Three Nights in Istanbul for €86? Well, Kinda…

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We spend a lot of time looking through European budget holiday boutique offerings. Among our favorites are the Dutch chains. Outfits like VakantieDiscounter and D-Reizen regularly put together amazingly cheap packages that knock the socks off most budget-friendly package holiday packages on offer elsewhere in Europe.

On VakantieDiscounter yesterday we came across an incredible €86 deal for three nights at the Hotel Ersu in Istanbul’s Hocapa?i district. By the looks of it, Hotel Ersu draws much of its clientele base from the Netherlands, presumably from Dutch package tourists.

The price is a per person charge that assumes two people traveling together. It includes air, bed, and breakfast. As we write, packages priced at €86 are still available for departure on several days in March.

What’s the catch? Well, there is none, strictly speaking, although the package does comes to €176 once airport taxes are taken into account. Flights are on Turkish carrier Corendon Airlines; those wanting to fly on a Dutch carrier will have to shell out an additional €35 per person.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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