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Istanbul

Annabelle's verdict:

Even with only a few days in Istanbul, you can gaze in wonder at the Topkapi Palace and harem, the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, The Grand Bazaar and the spice market. The big decision is whether to stay on the banks of the Bosphorous for a tranquil retreat, or pick a hotel in the thick of it.

Recommended tour operator: Kirker Holidays

The inciredible Istanbul skylineFour Seasons Sultanhamet (1)Ciragan Palace KempinskiRaffles Istanbul

Kirker Holidays says

A short break in Istanbul is an experience not to be missed. You’ll be immersed in the history of the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottoman Empire – all of whom have left their unique mark on the city which will intoxicate you with its vibrant exoticism.

We offer a diverse portfolio of four and five star hotels in Istanbul, all selected for their location, character and service.

It’s hard to beat the waterfront location of two of our favourites, both of them five star. Alongside the Bosphorus sit the Ciragan Palace Kempinski and the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus.

The three star Arena is a very competitively priced and charming hotel, set in an Ottoman mansion and only five minutes’ walk from the Blue Mosque.

Click here for more about Istanbul city breaks and prices.

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