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Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick is a historian, social activist and religious leader of African and Native American descent. He has travelled to over 58 countries doing research and delivering lectures to various communities. His qualification in Islamic Studies comes from a BA from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia and his history background is shaped by an MA and PHD from the History Department of the University of Toronto, Canada. Sh.Quick has been successfully leading the heritage tour since 2010.
Adult: £775.00 Per Person
Child (2-12): £395.00 Per Person
Infant (Under 2): Free
Single Supplement: £210.00
Welcome to Istanbul… Upon arrival Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel and free time… After all our guests have arrived and settled in there will be an introduction and briefing at the hotel about the program and first visits.
Free and easy to explore or just relax.
Breakfast at hotel:
We will check out from the hotel and start the tour making our way up to Pierre Loti Hill from we can take in a spectacular view of Istanbul before making our way down to visit one of the most important places in Istanbul, The tomb and mosque of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari who hosted the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in Medina. Abu Ayyub died in Istanbul during the First Arab Siege of Constantinople.
We will then visit then visit the Arab mosque, first built in 715 CE during the Arab siege of Constantinople.
Passing through the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Bridge, you will have chance to see many highlights of this unique city which served as an imperial capital for almost 16 Centuries during Roman, Byzantine and Ottomans.
After about 3 hours drive, we will reach Nicaea (Iznik), an very important and ancient city and in fact the birthplace of the Roman Catholic religion. It was captured by Orhan I, son of Othman, in 1331 and became the capital of expanding Ottomans for a short period.
Visits to city walls and gates, Hagia Sophia Museum, Nilufer Hatun Museum, Ancient tile workshops will be the highlights of the day…
After the tour, drive to Bursa and lunch break (Around 1 hour).
After a short brief at the hotel,
Breakfast at hotel:
Check out and we make our way driving through spectacular views along the way until we arrive in Sogut. The first settlement of the Kayi tribe under Ertugrul Ghazi.
Visits to Ertugrul tomb and mosque
After lunch make our way to Bursa
Check into hotel and after a short rest we will have a presentation by Shaykh Quick.
Free and easy
Overnight in Bursa
Breakfast in hotel
Drive to Cumalikizik which was founded as a Waqf village and is well architectural structures of the early Ottoman period still intact. It seems time has stood still here as we walk through its cobble stone streets and visit it’s ancient Ottoman houses. Cumalikizik was named because people gathered there on Fridays for Juma pray and so was known as the ‘Juma village”
We will then make our way back to discover Bursa, the first capital of Ottomans. Bursa Castle, Osman & Orhan Gazi Tombs are the first visits… And then, Great Mosque which was built at the end of 14th C and has the greatest examples of Islamic calligraphy in the world. Koza Han – Bursa Silk Market is the next point to visit. Green Mosque and Green Tomb, will be the highlights of the day from Ottoman Era.
Return to Hotel
Breakfast in hotel.
Checkout from hotel and we head out to Edirne and see how the Ottomans made their way into Europe. Our first stop on the way will be the new Camlica mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey.
Continue to the small town of Luleburgaz to see it’s Kuleyay
Arriving in Edirne we go straight to the Shifaa khaana before we arrive at our hotel, the Sultan Bayezid II Kulliye & Health Museum, an important monument with its complex construction comprising many facilities used in those times.
Breakfast at hotel
Check out from hotel
First stop will be The Selimiye Mosque, built in 1575 and designed by Ottomans’ greatest master architect, Sinan (c. 1489/1490–1588), is one of the most important monuments in the city. It has the highest minarets in Turkey, carrying the name of the Ottoman Sultan Selim II (r. 1566–1574), this mosque futures Turkish marble handicrafts, and it is covered with valuable tiles and fine paintings. Another notable mosques are Eski Cami (Old Mosque), and Burmalı Cami (Serpent Mosque).
We will then travel to the historic Karaağaç Railway Station that hosts today, after redevelopment, the Trakya University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in Karaağaç suburb of Edirne. Next to it, the Treaty of Lausanne Monument and Museum are situated. Edirne has several historic stone arch bridges crossing over the rivers Meric and Tundzha, which flow around west and south of the city
Besides the mosques, the most prominent place being the Edirne Palace (Ottoman Turkish: Saray-ı Cedid-i Amire for “New Imperial Palace”) in Sarayiçi quarter, built during the reign of Murad II (r. 1421– 1444). Although the buildings of the palace and its bath (Kum Kasrı Hamamı) are in ruined form, the palace gate and the palace kitchen facility are restored. The Kasr-ı Adalet (“Justice Castle”), built as part of the palace complex, stands intact next to the small Fatih Bridge over the Tunca river. Drive to Istanbul (Overnight Istanbul)
Breakfast in hotel:
Today we discover the sites of the period between the conquest and the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
We will start with Panorama 1453 Museum, unique with 3D vision of the conquest on its dome… The next stop is Topkapi Palace (including The Holy Relics) which is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with items of historical importance. We will proceed to Haghia Sophia; undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during Ottomans and serving as a museum today. After a short walk we will reach to fountain of Wilhelm II. After the lunch break at a local restaurant, we will proceed to the Blue Mosque; across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet and known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Our last visit will be to the Grand Bazaar which is the oldest and the largest covered market place in the World with nearly 4.000 shops full of rich collections of carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs. Drive back to the hotel for overnight.
Breakfast in Hotel
Sadly all good things must come to and end and so does our amazing week as we say farewell having travelled through the lands of the Ottomans and witnessed their rise as it happened.
Group will check out from the hotel at 11am to be dropped off at Istanbul airport at 12pm