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MARCH 29, 2006 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSEOn Wednesday, 29 March 2006, the shadow of the Moon will sweep a band starting from Brazil, through Atlantic Ocean, Gold Coast of Africa, Saharan Desert, Mediterranean Sea, Turkey, Black Sea, Georgia, Russian Federation, northern shores of Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan; ending in Mongolia. The duration of totality will be less than 2 minutes near the sunrise and sunset limits, but will be as long as 4 minutes and 7 seconds in Libya, at the moment of greatest eclipse. The path of totality will be 180 kilometers wide at that moment.

The partial phases will be witnessed by all of Europe. All Asia west of Yakutsk, Mongolia, central China and Myanmar, and north of the line joining Bombay and Calcutta will see some of the Moon in front of the Sun. Also, only the southeastern parts of Africa will miss the partial eclipse.

Our Special Eclipse Tours :

ECLIPSE 2006  TOUR  - 13 Nights / 14 Days

Day 01 - 24 March 2005 - Friday

Arrive in Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents. After clearing Passport and Customs controls on your own, meet and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon to rest. Free for Dinner, Overnight in Istanbul (New City).

Incase you arrive on the 25th to Istanbul , your Istanbul tour will be offered at the end of the trip . You may select one of the Istanbul tours on your request…

Day 02 – 25 March 2005 - Saturday

A full day tour at the Old City where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. St.Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a basilica in 536 by Emperor Justinian (Closed on Mondays; replaced with a visit to the St. Chora Museum); Blue Mosque, facing St.Sophia, famous with its more than 20.000 blue Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art; Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations, and political activities of the old city where one can also see today the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Colossus; the marvelous Underground Cistern; After lunch proceed to Topkapi Palace - Harem section is excluded - (Closed on Tuesdays; replaced with a visit to the Archaeological Museum), built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans housing the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelains, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.; Grand Covered Bazaar (Closed on Sundays), the most attractive shopping center in the world with nearly 4000 shops. Dinner free, Overnight in 4 Stars hotel. (B) (To reach Ankara we do offer also a night bus and a Sleepers train that reaches Ankara in the morning instead of flying early in the morning. By this we do offer a possibility to reduce the package costs…)

Day 03 – 26 March 2005 - Sunday

After early breakfast , transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara (08:00). Pick up at the Ankara airport and start the city tour . In the morning visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (It is closed on Mondays. If the guests commence the tour on Monday this museum is visited on the way back to Ankara unless they fly back from Kayseri or Nevsehir) also known as Hittite Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish hero. Then departure for Cappadocia and lunch on the way. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival to the Cappadocia region and overnight (B,D).

Day 04 – 27 March 2005 – Monday  

After having breakfast in the hotel visit to the Pigeon Valley and Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch in a restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagý in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia (B,D).

Day 05 – 28 March 2005 – Tuesday

Early departure for Antalya. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic in Konya, proceed to Antalya, On arrival to your hotel have a briefing about the Eclipse and the location. Check equipments before dinner and overnight  (B,D).

Day 06 – 29 March 2005 – Wednesday

Early breakfast and proceed to the watching area. We have selected a nice location where not much buildings are located.  Lunch boxes to be prepared, Preparation for Eclipse , set up the infrastructure and electricity , make our selve ready for the eclipse. Full day in the Eclipse area, … Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight . (B,L,D).

Day 07 – 30 March 2005 – Thursday

Fullday visit of Antalya ,  visiting Aspendos, the best preserved amphitheatre in the world. Continue to Perge - originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 B.C. - with its great theatre, stadium, huge Hellenistic and Roman gates, and colonnaded street, then on to Antalya Museum and Harbour… Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight . (B,D).

Day 08 – 31 March 2005 – Friday   

In the morning departure to Pamukkale. On the way visit the famous Aphrodisias antic site with its museum and ruins. Continue to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale area.  (B,D).

Day 09 – 01 April 2005 – Saturday  

Early departure to Kusadasi area and tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded), Virgin Mary’s House, and St. John Basilica. Overnight in Kusadasi (B,D).

Day 10 – 02 April 2005 – Sunday  

Free day in Kusadasi for leisure . (B,D). 

Day 11 – 03 April 2005 – Monday  

Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. Lunch and drive to Assos for a short visit to the village. Overnight in a simple hotel in Canakkale or at a simple but cosy hotel in Assos.v(B,D). 

Day 12 – 04 April 2005 – Tuesday  

After breakfast drive to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years, drive to Canakkale and lunch. Thereafter sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles - particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrival in Istanbul . Overnight in Istanbul (B, L).

Day 13 – 05 April 2005 – Wednesday  

In the morning proceed to the pier to embark the boat. Starting the cruise from the Golden Horn and sailing through the waterway separating the two continents - Asia and Europe - with a possibility to take pictures of the marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials. During the cruise Ciragan Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus and the bridges will be visioned. Leaving the boat around Tarabya   and proceeding to the restaurant for lunch. Thereafter visit to the Rumelian Fortress, historical armament built by the Conqueror in 1452 to control and protect Bosphorus. After the visit to this unique example of military architecture cross to the Asian side to visit Camlica Hill to observe the panoramic view of Istanbul, and then tour the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its original furniture and magnificent  gardens (New City) (B).

Day 14 – 06 April 2005 – Thursday

Transfer to the airport for the flight to home (B).


ECLIPSE 2006  TOUR  - 9 Nights / 10 Days

 Day 01 - 24 March 2005 - Friday

Arrive in Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents. After clearing Passport and Customs controls on your own, meet and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon to rest. Free for Dinner, Overnight in Istanbul (New City).

