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For 2010 Photo Tour with M & M Photo tours
March 20, 2010 - March 31, 2010
2009 Photo Tour
April 01 2009 - April 14, 2009
April 19, 2009 - May 03, 2009
See below for details.
Reserve seats on any Melitour without obligation.
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to Hotel in the Blue Mosque Area.
Our hotel is situated
within walking distance of the must-see places in Istanbul. The
tour starts at 5:00 pm in the lobby of the hotel. After a short
introduction we will visit the Blue Mosque and have dinner.
Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya.
( Depending on your time of arrival this schedule might change)
Photograph old Ottoman Houses, Bosphorus, Cemetery,
Sinan's mosque interiors and much more. Overnight at Hotel Ayasofya.
Depending on the request of the group, we can make time for
visiting the Topkapi Palace, the Turkish Islamic Art museum, the
Basilica Cistern. these places are see must historic sites of
Istanbul. However, if the photography group prefers not to do
museum visits we can avoid them.
Be ready for some fantastic photo ops. Aya Sophia, street shots,
market interior shots, mosaics in the Chora Church, etc.
Set on Mount Erciyes
by James Caldwell
Monastary at sun set by James
Cappadocia will be hectic driving from one wonderful site to
another stupendous photo op. Depending on the time of the year, the
sun rise is between 05:30 to 06:30. The best way of catching the
best sun rise in Cappadocia is having a hot air balloon ride. The
balloon ride will be optional in the tour. The tour members can pay
the balloon company directly with their credit cards. in 2009 the
price was EURO 160.- per person. However, we do need to make
reservation ahead of time. So those interested in the balloon ride
please make sure you indicate your interest when you make your tour
reservation or at least two days prior the balloon ride.
Morning flight to Cappadocia.
Cappadocia is a land where nature and man have competed with each
other to create the unusual and the most beautiful landscape. A
hike takes us to 10th and 11th century churches, monasteries, and
houses carved into the rocks, and where we visit a family who live
in one of the ancient rock dwellings.
The moonlike terrain of Cappadocia
with its endless natural artwork is a photographer's delight. Overnight at Hotel in
We will visit home(s) in Cappadocia. Visit the most stunning, today
abandoned, cliff dwelling town with its spectacular monumental
monasteries, churches, mill and more. On the program is a visit to
a vineyard where shots of blooming vines along with discovering
some local Turkish liquid history is in store for us. Overnight at Hotel in
Day 6 - Cappadocia
Since Cappadocia is also the crafts center of Turkey we will visit
the craftsmen and women at their work shops and photograph their
talented hands at work. In the carpet center of Turkey, we have
scheduled a visit to see how the world-renowned art of Turkish
carpet making by hand along the use of natural dies is kept alive.
A visit to the
underground city of early Christians is also on our program. In
we will have our best village shots. We will see the"mother of
Cappadocia"-" The volcano, Hasan Dag, which is one of the two
volcanoes that had created Cappadocia. Overnight in Guzelyurt in a hotel
that was built as a Christian girl's school in 1853. We
can arrange a home stay for those who choose to stay with a family.
tomorrow morning we will all have breakfast at this house.
We will have breakfast at a home in the village to learn more about
the village life, to see the unique architecture and to taste the
best home made breakfast.
We will start the day with a short walk to the most scenic location
of Guzelyurt, where we will capture 10,000 years of history in the
gorge where houses were built on arch upon arch. Hikers
can take a morning hike to the oldest monastery valley in Christian
history. If you do not hike, you can stay in town and enjoy locals
absorbing the local atmosphere meeting with the locals with whom
you can easily make friends. After Lunch, depart for Konya, stopping en
route at a 12th century Caravanserai. Konya is the first capital of
the Selcuks, the oldest Turkish Empire in Anatolia. It is also
known for being the homeland of Rumi, a 13th century
poet-philosopher and one of the earliest humanists. The ambiance of
the city has not changed much for the past 800 years. Overnight at Hotel
distance to the Rumi Mausoleum and the market.
