Istanbul Travel Guide

Photograph by Raul Touzon, Nat Geo Image Collection
Why It's Worth It

Spread across two continents and between two seas, Istanbul is a city of empires past. The Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Galata Tower are just some of the many historic structures scattered throughout the city. Sip a Turkish tea as you float between Europe and Asia on a ferry and watch the palaces, mansions, and modern museums pass by. —Katie Nadworny

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Everything to know about Istanbul
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Discover the best of Istanbul
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