Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul

Friendly, welcoming and packed full of epic historical sites, Istanbul provides all that you could wish for from a grand city, with the atmosphere and warmth of a small, local town.

Turkey’s most recognisable city, Istanbul, lies in the western corner of the country, and is where East meets West and the traditional and modern live side by side.

With the Western half of Istanbul in Europe and the Eastern in Asia – with the Bosphorus Strait flowing between them – it is the only metropolis in the world situated on two continents.

Sunset over Istanbul from river
Sunset over Istanbul

Corner-to-corner beauty

Visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, barter your way through the labyrinthine grand bazaar, wander the cobbled streets of the ancient Jewish, Greek and Armenian neighbourhoods, take a ferry trip on the Bosphorus or just relax and enjoy the skyline from one of the rooftop bars.

Bursa, Turkey
Bursa, Turkey

Away from the bustle

On the Gallipoli peninsula, visit now peaceful cemeteries, resting place for the fallen of WWI. South of the Sea of Marmara, beneath the slopes of Uludag (Great Mountain), lies the energetic and modern city of Bursa, often referred to as ‘Green Bursa’ due to its numerous parks, gardens and the lush forests. Bursa is also rich in Ottoman architecture as well as being known for its famous Turkish dishes, in particular, candied chestnuts and Ishkender kebab.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque

Visit the famous Blue Mosque, staggeringly beautiful inside and out.

Gallipoli, Turkey

Gallipoli Peninsula

Visit the resting place for the fallen of WWI on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi Palace

Feel like Ottoman Royalty whilst wandering through the opulence of Topkapi Palace.

Bosphorus River, Istanbul, Turkey

Cruise the Bosphorus

Take a boat out on the Bosphorus for a different view of the bustling city.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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