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Reservation Policy: If you make a reservation and do not show up IWI is obliged to pay the vendor for you regardless. Therefore, please cancel within the cancellation period noted in the description of the activity. Reservations that are not appropriately cancelled, including guests, must be paid for by the member.

Upcoming events

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 - 16:00
    • Vezneciler metro station - details to be proivded to registrants
    • 18

    Istanbul is one of the most unique cities in the world, where one can observe diverse daily life in a setting of ancient history and natural beauty. In the history of Istanbul many important people have lived and contributed to the beauty of Istanbul. There is no doubt that one of the most important historical figures in the history of Istanbul was Architect Sinan. He was the chief Ottoman architect and civil engineer for three sultans: Suleyman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. Sinan was in charge of the construction of more than 300 major structures. His apprentices would later design the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Stari Most in Mostar, and help design the Taj Mahal in the Mughal Empire.

    In this 5 to 6-hour tour, and with the guidance of Şerif Yenen, you will dive into the life of Sinan and explore two of his important works in Istanbul, including a visit to the magnificent Suleymaniye Mosque and Sehzade Mosque. While you are visiting these places, you’ll enjoy explore the backstreets of Süleymaniye neighbourhood.

    What we offer is a cultural, historical and a little bit of culinary walking tour in Istanbul’s most delicious and historic neighbourhoods. This experience helps you understand the contemporary life, history and culture of the city. Few travellers, unfortunately, have the opportunity to have real tastes and tours of these places.

    On this tour, you will get to escape the tourist crowds and taste the best of what the city offers.We will make a stop for boza (traditional drink) and a lunch stop at a very traditional beans & rice restaurant. After lunch, we will be going to a terrace for a gorgeous view of the city.

    At this point, at about 14:30, you can finish the tour or you are welcome to continue for one and a half hours more to Sirkeci and Eminönü on foot. In this part of the program, you may like to taste ciğ köfte, kokoreç or künefe. This portion of the tour will continue until about 16.00. The tour will end in Eminönü.


    --Şehzade Mosque

    --Bozdoğan (Valens) Aqueduct

    --Famous Boza shop in Vefa (Complimentary drink with roasted chickpeas)

    --Suleymaniye Mosque & Complex

    --Bean and rice lunch in the Suleymaniye neighborhood (other choices are also available)

    Terrace with great view

    NOTE: You can finish the tour here or you can continue for one and half hours more to Sirkeci and Eminönü

    --Terrace with a great view

    --More street food tastings (ciğ köfte, kokoreç or künefe)

    Entrance costs, private tour guide, CIP Events informative pamphlets and maps, and a tour guide audio system are all included in the price. Lunch and other street food tastings are not included in the price.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 - 14:00
    • Beyoğlu - Details will be provided to the registrants
    • 5

    A special insider's view into multi-cultural Istanbul starting at the grand Ashkenazi Synagogue in Galata with it's unique Eastern European Onion domes, a rare opportunity to visit this lovely building, not open to the public.

    Up Galata's back streets and into a small garden with ducks, we will visit the Anglican Church (since 1582) run by the parish Father Ian, and a look at the wonderful contemporary icons painted by Scottish Artist Mungo McCosh.  A world in it's own.

    After a lovely lunch at trendy Karaköy Lokantasi, we will take a ferry up the Golden Horn to the third most sacred mosque in Islam housing a spectacular 15th cent. İznik tiled wall in it's courtyard.  Again, a dive into a completely different world, all part of this cities life.


    • For security reasons, and for entrance to the Synagogue, we have to collect full names, nationalities and passport numbers from registrants and provide these in advance to the synagogue security before our visit. 
    • ID/Passport must be presented on day of the visit.  Guests will not be permitted on this occasion.
    • There will be an extra fee of 25TL for the synagogue as it will opened just for this program.  This amount will be collected from each registrant on the day of the program. 
    • Please send a copy of your passport to Monica Fritz latest by 4PM, Wednesday, 27th March. (Contact: 0535.675 6491)

    Donations accepted at the Anglican Church run by Father Ian who house Christian refugees.  

    Entrance to the synagogue and lunch are not included in the price.


    If for any reason you are unable to attend, please note that the deadline for cancellation (via email to is 48 hours prior to the Event - otherwise, payment will be due. Please respect our policy - a reservation made is a reservation paid. Thanks for your understanding.

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 10:30 - 13:30
    • Simit Molasi, Koyici Cad. No: 7, Besiktas

    Join us for a fun day together learning Turkish and exploring Beşiktaş.

    The program will include:

    - 1.5 hours Turkish lesson to learn the basic phrases and vocabulary.

