In the Footsteps of Florence Nightingale in Istanbul

12 - 16 Jun 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Istanbul’s history is as richly layered as one of its baklava pastries. The only city in the world that spans two continents, it is a bewitching dust-devil of cultures and influences spanning thousands of years. Follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale with Nightingale expert, Natasha McEnroe, and see the story of this legendary woman come alive. Stay near Pera Palace, where Agatha Christie wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, and learn how the lives of Nightingale and Christie shared striking similiarities. Enjoy dinner on the platform of the Orient Express station, drinks at Pera Palace and a culinary walking tour of the Spice Bazaar.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Natasha McEnroe

Natasha McEnroe

Natasha McEnroe is the Keeper of Medicine at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Her previous post was Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum, and prior to this was Museum Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Curator of the Galton Collection at University College London. From 1997 – 2007, she was Curator of Dr Johnson’s House in London’s Fleet Street, and has also worked for the National Trust and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Natasha was co-editor of The Hospital in the Oatfield – The Art of Nursing in the First World War (2014) and The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine (2003). Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 12 June (Wed) Istanbul: Arrive Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Talk: “Florence Nightingale Battles in Uskudur” by Natasha McEnroe. Welcome dinner 
  • 13 June (Thurs) Istanbul:  Visit the Aya Sophia, Selimiye Barracks, the Florence Nightingale Museum and the British Cemetery. Street food lunch. Pass by old Kuleli Hospital. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque with its collection of medical manuscripts.  In the evening hear Natasha McEnroe speak on ‘Nursing and Medicine in the Victorian Age’. Option to see whirling dervish performance     
  • 14 June (Fri) Istanbul: Visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (including the hareem) and the Roman underground cisterns. Visit the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a drink at the Pera Palace Talk: ‘The Queen of Crime and the Lady with the Lamp’ by Natasha McEnroe. Dinner at Orient Express Railway Station
  • 15 (Sat) Istanbul: Visit the Egyptian Spice Market with specialist guides and take part in a culinary walking tour. Afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus before a farewell dinner in the evening
  • 16 June (Sun) Istanbul: At leisure until departure for the airport 

Tour cost

$1,369 per person ( ground only), or $1,747 per person flight inclusive with BA flights from Heathrow to Istanbul return

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