Pre- and Post-conference Tours

 

Pre-Conference Istanbul Tour (15-16 October 2012)

Post-Conference Capadocia Tour (20-21 October 2012)

Daily Excursion – Ankara (16 October 2012)

Daily Excursion – Beypazari (20 October 2012)

For detailed information about tours please contact;

Asterya Travel Agency: sibel@asterya.com, tel:+90-312-2103861.

 

PRE-CONFERENCE ISTANBUL TOUR

2 DAYS

ARRIVAL 14 OCTOBER 2012

Arrive at your Hotel, which we will inform you about. Relax and enjoy your stay until the following day when you will be picked up for your tour.

FIRST DAY 15 OCTOBER 2012

After breakfast, we will first drive to the old city where we will visit the Hippodrome , where once upon a time 100.000 spectators watched chariot races and gladiator fights which were performed in the building’s monumental courtyard. Then, we will visit the Blue Mosque which is famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and is one of the master pieces of the Ottoman Empire. Next, we will visit the spectacular Topkapi Palace which is built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul. These huge complexes command views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapi Palace was the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire for many centuries (1453-1852). Here we will see the extravagant Treasury, priceless Chinese Porcelain and the Imperial Terrace with the best panoramic view of the city. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Before we finish our program, we will also visit the Grand Bazaar.

SECOND DAY 16 OCTOBER 2012

After breakfast, we begin by boarding a boat for a relaxing cruise along the shores of the legendary Bosphorus – the natural gateway that divides Asia and Europe . As you sit back and enjoy Turkish coffee or well-brewed tea from traditional small cups, numerous summer palaces and palatial homes will pass by on either side. Right after, we will visit Saint Sophia which was converted to a mosque and then to a museum. It will take your breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and its magnificent dome. When we finish our field trip, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ankara We suggest you to make your flight reservation from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Ankara at 16:40 via TK2164 on 16 October 2012

ALL INCLUDED

  • 2 nights accommodation in a room with private bath or shower in four  star hotel.
  • Open buffet breakfasts.
  • 2 lunches in local restaurants.
  • Hotel service charges, hotel tips and the portarage.
  • Professional tour director at your service throughout the tour.
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary to include entrance fees.
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned minibus or motor coach depending on group size.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Beverages, alcoholic and hot drinks at lunch.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Customary tips to your guide and to your driver.

TOUR PRICE

In Double Room / per person : 450-EUR

In Single Room : 515.-EUR


POST-CONFERENCE CAPPADOCIA TOUR
2 DAYS


FIRST DAY:20  OCTOBER 2012

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and then we will depart on the road to Cappadocia via the picturesque Salt Lake which is the second biggest lake in Turkey, where a significant amount of salt is produced. Lunch will be served enroute. When we arrive, we will directly head to the citadel of Uchisar to see the enchanting lunar landscape of the region: the “moon-like” topography of Cappadocia. We will start with the natural landscape, where the wind and weather have eroded the soft volcanic rock leaving pillars, cones and “Fairy Chimneys” which are phenomenal, especially when seen for the first time. We will then visit Hunter’s Valley, which is the most beautiful panorama in the entire region. When we finish our program for the day we will return to the hotel.

 

SECOND DAY: 21 OCTOBER  2012

After breakfast, we will depart from the Hotel to tour an underground city, which 1400 years ago people carved underground to create huge complexes up to 50 meters deep. 30.000 people lived in the underground cities for two years to hide and protect themselves from invaders. We will then continue to the entirely unique landscape of Goreme with is rock chapels hollowed out by early Christians, and used as secret dwellings; as they were being sought first by Roman and later by Byzantine persecutors. The chapels are decorated with vivid frescoes which have withstood the corrosive effects of the time, and date from the 6th to the 10th century. It is an unforgettable experience. After lunch, we will also visit the pottery-making village, Avanos. After lunch we will transfer you to the Kayseri airport for your flight to Istanbul. We suggest you to make your flight reservation from Kayseri Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport  at 16:25 via TK2015 on 21 November  2011.

