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Istanbul marathon 2023

N Kolay Istanbul Marathon


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Destination: Istanbul, Turkey
Departure date: 03 November, 2023
Race date: 05 November, 2023
Return date: 07 November, 2023
Trip duration: 5 days, 4 nights


499 €  - traveler package
599 €  - 15k registration fee included
599 €  - marathon registration fee included


The travel arrangement includes

  • air transportation from Belgrade with all taxes covered and checked baggage up to 24kg
  • 4 nights with breakfast at Benler*** hotel in Istanbul in 1/2 and 1/2+1 rooms
  • registration fee for N Kolay Istanbul marathon or 15km race (optional)
  • transfer airport-hotel-airport
  • organizational costs
  • guided tour if the group size is 15 or more
  • Optional extras

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  • travel insurance (10 €)
  • sports insurance (20 €)
  • single room upgrade (180 €)
  • About Istanbul

    People say that Istanbul is the easternmost city of the West and the westernmost city of the East. The enchanting and mystical city of two continents lies on the Bosporus Strait, which connects the Black and Marmara Seas, and separates Europe and Asia.Istanbul is an excellent example of how a favorable geographic position leads to a turbulent history. For centuries, it has been the world center of cultural, political and even military events. Some of the greatest rulers in history called it home, and the history of various nations and people was written here. It was the capital city of three empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. At different times it bore different names, like Byzantium, New Rome, Constantinople and finally – Istanbul. Today, it is a city where east and west meet, where new and old intertwine, where Christianity and Islam coexist. It is a city of craftsmen, businessmen, gold and silk. Due to its numerous attractions, Istanbul has become one of the most significant tourist destinations in the world today. Haggling in the Grand Bazaar with skilled traders who have inherited this craft will bring a smile to your face. That is the only way to get the ‘special price for you my friend.’You will witness the splendor of Suleiman the Magnificent’s life and his beloved Hurrem in Topkapi Palace, and once you enter the Hagia Sophia, you will step into history and centuries of culture. You will marvel at the power of a nation and a time. And yes, don’t forget to pass under the Belgrade Gate in Istanbul after having passed under the Stambol Gate in Belgrade several times.Immerse yourself in the various scents wafting from the Egyptian market and let the infinite Orient enchant you. Then, with a freshly squeezed pomegranate juice in hand, wander through the winding, cobblestone streets. Feel the energy of a city teeming and pulsating. Discover the leisurely life of the locals, relaxing with Turkish coffee, hookah, and finding tranquility in the courtyards of mosques. Indulge in the flavors of Turkish delight, baklava, and traditional Turkish tea.And in the blink of an eye, Istanbul will put its spell on you. You won’t be able to turn your back on it and forget your adventures here.

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    N Kolay Istanbul Marathon

    Let’s run on the only track in the world where you can go from Europe to Asia and then proudly receive a medal at the place where civilizations and cultures collided for centuries, where three major empires rose and left their mark on the world!Get ready to conquer Istanbul and feel the vibrant energy of a city where everything buzzes and pulsates, where the track shines with gold and carries the aroma of Turkish delight and baklava.This popular Euro-Asian marathon has existed for 44 years, and it is one of the most exciting combinations of race, location and adventure on the globe! The start of the Istanbul Marathon is located on the Asian side of the city, just before the first bridge over the Bosphorus, giving runners the opportunity to admire this transcontinental gem from the waterfront. The marathon route passes over two more bridges spanning the Golden Horn, meandering past numerous historical landmarks. The finish line of the Istanbul Marathon is in the European part of the city, between the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. Finishing the race at the convergence point of three empires, different cultures, and history is a truly special experience, and is as rewarding as the medal you win. There are many ways in which the N Kolay Istanbul Marathon will exceed all your expectations, and it’s a race you will gladly recommend to everyone.Please note that only adults can register for the Istanbul Marathon, and there will be refreshment stations every 5 kilometers. The time limit for the marathon is 6 hours, and there is also a 15-kilometer race with a limit of 3 hours and 45 minutes. Free transportation to the starting point is provided for all races. Buses will depart from Sultanahmet (in front of Hagia Sophia) and Taksim Square (in front of Divan Bakery).If you’re ready, we’ll be waiting for you at the starting line!To learn more about the race, please visit the organizer’s website. The race starter kit includes:

