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 & Venice A Tale of Two Cities

Oct 14 - 28, 2021
15 days
£4,485 per person, twin share (land content only). £1060 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Robert Veel


The two great medieval cities of Istanbul and Venice, straddling East and West, are indissolubly linked through their shared history, mercantile culture, art and outstanding physical beauty. Explore the links between these two powerful civilisations in depth, on our 15-day journey. We begin in Istanbul, imperial capital of both the Byzantines and the Ottoman Turks, Venice’s implacable enemy. We then fly to Italy, spending two nights in Ravenna, Byzantium’s capital in the West, before spending six nights in Venice, whose unique art and culture is profoundly influenced by its links to the East.


  • Cruise up the Bosphorus to visit the Sultan Mehmet II fortress
  • Sumptuous Ottoman craftmanship at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
  • Constantinople’s mosques, decorated with Iznik’s famed blue tiles
  • Two nights in Ravenna, with its lavish imperial mosaics
  • The revolutions of the Italian Renaissance, at Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel in Padua
  • Private after-hours tour of St Mark’s Basilica, for the illumination of the mosaics
  • The art of Carpaccio, Bellini, Titian and Tintoretto in Venice’s palaces, confraternities and churches
  • Lunch at the legendary Locanda Cipriani on Torcello island

Itinerary overview

Days 1–6: In Istanbul, survey the mosaics in Hagia Sophia and the Great Palace Museum, cruise the mighty Bosphorus and admire Ottoman architecture and decorative arts at the Blue Mosque and Topkapı.

Days 7–8: Fly to Venice, travelling first to Ravenna for its stunning mosaics.

Days 9–15: Return to Venice via Padua’s extraordinary Scrovegni Chapel. In Venice, examine the extensive connections with the East at St Mark’s Basilica, the Correr, Jewish Ghetto and Accademia gallery. Explore the island monasteries of San Lazzaro and San Giorgio and cruise the Venetian lagoon, visiting Burano and Torcello.


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