You may be attending this year’s AIPPI World Congress in Istanbul this October. We will be exhibiting and thought it would be a great idea to put together some ‘not to miss’ opportunities whilst you are out there and get a chance to do some sightseeing (other than visiting our booth of course!). With its unique position spanning two continents, this Turkish gem has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff or a foodie, there is always something to explore during your stay at the AIPPI conference.
- Marvel at the Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic building has served as a cathedral, mosque, and now a museum. Step inside to witness the stunning Byzantine mosaics, intricate Islamic calligraphy, and the grandeur of a structure that has stood for over 1,500 years.
- Wander Through the Grand Bazaar
Indulge in a shopping spree like no other at the Grand Bazaar. With over 4,000 shops, this labyrinthine marketplace is a treasure trove of Turkish delights. From vibrant textiles and intricate ceramics to dazzling jewellery and aromatic spices, you’ll find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip.
- Cruise the Bosphorus
Experience the magic of Istanbul from the water by taking a Bosphorus cruise. These leisurely boat trips offer unparalleled views of the city’s skyline, including iconic landmarks like the Topkapi Palace and the Maiden’s Tower. Sunset cruises are especially breathtaking.
- Explore the Topkapi Palace
Delve into the opulent history of the Ottoman Empire at the Topkapi Palace. This sprawling palace complex was once home to sultans and their harems. Explore the magnificent courtyards and ornate rooms. And don’t miss the incredible collection of jewels in the Treasury.
- Savor Turkish Delights
Turkish cuisine is renowned worldwide for its flavours and diversity. Sample mouthwatering kebabs, try the famous Turkish delight, and savour baklava at local eateries and street stalls. Don’t forget to sip on traditional Turkish tea or coffee to complete your culinary journey.
- Discover the Blue Mosque
Known for its stunning blue tiles, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is a symbol of Istanbul. Step inside to admire its beautiful domes, delicate stained glass windows, and intricate tilework. Remember to dress modestly, covering your shoulders and knees.
- Haggle at the Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a sensory delight. Wander through the stalls filled with spices, herbs, dried fruits, and sweets. It’s the perfect place to pick up aromatic Turkish spices to recreate the flavours of Istanbul at home.
- Take in the Sights at the Basilica Cistern
Descend into the underground wonder of the Basilica Cistern, a massive subterranean reservoir built in the 6th century. Wander through its eerie forest of columns and discover the famous Medusa heads hidden beneath the waters.
- Visit the Chora Church
The Chora Church is renowned for its stunning mosaics and frescoes that depict biblical stories. While it’s a bit outside the city centre, the artistry and history make it well worth the trip.
- Experience a Traditional Turkish Bath
Try a relaxing and authentic Turkish bath experience. Let go of your stress after a day of networking as you indulge in a centuries-old tradition of cleansing and relaxation. Many traditional hamams offer various packages to suit your preferences.
Istanbul is a city that seamlessly blends its rich history with modern culture. With its breathtaking architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, and warm hospitality – be sure to explore Istanbul during your AIPPI trip!