Have you ever thought of what lies in south-eastern Europe? Do you want to find out? Wonderful Istanbul and Enchanting Athens are waiting to be discovered!
This summer you have the unique opportunity to gather your belongings and make the most unexpected journey to the place where East and West meet; the Aegean Sea.
AEGEE-Istanbul and AEGEE-Athina are ready to guide you through the wonders and myths of Turkey and Greece, alongside with a fellowship full of AEGEEans from all around Europe.
First stop is Istanbul, the most wonderful city! Balancing between two continents, the city which connects Asia to Europe. Every corner is a different treasure; with masterpieces such as the ancient Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. The Paradise of food and scenery.
Next, the Princes’ Islands located in the Marmara Sea. Say goodbye to your motorized vehicles and modern buildings. After the chaos of Istanbul, you will fall in love with the calm and well preserved environment of those islands.
After that, Athens. The enchanting capital of Greece, full of stories and legends. The birthplace of democracy, with the universal symbols of the classical spirits. Get ready to enter a different myth in every corner of this city, with the enormous past and great history.
And last, but definitely not least, Naxos; one of the most famous Greek islands. Centre of Archaic Cycladic culture. Towers and temples are only two of the things that Naxos has to offer.
From Asia to Europe, from the Bosporus to the Acropolis, the biggest adventure awaits!!
This year we have chosen as our themes language, arts, creativity and cooking. The basic concept is to introduce our cultures to the participants and help them embrace our similarities and differences.
IstanbulIstanbul is the largest city in all Europe. With its 20.000.000 population, it is where the civilizations and continents meet. The only city in the world standing upon two continents, Istanbul, is a connection between southeastern of Europe and Asia via three bridges. Istanbul is also an international centre where churches, mosques and synagogues are neighbours to each other. The founder of city is told to be Byzas the Megarian setting up a colony in 667 BC. The European side abounds in gorgeous remains of the early settlements. Sultanahmet Square having Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia etc. is a protected area. Hagia Sophia, built in 537 AC, is a masterpiece of Byzantium architecture and it was used both as a church and as a mosque respectively. Topkapı where sultans lived for over 400 years is just one kilometer far away from Blue Mosque which is decorated with very beautiful ceramic tiles. Basilica Cistern is another Byzantium art supplying water in the past times.
Apart from this complicated, historical and multicultural way of Istanbul, colourful nightlife with breathtaking landscapes of Bosphorus, shopping with over 4000 shops just in Bazaar, food and drink with lots of cuisine cultures dominate Istanbul today. Main streets of Istanbul show the architecture of it and lead to nostalgic aspect between past and present. This is still the “Wonderful Megapolis” with its variety, social and cosmopolitan structure and lots of monuments and buildings.
Princes' IslandsIslands are coast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara where were used for excile areas during Byzantium times for princes and Ottoman times for sultans family. Consisting of 4 large islands that are “Büyükada, Kınalı, Heybeli and Burgaz”, these are ones of the most popular destinations to swim and have BBQ during summer. Due to no traffic in islands, the only transportations ways are by horse and cart and by foot. To reach islands from Istanbul, a short ferry trip is a requirement.
AthensAthens is the largest city and capital of Greece. It is one of the ten oldest cities in the world and arguably Europe's most ancient. Its recorded history is spanning around 3,400 years, but the earliest human presence in the area dates from 11.000 BC! Classical Athens was a powerful city-state, birthplace of world-famous politicians, philosophers, play-writers and scientists. Home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.
Modern Athens is a cosmopolitan metropolis, and the center of economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens features the largest passenger port in Europe and the third largest in the world. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Acropolis. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
NaxosNaxos is the biggest and the greenest island in Cyclades with impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops! Naxos is also an island of beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses and archeological sites scattered around the island. Combining all this with beautiful beaches and unique sceneries.