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DEKON TOUR 1 - THE IMPERIAL TOUR
HALF DAY (MORNING)
  • In the morning visit of Hagia Sophia Museum build by Emperor Justinia in the early 6th century as a church in Sultanahmet district.
  • Afterwards our tours continues with the visit of Blue Mosqeu built by Sultan Ahmet 1 in the early 17th century and designed by pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottomans architects.
  • Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of theold city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius andGerman Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
  • Next we will visit The Grand Bazaar, the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods.

 
Minimum of 10 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 2 - OTTOMAN SPLENDOURS
HALF DAY (AFTERNOON)
  • In the afternoon we will continue our tour at Topkapı Palace, recidence of Ottomans Sultans for centurys. Visit of Imperial Treasury and exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy sections.
  • The last visit of the day is Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563 designed by Sinan the Magnificent. Typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.


Minimum of 10 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 3 - BOSPHORUS CRUISE
HALF DAY (MORNING)
  • Our first stop is a brief visit to Spice Bazzar, one of Istanbul's most colorful, bustling attractions.
  • Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.
  • Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.

 


Minimum of 10 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 4 - ASIA AND BEYLERBEYI PALACE
HALF DAY (AFTERNOON)
  • Our tour begins by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world's longest suspension bridge.
  • From the brige we will visit the summit of Çamlıca Hill wichgives a panoramic views of Istanbul, The Sea of Marmara and Prices Islands.
  • With a short drive we will arrive to Palace of Beylerbeyi wich is located on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain.

 

 

 

 
DEKON TOUR 5 - OLD CITY TOUR
FULL DAY
  • In the morning visit of Hagia Sophia Museum build by Emperor Justinia in the early 6th century as a church in Sultanahmet district.
  • Afterwards our tours continues with the visit of Blue Mosqeu built by Sultan Ahmet 1 in the early 17th century and designed by pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottomans architects.
  • Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of theold city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius andGerman Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
  • Grand Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.
    (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets)
  • In the afternoon we will continue our tour at Topkapı Palace, recidence of Ottomans Sultans for centurys. Visit of Imperial Treasury and exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy sections.
  • The last visit of the day is Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563 designed by Sinan the Magnificent.

 

 

 
DEKON TOUR 6 - ISTANBUL BY NIGHT
NIGHT TOUR
  • We will visit one of Istanbul exclusive nightclub where you will enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine, including the delicious array of appetizers known as meze. The Turks are justly proud of their food.
  • They are equally proud of their traditional music, and after dinner folk musicians from different regions of Anatolia will perform for us. And of course no night out in Istanbul would be complete without belly-dancers. We will be entertained by some of the city's finest.

 

Minimum of 10 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 7 - PRINCESS ISLANDS
FULL DAY
  • Our visit to Pricess Islands is the best way to escape the bustle of Istanbul. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain. Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman houses, all the islands are  unspoiled by traffic. Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era. We will enjoy our lunch at the best of one of the many excellent fresh fish restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing across the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close -  though it feels worlds away.

 

 

 

 
DEKON TOUR 8 - PERA
Half Day
  • We begin our tour at the top of  Istiklal Avenue, in Taksim Square.
  • Our first visit will be French Cultural Institute wich brings French culture to Istanbul.
  • Then we visit Aya Triada, Istanbul's largest Eastern Orthodox Church
  • After that a short stroll brings us to Ağa Mosqeu dating back to 1597.
  • Next we will visit Galatasaray High School, founded in 1868. From there we descend to French Street and afterwards stop at the Church of Saint Antoine, Istanbul largest Catholic church.
  • Nearby is the Crimea Memorial Church. From there we visit the Pera Palace Hotel, terminal hotel for the Orient Express, and then ride the Tunel finicular, built in 1875

 

