8 days

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Exploring the architecture of the Ottoman Empire's three capital cities

At its height, the Ottoman empire was one of the largest to have existed and during its pinnacle, it bestowed on the world a wealth of architectural gems, particularly in the time of the Sultan Süleyman and his chief architect Mimar Sinan. Without question the Ottoman Empire’s leading architect, Mimar Sinan was responsible for the construction of some four hundred mosques, bridges, madrassas, hospitals and other buildings across an empire stretching from the Balkans to Arabia and North Africa to the Crimea. Over the course of this fascinating tour of the Ottoman heartlands, we’ll examine some of his very best works with a critical eye. Genius though he undoubtedly was, Sinan’s architecture was built on the works of his predecessors, and our tour of the three capital cities of the empire, first Bursa, then Edirne and finally Istanbul, will give us the opportunity to see how Ottoman architecture developed from its early period to its apogee under Süleyman the Magnificent.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the luxurious Topkapı Palace complex, superbly situated on a hilltop at the tip of Istanbul’s historic peninsula
  • Take in the majestic Süleymaniye Mosque complex atop Istanbul’s third hill, marvelling at the genius of Sinan and the canny philanthropy of sultan Süleyman the Magnificent
  • Wander cobbled streets lined by beautifully-restored Ottoman houses in quaint Cumalıkızık near Bursa
  • Admire the innovative design of the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne; in surpassing the size of the dome of the Haghia Sophia Sinan’s, renowned modesty was no doubt given its biggest test

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  • Pay a low deposit of £99, was £500.

Single supplement: £580

Includes flights

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  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
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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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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
7 March 2021 AGAO210307 7 March 2021 (Sunday) 14 March 2021 (Sunday) Terry Richardson £3,225
(inc. flights)
£580 Book Now
11 September 2021 AGAO210911 11 September 2021 (Saturday) 18 September 2021 (Saturday) Terry Richardson £3,365
(inc. flights)
£580 Book Now
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