AlKauthar Institute Knowledge Hive logo - 2019 - Istanbul, Turkey


ISLAMIC Istanbul: December 23-30, 2019

Discover the delights of Istanbul and learn about the history of the Ottomans with our very own Sheikh Bilal Ismail.

See some of the world’s most amazing and unique architecture, sites and markets and learn about the history of the Ottoman Empire as you absorb and explore the famous attractions.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Knowledge Hive 2020 in Istanbul – places are limited so don’t delay!

Photo of Bursa Istanbul
Day Trip to Bursa
The first Ottoman capital.
Photo of actors in custom from the popular Turkish TV Series Ertuğrul.
Day Trip to Sogut
Principality of Ertuğrul Gazi, father of Osman, as portrayed in the popular Turkish TV series.
Photo inside the Suleymaniye Mosque
Jumu’ah Prayer
Suleymaniye Mosque


6 nights at a 4-star hotel in the centre of Old Istanbul. Includes breakfast and dinner.

Daily Ottoman history lessons and reflections with Sheikh Bilal Ismail

Entrance fee to all historical sites included in the tour

Daily excursions and sightseeing with experienced guides

Air-conditioned private coach transport between all cities during the tour

Free time for exploring & shopping


Knowledge Hive Attendee

Langkawi 2018

We have just arrived back home and as I sit here in my garage I’m overcome with emotions as I reminiscence over the past few days spent together at the Knowledge Hive. It truly was a glimpse of Jannah. The sisterhood, warmth, love and company was absolutely fantastic.

Knowledge Hive Attendee

Melbourne 2018

The experiences and knowledge I will cherish and inshallah the friendships we’ve made only help us achieve our ultimate destination, inshallah.

Knowledge Hive Attendee

Melbourne 2018

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful experience with you all definitely felt like a family. I’ve been involved in many camps and without a doubt, this is the best group of people I’ve had masha’Allah. I’ve never met a more welcoming, well mannered and genuine group.

Sheikh Bilal Ismail

Sheikh Bilal Ismail smiling

Born in South Africa, he memorized the Quran at a young age then went on to complete a BA in Islamic Law from the University of Madinah. He joined the AlKauthar Institute team in 2008 and has taught over 100 AlKauthar weekend seminars in over 20 cities around the world.

Over the past few years, he has spent extensive time travelling and researching the first 1,000 years of Islamic history from numerous sources.

He Accompanies our Knowledge Hive groups as the main tutor for lessons on Islamic history.

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    How much is it per person?

    Please see the pricing details above.

    Is flight cost included in the price?

    No, the flight costs are not included in the price. This tour is a land package – international flights to and from Istanbul and Istanbul airport/hotel transfers are NOT included.

    Where will we meet AlKauthar team in Istanbul?

     The arrival and departure point for the Knowledge Hive will be the hotel in Istanbul. Once you arrive at the hotel on Monday the 23rd December you will join the group to settle in and the tour begins on Tuesday 24th December and concludes with check out on the morning of Monday, December 30th, 2019.

    Are there any single-rooms available?

    Unfortunately, there are no single rooms available.

    Is it a children-friendly event?

    Yes, everyone is welcome at the event. Children under 5 years of age can attend the event for free as long as they do not need any extra bed and seats on the bus. There are no student discounts available. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Can I get a refund if I cancel my booking?

    Students are entitled to a full refund of the tour fees before November 30th, 2019. We are unable to provide any refund after December 1st, 2019 as all payments will be finalized on December 1st, 2019.