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City Breaks in Istanbul

The great meeting of East and West, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a true melting pot of culture with a fascinating, turbulent history that has left a wealth of architectural treasures scattered across the hills and waterways of this bustling metropolis. 

From the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque to Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul is a treasure trove. 

Explore its narrow, ancient streets, lined with shops selling everything imaginable; taste fine Turkish cuisine and fish straight from the waters of the Bosphorous and Sea of Marmara; discover the newer quarters of the city in Asia and 19th century Beyoglu; discover great museums and galleries.

There's something for all tastes in this huge and spectacular city, and featured below is our selection of the best city breaks on offer in Istanbul, all of which you can reach by train:

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