Art Safari’s creative adventures out of Africa to Turkey

Ottoman Autumn

Istanbul with James Willis


21st to 27th October 2013 tour completed



Sketch in the autumnal warmth of Istanbul, an enchanting city which is a grand fusion of East and West with guest tutor James Willis. James teaches by example and is a senior tutor at the Open College of Arts.  You may recognise him as a frequent contributor to The Artist magazine

Staying in the heart of the Sultanahmet daily explorations on foot and by tram take us to sketch the riches of Istanbul’s culture.  We paint in the stately palace grounds of Topkapi Sarayi (Topkapi Palace), Hagia Sophia, the imposing Byzantine church and the dreamy minarets and cascading domes of Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque).

There will be time to sketch and shop in the Misir Carisi (Egyptian Spice Market) and Kapali Carsisi (the Grand Bazaar).  Both are bursting with stalls, vibrant with colour and energy, overflowing with the smells and tastes of spices and Turkish delight.  Colourful ceramics, jewellery and carpets make tantalising images.

You can look forward to delicious food; colourful mezzes and traditional kebabs, figs, pomegranates, followed by pistachio-laden Turkish delight dusted with coconut!

Why not extend your trip?

  • Spend extra days exploring at your own pace

Ottoman Autumn Tour cost:  from £1370 per person sharing.  Flights approx £100 return subject to availability and offers – book your own with Easyjet!


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