Seen as the place where East meets West, Istanbul has a cultural diversity that's lasted for centuries, stemming from the multitude of rulers it's had in history.
Among Istanbul's great wealth of monuments and landmarks are the ethereal Blue Mosque,[ReadMoreMob] glittering Topkapi Palace (once home of the sultans) vast Kapali Carsi (the world's largest covered bazaar) and the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market. Food is an important part of Istanbul's culture and particular highlights include çay bahçesis (tea gardens) kahvehans (coffeehouses) meyhanes (Turkish taverns) and kebapçıs (kebab restaurants) which the locals will welcome you into readily.
Cruises to Istanbul
Discovering the Ancient Empires of the Eastern Mediterranean • T2404
- Delve into the influences of ancient empires and kingdoms
- Explore some of the world’s great ancient sites
- Highlights include Athens’ Acropolis and Malta's Grand Harbour