explore istanbul


Exclusive emeraldexplore:17 - 22 Oct 2010

as promoted by WharfMA Travels - hosted by Islamic Travels



New decade, why not explore somewhere new? Emerald since its inception has hosted innovative events featuring arts, businesses and charities - in 2010 we have been hosting new activities and featured new venues, based on your feedback.


EMERALD EXPLORE tours are ideal to meet new people, discover new places, sights and sounds, taste new food, use for photography assignments, build your social and business contacts, learn history and more... truly unlimited opportunities.


We will partner with organisations with experience in delivering tour packages to leading locations in the Ummah - we will be looking at locations including China, Spain and Turkey for the immediate future - welcome to hear from you if you have connections in other locations.



Ottoman Tours is package of Islamic Travels who EMERALD is pleased to partner with; a project initiated by Islamic Circles to encourage Muslims to travel around the Muslim world and learn about Islamic History and heritage. We hope to encourage cultural exchanges, business and investment opportunities and create a general sense of "Muslim Ummah" (Islamic solidarity).


Following the Islamic History of the Ottoman Khilafah course held in December 2009 in London which was delivered by Professor Ilber Ortalyi, Director of the Topkapi Palace, to solidify what was learnt, a short tour showing the sights and sounds of Ottoman Istanbul was announced.


Aims and Objectives

- Visit the main and important places of Ottoman History
- A sense of Islamic Heritage
- Meet Turkish Muslims for cultural exchange purposes
- Enjoy and relax in an Islamic holiday


Partner organisations

Our tour partner is Oxford Vision which has been organising tours to Turkey for the last 15 years. The Tour is also promoted by WharfMA Travel.


Special offer - places only £649 in adv. fully inclusive of flights and accommodation and full tour. Excellent value - book now



Book now


Email: info@emeraldnetwork.co.uk - quote "istanbul" for further information and booking details; Or call - Tel:  020 3355 3987 / Mobile: 07902 032 136 quote "emerald"


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The package includes: Return flights, all local transportation, all meals, hotel accommodation. Main entrance fees to sights/museums mentioned in the itinerary below for May 2010 tour - the October tour will be similar, details upon request/sent upon booking:


Day 1: Leave UK and arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Transfer to the Hotel for overnight stay


Day 2:

Breakfast, briefing for the day, Topkapi Palace Tour. We hope our guide will be the Professor Ilber Ortalyi,  Director of the Topkapi Palace and hope to see the Sacred Relics of the Prophet (saw). Zuhur at Blue Mosque and Lunch, Asr at Blue Mosque and then to Aya Sophia. Back to Hotel for dinner and free time


Day 3:

Breakfast, Eyup Sultan Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace. Zuhur at Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque, boat tour and lunch on the Bosphorus. Asr and Magrib. Emerald Networking event with leading Turkish businesses. Back to the Hotel and free time


Day 4:

Breakfast. Lecture on Islamic History of Ottomans
Zuhur, Lunch and visit to Panorama 1453 Museum (Conquest of Istanbul including Mehteran), Asr and Magrib, Dinner. Back to the Hotel /free time


Day 5:

Breakfast, Bazaar, Jummah at Suleymaniye Mosque. Lunch. Final shopping and leave hotel for Airport. Back to London.


Anticipated diverse guests list reflecting the ummah at its best, all backgrounds, professions and locations. All welcome - families have an alternative option of tour dates, to include visit to school and dinner with families/local cultural exchange.



Other locations?


EMERALD EXPLORE tours in future will be determined by demand and input from yourselves.


Suggestions welcomed info@emeraldnetwork.co.uk if you would like to organise (using your contacts/venues) a specific tour.


Alternatively contact us to express interest to have one in a given location even if you don't have the contacts, we will be happy to gauge demand and contact you back, if there is high demand potential examples incl. Malaysia, Dubai, Syria.