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Schedule & Optional Tours

View the 2011 Istanbul Program Schedule

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Schedule of Events Overview

Saturday, July 2, afternoon:
Board Meeting at Sabanci University Bank Building

Sunday, July 3:
      (Day) Optional organized sightseeing tours
      (6:30 pm) Welcome reception followed by dinner at hotel & reception for students

Monday, July 4:
(Full Day) Concurrent sessions
      Advisory Council Lunch
      (6 pm) Cocktails, poster sessions, dinner, and entertainment at KOC University 
                     --all participants will be transported at 6 pm--

Tuesday, July 5:
(Day) Concurrent sessions
      (3:30 pm) Keynote Address
      Open Business Meeting
      (6 pm) Awards banquet (cocktails and dinner) at the Sabanci Museum
                     --all participants will be transported at 6 pm--

Wednesday, July 6:
(Day) Concurrent sessions
      (2-5 pm) Optional workshop on how to do case studies on conflict by T. Hopmann
      (Evening) Optional dinner cruise on the Bosporus


Optional Tours

ISTANBUL CLASSICS (Half Day; Sunday, July 3) 

Half Day Morning Tour or Half Day Afternoon Tour (Please indicate if you prefer the half day tour in the morning or afternoon.  The afternoon tour (time TBA) is conditional upon a minimum of 10 participants.

32 USD per person; plus an additional 10 TL (approx 7-8 USD) fee applies to enter the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.

Tour start at 9 am.

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center," the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.  Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.  Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.  Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city.  Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.  Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelery, gold, carpets, leatherware, and souvenirs.  [NOTE: Instead of the covered bazaar, our guests can choose to visit the Istanbul Archeology Museum and see the first peace treaty signed in history.

The half day tour terminates at Sultanahmet Center in front of Hagia Sophia.  Then the tour buses will take the guests to the Intercontinental Hotel.  Those attending the full day tour will continue on another bus.


ISTANBUL CLASSICS (Full Day; Sunday, July 3) 

64 USD per person; plus an additional 10 TL (approx 7-8 USD) fee applies to enter the Chora Museum.

Starts at 9am and ends at 5pm (lunch included)

The morning part of the full day tour will be the same as the half day tour option.  In the afternoon, the following additional places will be visited:  Ottoman and Byzatine Relics; Topkapi, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.(please note that visiting the Harem section in the Palace requires an extra entrance ticket and fee and is not included in the tour package);  Kariye Museum, the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora where the beautiful mosaics dating back to the 6th century can be seen.


BOAT CRUISE AND DINNER (Evening; Wednesday, July 6) 

75 USD per person (includes the dinner and bus transfer to the port)

An optional dinner on the boat with a tour of the Bosphorus.  Cocktails and buffet dinner will be served on the boat.  Buses will transfer guests from the Intercontential Hotel to the port in Kabatas and then back to the hotel in Taksim when the cruise ends.  The cruise will start from Kabatas on the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea.  On the route, you may see the marvelous architecture of the Bosphorus mansions and Ottoman Palaces from the sea in a nice and breezy summer evening.  Please don't forget to take a sweater with you.




The travel agency that is organizing the optional tours can also help participants with pre and post Turkey tours.  Their contact details are:

      Baybars Alpaslan
      Cell: + 90 532 616 2931
      Office: + 90 312 266 5450



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