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Istanbul

Vibrant, historic Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, should be at the top of any traveller’s hit list. It is all encompassing. You’ll never smell anything like the bustling Spice Bazaar, hear anything like the call to prayer floating over the city in the early morning or see anything quite as beautiful as the Blue Mosque. It is also a city of two halves, breaching Europe and Asia. Immerse yourself in the iconic sights of the Old Town before heading across the Galata Bridge to discover the New City, with its thriving bar, restaurant and art scene. Try out your haggling skills at the Grand Bazaar, cruise the Bosphorous, tuck into meze and raki in a local restaurant, and soak your troubles away in a traditional hammam.