Libertyville, IL, September 27, 2006 "“ Straddling Europe and Asia as it does, the historic metropolis of Istanbul really is where East meets West. TourCrafters makes this exotic city an affordable destination from November 1 to March 31 with its amazing "Istanbul Hot Deal." for only $229. The 5-day/4-night package includes not only accommodations in the charming Hotel Avicenna, airport transfers and daily buffet breakfast, but also a full-day guided walking tour of the Old Town (including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar and more); a half-day walking tour of the Spice Market; and a cruise along the Bosphorus to view 19th-century palaces, waterside villas and former fishing villages.

The Hotel Avicenna, a restored Ottoman-style inn with all modern comforts (private bath, mini-bar, direct-dial telephone and satellite TV), is right in the middle of Sultanahmet, aka the Old Town, and very close to both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Its café-bar overlooks the Sea of Marmara and some guest rooms have views of the Blue Mosque and its minarets.

The land-only package"”which is not available over New Year's weekend from December 29 to January 4"”does not include transatlantic air fare. However, TourCrafters' experienced reservation agents will provide the lowest possible air fare at the time of booking or travelers can use their own frequent flyer mileage for a free flight. The price is per person, double occupancy and is subject to availability. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours.

For more information about this and TourCrafters' other wintertime Hot Deals, visit