In the Footsteps of Ertuğrul
Rise of the Ottomans Tour
4 - 10 April 2021
£9̶7̶5̶ (only £795 early bird)
Eyup – Iznik – Sogut – Bursa – Edirne – Lulleburgas - 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!
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?
"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?
Frequently asked Tour Questions
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is your refund policy?
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?
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.