Istanbul, Turkey

“Life can't be all that bad,' I'd think from time to time. 'Whatever happens, I can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus.” - Orhan Pamuk

Istanbul is like no other destination you will ever see. Lying on the Bosphorus between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, it’s the only city in the world that lies within two continents, with one part of the city on the Asian side, and the other on the European side.

Once you land in Istanbul you will feel like you’ve been cast under a spell. From being under the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empire, Istanbul has been subject to different cultures, influences, architecture, art and lifestyle, making it one of the most unique cities in the world. And this has definitely contributed to the atmosphere you breathe while you walk down its streets, while you dine with the Bosphorus in front of you, and while you talk to its generous and kind locals.

A city that lives the four seasons every year, with spectacular springs filled with lively colors, to the hot summers and beautiful autumn and winters, where the city is covered in snow and winter magic.

During the day, dive into the city’s cultural scene: visit the breathtaking Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, its astonishing Cistern and Topkapi, and don’t forget to pamper yourself in Istanbul’s hammams. Have lunch in one of the city’s characteristic neighbourhoods, and immerse yourself into the wild nightlife, filled with world-class restaurants, bars and clubs. And when you wake up in the morning, the sight of the Bosphorus, the hospitality of the people and the delicious Turkish breakfast will be there to make you feel at home.

Istanbul is one of those destinations where you will leave your heart behind, only to come back to it whenever you have the chance. Enjoy!

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