'm not criticising because you have a young family and that is your prerogative. I understand that. The thing is, would it stop you going to London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, New york, barcelona ? All of these have suffered catastrophic terrorist attacks, some of them far more recently than Istanbul and yet we don't see these places as as much of a threat. I'm interested to understand what the criteria for danger is. What is it that makes people feel a place is too dangerous?
Great deal but would like to go for 7 nights. Always wanted to go and not gonna let mass hysteria stop me. As safe as any English city these days.
vaiopup19 m ago

Great deal but would like to go for 7 nights. Always wanted to go and not …Great deal but would like to go for 7 nights. Always wanted to go and not gonna let mass hysteria stop me. As safe as any English city these days.



vaiopup19 m ago

Great deal but would like to go for 7 nights. Always wanted to go and not …Great deal but would like to go for 7 nights. Always wanted to go and not gonna let mass hysteria stop me. As safe as any English city these days.


It is a fabulous city. The opulence of topkapi and dolmabache palaces is jaw dropping. The blue mosque and hagia Sophia are spectacular. I love it. I had a friend who was on holiday there during the attempted coup last year. He and his family were only about 100 yards from the epicentre. They did not feel at all threatened. Like you say, it is no more dangerous than over here. The foreign office do not advise against travel there.
psychobitchfromhell28 m ago

I'm not criticising because you have a young family and that is your …I'm not criticising because you have a young family and that is your prerogative. I understand that. The thing is, would it stop you going to London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, New york, barcelona ? All of these have suffered catastrophic terrorist attacks, some of them far more recently than Istanbul and yet we don't see these places as as much of a threat. I'm interested to understand what the criteria for danger is. What is it that makes people feel a place is too dangerous?


Yes but those other cities you mentioned have the capacity and will to deal with any incidents; our cops generally shoot terrorists in the face within about 6 minutes.

Whereas in some other places they sit in their cars waiting for 'things to calm down'.
So many other places to visit in the world that doesn't suffer terrorism and civil unrest.

That may well disappoint Turkey, but i choose where to spend my money, and take my family, based on relaxation and a stress free environment.
Bit daft. It is a generic sale. Other places to go
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ame260716 m ago

Bit daft. It is a generic sale. Other places to go


Best for cheapness and high tier points on business class tho- except Malta and I'm already booked to go there at another time.

For £150 each economy. You would surely pay £80 per night in a 4* hotel at least !
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psychobitchfromhell48 m ago

It is a fabulous city. The opulence of topkapi and dolmabache palaces is …It is a fabulous city. The opulence of topkapi and dolmabache palaces is jaw dropping. The blue mosque and hagia Sophia are spectacular. I love it. I had a friend who was on holiday there during the attempted coup last year. He and his family were only about 100 yards from the epicentre. They did not feel at all threatened. Like you say, it is no more dangerous than over here. The foreign office do not advise against travel there.


Your onto a loser with this lot darling don't waste your breath ! However I am appreciative of your words and made me feel a bit better about going.
unhappybunny21 m ago

Your onto a loser with this lot darling don't waste your breath ! However …Your onto a loser with this lot darling don't waste your breath ! However I am appreciative of your words and made me feel a bit better about going.


When I went back in the 90's it was an exotic city and sometimes quite amazing. Since then I notice there has been a massive influx of people moving from the country so not sure how that has changed it but hopefully the centre is still fantastic.
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chapchap15 m ago

When I went back in the 90's it was an exotic city and sometimes quite …When I went back in the 90's it was an exotic city and sometimes quite amazing. Since then I notice there has been a massive influx of people moving from the country so not sure how that has changed it but hopefully the centre is still fantastic.


And I hear EFES beer is a nice drop too
We just came back from a holiday in Turkey (Ankara and Izmir) and it was lovely. Our next holiday will definitely be in Turkey (either Istanbul or somewhere in the south, Antalya, Bodrum,..etc).

Security is top-notch everywhere (airports, shopping malls, parks,..etc etc). I've worked in London for 16 years on/off and from what I've seen last week, security is better in Turkey.

Most people only speak Turkish but sign language works wonders :-)

Highly recommended, thanks for sharing; heat added.
The BA Business Class lounge is rubbish. Don't expect to get hot food unless its meal time (breakfast, lunch, dinner) any other time its stale sandwiches only.
I lived in Turkey for 6 years and loved it, Istanbul was our first visit and we loved it.
Comingfrom Belfast the threat of a terrorist attack doesn't bother me in the slightest. Can understand others not wanting to take the chance. My issue is spending money in a country run by a dictator.I was caught up in the "coup" and am convinced it was a total set up put in place to allow Erdogan to rid himself of anyone who disagrees with his policies.
Roger_Irrelevant4 h, 22 m ago

Yes but those other cities you mentioned have the capacity and will to …Yes but those other cities you mentioned have the capacity and will to deal with any incidents; our cops generally shoot terrorists in the face within about 6 minutes.Whereas in some other places they sit in their cars waiting for 'things to calm down'.


So that will be six minutes after they set off their suicide vests or drive their cars into pedestrians then?
unhappybunny3 h, 38 m ago

Your onto a loser with this lot darling don't waste your breath ! However …Your onto a loser with this lot darling don't waste your breath ! However I am appreciative of your words and made me feel a bit better about going.


Suits me. I probably wouldn't enjoy the places they would go to anyway
Roger_Irrelevant4 h, 54 m ago

Yes but those other cities you mentioned have the capacity and will to …Yes but those other cities you mentioned have the capacity and will to deal with any incidents; our cops generally shoot terrorists in the face within about 6 minutes.Whereas in some other places they sit in their cars waiting for 'things to calm down'.


Turkish police don't mess about.
I'm more scared of them than any potential terrorists in Turkey.
There is no reason for this deal to be voted cold other than through sheer ignorance.
It is outstanding value for money.
psychobitchfromhell5 h, 55 m ago

I'm not criticising because you have a young family and that is your …I'm not criticising because you have a young family and that is your prerogative. I understand that. The thing is, would it stop you going to London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels, New york, barcelona ? All of these have suffered catastrophic terrorist attacks, some of them far more recently than Istanbul and yet we don't see these places as as much of a threat. I'm interested to understand what the criteria for danger is. What is it that makes people feel a place is too dangerous?


I just feel it's easy to enter turkey from neighbouring problematic countries,so for that reason I'm out & even if it was free all inclusive 5 star I wouldn't be entertaining it sorry
Look if you love turkey it's a great deal no doubt about it,similar value can be had in Egypt,Tunisia,Morroco etc etc
BigCheeseGlenni1 h, 40 m ago

I just feel it's easy to enter turkey from neighbouring problematic …I just feel it's easy to enter turkey from neighbouring problematic countries,so for that reason I'm out & even if it was free all inclusive 5 star I wouldn't be entertaining it sorry


If they offer you free all inclusive five star let me know and i'll go instead. I'll send you a postcard
psychobitchfromhell19 m ago

If they offer you free all inclusive five star let me know and i'll go …If they offer you free all inclusive five star let me know and i'll go instead. I'll send you a postcard


Take me with you.
Destard6 m ago

Take me with you.


No worries. Hotels will all be empty anyway because it is so dangerous.
Been there and its a fantastic place. However, I wouldn't do anything that would support the current Turkish government dictatorship so a definite no from me.

Heat, funny how some people are complaining about Erdogan being a dictator instead of ACTUAL dictators (cough syria, russia, iran, egypt, israel). Me thinks they are just a bit mad that the current leadership actually represents the populace values and faith.
Edited by: "Ridan" 12th Sep 2017
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