A succession of historical figures and empires – including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans – have all left their mark in this former stopover along the Silk Road. You will be able to experience their legacy, taking you from the quarters of the sultan and his harem in İstanbul's sprawling Topkapı Palace to the romantic and mysterious Lycian ruins on Mediterranean beaches.
Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities. There are so many wonderful reasons why you should visit this city. Istanbul is old, dating back thousands of years, and with that, there are many historical places to visit. Istanbul is gorgeous, with its assortment of mosques and their colourful tile work and dramatic architecture. Istanbul is charming with so many welcoming, friendly people. And Istanbul is also home to the Hagia Sophia, an amazing architectural feat and one of the Wonders of the World. Turkey's diverse landscapes, from Aegean olive groves to eastern steppe, provide a lyrical setting for its many great ruins.