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Konya Tour from Istanbul

Created with Sketch. Konya, Turkey
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Duration

1 Day

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

15 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Travel from Istanbul by plane to explore the mystical town of Konya, home of the Whirling Dervishes. Wander around this incredible location, visit the Mevlana Museum and admire the beautiful mosques and minarets.

The tour starts early in the morning with pickup from your hotel and then a short drive to Istanbul airport. Fly above the city and gaze at the views as you travel to Konya. Upon arrival in Konya, meet your local guide and head straight to the first stop of the tour, Mevlana Museum located in Konya city center. The museum is known for its mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi.

The museum is also home to the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Watch the performers as they glide around in their traditional dress and learn from your guide about the origins of the dance and its importance to the culture. At the museum visit the Matbah, tombs, Tilavet Chamber, and Semâ-Hâne, a ritual hall.

Next, continue onto the Selimiye Mosque commissioned by, and named for, Sultan Selim II in the Ottoman style. Construction began in 1558 when Selim was still a prince and was completed shortly after he became sultan, in 1567. After exploring the mosque, enjoy lunch at an authentic restaurant and taste the flavors of the region. After lunch, visit the Karatay Madrasah, a place usually founded and maintained by the sultan, princes and other nobles who could afford to meet the expenses needed for free education to students.

Then visit the Ince Minaret Medrasah which dates back to the 13th century and was originally an Islamic school but is now a museum of wood and stone carving. Admire its elegant and tiled minaret that was originally much taller than the section that survives today, and had an unusually slender appearance in comparison to the minarets of other contemporary Seljuk mosques. Take a visit to the nearby Alaaddin Mosque with its impressive beauty and construction that dates back to 1221 during the time of Alaaddin Keykubat. At the end of the tour, drive back to Konya airport for your return to Istanbul.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel at Mevlana Museum
  • Visit the Ince Minaret Medrasah which dates from the 13th century
  • Admire the 12th century Alaaddin Mosque
  • Watch the fascinating Whirling Dervishes

Itinerary

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Transfer to Istanbul Airport
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Flight to Konya
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Transfer to City Center
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Full Day Islamic Konya Tour
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Lunch
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Flight to Istanbul
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Transfer to Hotel and Overnight in Istanbul

Included/Exclude

  • Airport transfer in Istanbul and Konya
  • Roundtrip flight tickets
  • 1 full day Konya city tour and Mevlan museum tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
  • Professional guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Local taxes
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Konya, Turkey

FAQs

Are museum entrances fees included during your tours?
Yes. We believe in making it easy for you to budget for your trip, so all our tours entrance fees to museums listed in your itinerary are included.
Will I have a tour guide on my tour?
Yes, all of our tours include the services of a professional, English-speaking tour guide, licensed with the Ministry of Tourism.
I’m a Vegetarian. Will I be able to find vegetarian meals in Turkey ?
Yes. Many dishes in Turkey are vegetarian so it is generally easy to find vegetarian options. Please let us know at the time of booking that you are vegetarian.
What do you mean by a “professional licensed tour guide”?
Taking a tour with the professional licensed guide is very important. Guides in Turkey study a mix of history, archaeology and mythology for 4 years in order to get their tour guiding license and pass special exams in language skills. All our company tour guides are professional licensed guides and expert in their regions. It is illegal for anyone who is not a licensed tour guide to conduct tours of historical sites in Turkey.
What kind of vehicle will be provided on my tour?
Our company provides you with a late model, comfortable, air conditioned vehicle such as a Mercedes Vito,Mercedes Sprinter,Volkswagen Carevalla and Crafter with an experienced driver.

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