Autumn Inter-cultural Trip 2023 in Istanbul, Turkiye

Pack your bags and join us for a week in Istanbul, Türkiye.


Let’s experience the foliage in Istanbul with the AYFN’s Inter-cultural Program in Istanbul, Türkiye! This program is open to public who desiring a short-term immersion program in Türkiye. AYFN is delighted to invite you to join our culture trip.

The program offers daily activities and cultural excursions to enhance the Turkish experience. This entails a program which is specifically designed to offer cultural understanding of Turkiye. This will be done through both visiting famous Istanbul attractions and partaking in typical cultural activities such as experiencing Turkish tradition. Our aim is to inspire the students/young generation to open their minds to other cultures and recognize the importance of language learning at the same time. We want the participants to end their trip by leaving with a better knowledge of Turkiye.

Turkish language learning

Participants will learn Turkish language prior to departure. This course will be held 2 weeks before arriving in Turkiye (10 hours lessons – basic Turkish language). It aims to give an understanding of Turkish Language for participants. Therefore, participants will be able to practice their Turkish skill when in Turkiye and ease them to communicate with locals.

Cultural immersion

Turkiye has a total of 19 cultural and natural places inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as of 2021. From masterpieces of creative genius to beautiful natural landscapes, these wonderful sites reveal the most compelling chapters of Turkish history. You probably didn’t know these sites were in Turkiye. Turkiye is a land of incredible travel opportunities. Come and explore these natural, archaeological and historic wonders.

Turkish language courseCultural Immersion in Turkiye
Time: Mid of October 2023
Duration: 10 hours lesson
Method: Online
Date: 5 – 10 November 2023
Place: Istanbul

Let’s join this extra ordinary trip!!


  • Live for 6 days in Istanbul, Turkiye
  • Learn and understand Turkish culture directly
  • Heritage tour to some interesting places
  • Experience to be like local people by experiencing the local traditions.
  • Experimental learning
  • Certificate of participation from AYFN


Pre departure: Turkish language class (Online)
Day 1Arrival in Istanbul
Meet AYFN representative and airport assistance. Transfer to assign accommodation. Check in according and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.

Topkapi Palace
Topkapı Palace was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational centre of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century.

Hippodrome of Constantinople, located in Sultanahmet/Istanbul, was a public arena mainly for chariot races. The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos (horse) and dromos (way). The Hippodrome of Constantinople was also home to gladiatorial games, official ceremonies, celebrations, protests, torture to the convicts and so on.

Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia, one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today, has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality. The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location.

Grand Bazar
One of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, the Grand Bazaar is 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and 4,000 shops.

Meal: Breakfast
Day 3Dolmabahce Palace
The Dolmabahce Palace is located along the European shore of the Bosphorus Strait. Originally there was a shallow bay where the Ottoman fleet used to anchor their ships. After the 17th century the coast was filled in and converted into a nice garden with a couple of pavilions named as Besiktas Waterfront Palace complex, where the sultans used to relax enjoying the views.

Taksim Square
Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani), Istanbul’s main modern hub, is located at the end of the pedestrian thoroughfare Istiklal Avenue (Istiklal Caddesi). A popular meeting place, Taksim Square is anchored by the Monument of the Republic and buzzes with activity day and night. The area historically hosts public celebrations, parades, and demonstrations.

KIz Kulesi
Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) Located on an islet in the Bosphorus Strait, just offshore from Istanbul’s Uskudar neighborhood, Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) is a historical site that has inspired myths and legends. The Ottomans expanded and rebuilt the structure, and today it contains a restaurant and bar with views of the city.

Galata Tower
Galata Tower Rising high above its namesake neighborhood, Istanbul’s Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) dates back to the Genoese presence in Constantinople in the 14th century. An elevator takes you up to a viewing platform located under the roof, which offers panoramic views of the Old City peninsula and Beyoglu neighborhood.

Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
Built in the 17th century, the covered Spice Bazaar is Istanbul’s fragrant hub for all things flavorful. Piles of pepper, saffron, teas, and dried apricots nestle alongside shops selling colorful Turkish delight, silk scarves, and glass mosaic lamps. Take time to chat with vendors, sip tea, and haggle for the perfect price.

