The Best of Turkey
This summer, Qalam Institute & Dar El Salam will be offering a unique opportunity to spend 7 days in beautiful, historic Turkey, a mix of the east and west. Learn about the rich heritage and faith-tradition you are a part of, as you pray in mosques that are hundreds of years old, as you walk charming streets and marketplaces, taking in the beautiful scenery, culture, and delicious cuisine of one of Islam’s most historic regions.
The program will consist of 7 days in Turkey's historic Istanbul and Bursa: first 3 nights in Istanbul, second 2 nights in Bursa, and the last night spent in Istanbul. Each tour and city will bring a unique flavor to the program while carrying the consistent thread of enriching education, training, and companionship throughout the entire duration of our stay.
Best of Turkey Land & Air
Departing - July 22, 2017
Land Only Package - Must Arrive July 23 and return July 29
For group meet and assist and transfer (included in package) registrants must arrive between the hours of 10am and 1pm on July 23, 2017 - and depart on July 29 between the hours of 6am and 9am (all other times will be subject to an individual meet and assist and transfer and an additional charge)
Spiritual & Historic Tour
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- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
Few other cities in the world blend the history and cultures of east and west without stepping out of character. Today you step off the plane and into the tapestry that is Istanbul. Revel in the moment. Upon your arrival you will find a friendly DST representative awaiting to chauffer you to your hotel. Freshen up and hit the town or relax and recoup from your travels…you are after all…on vacation. There are no formally planned excursions on arrival day, so feel free to explore and wander the streets of Istanbul…the city of two continents.
TOPKAPI PALACE – AYA SOPHIA – BLUE MOSQUE
Let’s hit the sites! Today is your day to capture memories in every single landmark Istanbul visitors come to brag about. The city itself is modern and classic; from electric cable cars to cobble stone streets Istanbul is a place like no other. Among the most unique characteristics of the city you will see a skyline of domes and minarets. The city itself sits on the Bosphorus creating a majestic scene of lush rolling city hills tapering off to the edge of the sea. The tour itself includes highlights of the Islamic Heritage of the city with sites such as the Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) – the residence of Ottoman sultans for almost four centuries and the Aya Sopia – the legacy of both the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires.
Enjoy a half-day tour cruise on the Bosphorus. The Bosporus or Bosphorus, known as the Istanbul Strait, is a strait that divides the European part (Rumelia) of Turkey with its Asian part (Anatolia). However, the Bosporus is so much more than just a body of water separating two land masses! Throughout history it has been coveted for its strategic location – attracting some of the world’s most interesting cultures to lay claim to the beautiful shores. One of the best ways to take in these amazing historic offerings is by boat.
ISTANBUL – BURSA
After 3 nights in iconic Istanbul DST will take you to Bursa. A little over 200km from Istanbul Bursa is much less metropolitan and will give you your first glimpse of life outside the big city. Before heading to our hotel in Bursa we will stop by the Covered Market to enjoy some silk shopping.
Bursa boasts historically impressive Ottoman sites such as the Ulu Cami (the largest mosque in Bursa also known as the Grand Mosque) and the Green Mosque. The Green Mosque is said to be one of the best examples of wood and marble craftsmanship and calligraphy in all of Anatolia. After a half day of sightseeing you will spend the remaining day discovering Bursa at your own leisure.
BURSA – ISTANBUL
Today we say goodbye to Bursa as we head back to Istanbul, but first we will we Cruise in Marmara Sea to Princes’ Islands, stop at Büyükada, the popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood scenery, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes. We will Tour the island on horse-drawn carriages, have free time for leisure, and return to Istanbul in the evening.
ISTANBUL – HOME
After a week of unforgettable memory making it’s time to return home. DST will arrange for your trip to the airport. Once safely home we highly recommend you start planning for your next Getaway with DST!
- Meet and Assist by DST representatives in Istanbul Airport upon arrival and departure.
- Bus transportation from Istanbul Airport to Wyndham Old City Istanbul Hotel including luggage transfers.
- 3 Full day tours in Istanbul visiting the historic sites including transportation and knowledgeable English speaking guides.Check-in assistance by our representatives in hotels
- 24 Hour assistance from on the ground DST representatives.
- Bus transportation from Wyndham Old City Istanbul Hotel to Istanbul Airport at the end of the trip.