From its sultan’s harems and domed mosques to Roman ruins and lively bazaars packed with rugs, ceramics, copper goods and fragrant spices, Turkey offers a cultural mezze of enticing things to see, do and savor. With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, it’s the only country in the world to span two continents, which explains its East-West orientation in a culture that blends antiquity with modernism and tradition with innovation.
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Istanbul’s unique location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia brings a special character to the dynamic city. As the capital of many former civilizations, its 3,000-plus years of history deliver an unmatched experience to any visitor. Divided by the Bosporus, with the Black Sea to the north and Sea of Marmara to the south, expect a climate combination of hot and humid in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter. Uncover the harmony of the city bridging two continents.