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Ottoman Turkey

2 Jun — 12 Jun 2019 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 1035 on Turkish Airlines, arriving Istanbul Ataturk Airport 1625. Transfer to Istanbul hotel for five nights.

Day

2

Morning lecture: Ottoman Architecture. Visits to the Hippodrome (modelled on Rome’s Circus Maximus) and 17th century Sultan Ahmet ‘Blue’ Mosque (exterior). Afternoon: Topkapi Palace (Mehmet the Conqueror’s seat of government).

Day

3

Morning cruise from Golden Horn along the Bosphorus. Afternoon: Sinan’s Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque and 6th century Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (converted into mosque in 16th century). Evening lecture: Islam in the Ottoman State.

Day

4

Morning: Sehzade Mosque (built by Sinan), 14th century Kariye Camii (glorious Byzantine mosaics and frescoes), great land walls of Theodosius II. Afternoon: Justinian’s great church of Hagia Sophia (Ayia Sofya) followed by free time. Evening lecture: The Ottoman State. Free evening.

Day

5

Morning: Suleymaniye Mosque (Sinan’s masterpiece built for Suleiman the Magnificent) and spice bazaar. Afternoon: optional visits to Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (set in Ibrahim Pasha Palace, fine example of 16th century domestic architecture) or Archaeological Museum.

Day

6

By road and ferry to Iznik (ancient Nicaea) with visits in the ancient town and lakeside lunch. Continue to Bursa for two nights.

Day

7

Bursa (first Ottoman capital): Yesil Camii (Green Mosque), 14th century Ulu Camii (Great Mosque), afternoon visit to traditional late Ottoman village of Cumalikizik.

Day

8

Visit to Muradiye complex with mosque and Ottoman cemetery, and nearby Ethnographical Museum, then continue to Çanakkale on Dardanelles for two nights. Evening lecture: Ancient Troy.

Day

9

Walking tour of Troy (city of Priam) followed by optional tour of Gallipoli peninsula (including Anzac Cove, site of 1915 Allied landings).

Day

10

Edirne (second Ottoman capital): 15th century Beyezid II complex, Uc Serefeli Camii (minaret with three balconies), Selimiye (Sinan’s crowning achievement). Overnight at Edirne.

Day

11

Depart Istanbul Atatürk 1355, arriving Gatwick 1600.

Tour Dates

2 Jun — 12 Jun 2019

Days

11

Cost

£2195

Tour Code

OTTO-19

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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, nine dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £355.

 
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