7 days

From £2,695

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Summary

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-a-half millennia. 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 Topkapı 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 just some of the highlights – plus, we have secured very special out-of-hours access to one of the world’s most astounding buildings, the Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom).

Tour highlights:

  • Be treated to very special out-of-hours access to the majestic Hagia Sophia
  • Explore vibrant Istanbul in the expert company of Terry Richardson, the man who quite literally wrote the book on this unforgettable city
  • Enjoy free time to soak up the culture and atmosphere of this memorable destination
  • Sail the blue waters of the continent-dividing Bosphorus Strait aboard a private boat for a different view of the city
  • Indulge in tastes of regional cuisine throughout this tour and be surprised at how diverse Turkish dishes can be

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Today's Price
£2,695

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £525

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Terry Richardson

Guide Lecturer

Terry Richardson has a university background in ancient history and classical civilisation. He first travelled to Turkey as an undergraduate back in 1977 and has been back countless times since then, and he also lived in southwest Turkey for around 13 years.

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Skylar Morgan

Tour Manager

Skylar Morgan graduated from the University of Exeter in 2017, where she studied archaeology and bio-archaeology. Skylar has some fieldwork experience, excavating a Prehistoric Native American settlement which allowed her to explore and understand how communities lived 1,100 years ago.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
16 November 2020 ABYZ201116 16 November 2020 (Monday) 22 November 2020 (Sunday) Terry Richardson Skylar Morgan £2,695
(inc. flights)
£500 £525 Call for availability
17 March 2021 ABYZ210317 17 March 2021 (Wednesday) 23 March 2021 (Tuesday) Terry Richardson £2,845
(inc. flights)
£99
£99
£625 Book Now
2 November 2021 ABYZ211102 2 November 2021 (Tuesday) 8 November 2021 (Monday) Terry Richardson £2,845
(inc. flights)
£99
£99
£625 Book Now
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