An Exclusive Guided Tour with Jeremy Seal
Istanbul, one of the world’s great cities, is rich with historic monuments and cultural curiosities. Using both Jeremy’s and our experiences of the city, we have created a very special trip for a small group, which gives insight and context into the private lives of Istanbul’s cultural elite. Jeremy Seal is author, journalist and Turkophille, who has been exploring Istanbul for thirty years. This is an adventure which takes in both patriarchs and prisoners, revealing not only the magnificence but also the particular melancholy characteristic of this waterside metropolis. There will be memorable, afterhours, visits to Nobel-Prize novelist Orhan Pamuk’s remarkable ‘nostalgia museum’ as well as taking a private sailing yacht to have lunch at the island home of Owen Matthews, famous novelist and war correspondent.
“What I particularly love about this place is the way it so effortlessly calls to mind nothing so much as a historic and social collage rich in echoing details from each and every age.” Jeremy Seal
Our luxury hotels of choice are the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in the centre of town, moments from some of Istanbul’s most celebrated attractions and the exclusive Four Seasons on the Bosphorus with its magnificent waterside terrace. The elegant interiors, excellent locations and award-winning spas ensure nothing short of the best. We have reserved tables at Istanbul’s star restaurants, which range from roof top bars serving trend-setting contemporary cuisine to more local haunts where the owners will ensure authentic Istanbul.
Jeremy has an infectious passion for his trade and the country he fell in love with thirty years ago. His much celebrated books about Turkey, illustrate a lesser known side to the country and it is this insider knowledge which makes this once in a lifetime trip so extraordinary. With Jeremy Seal guiding us through the souks of the city, you have a rare chance to travel off the beaten track in a way that very few can offer.