We explore traditional and classical sites and seldom visited areas.
Originally scheduled for spring 2020, we’re offering these tours starting in April 2023, dependent on pandemic conditions. There are 4 segments which can be combined:
These can be combined for trips of 1-4 weeks. All trips include 2 full days of tours in Istanbul. A partial list of visits includes
- Byzantine masterpiece of Hagia Sophia
- Blue Mosque
- Justinian’s underground cisterns
- The sprawling opulence of the Topkapi Palace
- The bustling Grand Bazaar (Covered market)
- The Egyptian Spice market
- Taksim Square
With a maximum of 12 participants, we eat at small local restaurants and go where larger groups cannot. We stay in 3–4-star hotels, often with 2-night stays. We travel in an air conditioned, private minibus.
A sense of adventure is required
as some of these areas are not visited very often, and we may adjust the itinerary due to local conditions, weather or unique opportunities. Expect to walk 1-4 miles each day (We’ll offer alternatives for those who decide not to walk)
Our friend of 20 years
Lutfi Atay, is licensed as a guide by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is a professor at the University of Canakkale. He has been our guide for previous trips and will be with us throughout this trip. I’m licensed as a State of Washington Seller of Travel and will escort this trip. I’ve visited Turkey many times and led similar tours over the last 20 years.