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10 days/9 nights
Availability : 3 - 12 February 2024
Istanbul
Tour Details

Embark on a 10-day odyssey through the heart of Turkey with our Islamic Ottoman Heritage Tour, a meticulously crafted itinerary that seamlessly weaves together history, culture, and spirituality. Your journey commences in the vibrant city of Istanbul, where the echoes of ancient empires linger in the air. Explore iconic landmarks such as the Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet Square, setting the stage for the historical immersion that awaits.

As you traverse the picturesque landscapes, each day unfolds a new chapter of Islamic Ottoman history. In Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, discover the legacy of Osman Ghazi and Orhan Ghazi, founders of the empire, and stroll through the Bursa Silk Market, a treasure trove of traditional textiles. The journey continues through Sogut, the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire, and onto Konya, where the teachings of Rumi come to life at the Mevlana Museum and during a mesmerizing Whirling Dervishes performance.

Cappadocia beckons with its surreal landscapes and a chance to soar above the fairy chimneys in a hot air balloon. Uncover the secrets of Uçhisar Castle and the rock-cut churches of the Göreme Open-Air Museum, all while immersing yourself in the unique charm of this ancient region.

Ankara, Turkey’s capital, invites exploration of modern history at the Anitkabir Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Return to Istanbul to cap off your journey with visits to the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the opulent Topkapi Palace, offering a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of Ottoman sultans.

Throughout the tour, enjoy comfortable accommodations, expert guidance, and the flexibility to savor each destination at your own pace. This meticulously curated itinerary promises not only a deep dive into the Islamic Ottoman heritage but also a profound connection with the diverse tapestry of Turkey’s cultural and historical wonders. Depart from Istanbul with a heart full of cherished memories, having experienced the magic of Turkey’s past and present.

Adult: £895.00 Per Person 
(2/3 sharing)

Deposit: £100* 

Child: £495.00 Per Person 

*Deposit non refundable. Deposit can be transferred to another tour if monument tickets have not already been purchased at time of notification. 

Dates: 3rd – 12th February 2024

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul Airport

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
Itinerary
To be used as a guide & may change due to circumstances out of our control

Day 1Arrival in Istanbul

  • Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your arrival time, explore nearby attractions like the Grand Bazaar or Sultanahmet Square.
  • Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2Istanbul to Bursa via Iznik

  • Visit tomb of Ayub Al Ansari and Mosque.
  • Depart for Bursa with a stop in Iznik (Nicaea).
  • In Iznik, visit historical sites such as the city walls, Hagia Sophia mosque where the council of Nicea sat and Roman Catholic religion was founded.
  • Continue the journey to Bursa and check into your hotel.
  • Overnight in Bursa.

Day 3Bursa Ottoman Experience

  • Explore Bursa’s Ottoman heritage with visits to the tombs of Osman Ghazi and his son Orhan Ghazi, the founders of the Ottoman empire. Then onto to the Grand Mosque.
  • Visit the Bursa Silk Market for traditional textiles and souvenirs.
  • Take a cable car ride to Uludağ Mountain for panoramic views (seasonal).
  • Overnight in Bursa.

Day 4Bursa to Konya via Sogut

  • Depart for Konya with a stop in Sogut, the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Visit the Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Tomb.
  • Continue to Konya and check into your hotel.
  • Overnight in Konya.

Day 5Konya Sufi Experience

  • Explore the Mevlana Museum and learn about Rumi’s teachings.
  • Attend a Whirling Dervishes performance.
  • Visit the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret Medrese.
  • Depart for Cappadocia and check into your hotel.
  • Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6Cappadocia Exploration

  • Start with a hot air balloon ride at sunrise (optional, pre-booking required).
  • Explore the Göreme Open-Air Museum and its rock-cut churches.
  • Visit Uçhisar Castle for panoramic views of Cappadocia.
  • Explore the Devrent Valley and its unique rock formations.
  • Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7Cappadocia to Ankara

  • Depart for Ankara.
  • Visit the Anitkabir Mausoleum, dedicated to Atatürk.
  • Explore the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
  • Overnight in Ankara.

Day 8Ankara to Istanbul

  • Depart for Istanbul.
  • Visit the Süleymaniye Mosque and complex, an Ottoman architectural masterpiece.
  • Explore the historic Grand Bazaar for last-minute shopping.
  • Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9Istanbul Ottoman Heritage

  • Visit Topkapi Palace to explore Ottoman sultans’ residence.
  • Visit to the and Hagia Sophia mosque.
  • Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise to view Istanbul’s skyline.
  • Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 10Departure from Istanbul

  • Depending on your flight time, you may have free time for final exploration or relaxation.
  • Depart from Istanbul with cherished memories of your Islamic Ottoman history tour.

 

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