Minimum of 4 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 9 - CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
FULL DAY
  • Our tour begins with a stroll along side the beautiful Golden Horn, the perfect introduction to the splendours of Christendom that crown Istanbul's cityscape.
  • One such splendour is the The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, once one of the fourteen autocephalous churches within the communion of Orthodox Christianity.
  • Our tour of the Orothodox world will continue with a visit to Balat and the Bulgarian Iron Church, completed in 1898, brought in from Europe by rail.
  • From here we explore the wooden buildings at the base of the towering ramparts of the Old City, where the practitioners of three distinct religions lived together harmoniously in one single neighbourhood. In addition to admiring the architecture of these wooden treasures, there will be ample opportunities to photograph the Walls of Constantinople, which stand strong to this day, as well as the still standing Golden Gate-the famed entrance to the Yedikule Fortress, gateway to the heart of Byzantium
  • Within those walls, one of the main attractions has always been the Little Hagia Sophia, an Eastern Othodox church, thus named because it may have served as a model for the Hagia Sophia.
  • After that visit, we will enjoy delicious Turkish cuisine before heading on to the Galata Tower, a 14th century medieval stone tower built by the Genoese that dominates the skyline of Beyoglu, affording sweeping views of the Old City, Golden Horn, Bosphorus, and the Sea of Mamara from its parapet, as well being one of the most striking landmarks in the city. From the Galata Tower we will take a short walk up historic Istiklal Avenue to the Saint Antoine Catholic Church, the most beautiful Catholic church in Istanbul, built in 1912.

 

Minimum of 4 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 10 - GALLIPOLI
FULL DAY

 

  • Our tour starts with an early departure for Çanakkale with a private vehicule, scene of the epic First World War amphibious landing.
  • After touring Çanakkale, we cross The Hellespont to the battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula, the crucible where the national consciousnesses of Australia and New Zealand were forged in steel and blood.
  • Planned by Winston Churchill, the Gallipoli invasion was the first modern amphibious landing, and one of Turkey's greatest military victories of modern times, but it was won at the cost of enormous losses on both sides, particularly among the heroic ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops.
  • They landed at what is known as Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915, and fought there eight months in a courageous but doomed struggle. Over 300,000 men from all sides were killed or wounded in the battle's eight furious months, making it one of the bloodiest campaigns in history. In the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkish commander at the battle and founder of the modern Republic, "There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets where they lie side by side in this country of ours... Having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”

 

Minimum of 4 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 11 - EPHESUS
FULL DAY

 

  • For our visit to Ephesus first we will catch an early flight to Izmir then drive to the antique city of Ephesus wich is
  • Ephesus is one of the world's richest and most rewarding archaeological sites with impressive ruins dating from the Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. It is also closely associated with the beginnings of the Christian faith. In addition to being the city to which the Letters to the Ephesians were written, St. John and St. Paul both visited the city, and the Virgin Mary herself is said to have spent her last days nearby.
  • Among the highlights of our tour of Ephesus will be the antique theatre, the famed Library of Celsus, the brothel, the vast Basilica of St. John, the Mosque of Isabey,  and the Temple of Artemis.
  • Finally we will make a short pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary, which stands high on a mountainside overlooking the Aegean Sea and the Greek island of Samos.

 

Minimum of 8 people is required

 

 
DEKON TOUR 12 - CAPPADOCIA
TWO DAYS
  • For our visit to Cappadocia first we fly to Ankara or Kayseri and drive to Üçhisar.
  • in the midst of the Cappadocian heartland, where we will be staying at one of Cappadocia's unique boutique Cave Hotels.
  • Cappadocia is a region unlike any other. Its extraordinary landscape is composed of soft volcanic stone that wind and rain have sculpted into fantastic clusters of multicolored spires and pinnacles. What is more, the softness of the stone encouraged the medieval Christian inhabitants of the region to carve out of the living rock literally hundreds of churches, monasteries, towns and villages.
  • On our way to Üçhisar we will stop off at the magnificent 13th century Selçuk caravanserai known as Ağzıkarahan, and at one of the region's famous ‘underground cities'. These go down many storeys into the earth and are among the marvels of medieval engineering. Once in Üçhisar, we will visit the great rock-hewn citadel that looms over the town.
  • . On our second day we will visit the open-air museum of the Göreme Valley, which contains the region's highest concentration of painted churches. The frescoes are among the masterpieces of Byzantine art. A short distance beyond Göreme lie the villages of Avcılar and Çavuşin, both of which have many cave-dwellings, and the dramatic Zelve Valley

 

 

Minimum of 10 people is required