In a nutshell
Sketch Istanbul, Capadoccia and Izmir with passionate sketcher Erin Hill
The junction between Asia and Europe, Turkey has hosted many civilizations making it one of the most fascinating destinations travellers today.
Some of the world’s most famous ancient cities are here in these lands of Anatolia. The legendary Roman-Ottoman city of Istanbul, ancient biblical Ephesus. Astonishing Cappadocia.
And these are some of the places we’ll take you on our magical fully guided sketching tour through two millennia of history.
12 nights / 13 days.
€3913 pp. Single or twin share (No single supplement needed). All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
€3513 Non Sketching partner (Sharing with a sketcher).
Day 1, we pick you up at 4pm at an appointed place at Istanbul Airport, and you’ll be driven to our hotel in the historical centre of Istanbul.. We’ll have drinks and dinner that evening and get to know each other.
We begin our Sketch Tour in the famed ancient Istanbul. Greeks, Romans, Ottomans have all left their mark on this sophisticated and urbane capital. We’ll be staying in a hotel right on the Hippodrome and metres from the must see sights of St Sophia, The Blue Mosque, the fabulous jewels of Topkapi Palace and the endless visual feast of the Grand Bazaar. The most important aspect of my tours is that we do spend time observing our subjects and sketching. So rather than rush about, we like to see less but sketch more.
We fly you between the 3 major areas we’ll be visiting, so that’s all included. We take private local guides to show us the places we want to see and sketch at. Traveling with us will be a good friend of mine who has lived in Turkey for many years and knows those places where we’d love to sketch but off the tourist beat.
We fly you to Izmir on the Agean coast and stay in Selçuk in a wonderful hotel in Turkish style but with contemporary appointments . On hot days you can take a dip in the pool and order champagne.
Ephesus with its fabled library and the Knights Templar St John’s bascilica is very close to explore and sketch along with other ancient coastal temples and ruins.
Astonishing Cappadocia. Our hotel is a magnificently restored Byzantine priestly palace, run by a delightful young couple. You’ll love the collection of rooms built into the famous caves. Quite wonderful and you may find a tiny historic chapel next to your bathroom.
You’ll love the local cafes and foods the shopping, the jewellery, ceramics and textiles which I’ve already been to and checked out.
On the final day we drive you to Istanbul airport by 1.00PM so be sure to allow time for your leaving flights.
About your tutor Erin Hill
Your sketch tutor Erin Hill, has been creative all her life. She is a graphic designer who has morphed through advertising to fine art to become an unstoppable sketcher and urban sketcher with her own Sketch Schools. Her Sketch Tours are known for the one on one approach with students and the very personalised experiences we offer through our contacts. If you feel that you’d love to come but unsure of your sketching ability – fear no more. I’m known for my care and attention to every sketcher no matter what their ability.
Erin is an International Sketch tutor with courses and workshops in Australia, New Zealand and Southern France. Workshops also take place in Boston NewYork, London and soon San Francisco.
More about the tour
Our Tour organiser is Burcu (pronounced Borju) from Unison travel who is an experienced and enthusiastic organiser of personalised tours. You will book the tour directly with her. All bookings and enquires to firstname.lastname@example.org
4 nights BB accommodation at Alzer Hotel in Istanbul
4 nights BB accommodation at AyaKapadokya Hotel in Cappadocia
4 nights BB accommodation at Akanthus Hotel in Selcuk
All sightseeing tours as in the itinerary
Services of a licensed tour guide with the tours
1 lunch in Selcuk
Turkish night in Cappadocia
3 domestic flights
Parking fees, service charges, taxes
Travel Insurance (why take the risk)
Personal shopping and expenses.
The Customised Erin Hill Sketch Kit you will need. Please check that you have everything with you.
Monday May 18th
Arrival into Istanbul to stay at a hotel just a few steps from the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet. Ideal spot to base our tour of spectacular historical sights. Welcome meeting and dinner.
Tuesday May 19th
After breakfast on the roof terrace , visit to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum just a few minutes walk away. Light lunch. Time for sketching in the vicinity. Dinner locally.
Wednesday May 20th
Visit to Topkapi Palace including the Harem with its incredible history. Light lunch.Plenty of opportunity to be inspired to sketch.Dinner locally.
Thursday May 21st
Visit to the Covered Bazaar with its intricate streets and tempting shops. Light Lunch then transfer to the airport for a flight to Cappadocia.
Transfer to our Cave Hotel.Dinner locally.
Turkish Airlines TK2232 Istanbul Kayseri 19:55 21:30
Friday May 22nd
Visit to Goreme OpenAir Museum and an underground city. Light lunch and plenty of opportunity to sketch this incredible landscape.
Saturday May 23rd
Option to take a dawn Hot Air Balloon Flight ar dawn. Visit to Soganli, Pasabag and other valleys. Light lunch. Time to enjoy the sketching opportunities. Turkish Night Dinner.
Sunday May 24th
Visit to Rose Valley and Avanos ceramic workshops and other artisans. Light Lunch.
Time to wander to explore and sketch.
Monday May 25 th
Transfer to airport for flight to Izmir. Arrive in Selcuk at our Hotel. light Lunch. Walk to St Jean’s Baslica to experience the history and sketch. Dinner locally.
Sunexpress Airlines XQ9039 Kayseri Izmir 09:40 11:15
Tuesday May 26th
Visit to Tire for market and artisan studios. Lunch locally. Opportunity to see a traditional town and record some of its images. Dinner locally.
Wednesday May 27th
Visit to the ancient city of Ephesus, very near Selcuk. Lunch at the Seven Sleepers Grotto.
Wander in the town to sketch. Dinner locally
Thursday May 28th
Travel to Eskidoganbey, formally an old Greek village, tour the Costume Museum and lunch at Karina. Older style houses and boats ready for inspiration. Dinner locally.
Friday May 29th
Transfer airport for flight to Istanbul.
Arrive in Sultanahmet for our final day of the tour. Ferry to the Princes Island. Lunch locally then return to Sultanahmet. Dinner locally.
€400 deposit. Non refundable unless tour cancelled, but can be transferred.
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