Istanbul and the Maldives

Istanbul and The Maldives
8 nights private tour from SGD $11,400 per person

Experience a wonderful combination of culture and beach, making full use of a stopover en route to the Maldives with Turkish Air. Explore the vibrant mixture of cultures in Istanbul touring beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars before jetting off to the Maldives for a glorious stay filled with sun, sea and sensational views. This varied itinerary would be perfect for a twin-centre honeymoon.

Flying Carpets and Magical Maldives
At a glance
  • A fantastic itinerary combining culture and relaxation, city and beach time - perfect for a honeymoon!

  • Spend a few days exploring Istanbul’s old quarter, full of stunning landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

  • Discover the marvellous underwater world of the Maldives with breathtaking snorkelling and diving

  • Stroll around the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, perhaps picking up new pieces for the next part of your trip!

Journey highlights
  • A fantastic itinerary combining culture and relaxation, city and beach time - perfect for a honeymoon!

  • Spend a few days exploring Istanbul’s old quarter, full of stunning landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

  • Discover the marvellous underwater world of the Maldives with breathtaking snorkelling and diving

  • Stroll around the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, perhaps picking up new pieces for the next part of your trip!

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Turkey has a comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, are marked by mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June through August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter falls from December through February and days are crisp and evenings can be cold. The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Itinerary

Day 1-4

Istanbul

Just a few hours flight from the UK, Istanbul is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of culture, a sprinkling of shopping and splash of vibrant city life. This vast city has a wealth of history marvelling back to the mighty Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

We've included a guided walking tour through the historical Sultanahmet district where you'll find the iconic Blue Mosque, the impressive Hagia Sophia and the beautiful Topkapi Palace to name a few. We've also included a culinary tour where you'll get to sample some tasty treats such as Turkish delights and baclava before heading over to the famed spice market.

Of course, no visit to Istanbul would be complete without hitting up the Grand Bazaar- your expert guide will help you navigate the plehtora of stalls, introducing you to artisans who have homed their specialist craft, be that weaving, painting or ceramics. For something extra special, why not take a sunset cruise on a private yacht down the Bosphorus strait, which splits Istanbul between it's Asian and European sides.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus ( 3 nights )
Fly Istanbul to Male
Day 4-9

Maldives

Flying onwards from the metropolis of Istanbul you will land 9 hours later in an altogether different world where peace and tranquillity are unavoidable as you make your way to the tiny speck in the Indian Ocean you will call home for the next week.

COMO Maalifushi, an hours seaplane flight south of capital Male is one of our favourite Maldivian hideaways. Located in the remote Thaa Atoll it is the perfect place to decompress from the bustle of the 24/7 Istanbul. Here you will be able to reconnect with yourself on a choice of either the gentle lapping of the ocean in an over-water villa or the quiet seclusion of a beach villa, both settled by impossibly turquoise waters by day and a rich carpet of stars by night.

Dine in one of the three restaurants offering a plethora of international and local cuisine. Enjoy the torrent of colours beneath the ocean on the magnificent house reef, or, if you are lucky, snorkel with whale sharks by night. Maalifushi is a place so completely devoid of distractions you can truly reconnect with both your surroundings and eachother. A perfect end to an incredible trip.

Accommodation: COMO Maalifushi ( 5 nights )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on +65 6028 0820 to start planning your holiday.

Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and includes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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April 2024 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
May 2024 SGD $13,700 SGD $2,100 plan your trip
June 2024 SGD $13,700 SGD $2,100 plan your trip
July 2024 SGD $13,700 SGD $2,100 plan your trip
August 2024 SGD $13,700 SGD $2,100 plan your trip
September 2024 SGD $13,700 SGD $2,100 plan your trip
October 2024 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
November 2024 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
December 2024 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
January 2025 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
February 2025 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
March 2025 SGD $16,000 SGD $2,400 plan your trip
  • April 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
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    SGD $2,400
  • May 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $13,700
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,100
  • June 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $13,700
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,100
  • July 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $13,700
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,100
  • August 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $13,700
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,100
  • September 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $13,700
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,100
  • October 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,400
  • November 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,400
  • December 2024
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,400
  • January 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,400
  • February 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,400
  • March 2025
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    SGD $16,000
    Deposit from*
    SGD $2,400
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Turkey has a comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, are marked by mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June through August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter falls from December through February and days are crisp and evenings can be cold. The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian holiday week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Istanbul and the Maldives
Istanbul and the Maldives

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on +65 6028 0820 to start planning your holiday.

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