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Peter Wybrow One of our favourite holidays in Turkey is on a gullet cruise. Cruising is in traditional hand-made wooden sailing vessels known as “gullets” and these sail around the lovely unspoilt coves and bays of the southern Turkish coast. Daily duration of cruising is usually not longer than 3-4 hours and the rest of the day can be spent in beautiful secluded bays with pine forests reaching into the crystal waters. Please contact me for details of these cruises.

Istanbul Holidays

Istanbul spans two continents and the Bosphorus divides this hectic city. Dress conservatively to visit the Blue Mosque and allow enough time to admire Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman rulers. Don't miss a visit to the Grand Bazaar and be prepared to haggle for carpets and souvenirs. Wander along fashionable Istiklal Caddesi, crammed with shops and galleries and relax in a traditional hammam being scrubbed from top to toe.

Treat yourself to fresh fish or a meze at a waterfront cafe in Ortakay and then enjoy a classical or gypsy music performance or dance to live music on the outdoor terraces in the summer.

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For unparalleled views of the Golden Horn, take the new cable car from Eyup to the summit of the Hill of Pierre Loti. Up here, stop for a bite to eat at the old Pierre Loti Café while admiring the marvellous panorama of this beautiful estuary, watching Bosphorous-bound  vessels coming and going . Eyup can be reached via boat from the Galata Bridge, and while there, make time for a visit to the ancient Sultan Mosque - one of Istanbul’s holiest sites.

Istanbul is jam-packed with unique events all year round. Those who like to indulge in some retail therapy on their travels might enjoy the Istanbul Shopping Festival which takes place over March and April and includes fashion shows and parties, as well as discounts and duty-free deals for overseas visitors. For something a bit more cultural, June’s International Istanbul Music Festival involves more than 500 artists performing in historic venues such as the Topkapi Palace.

Istanbul City Breaks

Total Holidays: 6      
3 Night City Break: Hotel Centrum Istanbul
  Istanbul, Turkey
Located at the heart of the historical Sikerci peninsula, this hotel is perfectly located for many of...
From £385 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Taksim Life Hotel
  Istanbul, Turkey
Situated next to Taksim Square, the Taksim Life Hotel features elegant rooms with an LCD TV and 24-hour room...
From £445 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Hotel Arena
  Istanbul, Turkey
Located in the old district of Istanbul in Sultanahmet, the Arena Hotel Istanbul is a restored 19th-Century...
From £455 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Celal Sultan Hotel
  Istanbul, Turkey
Right at the heart of the city, the popular Celal Sultan Hotel is within walking distance of the Blue Mosque,...
From £465 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Hotel
  Istanbul, Turkey
The 5-star Barceló Eresin Topkapi is an elegant Barceló Premium hotel offering spacious,...
From £505 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Eresin Crown Hotel
  Istanbul, Turkey
Its location in the historical Sultanahmet area makes the lovely boutique Eresin Crown Hotel perfect for...
From £605 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
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