Istanbul has connected Europe and Asia for thousands of years and continues to bubble with a sensational mixture of culture. Your private transfer meets you at the airport. You are escorted to your accommodation overlooking the Bosphorus. The waterway connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. Yachts and barges move up and down the waterway. The magnificent domes of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque stand against the background of the Aegean Sea. The Suleymaniye Mosque stands atop one of the seven hills of Istanbul and adorns the summit like a crown. Independence Avenue is always filled with a jovial energy.
Beyazit University was founded in the mid 15th century and continues to educate students from around the world. Students wear designer jeans and trendy shoes. The Second Hand-Book Bazaar is one of the city’s oldest markets and is located next to the university. It continues to be a hangout for literary circles and students. You can find ancient tattered volumes of books in any language in the stalls that line the shaded pathways. In the evening you can indulge in a fabulous meal at Istinye Borsa Restaurant in the Harbiye district. The food is at once traditional and unique, filled with familiar Turkish flavors that are elevated to majestic proportions.