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Welcome Reception ( at the Green Park Merter Hotel ) 22 October 2013 Tuesday (Inc. in the Reg. Fee)
Gala Dinner ( at the Green Park Merter Hotel ) 23 October 2013 Wednesday (Inc. in the Reg. Fee)
T1 -Treasures of Istanbul Tour/ full day 25 October 2013 Friday 90 € (V.A.T. is included.)
T2 –Bosphorus Cruise/ half day 25 October 2013 Friday 60 € (V.A.T. is included.)
* Organizing committee has right to change the scientific program and change & cancel the social program.
T1 -Treasures of Istanbul Tour / Full Day
09:30 Departure from the hotel
09:50 – 10:15 Visiting Hippodrome where the chariot races have been organized during Roman Empire. Visiting Blue Mosque; the most splendid mosque in the city, built in the early 17th century, distinguished by six slender minarets and walls covered with blue Iznik tiles.
10:15 – 10:30 Walking to St. Sophia
10:30 – 11:15 Visitin St. Sophia Museum the Church of Holy Wisdom is undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world. Built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian circa AD535, it was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1453. Now a museum, it is awesome in size and contains beautiful preserved (St. Sophia is closed on Mondays) Byzantine mosaics. Hanging alongside the picture of Christ are huge wooden discs proclaiming the greatness of Allah: a meeting point of religions.
11:30 – 13:15 Topkapi Palace with Treasury Section: the legendary palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Low buildings set in a series of courtyards; Topkapı is quite unlike a Western palace. In addition to its historical and architectural interest, it houses extraordinary collections of porcelains, armour, fabrics, jewellery, miniatures, calligraphy, and many precious objects and works of art that once belonged to the sultans and their court. (Closed on Tuesdays)
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch at Restaurant
14:45 Departure from Topkapı Palace
14:45 -17:00 Visiting Grand Bazaar; world famous shopping centre where you will have shopping opportunities for carpets, jewellery, leather
T2 –Bosphorus Cruise / Half Day
09:00 Departure from the hotel
09:30 – 10:35 Brief visit to the Spice Bazaar,
10:35 – 12:15 We embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Winding between wooded hills, it is lined with mosques, castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages and the extravagant baroque places of the late Ottoman sultans
12:45 Drive back to the Hotel
- Min 10 pax. will be needed for the tour to operate.
Drinks during the lunch are not included to the mentioned fees