Post Congress tours are available for the participants who will travel to Kyrenia via Istanbul and who has chance a stop in Istanbul to experience Turkey more by visiting breathtaking historical sites like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace during Istanbul Tour and Ephesus, Cappadocia, Gallipoli, Troy and more during Ephesus and CappadociaTours.

Please note that tours are planned and scheduled to start from Istanbul by picking up participants from their hotels in Istanbul. Any hotel accommodation cost on or before April 27, 2018 in Istanbul is not included in the prices.

Post Congress Tour 01 (PST01)

Available: 27 – 29 April, 2018
Price:  Per person in Double room € 330,00 - single supplement EUR 75,00
Pick-up: 08:30, Hotels pick-up
Tour ends: 17:00
Highlights: Hagia Sophia, German Fountain, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Irene Church (from outside), Grand Bazaar
Price include: Transportation, tour guide and museum entrance fees, lunches, accommodation in 4 star hotel and breakfasts.
Description: 
Day 1: Free time in Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul Classics and Highlights: This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. And listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines, Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Topkapi Museum is the big one...the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure- chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks…Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Last place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). To see these things with a great guide...well, you will never be quite the same again. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts.

Day 3: Bosphorus Tour:   You meet your guide at hotel. First we visit the Spice Bazaar where your guide explains the miracle of the herbs and spices! We visit Rüstem Paşa Mosque and then walk to the embankment. You take the boat and cruise for 90 minutes. The boat goes by the shores of Bosphorus while your guide specialist on Bosphorus will explain you everything en route. You will see the views of Dolmabahce Palace, Leanders Tower, two suspension bridges, Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, beautiful mansions by the shores of Bosphorus and finally we disembark from the boat. We meet the bus and drive to the Dolmabahce Palace. Imagine a palace with 285 rooms, 6 baths (hamam), 68 toilets and a ceiling made of 14 tons of gold! Dolmabahçe Palace is one such architectural jewel, built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 – 1856, checking out the modern approach to architecture with an essentially French influence. The rich tastes and splendor of the era is evident in every corner and artifact in the decor. You just cannot miss the Bohemian crystal chandeliers, the Crystal Staircase or the largest handmade Hereke rug in the Great Ceremonial Hall. Our guide – expert on 19th century Ottoman history – will take you step-by-step deep to the history of the palace and to its related stories full of legends, myths, and poems.

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Post Congress Tour 02 (PST02)

Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour (3 Days, 2 Nights)

Available:  27 – 29 April, 2018
Price:  Per person in Double room € 700,00 - single supplement € 90,00
Pick-up: 05:30, Hotels pick-up
Tour ends: 21:00
Highlights: Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Pirene, Miletus, Didyma
Price include: Flights, private bus during tours, tour guide, museum entrance fees, lunches, accommodation in 5 star hotel and breakfasts.
Price exclude: Personal expenses, dinner, tips.
Description:
Day 1: Ephesus Ancient City and Virgin Mary's House Tour: You will meet with your guide by the lobby of your hotel at 05:30 to catch the flight to Izmir Airport at 07:00 am. Upon your arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to Selcuk for full day Ephesus Ancient City and Virgin Mary´s House Tour. You will visit Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus which is known to be the Commercial, the Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the Highlights of any Visit in Turkey. After lunch we will visit House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country. Return to the hotel about 16.30. Accommodation in Kusadasi.

Day 2: Pamukkale Travertenies and Hierapolis Ancient City Tour: Pick up from your hotel at 08:00 and we will visit Pamukkale Travertenies and Hierapolis Ancient City which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. We stop on the way a t a 4 star hotel for lunch and swimming thermal red waters. Then Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. Return to the hotel about 17.30. Accommodation in Kusadasi.

Day 3: Prine, Miletus and Didyma Ancient Cities Tour: Pick up from the hotel about 09.00 and drive to Priene. This was once a harbour city but is now located 16 km inland from the sea on the hills of the Mykale Mountain. It has many examples of Hellenic art and architecture. The theatre in Priene is one of the most beautiful ones from The Hellenic World. The Athena Polias Temple was reconstructed by Alexander The Great as a gift to the city. After Priene, you will depart for Miletos. Visit the ancient city of Miletus which once was one of the biggest cities in Anatolia. It was located on the trade routes and it was for this reason that it became very prosperous and had many colonies. Lunch break and then visit to Didyma. This was not a city but a temple dedicated to Apollon. It was once one of the biggest temples in the Hellenic World. After tour you will transfered to Izmir Airport to catch the flight at 19:05. You will be met at the airport and directly transfered to your hotel in Istanbul.


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Post Congress Tour 03 (PST03)

Cappadocia Tour (3 Days, 2 Nights)

Available: 27 – 29 April, 2018
Price: Per person in Double room € 500,00 - single supplement € 90,00
Pick-up: 05:30, Hotels pick-up
Tour ends: 21:00
Highlights: Flight to Kayseri, Cappadocia, Urgup, Avanos, Goreme
Price include: Flights, private bus during tours, tour guide, museum entrance fees, lunches, accommodation in 5 star hotel and breakfasts.
Price exclude: Personal expenses, dinner, tips.
Description:
Day 1: You will meet with your guide by the lobby of your hotel at 05:30 to catch the flight to Nevşehir Airport at 07:00 am. At Nevşehir airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for refreshment. The tour starts about 09.30 am from your hotel in the morning, we will drive to Devrent Valley where the geographical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you ll take a stroll between the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there, driving to Avanos to have lunch. After having the lunch you leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you ll drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where you will have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. Then return to the hotel about 17.30. (lunch on the tour) - Accommodation in Cappadocia.

Day 2: Pick up time is at 09.30 am for a tour on a 4 km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch in Pigeons Valley and then continue to see the marvel of construction that is the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle. Accommodation in Cappadocia.

Day 3: Pick up time is at 09:30 from your hotel. The tour start from Derinkuyu underground city, deepest underground city of region. After Derinkuyu, you will explore Ihlara valley and melendiz river. Ihlara is famous hiking place of region. After 4 km hiking lunch over Melendiz river. You will taste local foods, cooked by local peoples. Last place is Selime cathedral, wonderfull and huge fairy chimney. After the tour, you will transfered to Nevşehir Kayseri aitport to catch the flight to Istanbul. You will meet with the driver in Istanbul Ataturk airport and you will be transfered to your hotel.

• Minimum 6 participants are required for each tour. Organization secretariat reserves the right to cancel the tours if this number is not met. For such cancellations, payments will be fully refunded.
• All booked post congress tours cancelled before March 23rd, 2018 are 80% refundable.
• All booked post congress tours cancelled between March 24th – April 13th, 2018 are 50% refundable
• No refunds for cancellations made after March 24th – April 13th, 2018.
• All cancellations must be done in writing to CIGR 2018 Secretariat and valid only upon written confirmation from the congress secretariat.
• All refunds will be executed after the end of the CIGR 2018
For any inquiries please contact CIGR 2018 Secretariat – cigr2018reg@k2-events.com

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