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SOCIAL TOURS

The Congress offers a social programme every day to show you a little bit of Istanbul and the surrounding areas. Almost all tours depart from the Congress venue. Tours will be accompanied by English-speaking guides. Please note that timings and duration of the tours might be subject to change due to travel restrictions in Istanbul. Also, please note that tours may be cancelled due to low participation. Below you see a list and more detailed information about the tours offered.




Istanbul by Dawn Tour
Date: 12 June & 14 June
Time: 04.30 pick-up from hotel, tour starts 05.00
Price: 28 EUR

The tour will start before the sunrise. Istanbul offers an amazing panaromic view especially through the Bosphours and historical peninsula. Until Istanbul wakes up, a trip on the seven hills of the city by coach is the highlight of the tour. Awesome photographic shots will be captured from Camlica Hill, Historical Peninsula, Bosphorus Bridge, Halic Bridge and Golden Horn.

Tour Highlights:
Istanbul by seven hills

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, breakfast sandwich and coffee/tea, transfers





Half Day Historical Peninsula Tour
Date: 11 June & 14 June
Time: 09.00 – 13.00
Price: 40 EUR

The tour will start with a visit to Hagia Sophia, which is considered one of the eight wonders of the world. It is one of the rare works of this size and age that has survived to our day. The next visit is to the Blue Mosque. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets. Although it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, its real name is Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Topkapi Palace is the next stop on the tour. Topkapi is the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day. It commands an impressive view of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace is a complex surrounded by 5 km of walls and occupies an area of 700,000 sq. m at the tip of the historical peninsula.

Tour highlights:
Sultan Ahmet Square
Blue Mosque
Topkapı Palace
Hagia Sophia

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, transfers, all museum entrance fees




Half Day Bosphorus Tour
Date: 13 June
Time: 09.30 – 13.30
Price: 50 EUR

The tour will start with a visit to the mouth of the Golden Horn, to explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin - a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Then the beautifully tiled tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque hidden among the narrow cobbled market streets nearby will be visited. Next follows a Bosphorus Cruise Tour up Istanbul's winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas. Highlights include Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Ottoman summer mansions and Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge - one of the world's largest suspension bridges, all alongside passing fishing boats and yachts.

Tour highlights:
Egyptian Spice Market
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Boat Tour By Boat

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, transfers, all museum entrance fees, boat Tour

Half Day Historical Peninsula Tour
Date: 11 - 12 June & 14 - 15 June
Time: 09.00 – 13.00
Price: 40 EUR

The tour will start with a visit to Hagia Sophia, which is considered one of the eight wonders of the world. It is one of the rare works of this size and age that has survived to our day. The next visit is to the Blue Mosque. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets. Although it is popularly known as the Blue Mosque, its real name is Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Topkapi Palace is the next stop on the tour. Topkapi is the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day. It commands an impressive view of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace is a complex surrounded by 5 km of walls and occupies an area of 700,000 sq. m at the tip of the historical peninsula.

Tour highlights:
Sultan Ahmet Square
Blue Mosque
Topkapı Palace
Hagia Sophia

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, transfers, all museum entrance fees




Half Day Bosphorus Tour
Date: 11 - 14 June
Time: 09.30 – 13.30
Price: 50 EUR

The tour will start with a visit to the mouth of the Golden Horn, to explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin - a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Then the beautifully tiled tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque hidden among the narrow cobbled market streets nearby will be visited. Next follows a Bosphorus Cruise Tour up Istanbul's winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas. Highlights include Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Ottoman summer mansions and Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge - one of the world's largest suspension bridges, all alongside passing fishing boats and yachts.

Tour highlights:
Egyptian Spice Market
Rustem Pasha Mosque
Boat Tour By Boat

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, transfers, all museum entrance fees, boat Tour


Full Day Princes’ Island Tour
Date: 12 - 15 June
Time: 09.30 – 15.30
Price: 60 EUR

The main destination is Buyukada, the largest of the island chain, but four other islands will be passed on the way. All are famous for their mild climates, beautiful pine woods and beaches and Ottoman houses, and on all of them cars are banned. The preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the phaeton. Lunch will be at one of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants on the waterfront.

Tour highlights:
Büyük ada
Fish Restaurant with Delicious
Turkish Meze’s

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, lunch, transfers





Full Day Istanbul Tour

Date: 11 - 14 June

Time: 09.30 – 17.30

Price: 75 EUR

 
The tour will start with the Hippodrome, shaped like a gigantic "U", which was the place were chariot races used to be held during the Byzantine empire. It was a place for official celebrations and parades, circuses and political meetings.

The next visit is to the Blue Mosque, correctly named the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets.

After the Blue Mosque, the next stop is Hagia Sophia, which is considered one of the eight wonders of the world. The church (called Ayasofya in Turkish) is erroneously known as Saint Sophia in the west.

The next visit is Topkapi Palace which is the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to this day. Topkapi Palace offers an impressive view of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara.

The last visit is to the Grand Covered Bazaar for shopping. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 6,000 shops, well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops.

