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Conference Tours

A number of conference tours, arranged by the Organizing Tour Operator will be offered through their registration. Please click for more information about conference tours:

T1 Daily Istanbul Tour 1
T2 Daily Istanbul Tour 2
T3 Post Conference Tour : Cappadocia Excursion
T4 Post Conference Tour : Safranbolu Excursion
T5 Post Conference Tour : Ephesus Excursion

Daily Tours

T1 Daily Istanbul Tour 1 (Half day) 40 €
HIPODROME, BLUE MOSQUE, HAGIA SOPHIA, GRAND BAZAAR
Minimum 6 persons required
Date: 13 July 2010, Tuesday
Hour: 14:00 - 18:00

Departure is from the Venue, The İTÜ Taşkışla Campus. During this tour you will have a chance to enjoy the Historical Peninsula and to buy traditional Turkish souvenirs.

Sultanahmet Square, or the Hipodrome, which was commissioned by Roman Emperor Septimius Severius at the end of 2nd century.

Sultanahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque), the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets, was commissioned between 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmet the First and given his name. Since it is beautifully adorned by blue, green and white encaustics, it was named the "Blue Mosque" by visiting Europeans.

The Hagia Sophia Church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture and from the Golden Age of Byzantium. It played an important role both in Byzantine Empire and after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire. The Hagia Sophia served as a mosque until Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered its conversion into a museum.

Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) is a great bazaar near Nuri Osmaniye and Beyazıd Mosques, and is made up of various shops constituting a network of street sheltered by roofs and domes. The nucleus of Kapalıçarşı is a Byzantine building which is today called Old Bedesten. Kapalıçarşı managed to achieve its present look within 250 years. The major sections of Kapalıçarşı are Inner Bedesten, Sandal Bedesten, Other Sections, and Hans.

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T2 Daily Istanbul Tour 2 (Full Day) 65 €
TOPKAPI PALACE, HAGIA SOPHIA, HIPODROME, BLUE MOSQUE, GRAND BAZAAR
Minimum 6 persons required
Date: 15 July 2010, Thursday
Hour: 09:00 - 17:00

Departure is from the Venue, The İTÜ Taşkışla Campus. With this full day tour you will have a chance to visit one of the most important buildings of Christianity (Hagia Sophia) and one of the most valuable palaces of The Ottoman Empire (Topkapı Palace)while discovering the different ambiance of The Historical Peninsula.

Topkapı Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court. When Sultan Mehmed II captured Constantinople in 1453, he constructed "The Old Palace". Topkapı Palace continued to be the principal residence for four centuries until in 1853, Sultan Abdul Mecid I moved into the new palace of Dolmabahçe on the Bosphorus. The old palace was used as house for the women of the departed sultans and their servants until the Harem was officially disbanded in 1909. In 1924, Topkapı Palace was converted to a museum by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Sultanahmet Square, or the Hipodrome, which was commissioned by Roman Emperor Septimius Severius at the end of 2nd century.

Sultanahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque), the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets, was commissioned between 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmet the First and given his name. Since it is beautifully adorned by blue, green and white encaustics, it was named the "Blue Mosque" by visiting Europeans.

The Hagia Sophia Church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture and from the Golden Age of Byzantium. It played an important role both in Byzantine Empire and after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire. The Hagia Sophia served as a mosque until Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered its conversion into a museum.

Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) is a great bazaar near Nuri Osmaniye and Beyazıd Mosques, and is made up of various shops constituting a network of street sheltered by roofs and domes. The nucleus of Kapalıçarşı is a Byzantine building which is today called Old Bedesten. Kapalıçarşı managed to achieve its present look within 250 years. The major sections of Kapalıçarşı are Inner Bedesten, Sandal Bedesten, Other Sections, and Hans.

