The only city in the world that is in both Asia and Europe, Istanbul also straddles the ancient and modern worlds.
The best way to experience Istanbul is to allow for unscheduled wandering in between visits to historical sites and museums. Rise early enough to partake of the renowned Turkish breakfast. And ride the ferries, often. They’re not just a way to get from here to there, on a ferry you can rest feet weary from sightseeing, drink tea, or eat a grilled-cheese sandwich and take in the best views of anywhere in the city.
Today the cultural and financial center of Turkey, Istanbul has been the capital of three empires—Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman. Our Istanbul travel guide combines the best of Istanbul old and new.