The exceptional geographical situation of Istanbul, straddled across the Bosphorus, a hyphen between Europe and Asia, has attracted through history many powers. Called “New Rome” in the 4th century, it has been the capital of the Roman Empire, and, soon after, became Constantinople under the Byzantines till the 15th century before being conquered by the Ottomans who renamed the city “Istanbul”.
Today, Istanbul is the dynamic heart of the Republic of Turkey. As one can imagine, such a rich history has left numerous monuments, a testimony to the greatness of the cultures who ruled this land. In 7 days, discover the major sites with your private guide and you will leave Istanbul filled with wonder and mostly in admiration of the kindness of its inhabitants.