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Why go to Istanbul

One city, two continents and more culture than you can shake a stick at, a holiday in Istanbul promises the extraordinary. Straddling the mighty Bosphorus River, Istanbul has one foot in Europe and another in Asia, rendering it a heady mix of the familiar and the exotic.

The Istanbul most visited by tourists tends to be on the European side of the Bosphorus. The city’s old quarter, Sultanahmet, is home to almost all its most famous historic sites, including the opulent Topkapi Palace, the huge dome of the Hagia Sophia, the gorgeous silhouette of the Blue Mosque and the grand Basilica Cistern.

Over the Golden Horn from Sultanahmet, Beyoğlu is the city centre’s modern hub. It’s home to the best restaurants, a thriving café culture, lively nightlife options and a rich arts scene, with galleries, theatres and live music venues.

Travel Information

Language

Turkish

Currency

Turkish lira

Average flight time(from London)

4 hrs
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