VRIC Turkey Trip with Shaykh Yaser Birjas

 

Over the centuries, many have found themselves drawn to the diverse, beautiful land now known as Turkey. Even today, Turkey ranks among the top travel destinations in the world, thanks to such attractions as the modern and ancient Istanbul,  the wealth of Islamic and Ottoman historic sites and ruins, and the unforgettable landscapes of desert spots like Cappadocia. Add to that the incredible cuisine, the famous bazaars and artisan trades. It’s clear that Turkey travel offers something for everyone.

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November 21 – 27, 2021

A Trip with Shaykh Yaser Birjas

A journey filled with daily lectures, spiritual guidance and group Ibadah.

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Daily Itinerary

Istanbul 

Day 1 - Nov 21, 2021: Arrival in Istanbul, Turkey

Upon arrival in Istanbul (Ataturk Airport), the city of two continents, you will be greeted by our representative with Turkish hospitality & accompanied during your transfer to the hotel, where you will be briefed by your travel consultant. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Nov 22, 2021: Topkapı Palace Tour

Gathering at the lobby 8:30 AM

Departure Time : 9:00 AM

Today we will visit Topkapı Palace & Blue Mosque. Topkapi Palace: The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. Topkapi Palace Museum is the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with items of historical and religious importance containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Muhammed’s cloak and sword.

Blue Mosque: The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighboring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.

Day 3 - Nov 23, 2021: Hagia Sophia Tour & Evening Bosphorus Cruise

After Breakfast, we will move to the Old City area to visit the Hagia Sophia Mosque after then we will have lunch break then go back to hotel .Hagia Sophia Mosque : The Hagia Sophia, one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today, has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality. The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location.

When it was first built, it was named Megale Ekklesia (Big Church); however, after the fifth century, it was referred to as the Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom). The church was the place in which rulers were crowned, and it was also the biggest operational cathedral in the city throughout the Byzantine period. The 8- 7.5 m diameter calligraphy panels that were written by Caligrapher Kadıasker Mustafa İzzet Efendi were placed in the main walls of the structure. The panels that read “Allah, Hz. Muhammed, Hz. Ebubekir, Hz. Ömer, Hz. Osman, Hz. Ali, Hz. Hasan ve Hz. Hüseyin” are known to be the biggest calligraphy panels in the Islamic world.

The Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s orders and has been functioning as one since February 1, 1935, welcoming both local and foreign visitors. According to a deed dated 1936, the Hagia Sophia is registered as “Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii Şerifi on behalf of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Foundation for maoseleum, akaret, muvakkithane and madrasah on 57 pafta, 57 island and 7th parcel.” We will gather at the hotel lobby at 19:00 for Bosphorus Cruise . Tour of the Bosphorus Stars – As we take our boat cruising through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments & the RUMELİ FORTRESS the historical armament built by Sultan Mehmet II (the Conqueror) to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.

 

Istanbul | Bursa

Day 4 Nov 24, 2021: Istanbul- Bursa Transfer & Bursa Tour without Lunch
Day 5 - Nov 25, 2021: Bursa Tour - İstanbul Transfer

Istanbul

Day 6 - Nov 26, 2021: Jumaa Prayer in Blue Mosque and free day (plus farewell dinner)
Day 7 - Nov 27, 2021: Departure Transfer

Trip Details

6 Night Turkey Trip

November 21 – 27, 2021

Pricing

 

Triple $895 per person*
Double $995 per person*
Single $1,595 per person

Child rate no bed: $750 per child ages 2-9 years old, above 9 years old Adult rate. Under 2 years old is FREE

*Triple and Double room for families only

Triple occupancy must be within family individuals due to Covid-19 guidelines. All travelers must be vaccinated

Program Highlights

Istanbul Tour highlights:
• Hippodrome of Constantinople
• Hagia Sophia Museum
• Blue Mosque
• Topkapi Palace Museum
• Sultans Tombs
• Bosphorus Cruise

Inclusions/Exclusions

PRICE INCLUDES:

All Airport Transfers (Private basis all in 1 bus )

5 Night accommodation Based on Bed & Breakfast at Legacy Ottoman Hotel Old city

1 Night accommodation Based on Breakfast & Dinner Basis at Hilton Hotel Bursa

1 Full Day Istanbul City Tour (Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque– Topkapı Palace – Hipodromme )

1 Full Day Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace and Ayub Sultan Mosque 

1 Istanbul – Bursa Transfer & Full Day Bursa Tour

English speaking guide throughout the tours

Entrance fees for all sites mentioned above if applicable

EXCLUSIONS:

International flights

Turkey visa

Lunch during tours and dinners not mentioned

Tips

Personal Expenses

*Anything not mentioned in the program

Hotels

Istanbul: Legacy Ottoman Old City |  Bursa: Hilton Hotel

Roundtrip International Flight Not Included

Please contact our offices for International ticket options from your local gateway to Istanbul

I’m deeply thankful for all your kindness in assisting and guiding through this journey. May Allah bless you and all your loved ones with the best in this world and the next Ameen JAK.

Navid Khan

Columbus, OH

Thank you Dar El Salam for everything you have been amazing in every way and may Allah bless you and jazakom Allah Khairan .

Reema Alkaik

Los Angeles, CA

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