When you board your flight to Istanbul in Manchester you will take off on a journey full of new impressions, tastes, scents and colors. Istanbul is as diverse as it is big, a melting pot of different cultures, historic influences and modern developments.
Its rich history dates back to the days Istanbul was known as Constantinople, the capital of the Roman/Byzantine Empire and fortunately some ancient relics are proud reminders of this heritage. Visit for example the Hippodrome, located on Sultan Ahmed Square, which also features the two most famous sights of the city, namely: Hagia Sophia, which served first as a Christian church and later on as a mosque and is currently Turkey's most visited museum and secondly the Blue Mosque, which got its name due to the blue tiles decorating the mosque's interior.
Continue your city tour at the Topkapi Palace, which served as the sultans' residence until the middle of the 19th century and plan some time to visit the Basilica Cistern, which has been built by the Romans to collect fresh water. A stroll through the Grand Bazar, bargaining with the shop owners and searching for souvenirs might be quite tiresome. For this reason you should definitely spare some time to visit a traditional hammam, these are Turkish baths, which date back centuries.
Before you fly back to Manchester take part in a cruise on the Bosporus, which divides the European from the Asian part and enjoy one last time the breath-taking view on the city, from the top of the Galata tower. The bustling city of Istanbul is waiting for you.