You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul around 4:30 am and will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight from Istanbul to Konya between 7:00 – 8:00 am. Upon arrival at Konya airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Konya. In Konya, you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your full-day tour of Konya.
Konya dates back to the period of the Hittites and is also home to the famous whirling dervishes and the Seljuk culture. The tour takes you to:
Mevlana Museum, this complex is home to the properties and works of the 13th-century religious leader and poet Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi.
Break for lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. After lunch, continue your tour to:
Mevlana established the whirling dervish sect of Sufism, and the museum’s collection includes their musical instruments, fabrics, calligraphy, carpets, and a library. It also houses the tombs of Mevlana, his wife, children, and several notable Sufis.
Karatay Tile Museum is a stunning restored 13th-century medrese and is now a tile museum. The inside of the medrese is tiled in enamel blue and white Seljuk tiles, and there is also a superb collection of ceramics.
Ince Minare Museum is a museum that houses a magnificent collection of Seljuk period wood and stone sculptures including animal reliefs from the walls of the city. It was constructed in the 13th century as a medrese and has a beautifully carved portal.
Aladdin Mosque and Palace sits atop a hill in central Konya. It is another example of 13th-century architecture and is notable in part for the many decorative columns that are inside. At the foot of the hill is where you will find the excavation site of Alaeddin Kaykobad’s palace.
Aziziye Mosque, this is a typical mosque which was initially built in the 17th century but was then restored 200 years later after a fire destroyed it. This later restoration resulted in the mosque being reconstructed in a unique Rococo style which contrasts with others you may see.
Old Bazaar located behind the Mevlana Museum, is a colourful, sprawling, and bustling bazaar which is perfect for wandering, exploring and maybe finding a treasure to take home.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Konya airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. This will be the end of our tour and services.
- Included Meal(s): Lunch
INCLUDED in the Tour Price:
- Istanbul hotel pick-up and drop-off (on the European side of Istanbul only).
- Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Konya and Konya to Istanbul only.
- Professional licensed English-speaking guide during the tour.
- Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary.
- Local taxes and service charges.
- Dinner & Drinks
- Tips to staff, items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance