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14 Days Ottoman And Islamic Tour
13 Nights
Turkey
Starting from
KES 219597
per person

 

Overview
Istanbul 4nts, Bursa 1nts, Kusadasi 1nts, Pamukkale 1nts, Antalya 2nts, Konya 1nts, Cappadocia 2nts, Ankara 1nts

Trafalgar have their very first guided itinerary which has been specially tailored to the needs and interests of African Muslim travellers.  

This guided holiday package includes all the usual land arrangements with two Halal meals daily, transfers, sightseeing highlights and unique experiences led by expert Trafalgar Travel Directors and local Muslim guides.  Visits to Istanbul, Bursa, Antalya, Konya, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and other key attractions are included.

 

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    Itinerary

    20 June 2019: Istanbul

    Welcome to Istanbul. Once the capital of the Ottoman Islamic empire, Istanbul spans two continents and places you at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia. This enormous city, dripping with culture, is crammed with dazzling historic buildings, museums and art galleries. One of the main highlights is the Topkapi Palace which was the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years.

    On arriving in vibrant Istanbul, your group will be transferred to the hotel before joining your Travel Director for a memorable Welcome Reception at the hotel to kick off your trip.

    Hotel: Ramada Plaza City Center or similar

    Meal(s): Welcome Reception including dinner held at the hotel includes 2 soft drinks


    21 June 2019: Istanbul

    We start the day with breakfast at the hotel to prepare you for a full day of historical tours and visits to these sites and museums:

    Topkapi Palace (Islamic Sacred Relics)

    The palace was the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 1460’s’to the 1800’s’and is the most extensive and fascinating monument of Turkish civil architecture in existence. In addition to its historical and architectural interest, the palace houses extraordinary collections of porcelain, armoury, fabrics, miniatures, calligraphy, and many precious objects and works of art that belonged to the sultans and their court (Harem section is not included).

    The Blue Mosque

    Built in the early 17th century and probably the most famous mosque in the city. It is distinguished by six slender minarets and walls covered with amazing blue Iznik tiles.

    The Hippodrome

    The former centre of sportive and political activities when Istanbul was known as Constantinopole. During the visit you’ll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Colum from Delphi, and the Fountain of Willhem II.

    The Hagia Sophia

    The church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian circa 535 AD. It was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1453.Now a museum, it is awesome in size, and contains beautifully preserved Byzantine mosaics.

    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (Ebrahim Pasha Palace)

    A delightful museum on the ancient Hippodrome, housed in the Ibrahim Paşa Palace, the of Süleyman the Magnificent’s Grand Vizier. Beautifully displayed Islamic objects and antique carpets.

    The Grand Bazaar (Dive into Culture)

    You cannot say you’ve been to Istanbul if you haven’t visited the Grand Bazaar. A labyrinth of over 4,000 shops displaying everything from souvenirs in copper and onyx to precious jewelry, antiques and Oriental carpets awaits you.

    Before returning to the hotel we will transfer to the Hodja Pasha Cultural Centre to watch a Whirling Dervishes performance.

    Mevleviye are known for their famous practice of whirling dances and dervishes. At their dancing ceremonies, or Sema, a particular musical repertoire called Ayin is played. The Sema ceremony represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection.

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    22 June 2019: Istanbul

    After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we will start another full day tour with visits to the below sites and museums:

    Museum Panorama 1453

    The conquest of Istanbul in 1453 by Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Mehmet II) presents you an ambiance where you can live the events told or written about the conquest of Constantinople in 3D. Modern miniature works that narrate the establishment of the city of Istanbul, the siege and conquest of the city, the life of Fatih Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, the laws, arts, civilisation, culture and construction works of the city, take place at the exhibition as supported with the original miniatures, engraving and pictures of the wars in a present perspective.

    The Eyup Sultan Mosque & Ayyub Al-Ansari (Companion of the Prophet)Tomb

    The traditional site for the coronation ceremony of the Ottoman Sultans is one of the most holy and important mosques in all of Turkey. It is so revered because it located on the site of the tomb of Ayyub Al-Ansari (Eyüp Ensari in Turkish) – who was both a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed, and was killed during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678).

