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.
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
Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two
continents, Europe and Asia, marble palaces, ancient wooden
villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and
Pre and Post Congress Tours
CAPPADOCIA TOUR. ..Spectacular surrealist landscapes…!
|Two Continents (Europe & Asia)
|Half Day Afternoon
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
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
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.