ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL

This mesmeric city offers the best of the both worlds for visitors looking for fascinating history, unique cultural heritage and a thriving, energetic and creative modern heart. Straddling the beautiful Bosphorus, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, Istanbul is a transcontinental city, with a third of its population living in Asia, so from the art and architecture to the food and customs you can expect a melting pot of influences and flavours.

With its heritage at the heart of two great empires, the Ottoman and Byzantine, the city is a dream for lovers of splendid palaces, opulent buildings and the religious and political history behind them. Discover the very heart of the Ottoman Empire within the lavishly decorated Topkapi Palace, marvel at the past glories of the breathtaking Haghia Sophia, take a ferry trip along the Bosphorus to view the lush parks, palaces and waterside mansions, haggle with vendors for magnificent carpets at the Grand Bazaar, treat your tastebuds to local specialities and relax at the end of a busy day in a traditional hamam.