Retail Outlets to shop for luxury and lifestyle brands @ discounted prices in the UK.

Bicester Village, Oxford. UK

Bicester Village (pronounced Bister Village) is a UK shopping outlet mall, that sells loads of designer handbags, shoes, clothing and more, all at massive discounts! To get there from London, take the train from London Marylebone Station direct to Bicester and get ready for some serious shopping!

This shopping haven boasts over 160 designer outlets, all with up to 60% off regular prices. Millions of visitors from all over the world, drop in year after year.

Your free VIP Pass offers unbeatable value on top brands at participating boutiques and you’ll have a fully flexible return train. So, shop till you drop and then simply choose when you want to head back to London.

Non-EU residents can also take advantage of being able to claim back the 20% VAT (sales tax).

To get your train tickets plus free VIP Pass offers, click on the link below.

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Summer in Side, Antalya, Turkey with family.

Fun times with family during summer.

Side is a resort town on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. An ancient port city known for long beaches and Greco-Roman ruins. In the center are the remains of the 2nd-century Antique Theater, which seated up to 15,000. The white marble columns of the Hellenistic Temple of Athena stand near the harbor.

It is located in the Antalya province of Turkey and has a lot of beautiful all inclusive resorts that could serve as a romantic getaways, honeymoons or even family vacation.

Best time to visit this resorts are during the summer when the weather is favorable and encouraging. There are so many events planned out while staying at the several resorts and these are to engage the children and also the adults. There is swimming, golf, snooker, volley ball, beach activities, board games etc.

The highlight of the evenings include bonfire gathering and talent shows. It is a good bargain for your money and you will definitely not regret investing in this vacation with family and friends. You can get your booking through us today, from flights, hotel bookings, e-visa etc. Send us a mail or call us and lets plan your itinerary for you.

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Fun things to do while visiting Istanbul, Turkey…

Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

 

Take a Cruise along the stunning Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn and experience three of the best Istanbul sights on this adventure-filled full-day sightseeing tour. This tour, takes you on a 2.5-hour boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, to savor spectacular sights of bridges, palaces, mosques and fortresses. You will stop at Dolmabahçe Palace for a guided tour and explore the alluring scents and colors of the Spice Bazaar. Visit Rüstem Pasha Mosque on top of Camlica Hill and capture wide views of the skyline. Plus, this tour comes with a delicious 3-course meal along the beautiful shoreline.

  • Full-day sightseeing experience featuring a Golden Horn and Bosphorus cruise and three other top attractions.
  • Enjoy magnificent views on a 2.5-hour cruise along the Golden Horn and Bosphorus Strait Experience the intoxicating sights, sounds and aromas of the Spice Bazaar.
  • Explore the ostentatious Dolmabahçe Palace on a guided tour Admire Rüstem Pasha Mosque and take in sweeping city views from Camlica Hill Relax over a 3-course lunch at a traditional Bosphorus-side restaurant

Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul Turkey

The tour includes the following

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch – 3-course lunch
  • Entry/Admission – Dolmabahce Palace

And Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

 

Traveler pickup is offered and departure time is by 8:30 am. Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time and the tourists are returned to their original departure point at the end of the tour.

Note: Booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, does not guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, you will be sent complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for the local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

After being picked up from the hotel, the first place of visit is the Spice Bazaar. On the way to Bazzar, you will hear alluring stories of Istanbul. Arrive and wander this myriad of shops and stalls seeing a variety of fruits, nuts, vibrant spices, and enjoying captivating aromas. Try some Turkish treats and snacks and then proceed with your expert guide to the small Rüstem Pasha Mosque to admire its walls covered in beautiful blue Iznik tiles.

Turkish Delights. Sweets

From here, head to your boat for a sightseeing cruise at the inlet to the Bosphorus Strait and Golden Horn, which splits European Istanbul apart. For those that love historical stories, get your camera ready to snap selfies as your boat traverses past Istanbul’s top attractions. See the vast Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, and Dolmabahçe. Then, gaze over towards the Asian coastline and relish views of mosques and elegant mansions. In the afternoon, hop off your boat in Asia on the Bosphorus coastline for a delicious 3-course lunch at a scenic restaurant. Drinks are also available (own expense). See the sample menu for details.