You may also arrive on the 25th to Istanbul …  

Day 02 – 25 March 2005 - Saturday

A full day tour at the Old City where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. St.Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a basilica in 536 by Emperor Justinian (Closed on Mondays; replaced with a visit to the St. Chora Museum); Blue Mosque, facing St.Sophia, famous with its more than 20.000 blue Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art; Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations, and political activities of the old city where one can also see today the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Colossus; the marvelous Underground Cistern; After lunch proceed to Topkapi Palace - Harem section is excluded - (Closed on Tuesdays; replaced with a visit to the Archaeological Museum), built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans housing the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelains, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.; Grand Covered Bazaar (Closed on Sundays), the most attractive shopping center in the world with nearly 4000 shops. Dinner free, Overnight in 4 Stars hotel. (B) (To reach Ankara we do offer also a night bus and a Sleepers train that reaches Ankara in the morning instead of flying early in the morning. By this we do offer a possibility to reduce the package costs…)

Day 03 – 26 March 2005 - Sunday

After early breakfast , transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara (08:00). Pick up at the Ankara airport and start the city tour . In the morning visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (It is closed on Mondays. If the guests commence the tour on Monday this museum is visited on the way back to Ankara unless they fly back from Kayseri or Nevsehir) also known as Hittite Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish hero. Then departure for Cappadocia and lunch on the way. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival to the Cappadocia region and overnight (B,D).

Day 04 – 27 March 2005 – Monday  

After having breakfast in the hotel visit to the Pigeon Valley and Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch in a restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagý in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia (B,D).

Day 05 – 28 March 2005 – Tuesday

Early departure for Antalya. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic in Konya, proceed to Antalya, On arrival to your hotel have a briefing about the Eclipse and the location. Check equipments before dinner and overnight  (B,D).

Day 06 – 29 March 2005 – Wednesday

Early breakfast and proceed to the watching area. We have selected a nice location where not much buildings are located.  Lunch boxes to be prepared, Preparation for Eclipse , set up the infrastructure and electricity , make our selve ready for the eclipse. Full day in the Eclipse area, … Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight . (B,L,D).

Day 07 – 30 March 2005 – Thursday

Fullday visit of Antalya ,  visiting Aspendos, the best preserved amphitheatre in the world. Continue to Perge - originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 B.C. - with its great theatre, stadium, huge Hellenistic and Roman gates, and colonnaded street, then on to Antalya Museum and Harbour… Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight . (B,D).

Day 08 – 31 March 2005 – Friday   

In the morning departure to Pamukkale. On the way visit the famous Aphrodisias antic site with its museum and ruins. Continue to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale area.  (B,D).

Day 09 – 01 April 2005 – Saturday  

Early departure to Kusadasi area and tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded), Virgin Mary’s House, and St. John Basilica. Overnight in Kusadasi (B,D).  (To reach Istanbul we do offer also a night bus that reaches Istanbul in the morning instead of flying early in the morning. By this we do offer a possibility to reduce the package costs…)

Day 10 – 02 April 2005 – Sunday  

Transfer to the Izmir airport for the flight to Istanbul that connects to your home flight  (B).


 ECLIPSE 2006  TOUR  - 6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 01 - 24 March 2005 - Friday

Arrive in Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents. After clearing Passport and Customs controls on your own, meet and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon to rest. Free for Dinner, Overnight in Istanbul (New City).

You may also arrive on the 25th to Istanbul …   

Day 02 – 25 March 2005 - Saturday

A full day tour at the Old City where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. St.Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a basilica in 536 by Emperor Justinian (Closed on Mondays; replaced with a visit to the St. Chora Museum); Blue Mosque, facing St.Sophia, famous with its more than 20.000 blue Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art; Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations, and political activities of the old city where one can also see today the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Colossus; the marvelous Underground Cistern; After lunch proceed to Topkapi Palace - Harem section is excluded - (Closed on Tuesdays; replaced with a visit to the Archaeological Museum), built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans housing the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelains, weapons, calligraphy section, etc.; Grand Covered Bazaar (Closed on Sundays), the most attractive shopping center in the world with nearly 4000 shops. Dinner free, Overnight in 4 Stars hotel. (B) (To reach Ankara we do offer also a night bus and a Sleepers train that reaches Ankara in the morning instead of flying early in the morning. By this we do offer a possibility to reduce the package costs…)

Day 03 – 26 March 2005 - Sunday

After early breakfast , transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara (08:00). Pick up at the Ankara airport and start the city tour . In the morning visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (It is closed on Mondays. If the guests commence the tour on Monday this museum is visited on the way back to Ankara unless they fly back from Kayseri or Nevsehir) also known as Hittite Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish hero. Then departure for Cappadocia and lunch on the way. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival to the Cappadocia region and overnight (B,D).

Day 04 – 27 March 2005 – Monday  

After having breakfast in the hotel visit to the Pigeon Valley and Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch in a restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagý in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia (B,D).

Day 05 – 28 March 2005 – Tuesday

Early departure for Antalya. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic in Konya, proceed to Antalya, On arrival to your hotel have a briefing about the Eclipse and the location. Check equipments before dinner and overnight  (B,D).

Day 06 – 29 March 2005 – Wednesday

Early breakfast and proceed to the watching area. We have selected a nice location where not much buildings are located.  Lunch boxes to be prepared, Preparation for Eclipse , set up the infrastructure and electricity , make our selve ready for the eclipse. Full day in the Eclipse area, … Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight . (B,L,D). (To reach Istanbul we do offer also a night bus that reaches Istanbul in the morning instead of flying early in the morning. By this we do offer a possibility to reduce the package costs…)

Day 07 – 30 March 2005 – Thursday

Transfer to the Antalya airport for the flight to Istanbul that connects to your home flight  (B).

Important : The tours are guaranty departure programs, either you are 1 or 3 the tours will depart

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