With its superb setting and exciting history as capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, the cultural heart of modern Turkey is a city beyond compare. Start in the Hippodrome, where the Byzantines held their sports, and marvel at Hagia Sophia, once the mother church of Orthodox Christianity, then a mosque, and now an incredible monument. Next door is the superb Blue Mosque with its six minarets, while above the old city towers the Süleymaniye Mosque, the masterpiece of Sinan, Turkey’s greatest architect.
Istanbul tours will take you to the Topkapi Palace, an incredible warren of royal apartments, and let you wander along the waterfront of the Golden Horn, savouring the smell of fresh sardines as they are grilled in front of you. And to really appreciate Istanbul’s beautiful setting, a boat trip along the Bosphorus is a must.
Istanbul Adventure Holidays
15 DaysfromUSD 3,149
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Visit some of Western civilisation's most iconic sites in Turkey
An extensive tour, taking in the most historic ancient and modern cities in Turkey. Countless UNESCO world heritage sites, wonderful cuisine, friendly people, fabulous weather, and every day was a school day. Educational and entertaining, I’d recommend this tour to any traveler.
Turkey is a beautiful country with so many different regions all with their own unique culture and landscapes. This trip is an excellent way to get a taste of each region while visiting all of the highlights you picture when you think of Turkey (and some you’ve probably never heard of!). We absolutely loved every minute and learned so much more than we ever have on any other trip.
An excellent holiday exploring a country with a great depth of historical and cultural sites. The day visiting the 1915 Gallipoli battlefields was fascinating and our day there was the only one where we did not visit an UNESCO World Heritage site.