Pre-Congress Tour Options

Tour I: Istanbul Old City (1 Day Tour)
09:00- Meeting with the group at Sultanahmet Square
17:00- End of the tour

Blue Mosque: The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.

German Fountain and Hypoddrome: The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı

Hagia Sophia Museum: Hagia Sophia was built, for nearly a thousand years ago, is the largest enclosed space in the world, and still seen as one of the world’s most important architectural monuments.

Basilica Cistern: The largest and most magnificent covered cistern in the city is entered through a small building to the west of the Hagia Sophia Square. The ceiling of this forest of columns is made of brick and is cross-vaulted.

Topkapı Palace: Topkapı Palace constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, (the Conqueror) in 1478 has been the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans and center of State Administration around 380 years until the construction of Dolmabahçe Palace by Sultan Abdülmecid.

Tour II : Ephesus Tour (1 Day Tour)
07:30- Meeting with the group at İzmir city center

Ancient City of Ephesus: The city was established as a port, which was used to be the most important commercial centre. It played a great role in the ancient times with its strategic location. Ephesus is located on a very fertile valley. Ephesus, once, the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of the early Christianity and today, Ephesus is an important tourism centre in Turkey. The remnants of old city are worth to see.

House of Virgin Mary: House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine ofVirgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. The building is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built.

Ephesus Museum: Ephesus Archaeological Museum is located in Selcuk, which is 70km away from Izmir, where Ephesus ancient city is found. In Ephesus, the works of art dug up between 1867-1905 were transported to the British Museum ; those from 1905-1923 taken to Vienna. Then Turkish Republic forbade taking antiques out of the country and founded a museum in Selçuk near Ephesus.Its present form was given in 1983. The Ephesus Museum is different from other many museums.It is not designed according to chronological order on the contrary it has rooms with a theme.For example the rooms are called as The House Findings Room, The Hall of The Fountain Relics, The Hall of The Funerary Relics, The Hall of Artemis, The Gladiators Section, ...etc.

Tour III : Gallipoli Tour (1 Day Tour)
07:30- Meeting with the group at Canakkale city Center

The Gallipoli Campaign was a campaign of World War I that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula. The campaign was one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the war and is often considered as marking the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand and the date of the landing, 25 April, is known as "Anzac Day".
The route of the tour will include following sites:

Kilitbahir Fortress; is a fortress on the west side of the Dardanelles, opposite the city of Çanakkale, where there is a corresponding fortress (Kale-i Sultaniye), from which Çanakkale takes its name. The two castles were constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1463 to control the straits at their narrowest point. Kilitbahir's name, meaning "lock of the sea", reflects this defensive purpose.

Corporal Seyit; He was a First World War gunner in the Ottoman Army. He is famous for having carried three shells to an artillery piece during the Allied attempt to force the Dardanelles on 18 March 1915. A statue of him carrying a shell was erected in 1992, just south of Kilitbahir Castle on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Turkish Canon Batteries: Brighton Beach and Beach Cemetery ( the grave of John Simpson ); John Simpson is a soldier who began carrying wounded British Empire soldiers from the front line to the beach, for evacuation with a donkey. He continued this work for three and a half weeks, often under fire, until he was killed, during the Third attack on Anzac Cove. Simpson and his Donkey are a part of the "ANZAC legend"

ANZAC Cove is a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It became famous as the site of World War I landing of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on 25 April 1915. Ariburnu Cemetery (253 burials) is named after the promontory at the north end of Anzac Cove and was used throughout the occupation.

Post-Congress Tour Options

Tour I : Istanbul Tour (1 Day Tour)

09:00 – Meeting with the group at Taksim Square
17:30 – End of the Tour

Taksim-Istiklal Street: İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoğlu(Pera) district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, 1.4 kilometers long, which houses boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas,theatres, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants.