    The Pierre Loti Café – cable car to Pierre Loti Café to explore the panaromic view of the city.

    A Bosphorus Cruise

    Enjoy a private cruise on the Bosphorous, the strait that divides Europe from Asia and define Istanbul. See mosques on both sides and, if we are lucky we’ll hear the Call to Prayer on two continents.

    The Suleymaniye Mosque and Complex

    The Ottoman Imperial Mosque commissioned by Suleyman the Magnificent and designed by imperial architect Mimar Sinan. The complex includes a madrassa (religious school), soup kitchen, hospital, caravanserai, library, bazaar and several tombs. Some of these facilities are still in use today. It is Sinan’s masterpiece. The massive scale of this mosque is best appreciated from a distance. Up close, it’s formal and rather forbidding, but it is interesting to wander around the surrounding complex of buildings.

    Istiklal Street + Taksim Square

    We will enjoy some evening shopping on Istiklal street. This is one of the most active pedestrian streets of Istanbul and there are numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, book shops to choose from. While walking ahead you will see the old beautiful red tram which was renovated and still used.

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    23 June 2019: Istanbul / Bursa

    Have your bags packed and ready for collection by the porter as we will leave Istanbul today. After a delicious breakfast at the hotel we depart for Bursa by coach and ferry. Bursa is the Birthplace and First Capital of the Ottoman Empire. Upon arrival our sighteeing begins. We’ll visit th Great Mosque (Ulu Camii), the Tophane Citadel (Tombs of Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi, founders of the Ottoman dynasty), the Green Mosque (Mosque of Mehmed I) and the Green Mausoleum. Our last visit of the day will be to the Koza Han (Cocoon house) Silk Market.

    Hotel: Crown Plaza or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    24 June 2019: Bursa / Kusadasi

    Have your bags ready for the porters as after breakfast we drive to Kusadasi.

    En-route our first visit will be to the Muradiye Complex which hosts the tombs of the early Ottoman sultans and other members of the dynasty. From here we drive to Cumalikizik Living Ottoman Village (a World Heritage Site). One of the most priceless civil masterpieces of the countryside, Cumalıkızık was built as a foundation village in piedmont of Uludag, Bursa during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Orhan Gazi (1326-1360). The structure is absolutely splendid and it includes a total 270 homes (60 of them are still livable today). It is reflective of the Ottoman Style.

    We then continue to the ethnography museum to observe all the various objects belonging to the past of Cumalıkızık Village, collected and donated by the community in the museum. There are illumination and heating tools, kitchenware, agriculture tools and equipment, weapons, technical tools, hunting and chase materials, carriages belonging to 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, all composing a fine collection.

    Upon arriving in Selcuk we will visit İsa Bey Mosque - Selçuk (Selçuk era: 1374 – 1375.) Isa Bey Mosque is one of the best and most important examples reflecting the end of the Seljuk Empire period. In addition, this mosque bears the imprint of Umayyad mosque in Damascus in which is one of the Islamic centres for scientists and scholars.

    Hotel: Kusadasi Charisma or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    25 June 2019: Kusadasi / Pamukkale

    We breakfast at the hotel before heading to the ancient city of Ephesus. It began as a port on the mouth of Cayster River and then became one of the leading cities of the world, linking the western end of trade routes in Anatolia with the rest of the Mediterranean. Ephesus is one of the world’s finest archaeological sites. Walk along the Arcadian Way to view the splendid facade of the library of Celcus and visit the Amphitheatre. We will leave Ephesus and make our way to Pamukkale, which is the best known of the hundred hot springs in Turkey. The evaporating waters have left behind beautiful white travertine terraces.

    Hotel: Pamukkale Richmond Thermal or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    26 June 2019: Pamukkale / Antalya

    Today we will tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa of Hieropolis. Stop and admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale’s Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains for an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch and insights into their traditions. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya where we have some time at leisure to wander the winding lanes of the old city and admire beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your travel companions for a regional meal at a local restaurant.

