Home to a diverse culture and vibrant crowd, Istanbul offers an infinite number of possibilities for incentive ideas. Having the Bosphorus dividing the city and the continents, a boat tour on a beautiful Istanbul evening promises breath-taking scenery for your guests. As Turkey’s ultimate dining and cultural capital, Istanbul offers a variety of dining opportunities offering a variety of dishes in synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures together. With many classy restaurants, alongside Bosphorus shore fish and meze restaurants and ancient Ottoman places, together with modern well known food chains, Istanbul offers plenty of dishes with any suitable plan. Being a huge metropolis Istanbul also offers a variety of shopping opportunities. You will easily find almost any multinational brand in Istanbul’s shopping malls and districts, but the real appealing shopping site is the world famous “Grand Bazaar”. As the world’s first shopping mall, the Grand Bazaar features many beauties of the Ottoman and Turkish “arts & crafts” including carpets, ceramics and famous İznik and Kütahya tiles. For a deeper understanding, you may want to visit some of the ceramics ateliers to witness the creation of the famous tiles that have covered almost entire surface of the most famous mosques. Apart of ceramics and tiles you may also find out about glass blowing ateliers, demonstrations of Turkish Calligraphy and Ebru (the traditional art of paper marbling).
Other then Grand Bazaar, Istanbul also offers an area full of fine antique shops and furniture stores near Taksim, called Çukurcuma. The “Hor Hor” market is also a good place to visit if you are into antiques. Another unique attraction to be found in Istanbul is the ceremony of “Whirling Mevlevi Dervishes” which has an enormous influence in Ottoman and Turkish cultures. The spiritual ideology and the life style of Dervishes have made a remarkable impact in Turkish music and folk traditions over centuries. Istanbul is a great city to get a glimpse of the Dervish culture and Turkish music in general.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a relaxing bath after a busy day? Istanbul is just the right place for exhotic relaxation activities. Internationally known as “Turkish Baths” there are countless traditional Hamam’s in Istanbul. As a tradition lasting longer then 500 years, the Hamam’s are still the ultimate relaxation place in the city.
Would you prefer a night-out instead of a relaxation treatment? You are in the right place! There is a common saying in İstanbul that states “this city never sleeps". The hub of many different cultures living in harmony, İstanbul is the ultimate dining, shopping, music and entertainment capital of Turkey. Throughout the year in Istanbul, many events, concerts, art exhibitions and social gatherings all occur at once. Many concerts, music festivals, film festivals, performing arts events and exhibitions take place in countless halls across the city during both summer and winter seasons.
In short, one of the most visited places in the world, İstanbul is a central hub connecting East and West, blending the past and the future, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world. Thus, weather a historic tour or an exotic night out, romantic beautiful scenery or a vibrant night-out, Istanbul promises a beautiful experience each day during your stay. To explore the exotic beauties and attractions of this wonderful city, contact Turkey’s experienced Destination Management professionals to create programs beyond your expectations.