Step back in time on short breaks to Istanbul for Ottoman riches, lively street markets and romantic boat rides...
The Bosphorus waterway divides Istanbul into Europe and Asia. On the European side, Sultanahmet is the historic jewel in the old city, where patterned tiles dazzle inside the Blue Mosque. Trams whiz across Galata Bridge to the new city, where Beyoglu buzzes with lively meyhane taverns and sleek rooftop bars.
Istanbul is a city that really impresses - whether you're delving into its captivating past or ordering a cocktail under the stars. Book an Istanbul city break and be prepared to have your senses stimulated in every way.
Make the most of your time in Istanbul. The main tourism highlights are busy but must be seen: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque... these top spots are within minutes of each other, though don't expect to get around them all in one day.
If all that sightseeing tires you out, have your batteries recharged at one of the Turkish Baths, which are also known as hammam. There are plenty around the main tourist areas.
Most flights to the city arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), which is a 30-minute drive from the central sightseeing area, though some land at Sabiha Gocken (SAW), which is an hour away and located in Asia. There are handy transport options available from either airport so you won't waste any time getting your short break under way.
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