THEME PARTIES Turkey is a planners dream. With the backdrop of centuries old Istanbul, the number of palaces, museums and other innovative venues are endless. Each of the following events can be held in anyone of a number of private unique sights. Full food and beverage facilities are available at many of the locations. Both bar service and menus can be designed to meet your group's special needs in keeping with local customs. Tour Select has been satisfying group organizers for over 20 years. Your success is our objective. Our mission is your total satisfaction. 1001 NIGHTS Enter the Sultan's tent. Step back into history complete with costumes amidst silk and velvet drapes and the sweet fragrance of incense. Floor cushions and low tables abound to complete this authentic setting. The evening begins with a walk through Sultan's Palace where artisans create treasure just for you. And after a moment, the Sultan, his court and harem arrives heralded by a Janissary Band. The Ottoman dinner and traditional entertainment including folkloric dancers, magicians, wrestlers, belly dancers and oriental music goes on into the night. Live like a Sultan, if just for an evening! COUNTRY LIFE Return to 19th Century Turkey. See blacksmiths, weavers, leather and wood crafters making tomorrow's antiques. Taste delicacies from the baker and butcher that herald Turkish cuisine an international favorite. Stroll by farm houses and try Ayran, a yogurt drink sure to refresh you. Join the folklore revelry with song, music and dancing to the beat of the village drummer reminiscent a bygone era. GYPSY CIRCUS The Big Top complete with clowns, stilt walkers, face painters plus "wild" animals has come to town. Try your luck at the games of skill where everyone is a winner. This European circus has enthralled audiences of all ages as it travels from town to town. And now the Gypsies will perform just for you. TRADITIONAL TURKISH BATH Enjoy the relaxation of a real Turkish Bath complete with steam rooms, mineral waters and massage. For over 150 years this marvel of ancient times has hosted Istanbul's leading citizens. Enjoy the sybarite life complete with fresh juices, fruit and kabops. And what better to end than with belly dancers and music! Separate bathing facilities for men and women. AGATHA CHRISTIE NIGHT You are invited to dinner. And a murder! Join Agatha Christie and Hurcule Poirot in solving the mystery while dinning one of Istanbul's oldest landmarks, the Pera Palas. This is the same hotel where Dame Agatha wrote many of her novels. 1920's costumed actors begin the performance and give clues through out the evening to help you solve the mystery. It's a fun evening of murder, mayhem and more. TURKISH HOUSE PARTY Meet the people of Istanbul during an evening at home. Learn about today's culture as well as yesterday's history first hand. Istanbul's leading families will welcome group members for a "home cooked meal" and delightful conversation. Truly, this is the best way to create memories and make new friends that will last a lifetime. THE TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL A Hollywood night on the Bosphorus. Lights. Camera. Action. Are they real movie stars or look-a-like impersonators? Its hard to tell during an evening of cabaret, music, dancing and jazz. Have fun under a Broadway Skyline with movie stars and renowned international entertainment. VILLAGE WEDDING CEREMONY Be there to toast the bride and groom's happiness and success! The entire village welcomes you as part of the family to celebrate this happy occasion. Take part in an enjoyable evening filled with music, folk dancing, shadow theater and a wedding banquet that lasts into the night. TREASURE HUNT IN THE BAZAAR Your Treasure Hunt begins in the Grand Bazaar, the world's first and largest shopping mall. Located in Istanbul's historic section, each of the over 4000 shops vie for your attention to see, bargain and purchase specialties from Europe and Asia. The hunt begins with a map leading you through a labyrinth of walkways to find a list of local treasures. Along the way stop for tea with a shopkeeper here; learn about Turkish rugs there; and enjoy this shop till you drop experience. Winners that find the most items on the list will receive prizes worthy of a Sultan.
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