Panoptic Events would like to offer their sympathies to the people of Turkey, Syria and all those affected by the Kahramanmaras earthquake. We would like to draw your attention to crisis funds running at this time, allowing for vital search and rescue efforts to take place and for recovery in the region. 


If you wish to donate you can do so through the Disaster Emergency Committee Turkey-Syria Earthquake fund here



Welcome to Istanbul! The largest city in Turkey – Istanbul is a busting hub that has everything you could ever dream of for an event or incentive trip. Istanbul straddles both Asia and Europe and is an exciting blend of cultural influences just waiting to be discovered! Explore the Old Town for some historic culture, head to Taksim Square for unbeatable nightlife or head out on the water for an unforgettable party. Whatever you want Istanbul has it to offer. Istanbul also has some fantastic venues just perfect for hosting your next event, from small and intimate to grand and large, there’s a space for any event here! With so much choice you must be wondering where to start? Not to worry! We’ve put together this blog of the top incentives in Istanbul to get you started with some inspiration for your next event or incentive trip!

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Top Incentives in Istanbul

Grand Bazaar Rally

Paddleboard Yoga Cascais - Sup com Alma

Split off into teams and compete against each other to find the most unusual item for sale in the famous Istanbul Grand Bazaar! It’s a great way to explore the bazaar and encourages you to look into shops you’d never have thought to look into before. With over 4000 different stores inside one of the world’s oldest and largest indoor markets, who knows what you might find.

Go for a Turkish Wellness Experience

The Tasting Room – Wine and Tapas bar in Cascais

Immerse yourself in some Turkish spa culture and treat yourself and your group to a trip to a Turkish Hamman or traditional Turkish baths! Discover the respiratory and immune system benefits of the gorgeous hammans as you relax and feel the stress melt away. 


Visits to Turkish baths are experiences in themselves without the spa treatments – but why would you want to skip the spa treatment? Many of the Turkish bathhouses are architectural and historic wonders in their own rights, dating back hundreds of years, with the oldest bath in Istanbul built in the 1400’s – definitely one of the top incentives in Istanbul and worth a visit!

Attend a Sufi Whirling Dance Performance

Eco-louge Palaphita, Dome restaurant Cascais

Practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order, whirling dance is a traditional form of Turkish dance. Add some authentic Turkish culture to your incentive trip. Founded in the 13th century by the famous poet Rumi, the whirling dervishes are a bastion of Turkish history and culture that still prevails to this day and their dancing ceremony has even been designated by UNESCO as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’! Take in the dancing, the music and the peaceful meditation in an incentive that will ensnare all of the senses.

Attend a Carpet Weaving Class

Immerse yourself in a Turkish tradition that dates back over 9,000 years and attend a carpet weaving class! Rugs are still made in the traditional methods used by Turks thousands of years ago so by attending a class you’re immersing yourself in history and carrying the tradition forward for years to come. 


Turkish rugs are fantastically colourful and beautiful pieces of art, work with a skilled teacher to create your own rug that you can take home with you at the end of the course as a memory of Istanbul!

Cruise The Bosphorus

Whenever you want, however you want – the flexibility of this cruise undoubtedly makes it one of the top incentives in Istanbul! Cruise down at lunchtime and enjoy some traditional Turkish gastronomy on board the ship as the sun beats down or sail by at sunset and enjoy a glass or two of champagne as the sun goes down and the city starts to twinkle. However you’d like to do it, we can accommodate and allow you to see Istanbul in a uniquely beautiful way!

Found something that takes your fancy?

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