About Istanbul

by SmarterTravel Staff
Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo: Peter Adams/Index Open)

For those trying to decide between a vacation to Europe or Asia, Istanbul may be the perfect solution. The only city in the world that sits astride two continents, Istanbul is an ideal destination for those intrigued by ancient civilizations, European and Asian culture, art and architecture, and world religions (particularly Greek Orthodox and Islam).

With a plethora of ancient monuments, museums, and palaces, visitors won't run out of things to do in Istanbul. Dolmabahce Palace, the newest and most Western of the city's palaces, was built in the 19th century, and offers guests the chance to marvel at the Muayede Saloon's 56 columns and a 4.5 ton chandelier. And Istanbul sightseeing wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the area's Turkish baths for purification and relaxation.

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Flights to Istanbul land at Ataturk International Airport.

 
 
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