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Istanbul sightseeing Suggestions



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PERA DISTRICT

Galata Tower for stunning views

Pera Palace for historic luxury

Pera Museum for Ottoman paintings

Istanbul Modern Museum for Modern

Eat:

Cecconi’s for a fancy meal

Yeni Lokanta for modern Turkish

Mikla for fine dining and İmroz Tavern to feel like a local Döner at local shops in Taksim Square

Shop:

Misela for leather goods

Yasemin Özeri for basics

Archive for design goods

Drink:

Allis at SOHO House Istanbul

Klein Garten for partying

Georges Hotel rooftop for cocktails with a view


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KARAKÖY DISTRICT

Güllüoğlu for Turkish delights

Do:

Enjoy a Turkish Bath at Kılıçali Pasha Turkish Bath

Eat:

Mürver Terrace for views

Karaköy Lokantası for best of Turkish

Karabatak for brunch

Shop:

Çukurcuma for antiques

Mae Zae for local designs

Namlı for Turkish gourmet snacks Bey for mens

Drink:

Unter for the cool scene

Mitte for great cocktails


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BEBEK DISTRICT

Do:

Jog along the Bosphorus & Bebek Park to feel like a local

Eat:

Mangerie for best breakfast

Bebek Kahvesi for snacks

Nusret for great meat and Baylan for old time deserts Sushi at Sunset

Shop:

Midnight Express for designer wear

Tru for basics

Yargıcı for knitted gifts

Drink:

Lucca the citys favorite bar

Zeplin the citys favorite pub


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NİŞANTAŞI DISTRICT

Do:

Take part in Istanbul’s 3rd wave coffee culture from MOC, enjoy it in the streets of Topagaci

Eat:

Başköşe for great kebabs

Delicatessen for the scene and Kantin for the best of everything

Shop:

MAPA for luxury Turkish wear

Fey for deluxe 2nd hand

Ela Cindoruk for Turkish jewelry

Drink:

Spago for the views

Efendi for the cocktails

Moro for the party scene


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KADIKÖY DISTRICT

Murals of Yeldeğirmeni

Kadıköy’s famed fish market

Do:

Take a ferry “vapur” to the Asian side, walk into Haydarpaşa Station and Süreyya Opera House

Eat:

Simit on the vapur and drink tea

Çiya for best of Turkish

Basta the luxury street foods cafe

Drink:

Zeplin to feel like a local, terrace of Doubletree Moda for views for ages


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SULTANAHMET DISTRICT

Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque

Şerefiye Underground Cistern and Archaeology Museum

Do:

Walk down to Spice Market through Tahtakale Markets for a feel of local life

Eat:

Khorosani for Kebabs

Pandeli for best of Turkey

Nusr-Et to feel the global hype

Shop:

Anything at Grand Bazaar but namely; Şişko Osman for carpets

Soapery or Abdulla for all things “hammam”

If you are interested in any of the suggested tours please contact ;
Ms Aslı Doruk asli@meptur.com.tr




Suggested Tour Programs for Istanbul and Beyond

CAPPADOCIA

The unique victory of the nature; Cappadocia

Day 1 Istanbul – Cappadocia


After breakfast at the hotel departure from the hotel to the Airport for the flight Nevsehir or Kayseri Airports via Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to Cappadocia. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Goreme Open Air Museum and visit the churches where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Various panoramic viewpoints of castles and fairy chimneys such as Esentepe for Goreme valley, Uchisar and its castle, Pigeon Valley. Then transfer to Kaymakli Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors. After the tour return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.


Day 2 Cappadocia


Optional balloon tour early in the morning. Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 3 Cappadocia – Istanbul


After breakfast at the hotel, time at leisure till the departure time. Transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airports for the flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and day at leisure
Overnight in Istanbul.

If you are interested in any of the suggested tours please contact
Conference Organization Team gulin@sevent-ist.com




EPHESUS - ŞİRİNCE

The history and the nature, October 2019

Day 1 Istanbul – Izmir – Selcuk


After breakfast at the hotel departure from the hotel to the Airport for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to Selcuk for Ephesus Antique City visit, impressive structures will be seen including the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon; one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated historical ruins. After Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Church of St. John.
Lunch at a local restaurant and after lunch transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Selcuk.


Day 2 Selcuk - Şirince – İzmir


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Sirince. Sirince is a village of 600 inhabitants located in 8 kilometers away from Selçuk. This pretty old Orthodox village was once called Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: try its taste in small cafés or wineyards.
Lunch will be served in Sirince. After lunch drive back to Izmir for the flight back Istanbul.

If you are interested in any of the suggested tours please contact
Conference Organization Team gulin@sevent-ist.com




ISTANBUL

The city with the blue eyes, October 2019

Alternative 1 Istanbul Old Peninsula


After breakfast at the hotel proceed for a full day Istanbul City Tour at the “Old Peninsula” where everything about Istanbul started.. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
After the tour, return to the hotel.




Alternative 2 Istanbul Two Continents & Bosphorus tour


After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day city tour.. Dolmabahçe Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Çamlıca Hill, famous for its beautiful sunset and the widest bird’s eye panoramic view of İstanbul from Marmara Sea to the Black Sea, gives a chance to see the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from one of the highest and most appealing places of the city. Lunch will be served in a Turkish Restaurant. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
Later on sail on the Bosphorus with a private yatch ...
After the tour, return to the hotel.

If you are interested in any of the suggested tours please contact
Conference Organization Team gulin@sevent-ist.com


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