AUGUST 24 TO AUGUST 30, 2023
PACKAGE PRICE: $ 4750 WITH 5 – 8 PEOPLE
PACKAGE PRICE: $ 5550 WITH 3 – 4 PEOPLE
PACKAGE PRICE: $ 8325 WITH 2 PEOPLE
Istanbul photography trip for all levels.
This city doesn’t matter what you call it: Byzantium, Constantinople or Istanbul, this millenary city is one of the world’s greatest treasures. The kindness of its people, the unruly good food, the sights, smells and the trance-inducing sounds of prayer, make you want to go back, over and over again.
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We visit and photograph all the iconic sites such as Suleman the Magnificent Mosque and Church of Holy Chora. Wait for sunsets at Sultanahmet with Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as centuries-old backgrounds. Play Sultan at the Topkapi Palace and photograph the most amazing of sunsets overlooking the Pigeon Mosque from the Galata Bridge while chatting with local fishermen. We practice street photography at İstiklal and explore the sounds and sights of Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. And, as has been done for millennia, we will sail the Bosphorus to say goodbye to a day full of images.
One of the activities that makes this a unique experience is exploring the neighborhoods not visited by tourists, where the real Istanbul emerges. We will visit places such as Fener, Eyüp Sultan Mosque, Kuzguncuk and Kadıköy, famous for their food and fish markets where you are able to interact with residents. Here you learn to understand that the thread that makes us human is the same without the need of a common language or religion. For an artist and a human being, Istanbul is a “Destination of Inspiration.”
*Price is per person, single occupancy.
Airfare from/to your home cities, airport transfers, taxi rides, meals not listed above, alcohol, personal expenses, visas if required are not included.
A deposit of $ 500 is required to reserve your space.
Upon your arrival at the Istanbul International Atatürk Airport, a driver will be waiting for you to drive you to the hotel. You will check in at the wonderful Acadia Blue hotel located in the Sultanahmet district, walking distance from both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Once you settle, meet us for cocktails at the roof terrace of the hotel and to photograph the sunset. It will be followed by our WELCOME DINNER at the roof terrace of your hotel, with amazing views of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
We will start our day with the operations brief. Then, we will depart for the Suleyman the Magnificent Mosque and Church of Holy Chora. We will have lunch at Asitane Restaurant. After lunch, we have an organized private shoot.
Our day will begin with a one on one critique session. We will then board on a private minibus with a local guide to travel to the Asian side. We will be shooting in the Fener district to practice street photography, then on to Eyüp Sultan Mosque, followed by lunch in the Kadıköy district. Right after lunch, we will photograph in the fish and food market of Kadıköy and in the Kuzguncuk district. If you still have the energy, you have the option to photograph twilight in Sultanahmet plaza.
Depart for Sultanahmet to visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. We will have lunch in Topkapi Palace Konyalı Restaurant. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to photograph Topkapi Palace. In the afternoon, we photograph the Pigeon Mosque and the sunset at the Galata Bridge.
Our first shoot will be at the Basilica Cisterns and then we will transfer by tram and metro to Taksim Square. This shoot will give you a great opportunity for street photography on Istiklal Street as we are walking towards Galata Tower. We will have Lunch at Istiklan Street followed by a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus.
This will be your last one on one critique session followed by an organized private shoot. In the afternoon, you can explore the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market on your own. This is the night when we will have a wine cocktail and class show at the hotel followed by our farewell dinner at the Hamdi Restaurant – EMİNÖNÜ.