Istanbul is a spectacular city that you will never tire of. Steeped in ancient history, today it is a café society with a minaret-lined skyline, a confluence of ancient tradition and contemporary delights. It bemuses and amuses in equal measure. The city famously straddles – both geographically and philosophically – Europe and Asia and stimulates every visitor with a mélange of the exotic and familiar.
Istanbul has a rich history dating back over 1,500 years and an estimated population of fifteen million. It has grown-up along the banks of the twenty-mile Bosphorus Strait and one of the best ways to explore is by water taxi, motor launch and ferry. It certainly beats the challenging traffic jams that monopolise the city at sunrise and sunset.
Its geographical position alone – at the neck of trading routes between the Mediterranean and Africa – has afforded the city an important trading position since the Byzantine era. And the Golden Horn, nestling within the city, is one of the world’s finest natural harbours.
Sights, sounds and scents are plentiful. Marvel at mosaic archways, decorative architecture, Ottoman mosques, classical columns, Byzantine structures, ancient city walls and fine churches. Get lost in the labyrinth of passageways leading to spice bazaars, bakeries, book shops and authentic fish restaurants frequented by the locals.
We fell in love with Istanbul many years ago and continue to believe it is a destination without parallel. All our breaks here are offered with private guiding so our guests have the opportunity to explore with a local and knowledgeable guide who will take you to places just off the main tourist trail which will allow you to encounter genuine people and unique cultural experiences that form life-long memories. Our discerning city breaks in Istanbul allow you to enjoy the very best that this beautiful city has to offer.