First course: • Lentil, tomato or chicken soup

Main course: • Grilled meatballs with fresh green salad or bean salad

Dessert (choice of one): • Rice pudding • Baklava (filo pastry parcel stuffed with nuts and soaked in honey) • Figs with cream • Semolina halva (sesame seeds with honey or sugar) with ice cream • Revani (semolina cake soaked in light syrup)

After lunch, get on the coach to Istanbul’s peak, Camlica Hill, and appreciate a stunning panoramic vantage point that captures the elegance of Istanbul. Proceed across the Bosphorus Bridge for a guided tour of Dolmabahçe Palace. Learn about the Ottoman sultans that once lived here. Take a glimpse into a world of opulence and luxury as you saunter by chambers, the Crystal Staircase and revel at the gaudy array of the sultan’s wealth in Medhal Hall.  Finally, you vacate the palace and proceed to your hotel by coach where your tour ends.

Bosphorus View

All this at a very affordable cost, and you get to travel in between two continents, Asia and Europe.

We can help you plan your whole itinerary from visa application assistance, hotel reservation, flight bookings and tours/attractions planning.

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Fun places to visit in Instabul, Turkey.

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Istanbul is the only city in the world that is located in both Asia and Europe. It also offers best of both worlds ( Ancient and Modern Time).

Experience Istanbul by visiting historical sites and museums. Start the day with a Turkish breakfast and also get a ferry ride to get the best views of the city and while doing that, you can sip some tea and/or eat some sandwich.

Experience the Bosporus which is an artery for maritime trade and also the numerous sounds from construction work, muezzin call and also street hawking.

In Turkey, there are so many things to look forward to which range from the culture, food, music, places to visit, transportation system. Before embarking on your travel to Turkey, you need to have a valid passport and visa to allow yourself through immigration.

Turkey Visa Requirements
  • Valid Nigerian Passport (valid for 90 days longer than the requested visa)
  • A Duly filled application form.
  • Passport-size photos.
  • Documents supporting the purpose of the planned visit.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Evidence of payment of visa application fee.
  • Documentation of financial capacity.

When applying for a Turkish visa, one has to consider some facts like type of visas to apply for. There are two types namely the single-entry visas and the multiple-entry visas. The single-entry visas is valid only for one entry into the country with that visa. Once a person leaves Turkey before the visa on passport expires on their own accord for any reason whatsoever, they can’t get in with the same visa again and have to go apply for another visiting visa.

The Contrary is the multiple-entry visas which allows holders of this visa exit and return to Turkey any time within the duration permitted by their visa.

 

Turkey is one of the MINT countries (an acronym coined by FIDELITY Investments, a Boston based asset management firm, which stands for Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) which are emerging economies with favorable demographics and a large population.

Validity of Visas.

The Turkish Tourist visa is issued to persons who want to visit family members, relatives and friends in Turkey from Nigeria and are valid for single-entry for up to 3 months (90 days). Itineraries and proof of funds to be provided by travelers before visa can be approved.

 

Turkish Business Visa is a single-entry visa issued to travelers visiting the country for brief meetings, conferences or lectures. They are valid  for 90 days and applicants have to provide necessary documents supporting their reason for traveling.

 

The cost of a Turkish visa is dependent on the type of visa, and the duration of the visa, and can be found online and is also subject to change at any time. Always confirm on the country’s immigration website.

Submission of application form.

Submitting a Turkish Visa application form involves going online and after which applicants will attend their appointment to submit their bio-metric information and all other supporting documents. The Turkish visit visas take about 8 working days and business visas take about 5 working days and this all depend on the completeness of the application. Applicants get notified when the visa processed and approved.
Documents can be picked up or if specified, returned via courier service.

Now that we have secured our visa, the next thing to do is to get a good and reliable hotel. There are many hotels to book from considering location, price and comfort.

There are various hotels to consider when you go online and based on ones budget, you could get some very nice and decent 3 star, 4 stars and 5 stars that are affordable as there are always deals.

Culture

The culture of Istanbul is diverse as it has once been the capital to both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Drinking tea is an important part of Turkish culture, and is the most commonly consumed hot drink. Offering tea to guests is part of Turkish hospitality. Tea is most often consumed in households, shops, and by kıraathane – social gatherings of men. Turkish tea is traditionally offered in small tulip-shaped glasses which are usually held by the rim, in order to save the drinker’s fingertips from being burned, as the tea is served boiling hot. There are herbal teas also which are generally used as herbal medication. The most consumed flavors happen to be apple (elma çayı), rose hip (kuşburnu çayı), and linden flower (ıhlamur çayı) being the most consumed flavors. In Turkey, herbal teas for the treatment of most ailments can be found in local herbal shops, called aktar. Dried herbal leaves, petals, shoots, etc. are sold in loose-leaf according to each customer’s need and taste.

