Local Tip Don't miss the cafe inside overlooking the chimneys.
Local Tip This hotel is quite simply a luxurious oasis right in the heart of the Sultanahmet chaos. With only 65 rooms it's got a very boutique hotel feel with all the luxury of a Four Seasons property.
Built shortly after the invasion of Constantinople, by the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed the 2nd, Topkapi Palace expanded into a fully functioning city over...more »
Built shortly after the invasion of Constantinople, by the...more »
Istanbul excited our imagination from the first day of this trip. It's where east meets west, Asia touches Europe, and history and tradition live alongside one of the world's most modern...more »
Seeing a city by bicycle exposes aspects of the city that are otherwise obscured. On a bicycle, the observer is not encased in a steel and glass cage...more »
An age old festival celebrating the arrival of Spring whereby gifts are attached to 'wish trees'. The day is marked with fantastic music originating from the Balkans, and it culminates in acrobatic displays at midnight. These displays are quite a spectacle as the acrobats jump through fire! The festival takes place in the Ahirkapi Sok... more »
First held in 1989, the Istanbul International Theatre Festival is one of the city's top events. Organised on a biennial basis, theatrical productions here include national and international, classical and contemporary renditions of some of the most beloved theatre pieces. With an emphasis on education and exploration of new themes, this... more »
Valentina Lisitsa is not only the first “YouTube star” of classical music; more importantly, she is the first classical artist to have converted her internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. Posting her first video on the internet platform YouTube in 2007, her... more »
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