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Daily Accompanying Tours


Daily Tours are all additional enhancement that are not included in the registration fee. All these tours are designed for the ICHC 2016 participants and for their spouses during the congress which will enable guests to admire the beautiful sites Istanbul has to offer.

Highlights of Istanbul

This tour will take you around the Historical Peninsula, which is in fact the first of the seven hills on which the city of Constantinople was built. Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome with Egyptian Obelisk, and the Serpentine and Constantine columns, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar , with a carpet presentation, will be the visiting points in this tour.

Istanbul Classics
Half Day or Full Day

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.

Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets,Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.

Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs, will be visited.

During this half-day tour to two of Istanbul's major museums you can get an impression of the rich culture of the vast geographic area, of which Constantinople used to be the capital.

The Archaeological Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, Rustem Pasa Mosque will be visited


Bosphours Cruise on Private Boat
Half Day Morning/Afternoon

Golden Horn, is the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Ahrida Synagogue, Eyup Sultan Mosque - Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices.

Rumeli Fortress, historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.-from outside-

Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.

Two Continents (Europe & Asia)

Half Day Afternoon

Pre and Post Congress Tours

CAPPADOCIA TOUR. ..Spectacular surrealist landscapes…!

Some three million years ago, violent volcanic eruptions covered the plateau in this area with tufa, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud. Subsequently, the wind and rain have eroded the brittle rock to form a spectacular surrealistic landscape of rock cones and capped pinnacles, called FAIRY CHIMNEYS that are painted in colours ranging from warm reds and gold to cool greens and greys. During Byzantine times, Christian chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock and later these dwellings served as a refuge for Christians, persecuted by the Romans.

The Citadel of Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Avcilar Valley, Pasabag Valley, Zelve Valley and Avanos, the pottery village, Goreme Open-air Museum with its churches, Karanlik Church, The Underground City of Kaymakli, Pancarlik Valley, Cavusin Village and Soganli Valley will be the highlights of this tour.

EPHESUS - VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE & PAMUKKALE TOURS... Witnesses to a Golden Past

Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get the feeling for what life was like in Roman times. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World, this Ionian refuge grew to be the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the site of a Christian shrine, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ionian city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor, housing The Odeon, The Marble Street, The Hadrian Temple, The Celcius Library and The Great Theatre will be visited. The House of Virgin Mary and. ancient cities of Hierapolis and Aphrodisias near Pamukkale will be among the interesting sites within this tour.

TROY & ANZACS (GALLIPOLI)

Visit to Gallipoli, famous battle-field, Anzac Cove, War Cemeteries (Beach Cemetery, Quinn's Post, The Nek) and the Anzac Memorials (Lone Pine - Australian Memorial, Conk Bair - New Zealand Memorial, Hellespont - English Memorial) of the naval battle (18 March 1915) during World War I. The tour includes the visit to the ancient city of Troy, famous with the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince.




BLUE CRUISE
4 Days

DAY 1 : Getting together in Olympos between 10:00-10:30. we depart from the harbour of Demre between 12 and 1 p.m.Pirates Cave. Sunken City of Kekova (this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is under protection, so just looking!). Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay you can do watersports. Have dinner, rest in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn..

DAY 2 : After breakfast we depart to Kas where we first have a swim in a good and quiet bay in front of the small town and then stop in the harbour for lunch and sightsee this charming fishing village. Near Kalkan we have a break in Aquarium or Firnaz Bay (dinner 2nd night).

DAY 3 : When sun rises we depart for Butterfly Valley where we stop for breakfast, having a taste of swimming and to visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Oludeniz will be our next stop, again sea conditions permitting! If you want you can do paragliding. In a bay beside Oludeniz we have lunch. Our last visit of the day is St-Nicholas Island. See the Byzantine traces, swim, dinner and 3rd night.

DAY 4: We will have breakfast and then g oto Samanlik bay. At about 11:00 we come back to Fethiye harbour. The Captain may change the route depanding on weather conditions.