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Post Conference Tours

T3
CAPPADOCIA EXCURSION
16 - 18 July, 2010
3 Days-2 nights
Minimum 4 persons required
DAY 1
İSTANBUL / NEVŞEHİR / CAPPADOCIA

Departure on Friday 16th July, at 07:30 am from the Venue, The İTÜ Taşkışla Campus and drive to the airport. Flight from İstanbul to Nevşehir. Arrival and greetings at Nevşehir Airport, the central city for the Cappadocia region, and meet at the airport by Travel e22 deluxe tour bus (tour guide might accompany group or may meet them at Nevşehir airport). Drive to main visit areas in Cappadocia. (30 min. drive). Lunch break on the way. Visit Kaymaklı Underground city & Natural Citadel of Uçhisar. A number of photo breaks in this incredible valley with its lunar landscape . Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

DAY 2
CAPPADOCIA

Saturday 17th July, breakfast at hotel, morning visit to Güvercinlik Valley. After lunch, continue with Valley of Göreme & Open Air Museum, Çavuşin Village, Zelve & Paşabağ Valleys and Avanos town. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel. Optional traditional Turkish entertaintment in stone-carved taverns.

DAY 3
NEVŞEHİR / İSTANBUL

Sunday 18th July, After breakfast, some more photo breaks and drive to the Nevşehir airport . Farewell to the incredible region of Cappadocia, take flight back to İstanbul. Arrive at airport in the afternoon, transfer to guests hotels in İstanbul.

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EXCLUDES:
Flight-ticket to/from İstanbul-Nevşehir-İstanbul; estimated cost of return flight :85 Euro

T4
SAFRANBOLU EXCURSION
16 - 17 July, 2010
2 Days-1 night
Minimum 6 persons required
DAY 1
ISTANBUL / SAFRANBOLU

Departure on Friday 16th July, from the Venue, The İTÜ Taşkışla Campus at around 7:30 am and drive to Safranbolu through İstanbul - Gebze - Düzce - Bolu - Karabük - Safranbolu around 410 km (6-7 hours drive).

Arrive in Safranbolu and visit the Hıdırlık Hill for a spectacular view of the town. Visit the Kileciler Museum House, İzzet Paşa Mosque, Pigeaon Holes (houses), the Sun Clock, Historical Turkish Bath. After lunch at typical restaurant for the Kuyu Kebap. Next we visit the Bektaşi Village nearby, where to see Sipahi Houses and the old laundry.

Dinner and overnight at a nice old Turkish House transformed to hotel.

DAY 2
SAFRANBOLU / ISTANBUL

On Saturday 17th July, after breakfast at the hotel, continue on to ; Arasta Bazaar, The Clock Tower and some more places for photo breaks. Next, drive to Istanbul, lunch en-route. Arrive in İstanbul in the evening and dropoff their hotels of stay.

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T5
EPHESUS EXCURSION
16 - 17 July, 2010
2 Days - 1 night
Min. 4 persons required
DAY 1
İSTANBUL / İZMİR / EPHESUS

Departure on Friday 16th July, at 06:30 am from the Venue, the İTÜ Taşkışla Campus and drive to the airport. Fly from İstanbul to İzmir; arrival and drive directly to Selçuk for Ephesus Tour. Arrive in Ephesus and have lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Curettes Street, public toilets, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre, Marble Street. Next visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit the Cathedral of St. John. The first day's tour ends around 06:00pm, transfer to hotel after the tour,

Dinner and overnight in Kuşadası.

DAY 2
EPHESUS / İZMİR / İSTANBUL

On Saturday 17th July, breakfast at hotel, morning visit to the House of the Virgin Mary and visit the chapel where she is said to have spent her last day. Next, drive back to İzmir and have a sightseeing tour of the city; with its beautiful shores of the Aegean and local squares such as Konak Square. After having lunch at a local restaurant (which may be in Ephesus), drive to airport for evening flight back to İstanbul. Arrive in İstanbul, transfer to hotels.

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EXCLUDES:

Flight-ticket to/from İstanbul-İzmir-İstanbul; Estimated cost of return flight 85 Euro