The glory of Istanbul: break by the Bosphorus
Date:15 September 2020 to 19 September 2020
Price:From £1200 per person (single room supplement £220)
Spend an unforgettable four days in Istanbul discovering the city’s incredible Byzantine and Ottoman history in the company of Professor Zeynep Yürekly Görkay. You will wander the labyrinths of alleys in the old city, visiting the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodosus from Egypt and the magnificent Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia. There will be an opportunity to explore the Spice Bazaar and the city’s 16th and 17th century Ottoman mosques, as well as many sites, restaurants and watering holes that are off the regular tourist trail.
Professor Zeynep Yürekly Görkay, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford
Zeynep researches late medieval and early modern Islamic architecture; manuscripts; Sufi shrines; hagiography and historiography.
- Discover Istanbul, a city sought after for its strategic position on the Silk Road and the main sea route
- Learn about its many incarnations, from its foundation by the Greeks to its years as Constantinople and its Ottoman reign
- Explore the old city, much of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Visit the church of Hagia Sophia, where Ottoman plasterwork has been stripped away to reveal golden mosaics of biblical figures
- Enjoy the Spice Bazaar, the 16th century Sulyemaniye Mosque and the magnificent 17th century Blue Mosque
- Admire the imperial jewels at Topkapi Palace, home for centuries to the wealthy Sultans and their Circassian concubines