Istanbul, Turkey cruise holidays

Istanbul lies at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, straddling the Bosphorus Strait, with its many ships and bustling city life on both sides of the ancient waterway. As Turkey’s largest and most highly populated city, Istanbul is awash with world renowned landmarks, busy street markets and ancient mosques. The Hagia Sophia grand mosque lies at the centre of Istanbul’s historic heart. Along with the famous Blue Mosque, with their towering minarets, these imposing structures give Istanbul’s skyline its iconic shape. For avid shoppers, Istanbul is perfect. It has one of the world's first-ever shopping malls, the Grand Bazaar – well worth a visit.