Byzantium

The Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia
Inside the Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque
Harem at the Topkapi Palace
Harem at the Topkapi Palace
The gate of Topkapi Palace
The gate of Topkapi Palace
Aerial view over Istanbul
Aerial view over Istanbul
Wide selection of exotic oriental sweets including baklava, toffees and crystallized fruits in the Spice Market, Istanbul
Wide selection of exotic oriental sweets including baklava, toffees and crystallized fruits in the Spice Market, Istanbul
The Rumeli Hisari (fortress) on the narrowest point of Bosphorus, on the European side of Istanbul
The Rumeli Hisari (fortress) on the narrowest point of Bosphorus, on the European side of Istanbul
Ortakoy Istanbul landscape beautiful sunrise with clouds Ortakoy Mosque and Bosphorus Bridge
Ortakoy Istanbul landscape beautiful sunrise with clouds Ortakoy Mosque and Bosphorus Bridge
Obelisk of Theodosius on the site of the ancient Roman Hippodrome, Istanbul, Turkey. The Hippodrome of Constantinople in summer. Today it is the Sultanahmet square in Istanbul
Obelisk of Theodosius on the site of the ancient Roman Hippodrome, Istanbul, Turkey. The Hippodrome of Constantinople in summer. Today it is the Sultanahmet square in Istanbul
The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar
Mosaic Ottoman Lamps at the Grand Bazaar
Mosaic Ottoman Lamps at the Grand Bazaar
Traditional carpets
Traditional carpets
Golden Horn Bay
Golden Horn Bay
Galata tower at night
Galata tower at night
Galata Tower and the street in the Old Town of Istanbul
Galata Tower and the street in the Old Town of Istanbul

Superbly situated on the banks of the continent-dividing Bosphorus strait, and, like Rome, built on seven hills, the vibrant metropolis of Istanbul has been around for over two and half millenia. Two great empires have made it their capital, the Christian Byzantines and the Muslim Ottoman Turks, and it is their spectacular legacy that makes the city so appealing to those of us with a passion for archaeology and history. 

The Topkapi Palace and its mysterious harem, the gloriously Iznik-tiled Blue Mosque, and the gorgeous mosaics and frescoes of the Church of Saviour in Chora are some of the highlights. 

  • Special out-of-hours access to one of the worlds truly great buildings - Hagia Sophia
  • Be one of the first to return to Istanbul, travelling with Terry Richardson who literally wrote the book on this amazing city
  • Enjoy free time to soak up the atmosphere and culture
  • Ply the blue waters of the continent-dividing Bosphorus strait on a private boat
  • Sample the local cuisine, including baklava and köfte

Themes

  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

Travel Information

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