Istanbul, once known as Constantinople, is the economic, cultural and historic heart of Turkey. In Instanbul you’ll find yourself in two continents at once, on either side of the Bosphorus Strait – the ribbon of water separating Asia and Europe both physically and culturally.

Istanbul is both an ancient and modern city. It has a vibrant stock exchange and a skyline in parts to rival Manhattan, while its ancient roots are present in its old quarter where you can meander down narrow cobbled streets and marvel at the skyscape of minarets and domes in their multitudes. There are as many must-see sights in Istanbul as there are minarets, with plenty of them punctuating the compact Sultanahmet district and well worth a visit. Here you’ll find, amongst many other Turkish delights, the world famous Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

Istanbul is served by two airports: Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the west of the city centre, while on the Anatolian side of the city you’ll find the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Whatever your arrival point why not pre-book with hoppa for a reliable and worry free airport transfer service that lets you avoid busy taxi and bus queues?