Istanbul is the only city in the world which was built on two continents. A visit to this city will be packed of cultural, classical and religious history. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars and sites of natural beauty are countless and will impress your students and give them an amazing experience.

A school trip to Istanbul will give your students the opportunity to explore this fascinating, historic city, which happens to be the only city in the world built across two continents!

Istanbul, which was also known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, has linked East and West for centuries. It was an important stop on the Silk Road, the network of trade routes that took goods from South East Asia across Persia and the Arabian Peninsula and into East Africa and Southern Europe. As part of the Roman Empire, the city was instrumental in the spread of Christianity. After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 it became the capital of the Islamic Ottoman Empire.

As such, Istanbul really is a treasure trove of cultural, classical and religious history. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars and sites of natural beauty are countless and will leave your students with incredible memories and a better understanding of the world around them.

Suggested Itinerary (4 days, 3 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Flight from the UK to Istanbul (either am or pm, depending on flight time)


Guided tour of Istanbul with visits to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

Shopping tour at the famous Grand Bazaar


Guided visit to Miniaturk, the largest miniature park in the world

Guided tour of Pier Loti followed by a visit to Koç Museum, finishing with a stop at the incredible Grand Spice Bazaar


Flight from Istanbul to the UK (either am or pm, depending on flight time)

4 days, 3 nights Price from £459 pp
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • 3 nights' full-board accommodation
  • Airport transfers in resort
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to attractions as shown in the programme
  • Flights inclusive of tax
  • Guided tour of Istanbul
  • Guided visit to Pier Loti and Miniaturk
  • Use of coach for local excursions


Educational Activities

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is one of the architectural highlights of Istanbul. This spectacular… Read More

Koç Museum

Koç Museum

Learn more about Turkey’s modern history with a visit to the Rahmi M. Koç Museum. This museum is dedicated to… Read More



If you’re looking to give your students an overview of Turkish architecture, then Miniaturk is unmissable. This miniature park is… Read More

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

The spectacular Topkapi Palace in Instanbul is a wonderful example of Ottoman architecture. In the 15th and 16th centuries it… Read More

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