International festival of dance and songs “Magical Istanbul”
Where the festival will be held?
The International Festival of dance and song “Magical Istanbul” is a non-competitive sample of traditional and modern dances and music performed by folkloric groups. At the festival may participate children and youth folklore dance groups, vocal groups, majorette groups, instrumental groups, as well as groups and performers from other art styles. The age of the participants is not limited.
The festival will be held in Istanbul which is a city where you can feel the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West, the constant time travel between the past and the future, and the balance of the traditional and the modern. Istanbul not only joins continents, but it also joins cultures and people.
Where the groups will be accommodated?
The groups will be accommodated in 4* Hotels in Istanbul on a Half Board Basis with 2 meals per day (breakfast, and dinner). The groups will be accommodated in rooms with 3 and 4 beds with their own bathroom. Each Group can have only 2 double rooms which can be used for the Leaders and Drivers. On 25 participants, every 26th participant is free of charge.
Extra charges for: Double room: 5 euro/person/day | Single Room: 33 euro/day | Extra night: 40 euro/person/day
The participation fee is 130€ per person.
Accommodation in 4* Hotels
Half Board Basis with 2 meals per day - breakfast and dinner
The festival organizers will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from the airport, during the festival days, and back to the same airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed upon according to their number.
Is there parking for the buses and how much does it cost?
The groups coming by bus can use their own transport all the time during the festival and the small journeys around the city. The Parking for the buses is paid for by the group at the rate set at the parking place.
How can the group pay for the festival costs?
The participation fee can be paid via bank transfer or in cash on the day of arrival. Each participant group should pay 30% in advance after receiving the official invitation. After this date (29.08.2023) advance payments are not refunded. In case of a price increase, due to the global crisis, we reserve the right to adjust the festival fee.
The Hagia Sophia is among Istanbul's most popular and iconic historic sites. Completed in the 6th century on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, Hagia Sophia is considered to be an architectural marvel even today. Before being converted into a mosque in the 15th century and later into a museum in 1935, Hagia Sophia served as the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
2. Wander inside TOPKAPI PALACE
Looming over the point where the Golden Horn meets the Marmara Sea, Topkapı Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for more than four centuries. Topkapı Palace is a beautiful spot offering beautiful views of Istanbul. Every room is covered in exquisite tile of work and in the springtime the gardens are filled with tulips and hyacinths.
3. Admire the blooming tulips at GÜLHANE PARK
Located next to the Topkapı Palace on the tip of Istanbul's historic peninsula, Gülhane Park is one of the city's biggest and most beautiful parks. Thousands of tulips bloom in the park during springtime.
4. Be mesmerized by the tiles inside BLUE MOSQUE
Among the city's most famous landmarks, the Blue Mosque's interior walls are adorned with over 20.000 hand-painted blue tiles, which are bathed in natural light filtering in from more than 200 windows, a dazzling sight to behold. This historic mosque was built in the early 17th century during the reign of Ahmed I.
5. Travel back in time to Byzantium at BASILICA CISTERN
Descend underground Istanbul to one of the city’s ancient reservoirs. The Basilica Cistern is dark, chilly and mysterious featuring hundreds of ancient Ionic and Corinthian columns, the cistern is a relic of the Byzantine Empire's water system.
6. GALATA TOWER
The Galata Tower was built in the mid 14 th century and was used as a fire tower, barracks and a dungeon. From the top of the tower you can get the best views of Istanbul
7. Get a full body scrub at KILIÇ ALI PAŞA HAMAMI
The work of the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was built in between 1578-1583 to serve the marine forces in the Ottoman navy and was reopened to the public in 2012 after a major restoration. The hammam ritual is an unmissable experience for anyone visiting Istanbul and there's no better place to do it than inside this architectural masterpiece dating back half a millennium.
8. Cruise the BOSPHORUS RIVER
A dinner cruise on the Bosphorus provides evening views of Istanbul for a different perspective of the city. As you travel along this waterway that leads to the Black Sea, you'll enjoy food, drinks, and a live show on board.
9. STREET FOOD TOUR with local guide
Istanbul’s street life is deeply interwoven with the city’s food culture. While you explore historical places, you can also discover the best Turkish street food in Istanbul and turn your culture trip into a gourmet tour. Istanbul boasts hundreds of dishes and rich food culture.
10. Put your bargaining hat on at GRAND BAZAAR
Among the world's oldest and largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar features thousands of shops spread across dozens of streets. With its kaleidoscope of colorful lanterns, its friendly people and its maze of hallways the Grand Bazaar is a joy to explore.
It will be our pleasure to make your trip an unforgettable experience!
We can provide the following services for your group:
accommodation during the trip (in case you need a sleepover on your way to the chosen destination)
accommodation during the festival event you attend
travel and transportation tips and assistance
purchasing airplane and bus tickets
organizing transportation for a group or individuals
assist and advise in the procedure of issuing visas (if needed)
The groups should pay the travel expenses by themselves to Istanbul and back.
The groups coming by bus can use their own transport all the time during the festival and the
small journeys around the city. Any expense caused by the usage of the bus (accident, robbing,
breakdown, etc) should be covered by the vehicle’s insurance. Each member must have travel
The Parking for the buses is paid by the group at the rate set on the parking place.
The festival organizers will organize the transport for the groups coming by plane by picking them up from Istanbul airport, during the festival days, and back to the same Istanbul airport. The cost of the transportation will be covered by the group and will be additionally agreed upon according to their number.
By participating on this festival, you can use the opportunity to
connect one or two more festivals organized by Folklore Festival
Association and get special discount:
DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY:
By participating in this festival, you can use the opportunity to connect two festivals organized by the Folklore Festival Association and get a special discount, 3 Concerts in just 5 days and visit 2 amazing cities.
Istanbul (Half Board) 1 night – Side (All inclusive) 4 nights = 220€/ per person (night transfer from Istanbul to Side)