Meal: Breakfast
Day 4Suleymaniye Mosque
The Suleymaniye Mosque, also known as the Suleymaniye Camii in Turkish, is a magnificent mosque located in Istanbul, Turkiye. It was built during the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and was completed in 1557. The mosque was designed by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, who also designed many other important buildings throughout Istanbul. The Suleymaniye Mosque is considered one of Sinan’s greatest works and is one of the most important examples of Ottoman architecture. The mosque is known for its impressive size and striking beauty. It features a large central dome, as well as four smaller domes and two minarets. The interior of the mosque is decorated with intricate tile work and calligraphy, and the central prayer hall is surrounded by a colonnade of marble columns. In addition to its religious significance, the Suleymaniye Mosque also has a rich cultural and historical significance.

Fener Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi Kutuphanesi
The Fener Rum Ortodoks Church, also known as the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, is a historic Greek Orthodox church located in the Fener district of Istanbul, Turkiye. It is the primary church of the Eastern Orthodox Church and serves as the spiritual center of the Orthodox Christian world. The church was originally built in the 4th century, and over the centuries it has undergone numerous renovations and additions. It is considered one of the most important churches in the Orthodox Christian tradition, and it has served as the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate since the 6th century. The church features a striking combination of architectural styles, reflecting its long history and the various cultural influences that have shaped Istanbul over the centuries. It features a large central dome, as well as numerous smaller domes and minarets. it is considered one of the most important examples of Byzantine architecture in the world.

Pierre Loti Tepesi
Pier Loti Hill, also known as Pierre Loti Tepesi in Turkish, is a popular hilltop viewpoint located in the Eyüp district of Istanbul, Turkiye. The hill offers stunning panoramic views of the Golden Horn and the city of Istanbul, and it is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. The hill is named after the French author Pierre Loti, who was known for his love of Istanbul and his frequent visits to the city. Loti was a regular visitor to the hill, which was named in his honor after his death in 1923. To reach the top of the hill, visitors can take a cable car ride from the Eyüp district. At the top, there is a small café named after Pierre Loti, where visitors can enjoy a cup of Turkish tea or coffee while taking in the breathtaking views. In addition to its stunning views, Pier Loti Hill is also a popular destination for its historical significance. The hill is home to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, which is considered one of the most important Islamic sites in Istanbul.

Meal: Breakfast
Day 5Free time
Meal: Breakfast
Day 6Free time
Fly back home!
The schedule is subject to change due to weather and local condition.



Member of AYFN
USD 700
(IDR 10.500.000)
Tuition fee for Turkish Language class
Accommodation 6D5N (2/3 sharing)
Airport pick up (Istanbul Int’l Airport)
All activities indicated on schedule.
Local transports in Turkiye
E-Certificate of participation from AYFN
Program supervision
In-country administration costs
Flight to/from Istanbul, Turkiye
Personal expenses
Visa fee and passport
Travel insurance
PCR test (If needed)
Baggage excess

Normal price
USD 750
(IDR 11.250.000)
Tuition fee for Turkish Language class
Accommodation 6D5N (2/3 sharing)
Airport pick up (Istanbul Int’l Airport)
All activities indicated on schedule.
Local transports in Turkiye
E-Certificate of participation from AYFN
Program supervision
In-country administration costs
Flight to/from Istanbul, Turkiye
Personal expenses
Visa fee and passport
Travel insurance
PCR test (If needed)
Baggage excess


  • Must be 15 – 35 years old.
  • All nationalities are welcomed to apply.
  • Be able to communicate in English.
  • Commit to join full program.
  • Be able to adapt to a new environment easily.
  • Be Healthy physically and mentally.


1. Register online “CLICK HERE”.
2. Get confirmation from AYFN.
3. Pay the downpayment of the program fee in the amount of USD 200 (Non-refundable)
4. Visa processing (If needed)
5. Pay the rest of program fee.
6. Departure.

Note: First come first serviced basis. Register now and book your slot.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 

Program Cancellation by organizer

  1. AYFN Academy reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the program non-viable.
  2. If AYFN cancels a program, registrants (self-funded scheme) will be offered moving to other programs of AYFN.
  3. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of a program, AYFN has the right to transfer registration to the same program at the new, future date.

Registration Cancellation by Participant

  1. The following penalties shall apply, if otherwise specified. The downpayment (USD 200) is Non-Refundable.  
  2. If you cancel 21-30 days before scheduled program departure, the cancellation charge will be 50% of the listed program fare. If you cancel 1-20 days before scheduled program departure, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed program fare.
  3. No show will be considered as a cancellation on program departure date
  4. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund.
  5. Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.
  6. All refund requests must be made by the attendee.
  7. Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number.
  8. Refund will be made on 30 days after the program ends.
  9. These above policies apply to all AYFN program unless otherwise noted in the corresponding program materials. Please read all individual program information thoroughly.
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