Istanbul is the only city in the world to sit on two continents. The Bosphorus splits the Asian and European sides of what was the capital of the Roman and Ottoman Empires at different times in its history. Just steps away from your Istanbul accommodations in the Sultanahmet district, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are two shining examples of history exemplified in the architecture of the city.
For a look at modern Istanbul, start in Taksim Square. The district is a center of trendy shops, innovative restaurants and hotels. Istanbul locals and tourists alike mingle in the square, which comes alive at night with music pulsing from the nearby streets, filled with revelers out to enjoy this megacity.
Starting with the döner kebab (usually lamb, sliced from a spit), there is an incredible array of food to try. The friendly staff of our hotels in Istanbul will direct you to choices ranging from freshly caught fish from the surrounding waters, roasted corn and sliced watermelon from a street vendor, or sweets including countless varieties of Turkish Delight and succulent baklava.
History, modernity, entertainment and tastes come together in Istanbul to provide the traveler with an experience befitting this trans-continental hub of activity.