    • bib number with chip
    • finisher medal
    • event t-shirt
    • a massage after the race
    • photo service
    • medical assistance
    • free transportation to the race starting zone
    • drink stations / nutrition stations
    • official race kit
    • race completion certificate

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    Hotel Benler***The Benler*** Hotel is located in the heart of the city, just 1.5 km away from Sultanahmet Square, which is the central hub of activities in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and many other landmarks are easily and quickly accessible, with the famous Grand Bazaar being just 700 meters away. Furthermore, numerous Turkish baths are also located in the city center, offering you an authentic experience of relaxation and enjoyment.In addition to the main tourist attractions and central locations, all other parts of Istanbul are easily reachable as well, as there is a tram station located near the accommodation, allowing you to quickly and conveniently reach any destination.All rooms are elegantly and modernly furnished, and you will especially enjoy the open-air bar where you can relax while enjoying a view of the city. Our offer includes accommodation with breakfast in 1/2 and 1/2+1 rooms, while single rooms are available for an additional charge.To learn more about the hotel, please click here.


    Travel itinerary and program

    Friday, 03 November 2023

    Day 1: Belgrade – Istanbul

    Gathering of the group at Nikola Tesla Airport two hours before the flight.
    Check-in and completion of customs and passport formalities.
    09:00 AM – Departure of the plane to Istanbul (flight number TK1082 Turkish Airlines).
    Arrival in Istanbul is scheduled for 12:50 PM local time.
    Transfer to the hotel.
    Free time. Overnight stay.

    Saturday, 04 November 2023

    Day 2: Istanbul

    Optional city sightseeing and picking up race kits at the Expo center.

    Sunday, 05 November 2023

    Day 3: N Kolay Istanbul marathon

    07:00 AM – Joint departure to the starting zone.
    9:00 AM – Marathon start.
    9:15 AM – 15K race start.
    After the race, we continue to explore Istanbul (or rest and enjoy our own success).
    In the evening, there will be a joint celebration at one of the local bars or restaurants!

    Monday, 06 November 2023

    Day 4: Istanbul

    Free day and optional sightseeing led by a local tour guide.

    Tuesday, 07 November 2023

    Day 5: Istanbul – Belgrade

    Breakfast and check-out from hotel rooms.
    Free time in Istanbul until the planned transfer to the airport.
    19:45 PM – Departure of the plane to Belgrade (flight number TK1083 Turkish Airlines).
    Arrival in Belgrade is scheduled for 19:30 PM local time.

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    Important notes

    • this trip is being organized by Rapsody Travel (Licence number:OTP 124/2021 A), so please make sure to familiarize yourself with their terms and conditions here.
    • we accept payments only in RSD (dinars), and all our prices are converted to RSD by using the middle exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia, by following the instructions you will receive after applying for the trip
    • you can split your payment into installments, with first payment having to be a minimum of 20,000 RSD, while the remaining payments must be completed no later than 06 October 2023
    • the reservation is considered successful only after the first payment and until that time the prices are subject to change
    • if you do not specify any preferences regarding people you will be sharing a room with, we will put you in a room with person(s) we determine would be most appropriate, taking into account gender, age, city, club, company, but we are obligated to note that it can be a person of any gender if there are no other solutions
    • the race and the trip itself are both subject to Covid 19 regulations and decisions and conditions made by the authorities with jurisdiction on each element of the trip.
    • before your trip, please familiarize yourself with the current government Covid guidelines by visiting this website.



    Optional extras
    T-shirt size*