Konya private guided tours see the spinning Turkish dervish founder Mevlana Rumi's tomb in the Mausoleum at Mevlana Museum. Konya is one of the most religious places in Turkey, and people flock here to see the famous Rumi's, Tomb.
This central Anatolian city has many attractions, take a Konya sightseeing private tour and go to the "around the world in 80 days park" to the lovely town of Sille with its beautiful quaint houses or visit some of the beautiful Mosques and Ruins. The monuments and museums dotted around the city all have their own unique spin on the history of this area. Read More...
Konya Custom Private Tours and Go to the "Around the World in 80 Days Park"
Guided 80 Binde Devr-i Alem Park Tours will escort you around the park based on the famous movie around the world in 80 days. There are miniature sculptures of all the seven wonders of the world, almost every prehistoric animal you can think of, and children's favorite cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone, The Smurfs, Gulliver and much more.
It's a fun day out, and all the exhibits are accessible to the public especially children so learn and explore, there are details on all the exhibitions, and the photo opportunities are endless.
Top 10 Things to Do in Konya
Sightseeing tour of the settlement mound of Çatalhöyük is one of the most important excavation sites in the world. It is the biggest Neolithic settlement sites dating back 9,000 years. Archaeologists are still working on the site, so access limited but the Museum alongside will explain the importance of the site. See the site and the clear building outlines and deep levels of the buildings.
The Mevlana museum is set in lovely rose gardens making your way through to the Dervişan Kapısı (Gate of the Dervishes). Guided private tour of the compound takes you to the Mausoleum where the Mevlana Tomb is located. The founder of the whirling dervish Sufism sect many people visit this site and tour the exhibits on dervish life.
Private tours of the site of Konya's former citadel in the city center is where the locals of Konya gather for an evening drinking tea. Overlooking the Mosque is the old city wall and the excavated site of the Alaeddin Kaykobads Palace. Built in the 13th century the Alaeddin Camii has over 40 antique columns supporting a stunning wooden ceiling.
This old medrese building founded in 1251, was recently restored and is now a museum exhibiting Seljuk enamel tile works. Touring a tile museum may sound a little boring, but it is a major tourist attraction in Konya. The beauty of the building and the internal walls are covered in beautiful Seljuk tiling. There are ceramic exhibits from nearby archaeological sites.
Konya Archaeological Museum
Guided tours Konya's museum might shock you at the start because the museum has never been updated, so it's a bit dusty and old. However, this Museum has the best collection of Çatalhöyük relic's directly from the archaeological dig. The Roman sarcophagi with intricately decorated finishes are stunning. The atmosphere in the museum is that of old school charm.
Konya's guided tours will take you inside Konya's bazaar area is the Aziziye Mosque built in 1676 by the Mustafa Paşa (an Ottoman Court Adviser) and rebuilt again in 1867. The mosque's architecture is heavily inspired by the Baroque period with a painted colorful interior, minarets and a prayer nook.
The former Greek settlement of Sille on a private tour will take you to visit this tiny quaint village on the edge of the city of Konya. There are lovely little wooden beamed original houses and ancient cave dwellings off the cliff ridge which are great photo ops. On this city tour, you will also visit St Helena and Küçük Kilise Byzantine Churches.
In front of the Mevlana Museum is the large domed Selimiye Mosque. Private tours of the Mosque commissioned and built in the mid-1500's by Sultan Selim II. This city tour is an ideal photo opportunity as the view of the Mosque and the Museum behind it is fabulous or relax at one of the coffee shops and watch the world go by.
Ince Minaret Medrese Wooden and Stone Carving Museum
The Ince Minareli Medrese (Seminary of the Slender Minaret) lost the minaret in its name when lightning hit it in the 1900's. Built in 1260 in honour of Seljuk Vizier Sahip Ata, the design features beautifully sculpted decoration on the portal. The building is now a museum, with an extensive collection of Seljuk-era stone and wooden sculptures that include unique animal reliefs.
80 Binde Devr-i Alem Park (Around the world in 80Days Park)
Based on the movie around the world in 80 days the 80 Binde Devr-i Alem Park has lots to offer on their guided tour. There are miniature sculptures of all the wonders of the world, prehistoric animals, and favorite cartoon characters. It's a fun day for little kids and the family especially it's like a wonderland for them, and all the exhibits are accessible.
Travel Tips for Konya
Best Time To Visit
You can travel to Konya on a private tour at any time of the year due to the steady sunny climate; it can be a little cold and wet from January to the beginning of April. The city in more inland so come prepared for some seriously hot heat in the summer month. In or out of season it is possible to visit the historical country sites. To assure your bookings try to pre-book your tours and airport transfers during the high season before you leave.
Konya and Turkey on a budget are the ideal holiday destination! Flights are reasonable out of season however during high season can cost a little extra. The currency is Turkish Lire; you will get reasonable rates in the change offices they do take the commission, but it is a minimal amount. The bars and restaurant prices are reasonable In Koyna as it is more a village or town than a city.
Know Before Visiting
Alanya is a diverse, welcoming and helpful nation, you will fall in love with this country, and will keep coming back again and again. If you love to shop, you will love the markets and bazaars. Haggling is part of the culture here so have fun take up to 30% off their asking price! Use the bus service to get around as it is cheap and will stop and drop you.
The weather is ideal for most of the year; the winters can be mild but still cold so wrap up well. From June to October, the weather is fantastic and gets scorching hot from July until September with temperatures hitting over 40 degrees and even higher inland. While Konya may not be a beach destination there are lots of places to swim and cool off and lots to see and do.