Winter School – Social Activity Program

January 21st, 2024 (Sunday)

Perge, Aspendos, and Side Tour

A fascinating journey through history can be had by taking a tour of Antalya’s historic cities. There are numerous well-maintained Roman gates, theaters, stadiums, and temples in Perge, Aspendos, and Side. With this tour, you may experience the splendor of the Roman Empire in person, see its magnificent architecture, and learn about everyday life. To connect with the past and understand their enduring influence, history buffs, and archaeology lovers must visit these historic cities. This full-day tour comes with a professional tour guide and lunch.

January 22nd, 2024 (Monday)

Antalya Old Town Tour

A tour of Antalya’s old town, known as “Kaleici”, offers a fascinating journey through history. With an expert guide, you can explore the ancient alleyways and Ottoman-era homes, capturing incredible photos along the way. One of the highlights of the tour is Hadrian’s Gate, a magnificent Roman monument that dates back to the 2nd century AD. This historical site, along with several mosques and other significant landmarks, can be admired during a 5.5 km ‘runseeing’ tour of the Old Town. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural beauty of Antalya’s ancient past through this captivating tour.

January 23rd, 2024 (Tuesday)

Antalya Aquarium Tour

The Aquarium is a popular attraction in Antalya, known for its impressive collection of marine life and interactive displays. The Antalya Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums, with a tunnel aquarium that is 131m (430 feet) long and 3m (10 feet) wide. The water capacity exceeds 7.5 million liters. Featuring 40 different kinds of aquariums, you can see aquatic life of all sizes.

January 24th, 2024 (Wednesday)

Tahtalı Mountain and Phaselis Tour

Your journey begins with a scenic cable car ride to the summit of Tahtalı Mountain, also known as Mount Olympos. In winter, Tahtalı Mountain is often covered in a blanket of snow, transforming it into a picturesque winter wonderland. After descending from Tahtalı Mountain, the tour can continue to Phaselis, an ancient Greek and Roman city located on the Mediterranean coast. Phaselis was once a major trading port and is known for its three harbors, which are still visible today.

January 25th, 2024 (Thursday)

Düden and Kurşunlu Waterfalls Tour

These natural wonders in Türkiye take on a unique charm when surrounded by the serenity of winter. These waterfalls, divided into Upper and Lower sections, offer a mesmerizing experience. To reach the waterfalls, you’ll follow a well-maintained trail that winds its way through the forest. The trail is relatively easy to navigate, making it suitable for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. Along the way, you can observe the native plant life and bird species that call the park home.

January 27th, 2024 (Saturday)

Istanbul Old City Tour

A professionally guided journey through time and history starting at the Topkapı Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. After visiting the palace, we head to the nearby Blue Mosque, renowned for its stunning blue-tiled interior. The mosque’s architecture is a testament to the grandeur of Ottoman design. Just a short walk from the Blue Mosque, you’ll find the Hagia Sophia, a marvel of architectural and historical significance.

January 28th, 2024 (Sunday)

Bosphorus Boat Tour

As you sail between the European and Asian continents, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of historic landmarks, including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, and the iconic Bosphorus bridges. After enjoying the scenic cruise, the boat will make its way to a charming fisherman village along the Bosphorus. In the fisherman village, you can wander through narrow streets lined with colorful houses, visit local shops selling handmade crafts and souvenirs, and interact with friendly villagers.

January 29th, 2024 (Monday)

Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, and Taksim Tour

A tour of Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, and Taksim Square not only allows you to explore Istanbul’s history and culture but also immerse yourself in the vibrant and dynamic atmosphere of this magnificent city. The tour starts from the famous Taksim Square through one of the liveliest and most bustling streets in Istanbul to one of Istanbul’s most recognizable landmarks, Galata Tower, which gives the chance of a 360-degree view of the city.

January 30th, 2024 (Tuesday)

Mall of Istanbul Shopping and Fun Park Tour

The Mall of Istanbul is a shopaholic’s paradise, boasting a vast array of +350 retail stores, boutiques, and international brands. Whether you’re looking for high-end fashion, electronics, home decor, or everyday essentials, you’ll find it here. The “Fun Park” part of the Mall of Istanbul lives up to its name and offers various activities and attractions suitable for visitors of all ages. If you’re seeking an unforgettable day of amusement and excitement, look no further than the “Fun Park” at the Mall of Istanbul.

February 01st, 2024 (Thursday)

Spice Bazaar and Galata Bridge Tour

The Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a historic market located in the heart of Istanbul’s Eminönü district. After immersing yourself in the captivating scents and flavors of the Spice Bazaar, a short stroll across the iconic Galata Bridge is a must. The Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn, connecting the historic Eminönü district to the vibrant Karaköy neighborhood. As you walk along the bridge, you’ll also find an array of small seafood restaurants which are the perfect place to savor some authentic Turkish seafood dishes.

February 02nd, 2024 (Friday)

Golden Horn and Bosphorus Yacht Tour with Farewell Dinner

The tour typically starts from the Golden Horn, a historic and natural harbor that divides the European side of Istanbul into two parts. Leaving the Golden Horn behind, the yacht will navigate the famous Bosphorus Strait. This waterway is the natural boundary that separates Europe and Asia, and it’s one of the most picturesque and historically significant stretches of water in the world. As the sun sets and the Bosphorus comes alive with lights, we will transform into a floating restaurant for a memorable farewell dinner as music and dances will accompany us throughout the night.