Istanbul was a really cool experience and unlike anywhere else I have ever been. Our tour was great, and we went on our own to Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace as well the following day. We went to the top of the Galata tower and wandered through that neighborhood a little which was one of my favorite parts of Istanbul. The neighborhood there had so many modern boutiques and restaurants, it is so contrasting to the ancient sights in Sultanahmet where we stayed. Such a neat city.
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Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye) is a transcontinental country with a population of about 75,600 million, located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia, and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe, covering 300,948 square miles. The country is a democratic, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage. The official language is Turkish. Turkey is bordered by Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Aegean Sea to the west and the Black Sea to the north. The Turkish Straits separate Europe and Asia. Turkey’s coastal areas have temperate Mediterranean and Oceanic climates respectively, the interior a continental climate with sharply contrasting seasons and very cold winters. The capital is Ankara, while Istanbul is the largest city. Enjoy Europe meeting Asia in cosmopolitan Istanbul, one of the world’s largest and most interesting cities. All the big empires left their imprint over the last 1600 years, as did modern times. See beautiful Hagia Sophia, the exquisite Topkapi Palace or the colorful Bazaar during the day, stroll through Beyoglu at night, Istanbul’s lively cultural district with its many restaurants, shops and night clubs, and soak up that exciting mix of two worlds to your heart’s content!
Turkey is a truly exotic destination for Westerners and Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, across the Straights of Bosphorus. Our two Turkey travelers visited Istanbul as part of a honeymoon trip that included Greece.
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Relax on your overnight flight to Athens, Greece.