Only on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: a visit to the Underground Cisterns which are thought to have been built in 532 AD. After the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Turks, it was forgotten and nobody knew that it existed. Re-discovered in 1545, it was used to water the gardens of Topkapi Palace. (Please note that the visit to the Underground Cisterns replaces the visits to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar on those days that these sights are closed.)

Tour highlights:

  • The Hippodrome
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapı Palace (closed Tuesdays)
  • Hagia Sophia (closed Mondays)
  • Grand Covered Bazaar (closed Sundays)
  • Underground Cisterns – only on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

 

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, transfers, lunch, all museum entrance fees

 


Full Day Tour of Istanbul Modern Art
Date: 14 June
Time: 09.30 – 17.30
Price: 65 EUR

The tour will start with Istanbul Modern Art Museum. The Museum seeks to integrate the experience of Turkey’s artistic past, the dynamism of its present, and the cultivation of its cultural future. After lunch at a local restaurant the tour will continue with a visit to Koc Museum. The Rahmi M Koç Museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of transportation, industry and communications. Housed in magnificent buildings - themselves prime examples of industrial archaeology - on the shores of the historic Golden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircraft. The next stop is the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, which exhibits not only the early Ottoman calligraphy art works, but also the most famous world art works inside.

Tour highlights:
Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Lunch in Local – Turkish Culinary Restaurant
Rahmi Koç – Industrial Museum
Sakıp Sabancı – Art Gallery

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, lunch, transfers, all museum entrance fees





Istanbul by Night Tour
Date: 12 - 13 June
Time: 19.30 – 23.30
Price: 75 EUR
Duration: 4 hours

Turkish Night Show, set menu and drinks. In an Oriental atmosphere, enjoy the "Kanun", a typical Turkish musical instruments; discover the delights of a typical "Fasil" orchestra; and then a program of Turkish folklore and belly dancing. Have a Turkish coffee in a Turkish home furnished with lacework all around, and as a finale, enjoy a nostalgic journey into the very heart of entertainment. An unique environment, good taste and first class service. Enjoy a show with Oriental Belly-Dance, folkloric dances, live music band & singer and entertainment.

Tour Highlights:
Turkish Entertainment by Belly Dancer

Tour Fee Includes: English-speaking guide, transfers, dinner with drinks



Kayseri/Cappadocia Tour

Please note that tickets for this tour are no longer available.

Day 1: Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia (D)
Morning flight to Kayseri, ancient Roman Caesarea. Visit to Kultepe, an Assyrian trading colony, followed by an orientation tour covering the Turning Mausoleum and “Hunat Hatun Kulliyesi” named after of a Selcuk princess. Drive to Cappadocia for dinner and stay overnight.
Day 2: Cappadocia (B, D)
The tour starts from the hotel in the morning with a drive to Devrent valley where the geografical formations remind you of a place from another planet. Then in Pasabagi, enjoy a stroll among the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From here you will be transfered to Avanos to have lunch. After lunch we leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Göreme Open Air Museum. Then we drive to Uçhisar castle, the highest point of the region, where we have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia
Day 3: Cappadocia – Kayseri (B)
After breakfast we will drive to Red Valley for hiking, Old Cavusin Village, After lunch we will visit Zelve Open Air Museum and later Old Grek Village Sinassos. Transfer to Kayseri airport for flight to Istanbul.

Including services:
2 overnight-stay in Cappadocia in first class hotel (4 stars)
Daily breakfast , lunches and dinners at the hotel
Entry fees to the museums
English-speaking guide
Local transportation
Services not included: Domestic Airflight Tickets, tips

Congrex Travel, Official Agent for Travel to EAACI 2011, offers discounts of up to 20% on Turkish Airlines and other participating Star Alliance flights to Turkey.
Contact us on eaaci2011flights@congrex.com to request your flight offer.


Izmir & Ephesus & Virgin Mary House & Sirince

Please note that tickets for this tour are no longer available.

Day 1: Transfer from hotel to Istanbul Airport for flight to Izmir.
Half Day Izmir City Tour (3 hours) starts with a drive to the top of Mount Pagus which rises above the city center. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city and Bay Izmir from the walls of Kadifekale, an ancient fortress built by Alexander the Great. Tour Izmir's museums of Archeology and Ethnography, then visit the city's symbol, its Ottoman Clock Tower. Finally, penetrate its elaborate bazaar which stretches for blocks. Transfer to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight stay at a 5 star resort hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Selcuk, and visit the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last days. Proceed to ancient Ephesus and see the Odeon, the Bouleterion, the fountains, the temples, the brothel, the library, the agoras, the great theater, the roman baths, the gymnasiums and so on.
Drive back to Kuşadasi for another overnight stay.
Day 3: Early pick-up for flight to Istanbul.

Including services:
2 overnights-stay in Kusadasi at first class hotel (5*)
Breakfast at hotel
Dinner at the hotel in Kusadasi
Entry fees to the museums
English-speaking guide
Local Transportation
Services not included: Domestic Airflight Tickets, tips

Congrex Travel, Official Agent for Travel to EAACI 2011, offers discounts of up to 20% on Turkish Airlines and other participating Star Alliance flights to Turkey.
Contact us on
eaaci2011flights@congrex.com to request your flight offer.