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Tuesday, 21 September, 2010 - 23:00
Place: 
Istanbul
Turkey

Exciting outings were arranged in conjunction with Vista Tourism of Istanbul.

General information for all excursions:

  • Advanced booking for these excursions was required, at the same time as registration for the congress. Accompanying persons were welcome to join these events. Numbers were limited: first come, first served.
  • Half day morning tours started at 09:00 am or 12:30 pm and ended approximately at 12:30 pm or 16:00 pm as appropriate
  • Full day tours started at 09:00 am and ended approximately at 17:00 pm.
  • Fees included Value Added Tax (VAT), transport, guides, entrance fees and meals where mentioned.

TOUR 1 – ‘ISTANBUL CLASSICS’ (Half-day, Morning)

Tour of Sultan Ahmet, the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Highlights include:

  • HAGIA SOPHIA, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
  • BLUE MOSQUE, facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and with a unique six minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
  • HIPPODROME, the site of a Roman sports stadium(chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Also contains the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Fountain of Wilhelm II.
  • GRAND COVERED BAZAAR, the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leathergoods and souvenirs.

Please note that this Tour terminates in the centre of the Sultanahmet district, in front of Hagia Sophia.
Price: £40 per person

TOUR 2 – ‘OTTOMAN RELICS’ (Half Day, Afternoon)

  • TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with exhibitions in the Treasury of jewellery, Chinese porcelain, weapons, the calligraphy section etc. (The Harem is not included in this visit and there is a separate extra entrance fee for this)
  • RUSTEM PASA MOSQUE, designed by the architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman the Magnificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the SPICE BAZAAR, famed for its colourful tiles set in floral and geometric patterns.

Price: £40 per person

TOUR 3 BOSPHORUS CRUISE (Half Day, Afternoon)

  • GOLDEN HORN, (from the coach) the natural harbour separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies were settled during the Byzantine era. This was also the residential area for non-muslim minorities in the Ottoman era. The tour will include the Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian and the 21 km-long City Walls, the strongest fortifications of the middle ages.
  • BOSPHORUS CRUISE, on a private boat, through the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
  • RUMELI FORTRESS, (from the sea only), a historic fort Built in 1452 by Sultan Mehmet II prior to his conquest of Byzantine Constatinople.
  • SABANCI MUSEUM, the host institution of the 2010 Congress, is a private museum dedicated to calligraphic art, religious and state documents and paintings of the Ottoman era. The museum was founded by Sakıp Sabancı, and was opened in June 2002. As well as its permanent collection, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and other cultural events.

Price: £40 per person

TOUR 4 – ‘BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS’ plus THE ISTANBUL CONSERVATION LABORATORY (Full Day, lunch included)

  • HAGIA SOPHIA, BLUE MOSQUE, HIPPODROME, OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS, SERPENTINE COLUMN, FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, GRAND COVERED BAZAAR (including a demonstration of the art of Turkish Carpets)
  • Lunch
  • TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with exhibitions in the Treasury of jewellery, Chinese porcelain, weapons, the calligraphy section etc. (The Harem is not included in this visit and there is a separate extra entrance fee for this)
  • ISTANBUL RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION LABORATORY

Price: £80 per person

TOUR 5 - TOPKAPI PALACE & ISTANBUL ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM (Full Day, lunch included)

  • TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with exhibitions in the Treasury of jewellery, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. (The Harem is not included in this visit and there is a separate extra entrance fee for this)
  • Lunch
  • ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM, consisting of three museums, the Archaeology Museum, the Old Eastern Works Museum and the Enamelled Kiosk Museum. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums were established as the Muze-i Humayun (Empire Museum) at the end of the 19th century. The collections include African, Anatolian, Mesopotamian,Arab and Afghan collections.

Price: £80 per person

TOUR 6 - EXCAVATIONS IN THE THEODOSIUS, FENER & BALAT & MINIATURK DISTRICTS & GOLDEN HORN TOUR (Full Day, lunch included)

  • EXCAVATIONS IN THEODOSIUS, FENER & BALAT (Fener and Balat Rehabilitation Programme ) The Fener and Balat Rehabilitation Programme is a joint programme between the European Union and the Fatih Municipality, which ran from 2003 to 2007; the Programme continues to work in four subject areas: restoration of houses; social rehabilitation; renovation of the historical Balat Market and establishment of a waste management strategy. The Programme aims to encourage the active participation of the district’s inhabitants through regular feedback on implementation and decision-making.
  • Lunch, followed by the GOLDEN HORN TOUR (see above)

Price: £80 per person