The conquering armies of ancient times tended to ransack the city rather than endow it with artistic treasures, but all that changed with the Byzantines, who adorned their churches and palaces with mosaics and frescoes. Miraculously, many of these remain. Their successors, the Ottomans, were quick to launch an ambitious building program and the magnificently decorated imperial mosques that resulted are architectural triumphs that together form one of the world’s great skylines.

In recent years, local banks and business dynasties have reprised the Ottomans’ grand ambitions and endowed an impressive array of galleries, museums and festivals for all to enjoy. Some ancient cities are the sum of their monuments, but İstanbul factors a lot more into the equation. Chief among its manifold attractions are the locals, who have an infectious love of life and generosity of spirit.

This vibrant, inclusive and expanding community is full of people who work, treasure family and friendships, and have no problem melding tradition and modernity in their everyday lives. Joining them in their favourite haunts – çay bahcesis (tea gardens), kahvehanı (coffeehouses), meyhanes (Turkish taverns) and kebapçıs (kebap restaurants) – will be a highlight of your visit.



5 days Istanbul

Educational, Leisure, Historical

Trip Itinerary


  • Arrival at Istanbul and welcome    
  • Welcome and icebreaker sessions
  • Dinner Cruise
  • Overnight at Istanbul


  • Breakfast and group sessions       
  • Lunch
  • Istanbul Puzzle Rally
  • Istanbul Bazaars
  • Istanbul culinary experience with evening activities
  • Overnight at Istanbul


  • Breakfast and group session
  • Ottoman History and Turkish Islamic Art
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Overnight at Istanbul


  • Breakfast and Princess Island Cruise
  • Cultural evening
  • Overnight at Islamabad


  • Breakfast and leisure
  • Farewell and closing session         
  • Farewell dinner
  • Departure for home destination