Turkey is known for its ancient culture and history. When in Turkey, you will pass from one world to another, discovering different stories and scenes.
Why Istanbul for your honeymoon?
Istanbul is one of the most romantic cities in the world, whether you are taking a stroll with your partner through the streets of Istanbul, or passing by the Bosphorus, you will definitely feel the magic of this city.
Travel Guidebook writer Tom Brosnahan explains: "Great beaches and resorts, private yacht cruises, excellent restaurants, lively café life, world-class museums (many in castles and palaces), and of course top-class hotels everywhere."
Honeymoon Highlights of Istanbul:
While you're in the beautiful Istanbul, make sure to visit these places:
The Maiden's Tower: Set on the Bosphorus, it has a long history of romantic myths and has been an inspiration to writers, poets and artists, while its most recent claim to fame is for being featured in the recent Bond film: 'The World is Not Enough'.
Princess' Islands: Princess' Islands is in the Sea of Marmara, just a short ferry ride from mainland Istanbul. The only form of transport is the horse-drawn carriage, a perfect place for honeymoons.
Hagia Sophia: It was the biggest cathedral in the world in the 6th century. Its famous dome, gold gilded mosaics, divine hugeness and energy attracts many people all over the world.
Suleymaniye Mosque: This mosque represents the classic Ottoman Art built in the 16th century. It has an amazing view from the garden through the Bosphorus.
Basilica Cistern: The underground water reservoir from the 6th century.
Dolmabahce Palace: Garabet and Nikogos Balyan built Dolmabahce Palace and even today, it is a special art concept which is mesmerizing with the details as well as the items they used.
Bosphorus: between Black sea and Marmara Sea.
Topkapi Palace: Biggest Ottoman building complex.
Grand Bazaar and Spice Market: This bazaar is popular for its gold, textile and leather and the Spice Market is mainly for more common things like spices or foods.
Istiklal Street: The most amazing, festive, and romantic street in Istanbul. The doors of restaurants, coffee-houses, clubs and shops are open, and the musicians play their music on the streets.
Top Hotels in Istanbul:
Ciragan Palace Kempinski "has a great view of Bosphorus or the Old city."
Park Hyatt Hotel: "You will be in the middle of Nisantasi district, surrounded with well-known shops & restaurants & cafés."
Pera Palace Hotel: "Would you like to stay where Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchock or Greta Garbo stayed? It was the official hotel for Orient Express and today, it offers you better comfort as well as good service quality."
Ottoman Imperial Hotel: "Standing between Hagia Sophia and Caferaga Madrasah, this hotel has a great feeling of Istanbul."
Four Seasons Sultanahmet: "It was an original Ottoman Mansion which was converted into a boutique hotel"
Radisson Blu: "If you want to stay in a contemporary hotel with Bosphorus view, Radisson Blu will provide all the comfort. It is located where you can reach Ortakoy, a picturesque corner of Istanbul, in about a minute."
Mia Pera Hotel: "If you want to be in a vibrant part of the city, Mia Pera Hotel will provide a peaceful area in this energetic neighborhood. With its chic architecture, fine decoration and good services, it will make a difference."
Sultanhan Hotel: "It’s in the old city but away from the crowds with its great location."
Restaurants you'll Love:
Sunset Grill and Bar: "It offers exceptional, high-quality service and serves international cuisine with a stunning view of the Bosphorus."
Ulus 29 Restaurant Club Bar: "They serve the best samples of international cuisine, and their classical stone oven pastries are so unique."
Lacivert Restaurant and Bar: "In this restaurant, you can enjoy fresh fish along with small appetizers, with a stunning view of Bosphorus."
Reina Restaurant: "You can enjoy your delicious meal with a great view and spend late evenings at the club in the same place."
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