Istanbul stretches over two continents and was the capital of two empires. Christian Emperors ruled over the vestiges of the Roman Empire from this city when it was called Constantinople. Its legacy is the huge dome of Hagia Sophia, a basilica completed in 537AD. In 1453 the city fell to the Ottoman Empire, which left the impressive Blue Mosque.
Walking through the halls of the Grand Bazaar, you almost feel like you are back in the 15th century. There is a bustling atmosphere and a variety of small shops selling carpets, crafts, clothing, jewellery and spices. After a hectic shopping trip, relax in one of the nearby traditional tea gardens.