Sitting on the Bosphorus, the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents. Its illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces, and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar, aromatic Egyptian Spice Market, and colorful street life. Take in the highlights of Istanbul for yourself on a guided day tour or opt for independent exploration with a Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass. After dark, discover the city’s culinary scene on a food tour or witness a mesmerizing performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Browse our range of Turkey tours and Tailor-made holidays, the majority of which start in incredible Istanbul.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Istanbul. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Istanbul on a bespoke touring itinerary to Turkey, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.