One of the leading ground operators in Turkey, ARAR TOURS was founded in 1974 and has established since then an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and professionalism. The incentive travel division of ARAR TOURS has a commitment to providing a sophisticated service to all recipients of travel awards, those who excel in their jobs and merit special care and attention. ARAR TOURS is well aware that each incentive programme should be unique and cater to the individual needs of the client. Our professional team will, therefore, dedicate itself to producing the most innovative ideas and the most exciting incentive programmes.
'1001 NIGHTS' OTTOMAN THEME DINNER
Using the former palaces of the Ottoman Empire, underground cisterns from the Byzantine era or the ballroom of your hotel, relive the magic of this period, from the colourful Sultan's tent to the vibrant market stalls. To enhance the atmosphere, traditional costumes are supplied to all guests prior to leaving their hotel. They are welcomed by Turkish musicians who lead them to the Sultan and his entourage. A welcome cocktail is served while guests mingle amongst the fascinating stalls of street vendors before continuing through the dinner. Depending on the venue, a buffet dinner would be available with guests seated either on low chairs at small bronze tables or using standard tables suitably decorated with candles and flowers. The night will continue with spellbinding succession of Turkish entertainment to include some of the top belly dancers of Istanbul, amazing folk dancers, gypsy musicians and dancers, all performing in front of the Sultan to qualify for an imperial reward. After dinner, a demonstration of some of the current traditions, such as the 'Henna Night', can be added. An excellent evening culminates in Ottoman soldiers with fire torches escorting guests back to their transport.
TURKISH BATH PARTY
In an ancient and traditional 'hamam' (Turkish Bath) guests will have the opportunity to experience a real Turkish massage from trained masseurs. While relaxing on hot marble stone and enjoying a reviving drink they will be entertained by the sensous performance of a belly dancer and exciting Turkish music.
MOONLIGHT BOSPHORUS CRUISE
An evening cruise on the coasts of the Bosphorus is a memorable experience which should not be missed. Along the shores of the winding strait is a delightfully surprising mixture of the past and the present. Cruising along the illuminated coast, cocktails and small fishing villages. Live tzigan music is provided all the way through enriching the ambience. Extra items such as a typical shoe-shine boy, an ice cream seller or a fortune-teller with a rabbit can be included to add more fun to the journey. The Bosphorus cruise can be done during the day as well by slightly amending the programme.
TREASURE HUNT AT THE COVERED BAZAAR
The Grand covered Bazaar, a major tourist attraction, is a town on its own in the city with more than 4000 shops. The treasure hunt is played in teams of 6-10 competitors who receive maps, a list of questions, a clue to find the first shop, and enter the bazaar. From there on, they will find their way through this centuries-old labyrinth by finding new clues and earn points by answering the questions. The team which first arrives at designated final point is the winner and is rewarded a selection of attractive gifts.
Another theme party setting is the art-nouveau Pera Palas Hotel, the last stop of the Orient Express train and the place where Agatha Christie wrote her masterpiece 'Murder on the Orient Express'. Guests will be entertained with scenes from the cosmopolitan life of Istanbul's Pera (now Beyoglu) district during the early 1900s with the music, dances, and popular shows of the period.
Sample Incentive Travel Programme
ISTANBUL - 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS
At the Ataturk International Airport, guests will be welcomed by our staff. Typically dressed girls will offer Turkish delights and roses to ladies. While guests take a small orientation tour with deluxe coaches, a separate van will transfer the luggage to the hotel. At the hotel, guests will participate at the welcome cocktail while luggage goes to their room as they will be pre-checked in. Welcome gifts together with information kits will be distributed. In the evening, live soft music will accompany the formal dinner in a private room at hotel.
After buffet breakfast follows the visit of the Blue Mosque, the most interesting and fascinating mosque in Istanbul. Next to the Blue Mosque lies the Hippodrome, the major centre of horse races, chariot rallies and all sorts of sporting events during the Byzantine era. Before entering the St. Sophia, symbol of Christianity in Byzantium, a coffee-break at the beautifully decorated 'konukevi' (guest's house) amongst ancient wooden houses would be much relaxing. We will then proceed to the Mosque of Soliman the Magnificient, one of the masterpieces of the genius architect Sinan. Lunch will be at a selected restaurant with a special menu. Afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of Topkapi Palace, the first residence of the Ottoman Sultans. This impressive palace has an extremely fine collection of treasury and porcelain.. In the evening transfer to an old mansion in a delightful location which will be our venue tonight for a cocktail party to be followed by a memorable dinner enhanced by live music.
Buffet breakfast. Guests depart to Dolmabahce pier to start the Bosphorus cruise by a private boat. The magnificient panorama, the beautiful gardens and kiosks, the Ottoman wooden villas, the palaces and fortresses are so captivating that the trip through the winding strait turns out to be the most delightful one. Following lunch in a selected fish restaurant on the Bosphorus we will pass through the intercontinental Bosphorus bridge to the Asiatic side. A visit to Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of the sultans, will be followed by a stop at the Camlica Hill offering one of the most impressive panoramic views over Istanbul. Return to hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner will be served in a selected restaurant.
Buffet breakfast. Our programme this morning will start with a stop at the Grand Bazaar, the famous shopping paradise which is renowned as one of the most picturesque in the world. Then a visit to an old Turkish bath will enable guests to relax in an unforgettable atmosphere. Lunch follows at a Turkish style 'kebab' house. Afternoon is free for shopping or personal activities. In the evening, guests will disguise themselves as the Ottomans to join the Sultan's party '1001 NIGHTS' at the ballroom of the hotel in an old palace or an underground Byzantine cistern. They will enjoy the harem show, belly dances, and other folkloric shows in a night to be remembered!
Buffet breakfast. After the hotel check-out, guests will be transferred to the airport. There, they won't be bothered with anything, as our staff will take care of the luggage and assure a carefree pre-check in.