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Our monthly events are for IWI members, and their guests. Come join the fun!

Reservation Policy: A reservation made is a reservation paid.

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

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 - 15:00
    • Starting from Sultanahmet - (Details will be provided to registrants)
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    Following excellent feedback of this program, we are very pleased to be able to offer this event again for those who couldn’t make it last time, plus it's an excellent opportunity for our newcomers to discover Istanbul and what lies beneath.

    Istanbul, as the capital of three great empires - the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman - has a very diverse and rich history. One of the most unique cities in the world, we are privileged to live here and have much to discover.

    But over the centuries, sometimes out of ignorance or lack of appreciation, sometimes in haste or to meet urgent needs, newer buildings have been built over older ones. Today, as we go back and investigate more, and in the course of recent construction projects, new discoveries are being made constantly, and long-lost traces of previous occupants of the city are being uncovered. History is being re-written.

    This walking program will surprise even long-time residents of İstanbul with many unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city. In the company of Şerif Yenen of CIP Events, we can experience the feeling of discovery and privilege of seeing many artefacts, which millions of people living here ‘above ground’ are unfamiliar with.

    The program will include visits to several cisterns, palace ruins, some sub-structures, storage rooms and vaulted rooms.

    We will make a lunch stop (not included in the price) at a restaurant with good local food.

    Entrance fees, a coffee, CIP Events informative pamphlets and maps, and an audio system are all included in the price.

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 10:15 - 12:00
    • Backhause cafe, Istiniye Park (AVM)

    Open to all those who are interested in becoming members of the IWI, as well as to all the existing members.  Do come and join us! We are meeting at a new location! Please share your feed back on the location of the place. It is in İSTİNYE PARK BACKHAUS

    We will have a meeting on Thursday, November 21st from 10:15 to 12:00 at Backhaus cafe in Istiniye park AVM (shopping mall) 

    No need to reserve, just come along and for a cup of coffee, teas and/or some and freshly baked goods. For  more information, contact Ayse Yücel (0532.356 3843)

    • 27 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 - 13:30
    • Beylerbeyi Palace Cafe, Abdullahağa Cd., Üsküdar

    My Turkish Garden inviting you to another Turkish learning session.

    You might not be living in the palace, but you still need to communicate to people who help you around your home: neighbours/ security/ doorman or a nanny. Learn simple vocabulary and dialogs related to household, furniture, cooking and practice it while visiting the beautiful palace of Beylerbeyi.

    The program will include:

    - 1.5 hours Turkish lesson to learn most common phrases and vocabulary for everyday communication.

    - 1.5 hours Beylerbeyi palacetour using your new language skills.

     - Traditional Turkish lunch together with the teacher to share experiences and feedback (optional).

    • 29 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 - 14:00
    • Grand Bazaar (Details will be informed to registrants)
    Registration is closed

    Join us at the Grand Bazaar Christmas Shopping Spree.

    One of the largest and oldest market dating back to 1461, the Grand Bazaar is still a world of its own with many traditions that have remained unchanged over the centuries. There are approximately 4000 shops, arranged in sections that resemble villages, many antique fountains, mosques, a police station, a small stock market, restaurants, craftsmen’s workshops and many splendid Caravansaries. Over its lifetime, the Grand Bazaar has survived several fires and earthquakes, despite many parts being constructed in wood and the precarious web of electrical cables strung up all round!

    In the main streets you can find gold, fabrics, carpets, leather and knock-off bags, whilst the back streets are a maze of sellers of antiques, jewelry, silks, lamps, scarves, ethnic and artistic items, copper, handmade silver and much more.

    Join us to experience a different kind of Christmas shopping – from original Orientalist antique paintings, to colorful trinkets, the Bazaar has something for every budget and most tastes.

    The art of bargaining starts with a tea, and is delicate at times, based on intuition and charm. It can also bring laughter and a happy ending. In a group we need patience, we can learn from each other, discover some interesting places and have fun bargaining.

    There will be an optional lunch at the end.

    Do wear comfy shoes and don't forget to bring your lists.

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. Please respect our Policy : Reservation made, reservation paid, unless canceled before 48 hours of the program time.

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