Istanbul City Breaks
Straddling two continents, Istanbul offers an intoxicating blend of east and west. Civilisations have left their mark and can be seen today in the city's fascinating pot-pourri of architectural styles.
Sunrise at the Blue Mosque is a mystical experience. If you can make it, it's definitely the place to be to feel the true atmosphere of Istanbul's old town.
Topkapi Palace and Harem The principle home and pleasure palace of the Ottoman sultans.
Blue Mosque Taking its name from the blue Iznik tiles inside, it can prove more soul-stirring from the exterior, especially at night.Read more
Golden Horn One of the great sights, it sparkles after sunset with the lights of boats and ferries.
Aya Sofya The world's largest enclosed space for more than a milliennium.
The Hippodrome Built to contain 100,000 people this enormous amphitheatre was an important part of Byzantine life. Especially interesting is the Egyptian Obelisk on a plinth in the centre of the Hippodrome said to depict a Pharoah's sacrifices to the god Amen-Ra.
Point Zero This large stone standing opposite the Hagia Sophia was claimed by the Eastern Roman Empire to be the absolute centre of the known universe.
Taksim Square Enjoy the many sights and sounds of the thriving heart of modern Istanbul, celebrated as the symbol of contemporary life, the central monument is an icon of the secular republic.
Dolmabahçe Palace A stunning palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, the largest of its kind in Istanbul, offering stunning gardens and opulent interiors.
Old Town Istanbul A protected world heritage site the bustling streets have been preserved to give a true representation of life many centuries past.
Enjoying a cultural and architectural revival, the Beyoglu district (or Pera) on the north bank of the Golden Horn is home to Istiklal Caddesi, the main shopping promenade that runs from Taksim Square to the Galata Bridge.
A boat trip in the Bosphorus is a must. Ancient trade routes pass through the Bosphorus Straight, which flows between Istanbul's western, European half, and its Eastern, Asian half.Read more
Why not try a local Hamam? Tension and fatigue are scrubbed and massaged away in an ancient steam bath.
Shop til you drop at either the Spice Bazaar, or for an experience on a huge scale, the Grand Bazaar in the Old Town.
Unearth Istanbul's epic history by spending some time in one or more of the many superb museums; there is something to satisfy every interest with exhibits ranging from archeology to local art.
Stroll along the bridges of Istanbul and literally walk from Europe to Asia. The stunning views of the city from the two main bridges will create memories that last a lifetime.
Visit the Yerebatan Sarayi known as the Sunken Palace. This underground cistern once provided water for all of ancient Istanbul's residents, it has now been opened to the public with added lighting effects and music that delights the senses.
Food & Drink
Dine out along the shores of the Marmara or the Bosphorus and enjoy seafood, kebabs and sweet delicacies, or visit a 'gazino' for a dinner and cabaret show. The network of side streets around Istiklal Caddesi are home to hundreds of great value and authentic Turkish restaurants and bars.
For shopaholics the Grand Bazaar, the largest and most attractive covered bazaar in the world, houses a maze of streets containing 4,000 shops and stalls. Leather goods, rugs, carpets and silver jewellery are all good buys and you must join the locals as haggling is expected. For a more European feel, try the Taksim district of the city, a long pedestrian shopping street leading to Taksim Square where you will be surrounded by restaurants and bars. Alternatively you can enjoy the colour and aromas of the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.
Visit the famous sights of this vibrant city. Includes the Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome followed by the Topkapi Palace, Suleyman Mosque, and an afternoon stroll in the Grand Bazaar. Lunch Included.
Departs: daily. Duration: 8 hours.
Adults from £57.
Istanbul by Night
Oriental belly dancers, folkloreic groups, live music bands and Turkish Singers, followed by entertainment in a nightclub. Fixed menu dinner, limited local drinks included.
Departs: daily. Duration: 3.5 hours.
Adults from £51.
Two continents Tour with River Cruise
On this full-day tour you will visit the Spice Bazaar, take a cruise on the Bosphorus, and see the Rumeli-Fortress. You will visit the Dolmabahçe Palace, Çamlica Hill, and cross the Bosphorus Bridge that joins Europe and Asia. Lunch Included.
Departs: daily. Duration: 8 hours
Adults from £48.
Hop on Hop off Panoramic Tour
This tour is one of the best ways to get to know Istanbul an see the main sights. The convertible buses provide comfort in both dry and wet conditions. The full circuit takes approx 1.5 hours but you may get on and off as many times as you wish in one day..
Departs: daily. Duration: full circuit takes 1.5 hours
Adults from £17.