Social and Cultural Programme

 A variety of social and cultural events will be offered. Some will be free to principle registrants and accompanying persons, but for others there will be a charge: details will be provided later.

 Social Events:

Congress Welcome Cocktail Party                         : Evening of Sunday 24 April.

Opening Ceremony                                               : Morning of Monday 25 April.

Turkish Night Event / Show                                 : Tuesday 26 or Thursday 28

(This event will include a modern

dance show / folkloric dance show / concert)

 

Congress Dinner with some performances            : Evening of Wednesday 27 April.

(Traditional Turkish cuisine will be mainly served)

Closing Ceremony                                                : Afternoon of Friday 29 April.

Day tours and activities for principal registrants/accompanying persons:

If there is sufficient interest, the following day tours and activities will be made available. All of the day tours will depart in the morning and return to the hotel in the late afternoon. In each tour the transportation, entrance fee to the museums and ruins, lunch, tips and guiding will be included in the excursion fee.

Tour 1: Boat Tour; This trip will start from Kemer, which is located about 43 km from Antalya and is known internationally as a very important place for tourism. From Kemer the boat will go to Phaselis (Tekirova) which is a city which had at least three natural harbours. Here also there are many graves, a theater, auditorium and aqueduct. After Tekirova a picturesque bay at the foot of the Taurus mountains named Adrasan will be visited. Mass tourism is unknown here. The area lends itself well to exploring and excursions. Very close by are the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Olympus, the locations of ancient Limyra and Arykanda, and the sunken city of Kekova. The trip will travel to Kekova Island where lie the fascinating half-submerged remains of a Lycian city. If the weather conditions are suitable, bathing will be possible.

 

                             

                                                 Adrasan                                                                           Kekova Island

Tour 2: Perge –  Sillyon - Aspendos – Manavgat – Side; This tour will cover an area east of Antalya. The first stop will be the ruined city of Perge, about 18 km east of Antalya.  Some of the historical places in Perge are the gates, agora, nymphaeum, the pillared streets, sarcophagi, basilica and acropolis. After Perge the tour will travel to Sillyon, where there are a stadium, gymnasium, turrets, Selcuk mosque and a sports arena. The trip will then travel to Aspendos, a city which dates back to the 5th century B.C. The theatre, which was built in the 2nd century A.D., was periodically repaired by the Selcuks who used it as a caravanserai. It is one of the best preserved theatres to be found today, and is still used for concerts, festivals and wrestling events. In addition to the theatre, an agora, basilica, nymphaeum and 15 km of aqueducts can be seen. The pressured aqueduct system is a feat of engineering from the Roman period. The tour will continue to Manavgat Waterfall and then to Side, which dates back to Hittite times. One of the most important buildings here is a  15,000 spectator theatre. Side has colonnaded streets, a triumphal arch, harbour, baths, fountains, cisterns, aqueducts, temples and an agora.

                                              

                         Aspendos                                             Perge                                 Manavgat Waterfall                          Side Theatre

Tour 3: Alara - Alanya - Damlataş Cave – Selcuk Shipyard – Dim Cave; The trip will start by visiting Alara Han, a caravanserai approximately 100 km east of Antalya. It has a very solid construction, and is entered through a gate with inscriptions and lion's heads. It has somewhat the apperance of a fortress, and looks as thought it was meant to ward off aggressors. After 30 km the trip will reach the city of Alanya. The places worth seeing here are the fortress, shipyards, Red Tower, museum, sea caves, bedestan or traders' market and lighthouse, largely belonging to the Selcuk era. In center of Alanya is the Damlatas Cave, which has multicoloured stalacmites and stalagtites, an unchanging temperature around 22-23 degrees C and 98% humidity. It has been cited as a place good for the treatment of patients suffering from asthma and chronic bronchitis. Another place that will be visited is the Selcuk Shipyard which is 56.5 m long, 44 m wide and consists of five chambers. Each chamber is 7.7 m wide and 42.3 m deep, and was constructed by Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat in 1228. After Alanya the trip will go to Dim, a large natural karstic cave which is 360 m long and about 10-15 m in width and height. The interior of the cave is covered by many kinds of stalactites and stalagmites. At the end of the cave there is a small lake which is located 17 m below the entrance level and has a surface area of aproximately 200 m². This cave was first investigated and measured by professional speleologists in 1986, and opened to visitors in 1998. Dim Cave is the first cave business enterprise operated by private sector in Turkey.

                              

                                             Alanya                                                         Dim Cave                                        Selcuk Shipyard

Tour 4: Köprülü Canyon National Park – Selge;  Köprülü Canyon National Park is located about 100 km north-east of Antalya. The canyon is a 14 km long and 100 m wide valley, thickly covered in cedar and pine trees. The rock formations on the slopes of the valley resemble the "fairy chimneys" of Cappadocia. The ancient stone bridge, dating back to Roman times, which straddes the Köprü stream is still in use today. After having lunch under the cedar trees, rafting and walking is possible. The tour will then go to Selge (950 m above sea level) which has a Roman theatre, city walls, tower, cistern, stadium and necropolis.

