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About Istanbul and Accommodation

The bustling metropolis of Türkiye, Istanbul – a city full of charm, where east meets west, where the European Continent ends and Asian Continent starts. Here the past goes hand in hand with the present and every step brings to light a relic of three EMPIRES that have gone by. This spectacular city has beautiful historic landmarks, a fantastic cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fabulous activities on art and music, labyrinths of marketplaces and shopping arcades; surely one cannot pass by the intriguing Grand Covered Bazaar and not be amazed by the crowd, possibilities and genuine approach of the artisan. The reflection of the Bosphorus connected by three incredible Bridges brings the modern from history on one straight.


The Bosphorus Strait divides the city of İstanbul in half, with one half of the city in Asian continent and the other in the European Continent. The strait, which in some places is only 500 metres apart,is connected with the Bosphorus Bridges where Istanbulites commute every day as well as intercontinental transport is passing through. The Bosphorus has become a popular attraction point of tourists where hopping on a local ferry at the harbour and reaching another continent in a few minutes never seems to wear off. The region is the home to exceptional historical sights and architectural masterpieces as well as modern facades.

Old City

As the Old City is one of the most famous attraction points with a variety of monuments within minutes of walking from each other, seeing a wealth of Eastern Roman ruins and Ottoman artefacts, it is indeed the varied history of this peninsula, along with its unique integration of architectural icons, that makes the old city of İstanbul a memorable place to visit. Istanbul gains much international attention and fascination from this historical peninsula as it was the capital of two empires Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empire that once ruled 4 continents

The Ultimate Shopping Experience

Shopping in Istanbul – it sure is an experience in itself. The city is the fashion and business capital of Türkiye. The local producers from a vast number of generations to the most trendy boutiques, from large malls to outlets, from old bazaars to vintage modern connection shops. Istanbul is a maze of alleys with everything one desires. One CHALLENGE is how far you can haggle. Enjoy.

The Art and Cultural Quintessence of Istanbul

Istanbul known for its rich historical heritage, is now a renaissance of art, music and culture. It has gathered a tapestry of creativity that has become an attraction to cultural cities around the World. Redeveloped neighbourhoods and waterfronts welcoming a new wave of museums, design-conscious architecture, restaurants, bars, cafés and definitive cultural centres, Istanbul definitely has the ability to combine tradition and modernity.

Culinary Adventures in Istanbul

In Turkey, as for everything we have a saying for food - The way to a person's heart is through their stomach, so in Turkey one needs to cook well. Istanbul's vibrant food culture offers a rich variety of flavours serving all needs vegans to vegetarians, kebap lovers to seafood specialities, food prepared with a combination of vast herbs to an incredible combination of nuts. Many local producers come together at food festivals in Istanbul presenting their specialities at a freshness one never can find anymore, the artichoke festival in Urla, the natural honey production points at the Black Sea Region, the baklava lovers from Antep and so on. Turkish cuisine is a Kaleidoscope covering 7 regions in Turkey. It sure is an experience to taste these specialities in Turkey.

Sheraton City Center

An exclusive and LEED Gold certified 5 star luxury hotel situated in the bustling Beyoğlu district, Sheraton Istanbul City Center is the ultimate place to catch up with friends, organize business meetings, host unforgettable events, enjoy privacy at Sheraton Club Lounge and experience Istanbul to the fullest. Popular attractions within walking distance or request our free shuttle service. Offering comfort and convenience while respecting the environment, our business hotel features 254 spacious and stylish guest rooms welcoming both leisure and business travelers as Istanbul’s new gathering place. Inspiring food and beverage concepts aim to deliver a memorable journey from exquisite meals at Nev-i Lokma and well-deserved cups of coffee at Istanbul Baking Company to charming cocktails at The Legends Bar. Our family friendly hotel offers a spa with an open-air paddle tennis court, a fully equipped fitness center filled with daylight and an indoor swimming pool for those willing to stay active and rejuvenate.

Sheraton Istanbul City Center for 110 EUR – 145 EUR per night

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus

Located in eclectic Karaköy with a timeless past and rich future, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus takes inspiration from its Bohemian surroundings including boutiques, cafés, cocktail bars and artisanal markets. Equidistant from Istanbul’s two major airports and situated next to Galataport with a cruise terminal, our luxury hotel welcomes guests in the idyllic location for both leisure and business. Reflecting the diversity of the city, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus redefines the local dining scene with eight distinctive culinary concepts delivering both authenticity and flavor. As an insight into JW Marriott’s mindfulness, our light-filled luxury hotel is offering a step back in time where thoughtful programming and diverse culinary experiences meet uninterrupted views of the Bosphorus. Retaining its original structure and exquisite 35 meters atrium, 180 year old Veli Alemdar Han emerged as one of Istanbul’s most elegant properties offering 130 guest rooms and suites luxuriously dressed.

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus for 270 EUR – 315 EUR per night

We are with the earthquake victims

The two massive earthquakes that occurred in the southeastern part of Turkey on 6 February 2023 have led to loss of thousands of lives. Many more thousands are now homeless sheltering in tents or containers.

We are donating 20% of our ticket sales to the programs helping survivors in the disaster area. By registering to our event, you are also contributing to the lives of many. Many thanks for your support.

IFW Team