Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Istanbul Study Tour

Sep 30 - Oct 12, 2019
13 days
£2,540 per person, twin share (land content only). £250 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Dr Jennifer Lawless


Istanbul – capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires – has accumulated an astounding wealth of history, art and architecture. This 13-day study tour explores this metropolis in depth, from the archaeology of the early city through the successive civilisations that have ruled there, and on to its modern incarnation as a multicultural metropolis spanning Europe and Asia. The tour also includes two nights in Ҫanakkale, to spend a full day exploring Gallipoli with excursions to Troy and Iznik. A series of background lectures, guided visits and historical walking tours are balanced with time for independent exploration.


  • Classical Constantinople: the capital of Constantine and the Roman Empire in the East
  • Medieval Byzantium, from Justinian’s Hagia Sophia to medieval frescoes, the Genoese on the Golden Horn and the Fourth Crusade
  • Ottoman Istanbul, the great mosques and palaces of Suleiman the Magnificent
  • The birth of modern Turkey and the legacy of World War I
  • The neighborhoods of Istanbul: ancient and modern, straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus


  • Constantinople, including the Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and National Archaeological Museum
  • Spectacular Byzantine and Ottoman sites, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi and Dolmabahḉe palaces
  • The superb collections of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art and the Ottoman Military Museum
  • Excursion to the little-known, car-free Princes’ Island of Heybeliada, and a Bosphorus cruise
  • A full day exploring Gallipoli and an excursion to Troy

Itinerary overview

Days 1–2: Orientation walk of Sultanahmet. Cruise the Bosphorus. Walk through Ortakoy and climb Galata Tower.

Days 3–4: Hagia Sophia, cisterns, Chora Church and Sinan’s magnificent Ottoman mosques.

Days 5–6: Admire the apotheosis of Ottoman culture at the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Military Museum and Topkapi Palace.

Day 7: Dine at a waterside restaurant on the Princes’ Island of Heybeliada.

Days 8–10: Travel to Canakkale and Troy, with a full day exploring the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Days 11–13: Experience cosmopolitan Kadikoy on the Asian side and Dolmabahḉe palace.


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