JETSET EXPERIENCES: ISTANBUL

With a skyline full of minarets and church towers to hearing the call to prayer over the music at a local café, Istanbul is the only major city in the world that sits on two continents with the Boshporus strait dividing the city between Asia and Europe.

Istanbul is known for its historical sights dating thousands of years back but it also is full of culture, nightlife, and a lively buzz.  You’ll savor fantastic cuisine with new restaurants popping up all over.  Enjoy local meyhanes (small plate concept; Turkish tapas bars), mezes, kebabs, varieties of olive oils and local Turkish teas. You definitely won’t leave this city feeling hungry!

You’ll find there are thousands of hotels in the city and numerous neighborhoods so the choices are endless.  The trendy Park Hyatt Istanbul Maca Palas is one of our personal favorites located in the heart of the residential, shopping and fashion district of Nisantasi.  You’ll enjoy being walking distance to the Bosphorus (and also fabulous views from the hotel!) as well as many of the cities hottest bars and restaurants.

During your time here, you’ll enjoy seeing the popular sights such at the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, St Sophia as well as shopping at the Grand Bazaar  (the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops).  A visit isn’t complete without a sunset cruise on the Bosphorus offering a unique way to enjoy this visually appealing city.

Full of cobblestone streets, vibrant cafes and history, Istanbul is a fascinating city.  From North America, Turkish Airlines operates nonstop flights from New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and Toronto making it hard not to go.  Contact Michelle Pragnell at michelle@jetsetworldtravel.com to start planning your Turkish holiday today.