Chora Museum: The magnificent Chora Museum is an old Byzantine church, situated just inside the city walls at Edirnekapı. One of the leading frescos is the Anastasis fresco in the side chapel of the church. One of the delights of the church is that it is on a much smaller scale than, say, the Aya Sofya. Most describe it as being intimate and cozy. The arched ceilings that are so vividly decorated are not 20 or 30 meters above your head, they are so near you can almost reach up and touch them. This enables the visitor to really appreciate the fine detail of the artistry.

Grand Baazar: Grand Bazaar, called also Büyük Çarşı meaning ‘Grand Bazaar’ in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops.

Galata Tower: Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs. During the visit to Galata Tower you will have the chance to see the beautiful historical sites and interesting structures in Galat like Komando Stairs.

Tour II : Cappadocia Tour (1 and a Half Day)
The tour includes tour buses on 1st and 2nd day, 1 night accommodation in Cappadocia Lykia Lodge Hotel, museum entrances and lunch on 1st day.

Day 1: Uchisar Pigeon Valley, Ancient Castle of Rome Empire, ONXY Stone Workshops and Its Production, Goreme Panoramic View of Esentepee, Open Air Museum, Lunch in Avanos, Zelve Pasabağı Valley, Aavanos

Day 2: Kaymaklı Underground City, Mustafa Pasa Old City Sinasos, Ürgüp Visiting wine cellars together with panoramic Urgup view,

Antalya Tours (During the Congress)

Tour I: Perge Side Apendos Tour (1 Day Tour)

09:00- Departure from Gloria Hotel
17:30- End of the tour

Ancient City of Perga: In the 12th century BC, there was a large wave of Greek migration from northern Anatolia to the Mediterranean coast. Perga's most celebrated ancient inhabitant, the mathematician Apollonius. Roman rule began in 188 BC, and most of the surviving ruins today date from this period. Its ruins include a theatre, a temple of Artemis and two churches. The very famous temple of Artemis was located outside the town.

Aspendos Theatre: The theatre of Aspendos is one of the best preserved theatres of the Roman world. The history of the city goes probably back to 1000 BC. It was built in the period 161 - 169 A.D. on the south-east slope of the hill on which the ancient city was developed. According to bilingual inscriptions the construction was payed by A. Curtius Crispinus. At the same time another inscription mentions Zeno as the architect. It is one of the few roman buildings of which the name of the architect is known.

Aqueduct & Bridge: Aqueduct is among the monuments of Aspendos city. It was built on the north to bring water from the mountains to the city. The aqueduct has two towers which has 30m height ascended with stairs, which was built to release the air accumulated in the system and to adjust pressure. One of these towers is located in a place near the acropolis hill and the other is on the slope of the mountain. It was written in an unearthed inscription dating back to 2nd century AD that a person called Tiberius Claudius Italicus donated two million denarius for the works towards bringing the water to the city.

Side Museum: Arms reliefs, inscriptions, Roman statues, torsos, sarcophagi, portraits, ostotheks, amphorae, altars, tomb steles, column heads and column bases dated to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods are exhibited in the museum.

Tour II : Waterfall and Old City of Antalya, Kaleici (1 Day Tour)
09:00- Departure from Maritim Pine Beach Hotel, Belek
17:30- Departure from Kaleici for Maritim Pine Beach Hotel, Belek

Düden (Karpuzkaldıran) Waterfall: Düden Waterfalls are a group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya, Turkey. The waterfalls, formed by the Düden River (one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia), are located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north-east of Antalya. They end where the waters of the Lower Düden (Karpuzkaldıran) Falls drop off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea.

Old City of Antalya: Kaleiçi, with its narrow cobbled streets of historic Ottoman era houses, is the old center of Antalya. With its hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping, it has been restored to retain much of its historical character. Cumhuriyet Square, the main square of the city, is the location for temporary open air exhibitions and performances. There are sites with traces of Lycian, Pamphylian, and Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Seljuk architecture and cultures.

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