Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents, one arm reaching out Asia, the other into Europe.
The former capital city of three great empires –Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman– Istanbul is a charming mixture of past and present, old and new, traditional and modern. The museums, churches, palaces, mosques and bazaars, and the sights of natural beauty seem persistent. As you recline on the shores of the Bosphorus at sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected in the window and slender minarets on the opposite shore you understand, suddenly and profoundly, why so many centuries ago settlers to chose to build on this remarkable site. In addition to its unique historical and cultural background and natural wonders, innumerable attractions, modern hotels, exclusive restaurants, night clubs, cabarets, bazaars and shops make Istanbul one of the most preferred tourism center in the world.
Istanbul is split by Bosphorus (The Pass of the Ox in mythology), a narrow strait connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, the smallest sea in the world which the Turks affectionately call the "sweet sea".
A Boat trip on the Bosphorus is both suggestive and romantic. One can see the banks packed with palaces, luxurious dwellings that once one belonged to great dignitaries, viziers and ambassadors, as well as the typical and colorful shore, early wooden Turkish houses constructed on piles over the water.
Today Istanbul is a gigantic metropolis connecting continents, cultures, religions and being home to eleven million people; and one of the greatest city of the world...