Visit Istanbul on a city break, a vibrant metropolis - and Europe's largest city - it combines atmosphere with great architecture and a fascinating history. The former church, now mosque, of the Aya Sofia, the beautiful Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace are just three of the sights of this often overlooked city, which for centuries was rivalled only by Rome. Istanbul's bustling and frenetic streets evoke the history of a colourful past. The city is a potent mix of East and West, blended together over the course of the last 800 years.
Eat breakfast on a roof terrace with outstanding views across the Bosphorus Strait that separates Europe from Asia before hitting the souqs. There is no better place to shop, and no better place to put haggling skills to the test than Istanbul. Drink glasses of sweet mint tea and admire the carpets, leather goods and silverware on offer.
In the evenings, Original Travel can recommend the hottest of the hotspots in a city with a surprisingly hip and happening nightlife. Visit Istanbul and you will not be disappointed.