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Welcome Reception 

The welcome reception will be held in the same place as the symposium venue, i.e. Dilekkaya Hotel, Ortahisar, September 25th  from 18:00 to  20:00.

Wednesday Afternoon Program

September is an ideal time to visit cappadocia as already colorful scenery is enriched further by the autum colors. It should also be remembered that september is  a vintage time  for grape growers . Cappadocia has a long history  of wine making dating back to 7000 years and microclimate created in and around Kızılırmak river has something special to offer to you.

Wine tasting is for the later part of the day. The program on wednesday,  having finished the session at 13:00 and having had a quick lunch, we start hiking from Meskendir Valley(east) which is within walking distance from  the hotel . This will take us to  red/rose valley( south).This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions. During the hike we will visit several cave churches, cave houses and cave tunnels. There are  several routes that you can follow as marked in the map below. If you are too keen on walking you can terminate your hike at red valley east trailhead and you can be taken to Goreme Open air museum (,i.e. 6 )   by bus.  If you are keen, follow the route to trailhead   3 and 4  and hike to the red valley east. You can then walk to trailend west (3) with a  trail that would take you the  Goreme Open air museum.

Buradan nasıl yapalım sunsete geçmek iyi olur ama içecek bir şeyler olmalı acaba oncesine wine tasting ( Zeynep bağları) koysak ve  şaraplarımızı alarak sunsete mi gitsek. Oradan otele ve eotelden yemeğe

Welcome Reception

The welcome reception will be held in the same place as the symposium venue, i.e. Culture and Convention Center, METU on Sunday, September 6th  from 18:00 to  20:00.

Symposium Dinner

The symposium  dinner  will be held on Tuesday September 8th at  8:00 pm.  The cost  is included in the registration fee for the symposium

Accompanying Persons Program

There shall be a meeting  on  Monday, September 7th at 9:30 AM  in Meeting Hall C in METU-CCC to determine  the interests of the participants.  There are a number of  places  that would be of interest in  Ankara;   Anatolian Civilization Museum, Ulus, Hamamönü District or  a city tour. Around Ankara day trips may be organized to Beypazarı, Gordion or Safranbolu.

Pre/Post Symposium Excursions:

Cappadocia is well worth a visit while you are in Ankara. We have organized two tours for this; one before the symposium and the other after the symposium.

Cappadocia Tours( 2 Days)

First day

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and then we will depart on the road to Capadocia via the picturesque Salt Lake which is the second biggest lake in Turkey. Lunch will be served enroute. Upon arrival, we will directly head to the citadel of Uchisar to see the enchanting lunar landscape of the region: the “moon-like” topography of Capadocia. We will start with the natural landscape, where the wind and weather have eroded the soft volcanic rock leaving pillars, cones and “Fairy Chimneys” which are phenomenal, especially when seen for the first time. We will then visit Hunter’s Valley, which is the most beautiful panorama in the entire region. When we finish our program for the day we will return to the hotel for dinner and a rest.

Second day

After breakfast, we will depart from the Hotel to tour an underground city.  Here   1400 years ago people carved underground to create huge complexes up to 50 meters deep. 30.000 people lived in the underground cities for two years to hide and protect themselves from invaders. We will then continue to the entirely unique landscape of Goreme to see rock chapels hollowed out by early Christians, and used as secret dwellings; as they were being sought first by Roman and later by Byzantine persecutors. The chapels are decorated with vivid frescoes which have withstood the corrosive effects of the time, and dating from the 6th to the 10th century.  After lunch, we will also visit the pottery-making village, Avanos. In the late afternoon about 6pm we will return back to Ankara and to leave you at your hotel.

 First Day: Saturday, September 5th 2015  First Day: Thursday, September 8th 2015
 Second Day: Sunday, September 6th 2015  Second Day: Friday, September 9th 2015

* * Please be informed that 8 people at least are required for guaranteed departure.


  • Per Person in Single Room:  € 210
  • Per Person sharing a Double Room: € 165ALL INCLUDED-Accommodation in a  four star hotel (1 night)
    -Open buffet breakfast
    -Dinner in the Hotel
    -Lunches in local restaurants (first day and the second day)
    -Professional tour guide at your service throughout the tour
    -Transportation by private air-conditioned minibus or  coach depending on group size.WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED-Beverages, alcoholic and hot drinks at lunch
    -Personal expenses
    -Customary tips to your guide and to your driver
  • Hot Air Balloon Tour : This  is optional and  costs  € 140-160 bookable at the hotel or through the tour guide. The tour starts at 4:00 AM. The balloon takes off  for the sunrise and as it drifts away gently over the fairy chimneys, through valleys  scattered with pigeon houses  over orchards and vineyards you will enjoy the spectacular and surreal scenery of Cappadocia.



First Day: Saturday, September 5th 2015
Second Day: Sunday, September 6th 2015


First Day: Thursday, September 8th 2015
Second Day: Friday, September 9th 2015

BANK TRANSFER; should clearly state the name of the participant. A confirmation of the wire transfer must be submitted with the registration form as a proof of payment.
BANK NAME : Yapı Kredi Bankası, Ankara-TURKEY / SWIFT CODE : YAPITRISXXX / BRANCH : Dikmen Branch
ACCOUNT NAME : Linktur Turizm Organizasyon Taşımacılık Ltd.Şti.
Euro Account Number : 784- 94708238 / EUR IBAN; TR40 0006 7010 0000 0094 7082 38
The payer must pay all bank charges incurred for this transaction including “OUR” bank charges.
CREDIT CARD; You will be directed to PAYPAL site. After you complete your transaction through PAYPAL, your confirmation will be sent to your e-mail.