ART TOUR meets in Istanbul
Painting on location
We will be visiting many new places on this painting tour.
If interested, please email for details.
Tour organised and escorted by professional tour guide Kadir Zehir
There is plenty to do for non painters.
ART TOUR JUNE 13 to JULY 2, 2019
EDIRNE [3 nights] June 13th- 15th
Please arrive into Istanbul [IST] airport before 1.00pm, we recommend Etihad or Qatar from Australia. If you are NOT choosing to fly with these airlines then we will arrange pick up from the HOLIDAY INN ISTANBUL AIRPORT hotel. This is most likely to be around 2-2.30pm. We recommend that if you are flying with other airlines from Australia you will need to arrive a day earlier and stay at this hotel. Any one flying into Istanbul earlier on the 13th from other cities might like to arrange to meet at this hotel also instead of waiting at the airport. This hotel is close to a large shopping centre so if you have spare time you can venture over the road to see how big the shopping centres are in Turkey!
After collecting everyone we will drive directly to Edirne a town very close to the Bulgarian and Greek border. The trip should take about 2.5 hours.
Edirne was the 2nd capital of the Ottoman Empire after Bursa. The Ottoman Empire invested a lot in the city as it was a very important passage to Europe. The architecture in Edirne is magnificent and we will see and paint some fine examples of this. The most important building in Edirne is the Selimiye mosque. The mosque was designed and built by Sinan, between 1556 and 1574, for Sultan Selim II. It is considered to be the finest example of Ottoman religious architecture and was the last major work of architect Sinan's brilliant career. Also, whilst in Edirne we will spend some time visiting the main hub of old Edirne, which consists of caravanserais, markets and stone bridges which are all from the Ottoman times. [BD included] .
CANAKKALE [1 night] June 16th
We start with a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Gallipoli peninsula. We will visit Gelibolu town centre and then after lunch we will spend the rest of the day painting or alternatively an optional group trip with Kadir to visit some of the memorials on the peninsula.
AYVALIK [3 nights] June 17th to 19th
The Aegean coastline has some lovely villages. The first village we stay in was an important trade centre during Ottoman times. We will spend 3 days around this village painting the harbours, people and lovely architecture.
FOCA [2 nights] June 20th& 21st
Foca is also a beautiful coastal town with an amazing history. The city is named by Greeks after the Mediterranean seal called Phokaia and this name is still used today. In Turkish this is Foca. Here you will find beautiful harbours, mosques and churches, boats, narrow alleys and village coffee houses.
SIRINCE [3 nights] June 22nd to 24th
A hilltop village similar to the pretty Safranbolu, with lots of lovely stone houses and cobble stone streets. It is well known for home made olive oil and fruit wine. We will also meet some local artists.
Optional visit to Ephesus, Selcuk museum and shopping or a free afternoon.
CAVDARHISAR [2 nights] June 25th & 26th
A half day drive will bring us to Cavdarhisar. This town was once an important political and economical centre in Roman times. A day painting around the ancient site of Aizanoi, the Temple of Zeus and the ancient stock market or the village itself.
BURSA [3 nights] June 27th to 29th
The city is important to the Turkish people as it was the first Turkish capital. The larger city of Bursa has a fantastic mosque area and famous silk market. It is one of the world’s most important silk producing areas. Cumalikizik village is an Ottoman town that we will visit and remains the most original Ottoman styled village in Turkey.
IZNIK [1 night] June 30th
Depart Bursa for the lakeside town of Iznik, famous for the ornate tiles that decorate many of the Turkish mosques. This town is known originally as Nicaea, which is very important Christian site. St Sophia church, the Iznik museum and the ancient city walls and gates are all great painting options.
ISTANBUL July 1st
Return to Istanbul and we will stay the night at the seaside suburb of Suadiye, which overlooks the islands. CHOOSE TO FLY from SABIHA GOKCEN [SAW] which is on the Asian side if you flying with Qatar (please check at time of booking). Those flying with other airlines will need to consult your travel details with Alison and Kadir prior to booking. Alternatively you can choose to add on extra days for painting by yourself or the possibility is also there for Kadir to stay on a few extra days to guide those who want through more of the city.
ISTANBUL Optional extra 2 days sightseeing
Two days spent in the Sultanahmet area visiting some of the historical places like Topkapi Palace, Yerebatan cistern, St Sophia, Blue mosque, Grand bazaar and Spice Market and also a visit to the Asian side of Istanbul- Kadikoy.