 

Breakfast

A common breakfast item in Turkey is the Simit, which is a circular bread with sesame seeds.

Turks like to have a rich breakfast and a typical Turkish breakfast consists of cheese (beyaz peynir, Kasar etc.), butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and kaymak, sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage, can be eaten with eggs), pastirma, borek, simit, pogaca and soups are eaten as a morning meal in Turkey. A specialty for breakfast is called menemen , which is prepared with tomatoes, green peppers, onion, olive oil and eggs. Invariably, Turkish tea is served at breakfast. The Turkish word for breakfast, kahvaltı, means “before coffee” (kahve, ‘coffee’; altı, ‘under’).

Homemade food

Although the new generation prefers to eat out, homemade food is still preferred by Turks. Turkish people generally prefer to eat at home. A typical meal starts with soup (especially in winter time), and a dish made of vegetables or legumes boiled in a pot (typically with meat or minced meat), often with or before rice or bulgur pilav accompanied by a salad or cacik (diluted cold yogurt dish with garlic, salt, and cucumber slices). In summertime many people prefer to eat a cold dish of vegetables cooked with olive oil (zeytinyagli yemekler) instead of the soup, either before or after the main course, which can also be a chicken, meat or fish plate.

Restaurants

Akcaabat Meatballs

Fast food is becoming popular and because of that, many major foreign fast food chains have opened all over Turkey. Turkish people still rely primarily on the rich and extensive dishes of Turkish cuisine. Some traditional Turkish foods, especially  Kofte, doner, kokorec, kumpir midye tava börek and gözleme, are often served as fast food in Turkey also just to have a mix.

Summer cuisine

In the hot Turkish summer, a meal often consists of fried vegetables such as eggplant (aubergine) and peppers or potatoes served with yogurt or tomato sauce. Menemen and cilbir are typical summer dishes, based on eggs. Sheep cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons and melons also make a light summer meal. Those who like helva for dessert prefer summer helva, which is lighter and less sweet than the regular one.

Frequently used ingredients in Turkish specialties include: lamb, beef, rice, fish, eggplants, green peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans, zucchinis and tomatoes. Nuts, especially pistachios, chestnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, together with spices, have a special place in Turkish cuisine, and are used extensively in desserts or eaten separately. Semolina flour is used to make a cake called revani and irmik helvasi.

 

Things to do in Turkey

The biggest attraction for visitors would be the Topkapi Palace and the Old City’s mosques, museums, and ancient cistern. The architecture, tiles, mosaics, stonework and ceilings are a cynosure of all eyes. There are several other activities like a walking tour of Istanbul’s off-the-beaten-track eats (Culinary Backstreets) or a personalized dive into the Grand Bazaar (Istanbul Personal Shopper). A private cruise up the Bosporus and grilled fish at a seaside village restaurant (Zoe Yacht Cruises) will entice you. For those that like outdoors, there is opportunity to hike the city’s Byzantine fortifications while those food lovers will want to stroll on a Saturday morning along the aisles and having a breakfast at the bustling Ferikoy Organic Market.

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There are some fun attractions for family and kids. There is a Legoland for kids, Madam Tussauds for the family, Troy Tours, the Archaeological Museum, the Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Taksim Square, Istinye Park shopping mall, the historic Sultanahmet Square, Nisantasi shopping district, the Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Galata Tower, Hagia Sophia Museum, Chora Museum, Maidens Tower, Rumelihisari and so many more just to mention a few.

 

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Fun places to Visit in London…(The view from the Shard)

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Visit Western Europe’s tallest viewing platform on the 72nd floor of The Shard, London. The ticket is flexible and allows you spend as much time as you like enjoying panoramic views of the city, with visibility of up to 40 miles.

You may choose to step outside onto the open viewing platform on the 72nd floor, or admire the views from inside the building. There is so much to learn about London’s history through multimedia displays and exhibits, or simply sit back and enjoy the view from the champagne bar. Continue reading “Fun places to Visit in London…(The view from the Shard)”

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