Dates: August 16 - 23, 2015
Meet/Depart: Istanbul, Turkey
Price:$3,395/person (DO)$3,690/person (SO)
Combines With: The Venetian Republic
Most mornings begin with a relaxed briefing from Professor Madden on the terrace of our hotel overlooking the ancient city. Following the talk, our days become quite active for there is over a thousand years of Byzantine history to uncover in Istanbul. Often we are led to unique and hidden parts of the ancient capital that help to reveal the Byzantine city buried under centuries of development.
Some days we are joined by special guest speakers who share their expertise on a particular aspect of the empire. One special day is spent almost entirely on the water as we journey via private yacht charter around the Bosphorus and up the Golden Horn, stopping at relevant sites along the way. In every setting we explore the significance of the location and reconstruct (if only in our minds) the Byzantine City that was.
Plenty of free time is scheduled so participants can pursue their own interests. During the course of the week you’ll have several afternoons and evenings free. This will give you time to enjoy your own sightseeing. Fancy a bit of shopping? Then it’s time for a visit to the Grand Bazaar or the spice bazaar.
When it comes to dining, Istanbul is also remarkable place. Fine Turkish and Ottoman cuisine can be found in abundance. How about enjoying the unparalleled nightlife that a city which spans two continents can offer? Your Scholarly Sojourns Tour Manager is always on hand to recommend the most interesting restaurants and entertainment options to give you a unique cultural perspective on the fascinating modern day Istanbul.