    Hotel: Rixos Downtown or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner


    27 June 2019: Antalya

    After breakfast at the hotel we will have a full day of sightseeing. Enjoy a walking tour of Antalya’s old town. We will explore the old town (Kaleiçi ), the ancient roman walls and the Hadrian Gate. We continue to the Yivli Minaret Complex (Seljuk), which consists of a group of buildings with various social functions. These buildings are the Grooved Minaret Mosque, İmaret Madrasah, Atabey Armağan Madrasah, Mevlevihane (Dervish House), Mevlevihane Hamam, Mehmet Bey, the Chainbreaker, Tomb and Lady Nigar Tomb. And then to Murat Pasha Mosque an Ottoman mosque in 1570’s. In the afternoon embark on a private Yacht for cruise to the Lower Duden waterfall.

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    28 June 2019: Antalya / Konya

    After breakfast at the hotel we head off to Konya. En-route we’ll pay a visit to the Esrefoglu Mosque in Beyşehir. This is the only wooden mosque where several decorative techniques of stone, brick, ceramics and painting were used together. Upon arrival to Konya visit the Selimiye mosque which is right next to the Mevlana museum. And then it is on to the most famous and striking monument in Konya, Mevlana Tekke with its conical turquoise-tile fluted dome. This is the tomb of Celaleddin Rumi, also known as Mevlana, founder of the Whirling Dervishes sect. The tomb is now a museum crammed full of precious works of art and opulent furnishings.

    We then continue to Karatay Madrasah which was built in Konya in 1251. Karatay Madrasah can be considered as the apex of Seljuk small space design, greatly improving the enclosed plan theme which had been experimented with in earlier buildings. In this new configuration the traditional open court was covered with a great dome while keeping the same functionality of the area. The second major feature of this wonderful madrassa is the incorporation of a well advanced decoration scheme, essentially from mosaics of glazed tiles, with Sufi mysticism and symbolism.

    Hotel: Dedeman or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    29 June 2019: Konya / Cappadocia

    After breakfast at the hotel our second tour of Konya will begin. We will visit the Alaeddin Mosque, this great masterpiece of Seljuk Period is the oldest and biggest mosque in Konya. It is located on the Aladdin Hill which has a meteoric landscape. We continue to the Ince Minaret Madrassa & Museum of Stone and Wood art.

    The Ince Minare Madrasa is one of the most impressive structures introduced by the Seljuks to endorse the central plan scheme that was to dominate much of their late architecture and that of their Ottoman successors. The grand entryway to this madrassa-turned-museum is exceptional and probably the most beautiful example of the Seljuk’s love for finely carved doorways in all of Konya.

    After this visit we leave Konya for Cappadocia. On the way to Cappadocia we’ll visit the 13th century Selcuk caravanserai “Sultanhan”. In Cappadocia we visit the underground city of Saratli that symbolizes the deep history. This mystic city is also famous for miraculous architectural structure. The last visit of the day will be to The Natural Rock Citadel of Uchisar. Located in the Cappadocia area this is the highest peak in the region, and quite unexpectedly it is completely honeycombed with ancient dwellings. Many of these spaces were used as cave monasteries, though today they mostly inspire photographers and artists. Its honeycombed architecture is revealed by erosion and suggests intense fortifications and infrastructure.

    Hotel: Ramada or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    30 June 2019: Cappadocia

    After our breakfast at the hotel we’ll enjoy a full day of touring in this unique corner of the world. Today will be spent in the Goreme Valley – known in Roman times as Cappadocia. This is one of those rare regions in the world where the works of man blend unobtrusively into the landscape. Dwellings are known to have been hewn from the rock as-far back as 4000 BC.

    During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of rock and their ochre toned frescoes reflect the hues of the surrounding landscape. Even today, troglodyte dwellings in rock cones and villages houses of volcanic tuff (rock made of volcanic ash) merge harmoniously into the landscape. We will visit the Goreme Open Air museum, one of the most interesting sights of the region including the rock Churches of Goreme, the mosque of Goreme, the Red Valley which is one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, the Pigeon valley and the picturesque Valley of Pasabag (Monks Valley).

