OPT TOUR 1  (35.-Euro/per person)
HALF DAY (morning) - THE OLD CITY (Treasures of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires)

The tour starts with departure from the congress center at 09:00. Drive to the Hippodrome area (center of social activities during the Roman Empire, where the chariot races were held) and see the Serpent Column, Egyptian Obelisk and the German Fountain. Visit Hagia Sofia (Roman basilica from the 6th century, one of the finest buildings of all times with its mosaics and architecture, today used as a museum). Visit the Sultanahmet Mosque (from the 17th century, also known as The Blue Mosque, famous with its interior decoration of unique blue Iznik tiles).

Visit the Grand Bazaar (from the 15th century, also known as the Covered Bazaar, considered as the first shopping-mall in the world, today it has more than 4.000 shops, famous with its carpet dealers, jewellery, antique, silver, leather and souvenir shops), The tour ends with arrival to the congress center at 13:00

*Haghia Sophia is closed on Mondays and it is replaced by the Basilica Cistern

OPT TOUR 2  (35.-Euro/per person)
HALF DAY (afternoon) - THE OLD CITY (Treasures of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires)

The tour starts with departure from the congress center at 13:30. Drive to Topkapı Palace (main palace of the Ottoman Sultans between 15th-19th centuries, you may see large collections of porcelains, royal treasury, Sultans' clothes, Holy Relics and the world famous 86 carat Kaşıkçı Diamond). Visit Rüstem Paşa Mosque (from the 16th century, famous with unique Iznik tiles). Visit the Spice Market (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, famous with especially oriental spice shops). The tour ends with arrival to the congress center at 17:30.


*Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays and it is replaced with the Suleymaniye Mosque.

OPT TOUR 3 (Combination of TOUR 1 & TOUR 2)  (70.-Euro/per person)
FULL DAY (including lunch) - THE OLD CITY

The tour starts with departure from the congress center at 09:00 and ends with arrival to the congress center at 17:30



*Haghia Sophia is closed on Mondays and it is replaced by the Basilica Cistern.
*Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays and it is replaced with the Suleymaniye Mosque.

OPT TOUR 4  (40.-Euro/per person)
HALF DAY (afternoon) – BOSPHORUS CRUISE

The tour starts with departure from the congress center at 13:30. Drive to Sarıyer (the far end of the Bosphorus opening to the Black Sea). Visit the fish market and free time until the time to get on the boat. Cruising along the Bosphorus you will have the opportunity to see the magnificent houses on the shores of the Bosphorus, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Kuleli Military School, Ortaköy, Çıragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Basiktas, Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahçe Palace, Kız Kulesi (Leander’s Tower) and numerous other highlights of Istanbul. The tour ends with arrival to the congress center at 17:30.

General Information about the Daily Sightseeing Tours;

  1. Optional Daily Sightseeing Tours are tailor made for the participants of our congress only and will be operated for minimum 8 people. If the number of participants for a single tour is less then 8 the tour will not be operated.
  2. The price of the tours include transportation, English speaking official tour guide and entrance fees (only for the sections mentioned in the tour programme; i.e. for the Topkapı Palace Harem is not included in the tour programme and the entrance fee for the Harem is also not inculed).
  3. For reservation please fill in the “Registration and Accommodation Form”.
  4. For any kind of private tour alternatives please contact the Organizing Secretariat.
OPTE TOUR 1  (250.-Euro/per person)
Troy & Dardanelles & Anzacs (daily) August 22, 2009

The tour starts with early departure from your hotel. After 4 hours of drive arrive to Gelibolu (Gallipoli) where Çanakkale Boğazı (Dardanelles) starts. Get on the ferry from Gelibolu to Çanakkale. Visit the city of Çanakkale and have lunch. Visit the ruins of ancient legendary city of Troy (the city of Homeros in Iliada, see the sites of the Trojan wars, symolic Trojan Horse, old city walls, Athena Temple and the Odeon). Get on the ferry from Çanakkale to Gelibolu. Visit the battlefields and cemeteries. Drive back to Istanbul.

OPTE TOUR 2  (450.-Euro/per person)
Ephesus & Pamukkale – Aegean Sea (2 days) August 22-23, 2009

Day 1: Departure from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Fly to İzmir and drive to Selçuk. Visit the old city of Ephesus(the best preserved classical city Ionian city of the Roman era, one of the seven wonders of the ancient times). See the The Odeon, The Marble Street, The Hadrian Temple, The Celcius Library and The Great Theatre. Visit the House of Virgin Mary. Visit the Basilica of St. John. After a two hours drive arrive to Denizli - Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel visit the ancient city of Hierapolis and see the Necropolis, The Roman Baths and the Theater. Drive to the ancient city of Aphrodisias and see The Theater, The Basilica, The Roman Baths, the biggest stadium of the ancient times and the Aphrodisias Museum with magnificent marble statues. Drive to Izmir and fly to Istanbul.

OPTE TOUR 3   (450.-Euro/per person)
Cappadocia – Anatolia (2 days) August 22-23, 2009

Day 1: Departure from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Fly to Kayseri and drive to Kapadokya (Cappadocia means the city of beautiful horses). Cappadocia is unique with its spectecular surrealistic landscape of rock cones and capped pinnacles called Fairy Chimneys and rock chapels, churches and monastries with magnificent mosaics and paintings. Visit The Citadel of Uçhisar, Pigeon Valley, Zelve Valley and Avanos (the pottery village) Visit Göreme Open-air Museum and see the churches hewn out of rock with colourful frescos and the Karanlik Church, which has been restored and presented to the world by Unesco. Overnight in Cappadocia. (If requested optional tour to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance is available - requires extra payment).

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel visit The Underground City of Kaymakli, Çavusin Village and Soganli Valley. Drive to Kayseri and fly to İstanbul.

General Information about the tours

  1. Optional Post Congress Tours are tailor made for the participants of our congress only and will be operated for minimum 6 people. If the number of participants for a single tour is less then 6 the tour will not be operated.
  2. The price of the tours include air flight tickets, transportation, English speaking official tour guide, entrance fees, lunches during the tours (drinks are not included) and bed&breakfast accommodation in a 4 star hotel.
  3. For reservation please fill in the “Registration and Accommodation Form.
  4. For any kind of private tour alternatives please contact the Organizing Secretariat.