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Sunday 14th April 2019
Group Transfer to hotel, free time to refresh etc. Your journey will start with a night sightseeing bus tour covering both the Asian and European side of Istanbul. Your arrival day will be welcomed at the Hidiv Kasri Palace, the former residence of the viceroy of Egypt and Sudan. An attractive building on the Asia side with beautiful views awaits!
Monday 15th April 2019
Tuesday 16th April 2019
Following this we explore the UNESCO world heritage site Aya Sophia, built as a cathedral 537 and was considered to be the largest building of its time, converting to a Mosque in 1453 and adding 4 minarets and then to a museum in 1935. There may be an opportunity to see the Viking writing too!
After a lunch break, we will visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka the Blue Mosque because of its spectacular interior designed with hand-painted blue tiles) completed in 1616, with 13 domes and 6 minarets it too became
another UNESCO World Heritage site.
The day will be finished off with discovering the last Ottoman museum to be established, one of Istanbul’s best kept secret housed in the former palace of Ibrahim Pasha, the Islamic Arts Museum. Beautifully laid out, fascinating exhibits including collections of ancient Quran, Islamic art, tiles and carpets, stone works from Seljuk times. Be mesmerised!
See panoramic views of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the stone Galata Tower built in 1348, used as an observation tower for spotting fires during the Ottoman times. A departure point for some early flyers from 1600s.
Following this, we will visit the Military Museum displaying a 1000 years of Ottoman/ Turkish military history. From the Byzantium chain closing the Golden Horn, a Military first in the world, Sultan’s boats, interactive display on the Seljuk Empire, Ottoman’s and WW1 and much more!
Finish the day with a luxury Hamam that could be seen as a dreamlike experience! Get refreshed and let the journey in Istanbul remain with you!
Thursday 18th April 2019
The above is a guide and may be subject to change
Led by AbdulMaalik Tailor, who was Britain's first professionally qualified Muslim tour guide and who established an Ottomans in Britain tour that has led to excellent reviews and attendees themselves found it better than tour guides in Turkey as the Ottomans in Britain Tour contextualises it. From the feedback and having travelled to different parts of Turkey he realised the limitations of the Turkish guides among others who were from Britain and decided to create a guided tour that would provide value to one's experience.
Daily breakfast (Half Board)
Entry ticket to said places
Cheapest flights via Stansted or Manchester by Pegasus Airlines www.flypgs.com
Apply for visa online www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Early Bird Price £499 Per person based on 2 people sharing a room.
Price goes up after 13th Jan 2019.
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