Day 9- Egirdir
In the morning a stop at the mausoleum of philosopher and the poet,
Rumi, a place made for great people and art shots. Then, time for
market shots in the thousand-year-old market place of Konya.
We get to Egirdir in time to see
how the fading sun makes this lake and mountains a photographer
dream of dramatic effects unfolding right in front of the lens.Overnight stay by the lake.
will leave Egirdir after breakfast. via Isparta we will drive to
Pamukkale En route we will stop at the Kaklik Caves for stunning
shots of this amazing cave which looks like an underground version
of Pamukkale. The afternoon drive takes us to Pamukkale where we catch the
setting sunlight magically illuminating the white cliffs as well as
yellow travertine walls of tombs and monuments. Pamukkale (ancient
Heirapolis) is singularly the most unusual natural phenomenon of
Turkey. The Turkish name literally means - "cotton castle" - and
refers to the extraordinary surface of the snow-white cliffs,
shaped over millennia by accumulation of calcium deposited by
Overnight at Pamukkale Pam
- Didyma Miletus Kusadasi
Meander Valley we will drive to the largest standing ionic temple
of the world, the Temple of Apollo. Our next stop will be the
Biblical city of Miletus. for those who are interested in
photography of architecture, these two sites will be overwhelming. Overnight at
Ephesus by James
will have 2 days for Ephesus. Our first visit will be in the
afternoon and the next day for those who choose to return for the
morning light, we will have time to enjoy photography of Ephesus.
We will also visit the house of the Virgin Mary and the 13th
Century Mosque of Isa Bey. Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city in the
eastern Mediterranean and today ranks among the best places in the
world to get a feel for what life was like in Roman times. While
sitting in the theater of ancient Ephesus you can visualize 35,000
Ephesians listen to silversmith Demetrius shout..."great is Artemis
of Ephesians"… in reaction to St. Paul's preaching… "there shall be
no man-made gods."Overnight at
- Selcuk /
Kusadasi/ Sirince village
Transportation will be arranged for those who are interested in
going back to Ephesus for morning light, others can have alternative short itineraries or
visit the well known and historic Kusadasi. Or they can go to
sirince. Transportation will be available for different choices.Overnight at
– Tire market/ Istanbul ( Tire is the name of the town where
the farmer's market is)A visit to the Saturday Selcuk farmer's market is followed by a
late flight from Izmir (7:00 pm) to Istanbul.
Transfer to and overnight at Hotel
at the blue Mosque area.
– Flight home
The tour officially ends after transfer to the international
airport for the connecting flight out of Istanbul returning to USA
The price will vary according the size of the group
15 to 18 people in the
group US$ ......
10 to 14 people in the group US$ ......
Single Room supplement US$ 300
The tour price includes the following:
- 14 nights hotel, double occupancy
- 2 Domestic Flights Istanbul - Cappadcia /Izmir - Istanbul
- Breakfast, and dinner each day
- All entrance fees
- Tips at the hotels and the restaurants
where meals are included
- All transportation and transfer within Turkey
- Experienced Guide
Not included in the price
- Tip to the driver
- Tip for the guide
- Beverages and drinks
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Travel insurance for accident / medical / property
US citizens need a visa to travel in Turkey. You may obtain this
visa upon your arrival at the Istanbul airport. The fee is $ 20 in US currency.
The visa is valid for three months.
We can arrange individual transfers from the airport to the hotel.
Please let us know your arrival information. Look for a MELITOUR sign at the
departure from the customs area at the airport.
If you plan to arrive a few days before the tour to get over jet
lag we can reserve a room at the hotel where we will spend the
fist few days of our tour in Istanbul.
We can suggest itineraries for those who want to explore on their
own or with a guide before or after the tour. Simply send us an
e-mail with your request.
In case of unexpected delay or change of flight, should there be a
problem in meeting the person who should be waiting for you at the airport
please call Asli 0533 368 3113