This fascinating city straddles the Bosphorus strait, lying in both Europe and Asia. We will touch the European continent whilst exploring the myriad of market stalls in the famous Grand Bazaar, a veritable Aladdin’s cave of shopping.

Once known as Constantinople, the city has been a major cultural, political, and commercial center for thousands of years. From ancient mosques to the Sultan’s personal hareem, the underground temples to the fabulous food – Istanbul is hectic, fun and steeped in an array of different cultures.


Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city with a unique blend of Eastern and Western culture. The history is so long and renowned that every few paces, another ancient monument appears on the busy streets.

The life and energy of the Bazaar, imbues the whole city with a trading, bustling feel, while the still calm of the ancient stone mosques allow a moment of tranquility and reflection. Istanbul is a perfect storm of history, culture and beauty!


The Mandarin Oriental hotel occupies a former 19th-century palace, seamlessly blending traditional Ottoman architecture with modern design and amenities. The luxurious rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with a nod to Ottoman influences and stunning views of the river, city, and the hotel’s beautiful gardens.