    We will continue onwards to the village of Avanos, which is famous for pottery production for many centuries. Visit one of the Handmade Pottery Art Center to watch the demonstration of how to make a pottery by the kick wheel technique. Our guests can also try to make a pot in this place. We’ll end the day at the underground city of Derinkuyu.

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner at the hotel (drinks excluded)


    01 July 2019: Cappadocia / Ankara / Safranbolu

    After breakfast at the hotel we say goodbye to Cappadocia as we make our way to Safranbolu via Ankara. Upon arrival to Ankara, the capital of Turkey, sightseeing begins. Visit Ankara Castle and the historical old quarters. It is not known exactly when the Castle was built, but it is thought that the great structure was established by Hittites to have a military garrison around the city. Ankara Castle has hosted many different civilizations such as the Hittite, Phrygia, Persian, Byzantine, Arab and Ottoman. Every tribe left a trace upon this charming construction in order to reflect their own tradition, culture and architectural style.

    The Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, is up next. Continue to Haci Bayram mosque, named after the Turkish Sufi and poet. Originally built in 831, the mosque as it stands today shows the characteristics of the late 17th century and the 18th century mosques. Before lunch at local restaurant we’ll take a stroll through Hamamönü. Hamamönü displays the structure of a neighbourhood of the late Ottoman era and early days of the Republic, the houses incorporate the features of Ottoman civic architecture. As a whole it presents a sample of old Ankara to its visitors. Depart Ankara for Safranbolu.

    Hotel: Garden Inn or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch


    02 July 2019: Safranbolu / Istanbul

    We’re nearing the end of our trip and this is the second last day.

    We’ll breakfast at the hotel and then take in Safranbolu, one of Turkey’s finest examples of Ottoman domestic architecture and mostly known with Old Turkish Houses. In Safranbolu there are numerous cultural pieces of art of which 1200 had been taken under protection. It is known as Capital City of Preservation at the point reached today. The delightful houses of old Safranbolu have earned a ‘World Heritage Site’. Here we visit the old town, history museum and clock tower, Koprulu Mehmet Pacha Mosque and Izzet Mehmet Pascha Mosque, Kaymakamlar Evi and Kileciler Evi museums, Demirciler Arastası traditional metalworkers’ market, Yemeniciler Arastası (traditional leather and felt workshops), Cinci Han (Former caravanserai) and Hıdırlık Hills for the panoramic view of the city. After the tour in the afternoon we leave Safranbolu and begin the return journey to Istanbul.

    Hotel: Ramada Plaza city center or similar

    Meal(s): Breakfast, Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Istanbul (includes 2 soft drinks).


    03 July 2019: Depart Istanbul

    We bid Istanbul and our newfound friends a fond farewell. Departure transfer to the airport.

    Meal(s): Breakfast

     

    Tour Cost
    SGL :-  SINGLE TRAVELLER , DBL/TWIN :-  PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TWIN SHARING , TPL :-  PER PRESON IN TRIPLE SHARING ,
    CWB :-  CHILD WITH BED , CWOB :-  CHILD WITHOUT BED    
    5 Star (Option 1) - Istanbul ( 5 Star ) , Bursa ( 5 Star ) , Kusadasi ( 5 Star ) , Pamukkale ( 5 Star ) , Antalya ( 5 Star ) , Konya ( 5 Star ) , Cappadocia ( 5 Star ) , Ankara ( 5 Star )

    20/06/2019 - 03/07/2019 (13 Nights)
      Pax Range PER PERSON IN DBL/TWIN  
    2 - 2 KES 219597

    Inclusions

    • 13 Nights’ hotel accommodation

    • Breakfasts daily, 11 Dinners

    • 1 Lunch (Be my Guest experience at the Taurus Mountain Muslim Village) and 1 lunch at Hamamönü

    • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach

    • Expert Travel Director

    • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

    • Must-see sights with VIP entry and queue jump

    • Unique Insider Experiences

    • Airport transfers on first and last day of the tour

    Exclusions

    • Personal items such as laundry, telephone or mobile service charges, all beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)and other personal expenses
    • Other services not listed in includes listed above
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
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