6 days

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Founded as Byzantium, famed as Constantinople, the city we know today as Istanbul straddles two continents and has played a pivotal role in world history. When the modern republic of Turkey came into being in the 1920s, Istanbul lost its status as imperial city and capital. But it remains one of the world’s most delightful, complex and vibrant metropoli, its present day streets, waterfronts and bazaars both welcoming and mysterious; its people fully modern yet deeply aware of their city’s rich history. For people in western Europe, Istanbul has long represented ‘the Orient’.

This tour is led by Terry Richardson, classical historian, writer and journalist and author of the Rough Guide to Istanbul.  This is an ideal opportunity to explore the iconic monuments of historic Sultanahmet at a quiet time of year and to discover some of the hidden corners and back street life of other quarters of this great city.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore Topkapı Palace, once a rambling palace complex of the Ottoman sultans, now a treasure house of architecture and applied arts
  • Take the ferry to Üsküdar in Asian Istanbul, a culturally very different part of the city, far off most tourists’ radar, to see its Ottoman mosques
  • Breathe in the fragrance of Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar), and sample the produce
  • Discover the Blue Mosque with its high dome and semi domes, multiple minarets and beautiful, Iznik-tiled interior

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £590

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Terry Richardson

Andante Guide Lecturer

Terry Richardson has a university background in ancient history and classical civilisation. He first travelled to Turkey as an undergraduate back in 1977 and has been back countless times since then, and he also lived in southwest Turkey for around 13 years.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
28 December 2022 AINY221228 28 December 2022 (Wednesday) 2 January 2023 (Monday) Terry Richardson £3,505
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