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Top Reasons to Go to Istanbul
Explore the exotic monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
Cruise up the Bosphorus, past waterfront villages and forested slopes topped with fortresses.
Haggle in the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experiences.
Sweat in a hamam like an Ottoman sultan and discover the soothing effects of a Turkish rubdown.
Luxuriate overnight in a palace —or an Ottoman house, or even a sumptuously outfitted former prison.
Sip a cup of tea as you watch boats ply the Golden Horn.
Dine in style on Turkish delights against a backdrop of domes and minarets.
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