East and West, History and Modernity

Around every corner, a different story is revealed. Imagine yourself witnessing each unfold as a guest at the Sultan’s palaces, while strolling to Pera or exploring The Blue Mosque, touring the shores of the Bosphorus or enjoying Anatolian flavours – all the while embraced by warm Turkish hospitality – on your journey to Istanbul.

On Your Way

Once You’ve Arrived

  • Stroll Along the Shoreline

    A popular route on foot or by boat in Istanbul is between Ortakoy and Bebek, about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) apart along the “Bosphorus Riviera.” Or you can just stroll along Bebek’s waterfront, dipping into shops and cafés. Ortakoy boasts museums, grand architecture and Ortakoy Square, with its mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge – a notable spot for selfies.

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    Cruise Along the Bosphorus

    Board a private yacht and take to the Bosphorus, which separates Asia and Europe, to marvel at the historic monuments and modern architecture that line its shores. Ships and ferries glide back and forth across the waters, fishing boats frequent the docks with the daily catch, and dolphins have been known to swim alongside vessels.

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    Watch the Sun Set From Galata Tower

    Once the highest point in the city, the 14th-century Galata Tower is where Ottoman scientist Hezârfen Ahmet Çelebi, in the 1600s, is said to have taken off on artificial wings to fly across the Bosphorus. Today, you’ll be greeted by 360-degree views from 62 metres (205 feet) above ground. Stand at the spot where Çelebi began his legendary flight, and soak in the colours as the sun sets.

  • The Blue Mosque
    Take a Tour Through History in Sultanahmet

    Start your journey back in time at Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine era’s largest cathedral, to discover hidden mosaics. Go back 1,000 years to The Blue Mosque and encounter 50 shades of blue at the iconic Ottoman structure. Dive into the largest freshwater source in Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern, and feel the ambience created by its imposing columns. End your visit with a tour of Topkapı Palace, the 15th-century center of Ottoman imperial government.

Take off from Istanbul, a multilayered city on the crossroads of cultures. You’ll be bewildered by the diversity – and yet your day trip has just started.

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Day Trip Highlight

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Experience Coastal Comfort in Urla and Ephesus

Discover two history-rich towns by the Aegean. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Urla, check out the market and local crafts, and be sure to sample its well-known wines. Visit Ephesus (today’s Selcuk), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see some of the world’s finest Greco-Roman ruins and places that stand out in early Christian history. 5 hours 46 minutes from Istanbul

More About Istanbul

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    See the City Through the Eyes of 5 Power Players

    How do you make your experience in Istanbul truly unforgettable? You can start by uncovering some of the city’s secrets, understanding its culinary scene and viewing its iconic sites from unique vantage points. In our interviews with five public figures – each an expert in a different genre, from Ottoman art to trending foods and fashion – you’ll see how their tips can serve as an extraordinary base for your next journey.
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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Proudly standing on the shore of the scenic Bosphorus – the storied strait that links Europe and Asia – our lovingly restored 19th-century Ottoman palace brings together Istanbul’s ancient architecture, warm Turkish hospitality and contemporary accommodations.

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Start each day with a signature Four Seasons breakfast.

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  • Valid for Selected Dates Between Dec 1 2022 – Mar 31 2024
    Offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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  • Daily à la carte breakfast in Aqua restaurant for up to two guests or American breakfast through In-Room Dining for up to two guests
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