Optional Social Program

TOUR 1 : 06 MAY 2013

HIGHLIGHTS: CHORA MUSEUM, GERMAN FOUNTAIN, HIPPODROME, BLUE MOSQUE, GRAND BAZAAR

German Fountain – source: https://www.istanbulwalks.com/

Tour starts at 08:00 am with pick up from hotel, ends 13:00

Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees

This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain – a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2.  and listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia – The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts.

 Price: 80.24 TL (approx. 34 € / 44 US$)

Chora Museum – source: https://www.istanbulwalks.com/

Tour departs with minumum 10 people as a Private tour for congress guests. Please register via the registration form. If the group is less than 10, you can join our regular group tours which is operated by Istanbul Walks everday depart by meeting in Eminönü Port. In this case please send us an email for reservation info@istanbulwalks.net with the Code SPC065OZIW1

 

TOUR 2: 06 MAY 2013

HIGHLIGHTS: TOPKAPI PALACE, HAGIA IRENE CHURCH (FROM OUTSIDE), PETIT HAGIA SOPHIA.

Topkapı Main gate – source: https://www.istanbulwalks.com/

Tour starts at 12:30 with pick up from hotel, ends 17:30

Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees

Topkapı Museum is the big one…the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks…Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final place of interest is Church of Sergius and Bacchus today known as “Petit Hagia Sophia Mosque”.  To see these things with a great guide…well, you will never be quite the same again.     Price: 80.24 TL (approx. 34 € / 44 US$)

Tour departs with minumum 10 people as a Private tour for congress guests. Please register via the registration form. If the group is less than 10, you can join our regular group tours which is operated by Istanbul Walks everday depart by meeting in Eminönü Port. In this case please send us an email for reservation info@istanbulwalks.net with the Code SPC065OZIW2


TOUR 3: 08 MAY 2013

HIGHLIGHTS: TOPKAPI PALACE, HAGIA IRENE CHURCH (FROM OUTSIDE), PETIT HAGIA SOPHIA.

Topkapı Palace – source: https://www.istanbulwalks.com/

Tour starts at 12:30 with pick up from Conference Venue, ends 17:30

Price includes: Guiding, transportation and entrance fees

Topkapı Museum is the big one…the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks…Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final place of interest is Church of Sergius and Bacchus today known as “Petit Hagia Sophia Mosque”.  To see these things with a great guide…well, you will never be quite the same again.     Price: 80.24 TL (approx. 34 € / 44 US$)

Tour departs with minumum 10 people as a Private tour for congress guests. Please register via the registration form. If the group is less than 10, you can join our regular group tours which is operated by Istanbul Walks everday depart by meeting in Eminönü Port. In this case please send us an email for reservation info@istanbulwalks.net with the Code SPC085OZIW3

 

If you like to stay a few more days…

3 Days 2 Nights Cappadocia Tour 9 – 11 MAY 2013

Cappadocia Tour – source: https://www.istanbulwalks.com/

09 MAY : First day in Cappadocia: You will be picked up from your hotel at 05:00 and transferred to the Atatürk Airport to catch 06:55 flight to Kayseri.Upon your arrival to the airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for refreshment. The tour starts about 09.30 am from your hotel in the morning, we ll drive to Devrent Valley where the geographical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you ll take a stroll between the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there, driving to Avanos to have lunch. After having the lunch you leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you ll drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where you will have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. Then return to the hotel about 17.30. AccommodationinCappadocia.
10 MAY : Second day in Cappadocia : Pick up time is at 09.30 am for a tour on a 4 km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch in Pigeons Valley and then continue to see the marvel of construction that is the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle. Accommodation in Cappadocia.

11 MAY: Third day in Cappadocia : Pick up time is at 09:30 from your hotel. The tour start from Derinkuyu underground city, deepest underground city of region. After Derinkuyu, you will explore Ihlara valley and melendiz river. Ihlara is famous hiking place of region. After 4 km hiking lunch over Melendiz river. You will taste local foods, cooked by local peoples. Last place is Selime cathedral, wonderfull and huge fairy chimney. After the tour, you will be transferred to the Kayseri airport to catch 19:20 flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. End of our service.

Price per person: 814,20 TL (approx. 345 € / 452 US$)  for double/twin room sharing.

Single Supplement: 129,80 TL (approx. 50 € / 72 US$)

Tour Price Includes

Bed & Breakfast Accomodation at the ***Star or Smillar Boutique Hotels
Meal services during the tour noted in the itinerary above

Domestic Flight Tickets
Transportation

Professional licensed guiding services
Entrance fees to the museums during guided tours
The local tours may include some shopping facilities if the timing will be available

Tour Price Excludes

Personal expenses
Dinners
Tips (optional)

3 Days 2 Nights Ephesus, Pamukkale, Priene – Miletus – Didyma Tours

Efes-Celsus-Kutuphanesi – source: https://www.istanbulwalks.com/

09 MAY: Ephesus Ancient City and Virgin Mary’s House Tour :  You will be picked up from your hotel at 05:00 and transferred to the airport to catch 07:00 flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival you will be met at the  İzmir Airport and transferred to Selcuk for full day Ephesus Ancient City and Virgin Mary´s House Tour. You will visit Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus which is known to be the Commercial, the Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the Highlights of any Visit in Turkey. After lunch we will visit House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country. Return to the hotel about 16.30. Accommodation in Kusadasi.

10 MAY : Pamukkale Travertenies and Hierapolis Ancient City Tour : Pick up from your hotel at 08:00 and we will visit Pamukkale Travertenies and Hierapolis Ancient City which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. We stop on the way a t a 4 star hotel for lunch and swimming thermal red waters. Then Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. Return to the hotel about 17.30. Accommodation in Kusadasi.

11 MAY : Priene, Miletus and Didyma Ancient Cities Tour : Pick up from the hotel about 09.00 and drive to Priene. This was once a harbour city but is now located 16 km inland from the sea on the hills of the Mykale Mountain. It has many examples of Hellenic art and architecture. The theatre in Priene is one of the most beautiful ones from The Hellenic World. The Athena Polias Temple was reconstructed by Alexander The Great as a gift to the city. After Priene, you will depart for Miletos. Visit the ancient city of Miletus which once was one of the biggest cities in Anatolia. It was located on the trade routes and it was for this reason that it became very prosperous and had many colonies. Lunch break and then visit to Didyma. This was not a city but a temple dedicated to Apollon. It was once one of the biggest temples in the Hellenic World. After the tour, you will be transferred to the İzmir Airport to catch 19:55 flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. End of our service.

Price per person: 932,20 TL (approx. 395 € / 517 US$) for double/twin room sharing.

Single Supplement: 129,80 TL (approx. 50 € / 72 US$)

Tour Price Includes

Bed & Breakfast Accomodation at the ***Star OR Smillar Boutique Hotels
Meal services during the tour noted in the itinerary above

Domestic Flight Tickets
Transportation

Professional licensed guiding services
Entrance fees to the museums during guided tours
The local tours may include some shopping facilities if the timing will be available

Tour Price Excludes:

Personal expenses
Dinners
Tips (optional)

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