Istanbul, A Tale of Two Cities
You can Discover
With 8,500 years of a glamorous history, Istanbul has always been an important metropolis of its days. The former capital of many empires including Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire the city holds within some of the precious ancient monuments as well as a unique beauty with the Bosphorus running across the city separating Europe and Asia.
You can Explore
8500 years of history, capital of 3 great empires, population of 15.1 million, 8th most visited city, World’s Leading Congress Destination, 2010 European Capital of Culture, 2012 European Capital of Sport, connecting 2 continents – Europe and Asia, 78 public and private museums, 114 shopping malls, 5 imperial palaces, dozens of summer palaces and mansions, 4 historic bazaars, 56 universities, 4 seasons throughout the year
You can Fly
Istanbul is considered to be one of the main air traffic hubs connecting many international airlines from Europe to Middle-East, Asia and Africa. Thanks to the Turkish Airlines massive network (flying to more countries in the world than any other airline) Istanbul became a more popular and widely visited destination with 2 international airports in each continents.
You can Travel
Istanbul offers a huge network of public easily be accessed with a single transportation card – IstanbulCard. With city buses, ‘Dolmuş’ yellow minibus routes, ferries, sea-busses, railways such as subway and tram systems, Istanbul offers plenty options to get around the city.
You can Stay
The hub city for many cultures over the centuries Istanbul offers a variety of accommodation choices. With almost 112,000 bed capacity, over 222 five&four-star hotels including both international and Turkish chains, a variety of deluxe hotels situated in the Bosphorus shore and ancient peninsula, including suitable lofts near the central areas. The variety of hotels and the breath-taking sites of Istanbul will turn your stay into a unique experience to never be forgotten.
You can Meet
‘World’s Leading Congress Destination Istanbul is an ideal city to hold congresses with 100 to 30,000 or more participants as the city is home to 7 convention centres and 3 exhibition centres each capable of hosting major events with thousands of delegates. There are also many venues situated in historic sites and Bosphorus shores that offer unique experiences for events.
You can Experience
A wide range of historic places from Ottoman Palace’s to cisterns, from modern facilities to mansions on Bosphorus shores, Istanbul awaits you with unique venues to meet a fusion of diverse cultures and a wonderful cuisine of the East and the West. Whether a gala dinner or a social event, for any programme you may conduct, Istanbul is ready for you with a promise of an unforgettable experience for your events and congresses.
You can Visit
One of the most prestigious capitals of the ancient and modern world, Istanbul owns both religious and cultural phenomena of centuries as it is the only city that has marked the ending of an era in history with its conquest. Some of the wonderful sites of Istanbul are Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, Maiden’s Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Princes’ Islands and many more.
You can Taste
The Turkish cuisine’s richness of variety offers a wide choice for those who want to experience and enjoy new flavours. From exquisite pastry choices to delicious meat, fish and vegetable specialities; Turkey’s gastronomic panorama reflects a remarkable culinary synthesis coming from its cultural heritage. Istanbul provides a wide range of food choices originated from all around the world.
You can Enjoy
There is a common saying in Istanbul 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. Also Istanbul offers a variety of shopping opportunities of both authentic antiquities of Ottoman style to the modern multinational brands.