Istanbul

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Istanbul — Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – three names for the one great city that straddles the Bosphorus, with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe. The Turkish capital until it shifted to Ankara in 1923, Istanbul is still far and away the country’s most exciting, beautiful, and historically interesting town.

Why Go

For three ancient empires, two continents, and a mesmerizing cultural identity on display in its markets and cafes.

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What's New in Istanbul

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New (and Affordable) in Istanbul: Chic Hotels & Culinary Hot Spots

July 17, 2014 by Chanize Thorpe

Maybe it's the markets selling exotic spices and flavorful tea, or maybe it's the alluring juxtaposition of ancient mosques and modern architecture. And then ... Read More »

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Turkey: Cruising the Affordable, Culturally Rich Golden Horn

July 11, 2014 by Stephen Lioy

Cruising down the Bosphorus is one of the most popular tourist activities in Istanbul, but most people will pay way too much (50 Turkish lira/$40 or more) to sit ... Read More »

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Deal Alert: Fly Lufthansa to Europe, Starting From $532 R/T

June 16, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

In Europe, when temperatures drop, so do the prices. Traveling to Europe outside of the summer season almost always guarantees savings -- but this year you can ... Read More »

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What $5, $10, and $100 Will Get You in Istanbul

March 13, 2014 by Christine Wei

"Dizzy" is a word we often hear people use to describe colorful, chaotic, history-rich Istanbul. There's something travelers seem to love about throwing ... Read More »

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New Year's Eve: Laidback Alternatives to the World's Biggest Parties

December 06, 2013 by Karen Gardiner Dion

As the count down to the New Year approaches, so does the party-planning pressure. Most major cities throw vast, crowded spectacles for the occasion, but if ... Read More »

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“Look into shipping gifts ahead of time rather than carrying them onboard flights.”

Jim Sherman Founder and Chairman

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