Long rooted in myth and lore, the Bosphorus River divides Europe and Asia. Today, cultures of the world come together here—it’s the second-busiest international shipping lane and home to Istanbul’s trendiest neighbourhoods. A former 19th-century Ottoman palace turned hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, situated right on the riverbank, is your elegant pied-à-terre.
Experience the region by boat and you’ll ride past old summer mansions and palaces, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, private museums, tiny fishing villages, and illuminated bridges. Head to Sultanahmet to explore the Grand Bazaar and its 4,000 shops, and hunt for fashionable treasures at the many boutiques throughout the surrounding villages.
You can immerse yourself—quite literally—in the culture by visiting a hammam for a traditional Turkish bath and massage. One of the most historic is the Cağaloğlu Hamamı. Bask in the healing waters and ease all your worries away.
Çırağan Cad. No. 28
Tel. +90 (212) 381 40 00
Fax +90 (212) 381 40 10
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During our stay in this transcontinental city, we enjoyed a guided tour of Ephesus, VIP access to the Hagia Sophia and two cruises along the waters that separate Europe and Asia.