In the Footsteps of Ertuğrul
Rise of the Ottomans Tour
1 - 7 August 2021
£9̶7̶5̶ (only £795 early bird)
Istanbul - Eyup – Iznik – Sogut – Bursa – Istanbul
Travel. Discover. Learn
Would you like to follow the footsteps of Ertugrul & his descendants by living their detailed life stories on location?
Board a time machine to witness 7 glorious Ottoman cities, learning the full story in exciting chronological order as events happened!
- Sun, 01 AugIstanbul Ataturk Airport01 Aug 2021, 13:00 – 07 Aug 2021, 13:00Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Yeşilköy, 34149 Bakırköy/Istanbul, Turkey
The Masjid of Abu Ayub Al-Ansari in Istanbul
The Fortress of Bursa, seiged by Osman ibn Ertugrul
Enjoy stunning architecture inside the Sultans' palaces!
Guide: Imam Dr. Waleed Hakeem
Known as "The Traveling Imam", Dr. Waleed Hakeem has journeyed to more than 100+ countries in all 6 continents around the globe spreading the peaceful message of Islam & Personal Development Training, from the villages of China, to the arctic North of Canada, to the mountains of Europe, to the jungles of South America, he can draw the world map from memory! He is the founder and director of Ilm Path Academy & a professor at Almaghrib institute.
After teaching the History of Andalus to 4000 students in a dozen countries, Dr. Waleed has researched Ottoman history for over 8 years, learning hands-on by visiting 78 Ottoman cities in 24 countries that were under Ottoman rule. His powerful delivery style, engaging instruction, & depth of knowledge will make this tour an unforgettable life-long transformative experience!
What does Your Tour Include?
4 Star Hotels
We carefully choose our hotels to have the top facilities & location!
All palaces, museums, & attractions are included in our low price!
Daily Breakfast Buffet
Start your day the right way, with a delicious meal & lots of energy!
You will learn the beautiful story from A to Z, in chronological order!
We take you to all attractions in a highly comfortable VIP bus!
Flights not Included
Which means anyone can join us from any country around the world!
"I never enjoyed history in school, but Sh. Waleed brought the story to life, and I felt as if I was living every moment of it. What a life-changing experience! Can't wait for more courses!"
"I expected to only learn something about the past, but Dr. Waleed has combined history with personal development and leadership to make this a very transformative & applicable journey!"
"Never was there any dull moments. I was on my toes from beginning to end! Not only we learned the life stories of great role models, but also the culture, cuisine, and all aspects of Ottoman daily life!
"Seeing the lessons of the Quran, Hadith, & Seerah come to life during the learning of Ottoman history has made my Eman stronger. Imam Waleed's knowledge & way of connecting events keeps you engaged!"
What Are Our Safety Measures?
Our buses are thoroughly sanitized every day to the highest standards.
Masks on Bus
We provide masks to our guests to ensure safety on board.
During sights exploration, we keep a safe distance between our guests.
Our hotels have been certified by the gov for strict hygiene procedures
Small Group Sizes
To maximize on social distancing, we keep our group size manageable.
The breakfast buffet & restaurant food is served by trained staff wearing masks, gloves, & tested.
What type of hotels are included in the tour?All the hotels in the tour are 4 star hotels, such as the Ramada chain, which include a tasty buffet breakfast, conference facilities for our daily classrooms, & modern ammenities such as wireless wifi, etc. The exact names of the hotels will be revealed about 2 months before the tour starts, as it depends on the final number joining and availability.
Do you arrange flight bookings?To keep the tour cost as low as possible and accomdate all types of travellers, our price only includes land services. If you want to search for flights, we recommend google.com/flights as it is the cheapest flight search engine and the most advanced.
Do I need a visa to visit Turkey?If you are from an EU member country, then you don't need a visa to visit Turkey. If you are from other parts of the world, you can easily obtain an E-visa online within minutes from the Turkish government's official website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ . You must print the visa and bring it with your passport when crossing the immigration line into Turkey.
