Turkey is a country of incredible geographic diversity, modern infrastructure for the tourism industry, a rich cultural and historical heritage, competitively, priced accommodation and top class facilities for travelers.
The commercial and business center of Turkey, Istanbul, embraces the two continents of Europe and Asia. This ancient city has an unparalleled combination of historic sights and state-of-the-art conference facilities making it the ideal destination for exciting and fruitful congresses and meetings.
The warmth of traditional Turkish hospitality, and the endless opportunities for entertainment and sightseeing, guarantees that any meeting organized in Turkey will be a resounding success. Come and see for yourself!
As different as night and day, the only thing they have in common is the miraculous mirage that is Istanbul - a hotchpotch skyline of sensually shaped mosques and minarets scattered across seven hills.
Istanbul is fast becoming one of the most popular international congress and exhibition destinations; as a result the demand for suitable facilities is growing and Istanbul is working hard to fulfill this need.
Istanbul, the real Turkish Delight; a mixture of old and new and where East meets West. An exciting combination, containing the splendors of the Ottoman past together with all the modern amenities of a wide variety of International deluxe 5-star hotels.
Guaranteed to make your meeting, conference or incentive a memorable success, Istanbul is the gateway to the rest of Turkey - definitely a Paradise Preserved.
Cooking Course - In the Daruzziyafe Restaurant, within the Suleymaniye Mosque Complex.
The most characteristic setting of Ottoman history is ideal to learn the secrets of the traditional cuisine. The chef will demonstrate the use of local ingredients, then the guests will participate in the cooking. Finally they will receive a certificate of Turkish cooking course.
Team Building Activities & Theme Events - The group will split into teams of 10 persons and will board minibuses. Each group will be given the picture of a monument ; they will be driven to a nearby area and they must find the monument, where they will be presented the picture for the next step. The first three teams will win awards.
Treasure Hunt in the Grand Bazaar - A map of the Bazaar will be distributed to each guest, and another page with directions about some locations, mosques, tea houses etc. They will be given a certain time to explore the Bazaar. This will lead to a gift hidden in a shop window. Turkish Bath - or Hamams, originally purified the soul as well as the body and have always been an important part of Turkish culture. This program will expose the guests to a traditional Turkish Bath. A relaxing and rejuvenating experience, the Turkish bath begins once they have undressed in private changing rooms and have been given a large wrap-around, which they will be able to take home with them. During their Turkish bath, they will be in a warm room, where they will be doused with warm water lathered, and massaged with a kese, a specially rough bath glove.
After their cleansing experience, they will be given refreshments in the main entrance area where special entertainment will be provided to enhance the serene atmosphere. There are separate baths for the men and women. If you preferred, you can bring a bathing suit to wear during the massage. This is relaxing experience you won't want to miss. Generally, the Turkish Bath visit is arranged in the historical Galatasaray Hamami which was built in the 18th century. It is a magnificent bath with a 2834 sq.m. area. It served to famous statesman like King Edward 8, Kaiser Wilhelm and today's well known personalities like Rockfeller, Tony Curtis, Richard Harrison, Rudolf Nureyev. Men and women will be in separate sections and for the men a belly dancer will show her talents in oriental dances.
The Whirling Dance Of The Dervishes Mevlevi Semai - Known in the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means "doorway" and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world. The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture. From the fourteenth to the twentieth century, their impact on classical poetry, calligraphy and visual arts was profound. Rumi and his followers integrated music into their rituals as an article of faith. Rumi emphasized that music uplifts our spirit to realms above, and we hear the tunes of the Gates of Paradise.