A cultural week in Istanbul – September 15th – 22nd
A chance to catch up with friends from past holidays and meet new ones on our Younger Person’s trip to Istanbul.
The week certainly lived up to its billing as a cultural week, with amazing architecture and the famous tiles at every turn.
Not to be missed are the splendours of the 15th century Topkapi Palace and its harem, and our local guide Abdil gave fantastic insights into the construction of Hagia Sophia in the sixth century – did you know silk could be used to cut marble? There is a real wow moment as you enter the main part of the church.
We were taken back to Roman times in the Basilica Cistern, an enormous underground cavern in the heart of the city, where you walk over fish-filled channels of water to discover eerie Medusa’s heads.
Nicely interspersed in our itinerary were boat trips to Prince’s Islands and along the Bosphorus to the Black Sea, away from the hustle and bustle for a while.
Then back to the city, with more sightseeing, shopping opportunities in the bazaars, and rootling out a good street for a spot of lunch – only a light one, mind, as we don’t want to spoil our appetite for our dinner on the rooftop terrace later!
A really fascinating week with great company – many thanks to Jo for arranging the trip and to our leader, Mike.