                                                         

                                                           Köprülü Canyon                                                            Selge

Tour 5: Antalya City Tour; Antalya has had an extremely chequered history. Many civilizations have left their mark on the area over the centuries, but none more so than that of King Attalos of Pergamon who in 159 B.C. gave the region its name Attalia, from which we derive the modern name Antalya. The city tour will start with a visit to the Antalya Museum. This prize-winning museum is one of the most notable archeological museums in the world, and has 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. It covers an area of 7000 m2 and has 5000 works on exhibition. In addition, a further 25-30,000 works are in storage. Lunch will be in the Kaleiçi (Inner Castle). This is the nucleus of the city, which embraced many civilizations. It is now restored and has become an attractive tourist centre with hotels, restaurants, and shopping and entertainment facilities. Kaleici retains all the original ancient Turkish archeological characteristics. The old harbour has been completely restored and is well-worth visiting; the restoration activities in Kaleici won the Golden Apple Prize, the Oscar of Tourism, in 1984.

Old harbour at Antalya - Kaleiçi

Tour 6: Düzlerçami/Güver Abyss – Termessos - Karain Cave; Düzlerçami is 8 km north of Antalya and is especially popular in summer with picnickers. The Güver Abyss is the result of three mountain chains separating from one another causing an abyss 115 m deep, which still continues to deepen because of erosion. It is believed to be one million years old. The second stop is the ancient Psidian fortress city of Termessos, situated at a height of 1050 m in the Taurus Mountains.  It was one of the few cities that successfully repelled (in 333 BC) the army of Alexander the Great. Termessos contains an unusual synthesis of a large number of rare plants and animal species, which are under protection in the Termessos National Park. Some of the remains found there are the city walls, the Hadrian's triumphal arch, the cisterns, a spectacularly-sited theatre, the gymnasium, the agora, the odeon and the heroon. Among the scattered tombs are those of Alcates, and Agatemeros, and a sarcophagus decorated with lions. After lunch the trip will travel to Karain Cave, a natural cave which served as habitation for the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic people, and during the classic era as a temple to the mountain goddess. It is the largest cave in Turkey known to have been continuously inhabited for 25,000 years. Some of the findings are on display in the little Karain Museum and others in the pre-history section of Antalya Museum.

                                                                        

                                                               Theater at Termessos                                Lion sarcophagus at Termessos

Tour 7: Kemer – Phaselis (Tekirova) – Cirali - Olympos; The first stop is Kemer, located about 43 km from Antalya, and known internationally as a very important place in tourism. After shopping, touring around the city center and lunch, the trip will travel to Phaselis (Tekirova), a ruined Lydian city arranged around three small natural bays. Here also are many graves, a theatre, auditorium and aqueduct. Next stop is Cirali, a port city established in the 2nd century on two sides of a beautiful valley and which continued to flourish until the 15th century A.D. A sandy beach is found where the town and the valley meet the sea, into which a mountain stream flows. Less than an hour's walk from Olympos brings you to the unusual natural phenomenon of Cirali or Chimaera. Known by the local inhabitants as the "burning mountain" (Yanartas), it is a result of escaping natural gas has been spontaneously burning for centuries.

   

                               Theater at Phaselis                                                                                   Chimaera

Tour 8: Saklikent – Düden, Kurşunlu Waterfalls; The first stop, about 45 km from Antalya and at a height of 1,800 m, is Saklikent where winter sports are possible during from December to March, which is in contrast to Antalya with its mild climate. There are two teleskis, blue and red runs as well as soft piste skiing. The town has restaurants, special tea-houses, and small hotels with an enjoyable atmosphere. After Saklıkent the trip will travel to Düden Waterfall, surrounded by green trees and rock tombs. After lunch the trip will continue to Kursunlu Waterfall, where there are 7 ponds connected to each other by waterfalls. Here there are scenic observation points, game areas and walking paths.

Kursunlu Waterfall

Tour 9: Demre (Myra) – Kemer; This tour will start by visiting St. Nicholas Church in Myra (Demre). It was one of the most important cities among the other six Lycian cities in this region. The rock tombs, the theatre and St. Nicholas Church have survived to make it a place worth visiting. St. Nicholas was born in 245 A.D. in Patara near Fethiye, and is known variously as St.Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Heilige Nikolaus and Pere Noel, and lived in Anatolia. He died in 363 A.D. and was buried in Demre, where a church was built in his memory. The first Father Christmas symposium ever held in Antalya was between 5-7 December 1983. This is now held annually and is attended by religious and scientific people from all over the world. After having a lunch in Myra the trip will travel back to the town of Kemer for a short tour.

                                                                

                             St. Nicholas Church and Tomb 

Cultural Programs for Accompanying Persons

Special programs for accompanying persons to show Turkish traditions and customs, such as carpet weaving  and cooking, including specialities from the Antalya region. Details will be provided later.