The historical tour of Istanbul includes a visit to the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom, the Underground Cistern, the 16th Century palace of the Sultan’s Grand Vizier, Ibrahim Pasa, which today houses the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum. Its antique carpet exhibit is renowned; the carpets, kilims and prayer rugs form one of the richest and oldest collections in the world.
We will visit Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar and Cukurcuma - known for its antique shops and second-hand bookshops and bohemian residents. The history of handmade carpets will be discussed and we'll learn about the first tribal rugs used by nomadic tribes to the contemporary design pieces of today.
Your culinary tour will include a visit to Egyptian Spice Bazaar - it is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs - a ferry ride across the Bosphorus to go to Kadikoy, the Asian side of Istanbul. Once in Kadikoy we will visit some off-the-beaten path street food locations and continue to sample local delicacies. After lunch we'll learn about Turkish Coffee and have your fortune read with a coffee cup reading.
You'll also have some hands-on experience while you learn about paper marbling.
...as always there will be free time for you to explore on your own. We think that's important!
They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration.
*Rooms are shared with one other person. Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for single rooms.
*Airport transfer is from Istanbul's Atakurk International Airport (IST) + on the first day of the Ace Camp tour (September 8th only)
Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.
Fee: $2195.00 USD - airfare is not included
Deposit: $1195.00 USD - due when place in workshop is confirmed
Final Payment: $1000.00 USD due February 15, 2016 or May 15, 2016
SuB Karakoy brings an industrial designer's eye to the hotel room. Polished concrete walls, beds wrapped in curvy steel frames and stone-tiled bathrooms create a brittle aesthetic, but the bath towels are supremely soft and the beds are dreamy. Located in the historical Karakoy district it is just a 5-minute walk from the ferry port. The hotel features a terrace, unique interiors and stylish furniture. Its rooms are equipped with modern amenities. Free Wifi.
The day will start with a rich Turkish breakfast including pastries, fresh eggs, olives, cheese and a variety of fruit jams among many other tastes accompanied with a cup of Turkish tea or coffee.
Tophane Metro Stop is only 493 feet away, offering easy access to the historical Sultanahmet area. Ataturk Airport is within 12.4 miles.
ACE CAMPS administration will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the best airport for airport transfers for this trip. Make your arrangements to fly into Ataturk for pickup to the hotel.
More information will be sent to you upon registration.
September is the end of summer and start of autumn in Istanbul. At the start of the month, temperatures are still high, it’s likely to be hot and dry. But by the end, temperatures have fallen rapidly, rainfall averages have risen, and it will feel much cooler. Temperatures range from 24C during the day to 15C in the evenings. One day can be hot and dry, while the next can be much cooler with short but intense rain showers. It is best to dress in layers and bring an umbrella.
Most travelers think September is the best month to adventure in Istanbul.
Carpets + Kilims
Brass + Copper
Spices at the bazaars, dried fruits + nuts, Turkish delight
Turkish tea or coffee
Ceramics + Pottery
Maps + Prints
Day One ~
Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel
Dinner - Meet and Greet on the rooftop terrace at SuB Karakoy
Day Two ~
HISTORICAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL
An introduction and guided tour of the historical sites in Istanbul including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque & St. Sophia.
Lunch - Matbah Restaurant
Following lunch we visit the Underground Cistern and head to the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
Dinner - Neolokal
Neolokal is located inside the modern art venue SALT Galata, also a former Ottoman Bank. With sweeping views of the Golden Horn, Neolokal focuses their menu on the Slow Food's Ark of Taste guidelines, therefore bringing all key ingredients from the farm and field straight to the table. If we arrive early enough, we will have the opportunity to have a look round the gallery spaces and the Ottoman Bank museum, housed in the basement on the building
Day Three ~
PRIVATE GUIDED SHOPPING TOUR
Guided tour of Topkapi Palace, & the Grand Bazaar. This morning we will also enjoy a private educational professional lecture on the art of carpet weaving.
Lunch - Aslan
Following lunch a private van takes us to Cukurcuma Neighbour for backstreet antique shopping.
Dinner - Yeni Lokanta
Day Four ~
CULINARY ADVENTURES IN ISTANBUL
A guided visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar with food tastings along the way, a ferry ride across the Bosphorus to go to Kadikoy, the Asian side of Istanbul. Once in Kadikoy we will visit some off-the-beaten path street food locations and continue to sample local delicacies.
Lunch - Ciya
Ferry back to European side
This afternoon we'll learn about Turkish Coffee and have our fortune read with a coffee cup reading.
Dinner on own
Day Five ~
FREE DAY TO EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN
Free Day - Consider exploring other historical sights around the city, go on street art tour, totally relax at a beautiful Turkish bath, or take the day to explore the Grand Bazaar and backstreets on your own. There are so many things to do, and we can help you organize, if you wish, to find the best activities of the day.
Day Six ~
PAPER MARBLING WORKSHOP / YACHT CRUISE / FINAL GROUP DINNER
Tram to Sulthamet
Explore the traditional art of Erbu Paper Marbling with a hands-on Workshop at Les Arts Turcs
Lunch - Old Ottoman Cafe
Afternoon Visit to Jennifer's Hamam- one of the only shops in Istanbul still specializing in authentic hand woven turkish towels
Tram back to hotel from Sulthamet
Dinner - Tonight we have our final group dinner together. In the early evening we will board a private yacht and go for a cruise around the Bosphorus, taking in all the wonderful waterfront buidlings, and historical residences. The yacht will drop us off at one of the great former Ottoman Palaces of Istanbul, Ciragan Palace. Here we will dine at Tugra Restaurant on the shores of the Bosphorous, with a menu comprised of traditional turkish dishes.
Day Seven ~
MODERN ISTANBUL / FREE AFTERNOON
Morning visit to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
Lunch - Mitte
Dinner on own
Day Eight ~
Check out of hotel.
There will be no refunds for this trip - please know you can make it before your registration.