Itinerary

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DAY 1


Sunday 9th of November, 2014


Suggested flight from London:
Turkish Air 10:15 from LGW to IST. Landing in Istanbul at 16:10.


International flights arrive into Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Private transfer (35 minutes to the hotel) will be arranged to the 5* Four Seasons Sultanahmet.

Check-in to the 5* Four Seasons Sultanahmet (Old Town).


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Four Seasons Sultanahmet (Old Town)
This Grande Dame of Istanbul hotels is located minutes from Istanbul's most important historic sites such as the Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. The 65 sumptuous guest rooms and suites frame an open, manicured courtyard, perfected by an atmosphere of personal attention and ease unparalleled in Istanbul.
http://www.fourseasons.com/istanbul/

Evening:

Cocktails on the terrace of our hotel, weather permitting, otherwise in the private Blue Room.

Dinner at Topaz with breathtaking views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

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Topaz
This spot has been on the A-list for its fabulous views of the Bosphorus, the bridge, and the domes of the Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan Mosque, but it was only recently that the food lived up to the panoramas. This intersection of quality occurred with the opening of Topaz, a stylish and modern restaurant/bar pleasing palates with a mix of modern Mediterranean and Sultan-pleasing traditional Ottoman fare.
Overnight:
5* Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul.

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DAY 2


Monday 10th of November, 2014



Morning:
9:30 AM Regroup in the lobby of our hotel to meet our guide and discover the Ottoman treasures of Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Basilica Cistern.

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Topkapi Palace
This former residence of the Ottoman Sultans houses some of the world’s finest exhibitions of porcelain, jewelry, silverware glassware, clocks and Ottoman weaponry, royal treasures and the world’s largest harem.

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Blue Mosque
One of the most famous monuments of Turkish and Islamic art, this imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets.

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Hippodrome
The centre of Byzantium's life for over 1000 years, and the centre of Ottoman life for over 400 years. Throughout Turkey's complex history the Hippodrome was the location of the unfolding dramas of the Emperor’s court, the Sultan's Sublime Portal, the throws of revolution, executions and assassinations, and even horse racing.

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Basilica Cistern
The city's most unexpectedly romantic attraction, the Basilica Cistern, offers an insight into the complicated system that once brought drinking water into Istanbul from Thrace. Constructed in the sixth century and then forgotten for centuries, the cistern that once stored the water has been fitted with lights and music. Fish flitter around the bases of the 336 columns that support the ceiling.


Lunch:
Lunch at Ali Ocakbasi overlooking the city. We will be joined by SALT Director Vasif Kortun.

Afternoon:
Guided tour of SALT Galata with Director Vasif Kortun.

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SALT Galata
French architect Alexandre Vallaury designed the original building of SALT Galata to house the Ottoman Bank, which was inaugurated in 1892. The building is a landmark unique to Istanbul with surprisingly distinct architectural styles—neoclassical and oriental—applied on opposite façades.The redesign of the building was undertaken by architect Mimarlar Tasarım and houses offices as well as SALT Research, the renovated Ottoman Bank Museum, a 219-capacity Auditorium, Workshop spaces, a temporary exhibition space as well as a café, restaurant and bookstore.


Transfer 15 minutes for guided visit of exhibition space Arter with welcome by curator Emre Baykal.

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Arter
Arter exhibition space is funded and managed by the Vehbi Koc Foundation, which was instigated in 2007 by Mr. Omer Koc, an avid art collector. The exhibitions on display are curated from the VKF Contemporary Art Collection, as well as from private collections and archives


Evening:

Welcome by gallery owner Sylvia Kouvali at Gallery Rodeo and a tour of the exhibition.

Private cocktail and dinner at the home of a private collector.


Overnight:
5* Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul.

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DAY 3


Tuesday 11th of November, 2014



Morning:
Guided visit of Istanbul Modern with welcome by Chief Curator Levent Calikoglu. After our tour we will enjoy tea and coffee with the chair of the board of Istanbul Modern, Oya Eczacıbaşı. This huge former warehouse on the shores of the Bosphorus is the most prominent of Istanbul's contemporary galleries. It is arguably the reason why so many smaller spaces have sprung up in the neighbourhood, and the Biennale is held next door.

Transfer 15 minutes to Gallery Mana for a tour of the exhibition with the gallery director Arzu Komili.

Lunch:
Cocktail out on the terrace followed by lunch at Mikla.

Afternoon:
Visit galleries in Misir Apartments including Nesrin Esirtgen, Galeri Nev, PI Artworks, Galeri Zilberman and CDA Projects. Where possible we will be met by the gallery owners and the artists’ exhibiting.

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Misir Apartments
No other building in Istanbul can claim to sum up the city today quite like Misir Aparmani, a beautiful 19th-century apartment block presiding over Beyoğlu. It boasts some of the city's best galleries.

Transfer 10 minutes to the Covered Bazaar for a guided tour.


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Covered Bazaar
The oldest and largest covered bazaar in the world is situated in the heart of the Istanbul city. It resembles a giant labyrinth with around sixty lanes and more than three thousand shops.

Evening:

Guided visit of the private collection at Borusan. The Borusan Collection comprises approximately 600 artworks in diverse media such as oil paintings, sculptures, video art, installations, new media, prints, light art and photography.

Dinner:
Transfer 10 minutes for dinner at Ulus 29, one of Istanbul’s top restaurants.

Overnight:
5* Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul.

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DAY 4


Wednesday 12th of November, 2014


Morning:
Guided visit of the Hagia Sofia.


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Hagia Sofia
After decades in which scaffolding cluttered the interior of Emperor Justinian's sixth-century Byzantine masterpiece, the thrill of being able to experience the extraordinary spaciousness of this famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum is hard to overstate.
Coffee/ Tea and welcome with Suzan Sabanci-Dincer followed by guided visit of the temporary and permanent exhibitions.


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Sakıp Sabancı Museum
This all-encompassing museum started life as a summer mansion of the Khedive clan, the Istanbul-based hereditary rulers of Egypt which left several royal piles along Bosphorus. It also served as the Montenegrin Embassy before being purchased in all its vastness by Haci Ömer Sabanci, a leading industrialist and the initial force behind the Sabanci Holdings Conglomerate. From 1966 the next head of the family, Sakip Sabanci, called it home and filled it with his expansive collection of Turkish art and calligraphy. A public museum since 2002, the permanent collection also includes works by Raphael and local boy Osman Hamdi Bey, plus photographic and archaeological exhibits.

Lunch:
Lunch at the restaurant Müzedechanga at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

Afternoon:
Afternoon to attend Preview at Contemporary Istanbul.

Evening:
Board luxury yacht 'Duru Life'. There will be a guide on board and cocktails.

Dinner:
Dinner at the residence of a private collector.

Overnight:
5* Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul.

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DAY 5


Thursday 13th of November, 2014


Individual transfers to Istanbul airport.

We are also happy to help with travel arrangements and activities should you wish to extend your time in Turkey or anywhere else in Europe.


*These tours have been carefully arranged, and the descriptions on the website and on the itineraries are as accurate as possible. However, tours are planned far in advance and changes can become desirable and unavoidable. The above itinerary is a draft concept but we will do our utmost to ensure that every unique visit, every special event and all private access remains unchanged.