    - 1.5 hours Beşiktaş shopping tour, using your new language skills: visiting local fish, fruit and vegetable sellers.

    - Traditional Turkish lunch together with the teacher to share experiences and feedback (optional/ Cost is excluded)

    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 08:00 - 22:00
    • BURSA
    • 20

    A day trip to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire with the expert guiding services of Şerif Yenen. We will have the opportunity to learn much about this city and to visit some of its many places of very varied interest. Expect a long but very rewarding day’s outing. Bursa is also famous for its thermal springs.

    There are many beautiful examples from the early years of the Ottoman Architecture in Bursa. It is also one of the most important silk production centers in the world.

    Our program will include a visit to one of the highlights of Bursa, the Ulu Camii (Great Mosque of Bursa) having two towering minarets and 20 domes and is included in Bursa's 2014 UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription. We'll continue to Koza Han (Silk Market) and then to Karagöz shadow-puppet theatre show.  Bursa is famous for its İskender Kebab and a lunch break will be made to enjoy this meal. Our afternoon program continues with visits to the Green Mosque and Green Tomb, the Orhan and Osman Gazi Tombs and Muradiye.

    There will be departure points set for our way to Bursa across the city (area/time will be advised) Departure at 8am and return to Istanbul will be around 10pm depending on traffic conditions. During the journey, Şerif will make a presentation on Anatolian Civilisations.

    Price: 375TL 

    Included in the Price:

    Program fee includes tour guiding services and presentation, entrance fees, use of a headset, tea/coffee, transport and an illustrated map of Turkey. 

    Not Included in the Price:

    Participants will pay for their own lunch during the tour and for any personal expenses. 

    N.B. Payment will be required by 29 March to secure your places.

    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 09:45 - 15:00
    • Pick-up and Drop-off from Kanyon Mall in Levent - details will be informed to registrants
    • 14

    A very popular program with our members, be sure to grab your seat!

    Have you ever admired the intricate copper pots (sahan) that your Sunday menemen" is served in or the gorgeously delicate tea and coffee sets found in many Turkish homes? Then dont miss this chance to visit Hak Art, a family run company that has been hand crafting copper and brass decorative items in Istanbul since 1965. Nowadays, they supply to some of the most famous top-end brand names in kitchenware and household goods.

    We will be given a fascinating tour of the production area, allowing us to watch the coppersmiths in action and see how they hammer out their beautiful copper and brass pieces. They produce many different items, including traditional tea and coffee sets, brass lanterns, hand lined heavy-duty copper pots and pans, bowls and trays, as well as decorative items such as delicate pomegranate-shaped miniature boxes.

    The atelier also specialises in restoring antique copper, wooden and clay items sourced from across Anatolia.

    After the tour we will have the opportunity to purchase products from the huge Hakart shop - at very affordable wholesale prices. With over 2500 beautiful items on offer, you are sure to find the perfect gifts! (Please note that Hakart does not accept credit cards).

    We will depart on our minibus from Kanyon at 09:45, and returning in the afternoon around 15:00. The price of the event is for round trip transport only. Lunch is extra (there is a cafe restaurant by the factory).

    Member: 40TL  /  Guest: 50TL

    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 10:30 - 14:00
    • Amanda's Home in Yeşilköy - details to be provided to registrants
    • 4

    Springtime is full of beautiful colors and aromas, but not just the flowers.  Springs desserts, showcasing gorgeous seasonal fruits, are a real delight for the senses too.  Get into the spirit of the season and all the bounty this time of the year has to offer by learning to create decadent and delicious delights. The menu would be a welcome addition to any springtime gathering, whether is be Easter brunch or your next dinner party.

    If you have never done any baking before or just want to brush up some classic techniques, then this is the class for you.  Spend a fun morning in the kitchen learning and sampling delectable treats, such as an American classic Hummingbird Cake. This one is a real crowd pleaser. It's loaded with banana, coconut, pecans and lightly spiced with cinnamon and layered between light and fluffy cream cheese frosting. 

    In addition to the morning's sweet treats, a glass of wine, tea and coffee, as well as a few savory bites will be offered.

    Be sure to bring a container to take home some of the day's creation.


    • Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    • Mixed Berry Scones served with fresh clotted cream & lemon curd
    • Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Basil Compote and Pistachio Dust
    • Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cups

    Price: 125TL

Programme Events Pricing Policy: Our policy in charging for event participation is to meet all of the event running costs, and to share these equally amongst attendees; however, attendance prices for Basic or Honorary members will in addition include a small surcharge (compared with Classic members) to contribute to the running costs of the IWI.

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