Istanbul is a fascinating and vibrant city to visit with a pulsing life of its own. Situated straddling the Bosphorus Straits, Istanbul is a superb conjunction of the European and Asian. The fairy tale minarets and domes of the old quarter of town are well worth a visit, and Istanbul attractions include the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sophia and taking a cruise on the Bosphorus. A short ferry journey to the Princes' Islands takes you to some of the best holiday resorts in the locality, where you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and swimming in the azure sea. You can enjoy fascinating shopping trips while staying in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, while the modern shopping centres include Galleria Atakoy and Akmerkez. Bagdhat Avenue is a high-end shopping street in the city and situated on the Anatolian side of town. While staying in the city, eat at one of Istanbul's famous seafood restaurants and spend time visiting the quaint tavernas to enjoy the nightlife of the bustling city.
Use the metro or the local trams and buses to visit some of the fascinating city attractions such as the Topkapi Palace or the Blue Mosque. The Topkapi Palace was the former seat of the government of the Ottoman Empire and a home to a variety of sultans. Stroll around the pretty courtyard gardens or wonder at the exhibits in the museum. The Blue Mosque is just across the park from the Aya Sofya and is a fairytale building lined with bright blue tiles.
From local yoghurts laced with icing sugar to scintillating fish dishes at some of the historic restaurants near the Bosphorus, Istanbul is a gourmet delight. Balikci Sabbahatin is one of the best fish restaurants in the city and is situated in the Old Town.
There are many nice 4 star hotels in Istanbul including the Best Western Plus, the President Hotel, Cheya Residence Nisantasi and Renata Boutique Hotel Sisli. You can expect your 4 star hotel to provide leisure facilities, such as a spa and gym, and a variety of restaurants offering the best of local and gourmet cuisine. Typically, your hotel accommodation will include internet access, air conditioning and flat screen TVs and extras will include free toiletries, bath robes and slippers.
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