How many persons in each room? Can I have a single room if travelling alone?The base price includes sharing a room with a second person. If you would like to have a private single room, you can add 120 pounds to the price.
What time should I arrive or leave?You can arrive any time during the first day of the tour, and leave any time on the last day of the tour. All tours start and end in the city of Istanbul.
Do you offer pick up from Istanbul airport?We offer a pick up service from the old Istanbul airport only. If you are arriving to the new Istanbul airport, you must take a bus to the city. We will provide detailed directions once the hotel is confirmed. If you arrive to the low-cost airport (Sabiha Gokcen airport), then you must arrange your own transportation to the city. You can take an affordable and comfortable bus ride to Taksim Square in the city centre, followed by a taxi to the hotel.
Can I arrive a few days earlier or remain a few days later?Yes of course. You can extend your hotel stay in Istanbul on either arrival or departure.
How many people are in each bus?The minimum number to run the tour is 16, and the max is 50. The buses are large enough to provide enough comfortable space for everyone.
Are meals included in the tour cost?The tour includes a breakfast buffet every day of your stay. Other meals are to be purchased seperaterely as to give our attendants maximum flexibility and variety according to their budgets. Turkey is also full of cheap and tasty food (a doner kebab sandwich costs 1 pound, and most sandwiches cost 2 pounds).
Can a sister travel alone without a Mahram (Guardian)?It is permissible for sisters to travel in safe groups insha'Allah, and Alhamdulillah we will have many sisters on our tour group. This is also the opinion that is followed in Saudi Arabia during Hajj times, as women are allowed to travel in Hajj groups.
What time should I book my flight on the final day of the tour?The final day of the tour is a free-day, therefore, feel free to book your return flights any time on the last day. If you wish to stay longer to enjoy the city of Istanbul sights, you may do so.
What is the best way to get local money?The best way to get local money is to use the ATM machine and choose the charge in local currency. Your bank charges much lower rates than exchange offices. It is also recommended that you bring some dollars, euros, or UK pounds as emergency money. However, if you would like to exchange the cash you have for the local currency, avoid the airport exchange office, even if they advertise "0% comission", as they will make more than 10% on the unfavourable exchange rate. Instead, exchange from the local foreign currency shops in the city. Observe the difference between the "buy" and "sell" rate, and if the difference is small, it means you have a good rate (1-3% difference of internet rate max). If you travel frequenctly, useful way is to use a multicurrency debit card, such as transferwise, which gives you almost the same real time internet rate close to 0.5% percent. Here is the link to sign up: https://transferwise.com/u/waleede3
What is your refund policy?The downpayment paid for the tour is non-refundable. However, we would be able to transfer the down payment to another tour for a small administrative fee, as long as we receive the change request a minimum 30 days before the tour. Once it is 30 days before the tour, the full amount is non-refundable and non-transferable. We may at our discretion be able to give you a full or partial refund if cancelling your group would not affect the minimum number of participants to run the tour, or our logistical costs. That being said, while we cannot make any guarantees, we will try our best to help you when it is possible, as we understand that emergencies do happen. You may be able to purchase a travel insurance if you expect a disruption to your travel plans.
What clothes should I bring to the tour?That depends on the season as explained below: Summer: Light cloth, sunscreen, and an umbrella if you would like to block the sun. You may also carry or purchase a hand fan for noon time (although we will try to avoid peak heat times by being in shaded areas, air-conditioned bus, or lunch in an air conditioned restaurant). Spring or Autumn: Both seasons are mild (20 to 16 Celsius, or 70 to 60 Fahrenheit). Bring a few layers to adjust to the varrying temperatures throughout the day (shirt, sweater, light and heavy jacket). There are occasioal mild rains, so you may bring an umbrella or a rain jacket with hoodie if you wish. Winters: The weather is cold and windy with occasional rains, but no snow or subzero temperatures. Heavy jacket, sweater, neck scarf, and warm hat are highly recommended.