Architecturally stunning, though not quite the place of ultimate splendor of years gone by, Istanbul is a vivacious modern city that contains world famous highlights such as the Topkapi Palace, the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Not just a place where fabulous examples of ancient architecture can be found, Istanbul is also a thriving modern metropolis with fantastic bars, restaurants and top-notch hotels.

Home to amazing sights such as the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya and the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul is a modern city full of interesting signposts to the old. Sitting and sipping a cup of strong Turkish coffee in one of the many coffee bars around the city is an experience in itself. Kick back and marvel at the sheer energy of this bustler’s paradise.

The nightlife here is lively and fun, particularly around Istiklal street, while the traditional food is wonderful – pick up some local bits and pieces from a little café for a tantalizing taste experience. Wonderful scenery, incredible markets and the sheer pace of this dynamic city make it a top destination.

Highlights

Aya Sofya: the Church of the Divine Wisdom is a beautiful structure full of amazing mosaics.

Sultanahmet: this area is often tourists’ first port of call and is teeming with life, Ottoman mosques and reminders of the city’s glorious past.

The Grand Bazaar: haggle your way to all sorts of bargains in the exciting environs of this world famous market.****

Topkapi Palace: the opulent grandeur of this place is astonishing.

Egyptian Spice Bazaar: this massive market is a veritable treat for the senses.****

Istiklal street: delightful cafés and lovely restaurants in the day combined with superb bars in the evening, make this the eating and drinking hub of the city.