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Technical City Tour (Included in the preliminary program)

We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17thcentury, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Post Conference Tour (20-21 April 2012)


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Ephesus – Izmir (475 Euros/not including plane ticket)

Tour Itinerary

First Day (20 April)

5:30       Pick up  from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to airport

8:00       Transfer to Ephesus to join the daily Ephesus Day trip tour.

Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

The world famous ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world.

Lunch break

House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. It is a holy place for both Cristians and Muslims.

Isabey Mosque and the Museum of Ephesus.

Transfer to Swissotel in Izmir

Second Day (21 April)

09:00 Breakfast

12:00 Check out

What is included?

One night stay at the hotel including breakfast

All airport transfers in Istanbul and Izmir airport.

Professional English speaking guide

Transportation in non-smoking mini-midi bus and experienced driver

Entrance fee


Service charges and local taxes