ALL INCLUDED

  • 1 night accommodation in a room with private bath or shower in hotel.
  • 1 open buffet breakfast.
  • 2 lunches in local restaurants.
  • Hotel service charges,
  • Professional tour director at your service throughout the tour.
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary to include entrance fees.
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned minibus or motor coach depending on group size.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Beverages, alcoholic and hot drinks at lunch.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Customary tips to your guide and to your driver.

TOUR PRICE

In Double Room / per person : 295.-EUR

In Single Room : 335.-EUR

*Valid for minimum 10 people



DAILY EXCURSION- ANKARA


16 OCTOBER 2012

You will be picked up from your hotel for the city tour of Ankara. After a short orientation, we will visit Anitkabir, which is the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who is the great founder of the Turkish Republic. In this spectacular complex, we are going to walk on the Lionized Road which is opened in to the Monumental Courtyard, crowned with the Hellenistic temple shape mausoleum. Also you are going to have the chance to see the impressive guards changing. Then, we are heading to the “Museum of Anatolian Civilization” which is one of the best pre-historic museums of the world, which also received the award of “Museum of Europe” in 1999. You will see the splendors collection of Asia Minor throughout the thousands of years just like the monumental tomb of “King Midas with Golden Touch.

Finally, we will proceed to 12th century Aladdin Mosque, which still boasts fine Seljuk woodwork although much rebuilt by the Ottomans. Many interesting traditional Turkish houses have been restored in the area, and some have found new life as art galleries or attractive restaurants serving local dishes. Close to the gate, Hisar Kapisi, we will see the beautifully restored bedesten (covered bazaar). A walk down from the hill near the Citadel Gate will take us many interesting stalls and vendors selling spices, dried fruits, nuts and all manner of produce. About late afternoon we are going to drive back to your Hotel and this is the end of our services for today.

TOUR PRICE …………………………………………………30.- EUR per person

*Valid for minimum 10 people

ALL INCLUDED

  • Professional tour director at your service throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned minibus or motor coach depending on group size

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Personnel expenses.
Customary tips to your guide and to your driver.



DAILY EXCURSION- BEYPAZARI


20 OCTOBER 2012

Departure from METU campus, Ankara, at 09:30. After 1 – 1.5 hours of scenic driving from Ankara, we reach Beypazarı. Beypazarı tour starts with Hıdırlıktepe, a panoramic hill overlooking Beypazarı, good for photo opportunity. We’ll then stop at a local Beypazarı restaurant, to have our lunch. Local Beypazarı cuisine will be served, consisting of tarhana soup, yaprak sarma, meat stew, and desert (baklava or höşmerim, local Beypazarı desert). Following lunch tour will continue with with ‘Aladdin Street’, a unique place where local Beypazarı style houses can be seen.

 

Next in the program will be ‘Living Museum’. Museum is the former home of a wealthy merchant and his wife, who was Beypazarı’s first woman teacher. In addition to the traditional furnishings of the house, the museum features local handcrafts such as needlepoint, embroidery, jewellery, copperware and woodcarving. Our next stop will be Aladdin Mosque, dating back to Seljuk period. (Female visitors attending this tour are kindly asked to bring head scarves while visiting the mosque, due to the Islamic traditions). After visiting the Aladdin Streeet area, we then visit the Silversmith’s Market to see some examples of locally made silver handicrafts, especially ‘Telkari’. Telkari is made by knitting very thin gold and silver wires into necklaces, bracelets and belts. There will be some time available for shopping. We’ll return back to Ankara 18:00 using the same route, and our guests will be dropped off at their desired location at METU.

ALL INCLUDED

  • 1 lunch in the local restaurants.
  • Professional tour director at your service throughout the tour.
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary to include entrance fees.
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned minibus or motor coach depending on group size.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Beverages, alcoholic and hot drink in the lunch.
  • Personnel expenses.
  • Customary tips to your guide and to your driver.

TOUR PRICE …………………………………………………75.- EUR per person

*Valid for minimum 10 people
For detailed information about tours please contact;
Asterya Travel Agency: sibel@asterya.com, tel:+90-312-2103861.

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