Istanbul, being the only city in the world built on two continents, has been determined by its vital strategic location and enchanting beauty. Istanbul stretches along the two shores of the Bosphorus that links the Sea of Marmara with the Eagean Sea in the South and with the Black Sea in the North.
It has long been coveted by powerful empires, and served as capital to Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and currently enjoys being the largest city of the Republic of Turkey, with a population of 14 million.
Istanbul is also the capital of art and culture with a rich tradition in opera and ballet, theatres performing Turkish and foreign plays, concerts, art exhibitions, festivals, auctions, conferences and of course unique museums. The city also boasts the countrys largest and finest universities.
As an imperial capital for 1500 years, Istanbul has acquired a highly original personality. At every turn in the city you are faced with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monuments, walls and ruins.
Yet Istanbul is not a city living in its past. It is a vibrant, modern and future-oriented metropolis. Bazaars and ultra-modern department stores, street vendors and stock-brokers, old crumbling buildings and skyscrapers, horse-drawn carts and luxurious limousines, fine dining restaurants, modern cafes and street corner food shops coexist and this mix gives the city a multi-faceted outlook and flavour. You could taste the pre-modern, modern, and post-modern side by side in this city.
Ataturk Airports International Terminal is Worlds Gateway to Turkey. Opened in 2000 in Yesilkoy, in the European side, Istanbul Ataturk International Airport became an important transfer point for many international flights from all over the world. Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey, offers direct flights from 150 cities around the world.
Climate and Clothing
In June the weather in Istanbul is generally warm. Daily temperatures are expected to range between 25 - 30 0C. Light clothing is suitable with somewhat warmer clothing for the evening.
Cuisine and Restaurants
Turkish cuisine is among the most varied and extensive in the world, and fine restaurants offering the classics of Turkish cuisine as well as modern interpretations of classic favorites dot the Istanbul culinary landscape. Istanbul, with a restaurant almost literally at every turn, is a real culinary treat, and a snackers paradise. Whether you try the variations of Kebabs, or the fresh fish from the Bosphorus or the numerous kinds of fresh vegetables, you are guaranteed the delicious dining experience. One can also find delicious but less expensive tastes for budget conscious attendees. In every part of the city there are small cafes and restaurants and kiosks serving excellent food in the lower price category. If you are looking for a taste of the world, international cuisine is available at enticing locations across Istanbul, historic and modern, many with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus. As always being said, cosmopolitan Istanbul is not only a meeting place of cultures for centuries but also a meeting place of cuisines.
Travel Requirements to Turkey
Passport and visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin. Please contact your travel agent or the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your country for further advice.
Please refer: http://www.mfa.gov.tr
Participants from those countries where there is no Turkish diplomatic representation can obtain their visa at the airport on arrival to Turkey.