Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, populated by more than 11 million residents! You can find this buzzing metropolis in the northwest corner of Turkey, sitting on the Bosphorous Strait and wrapping around the Golden Horn, a natural harbour. The best times of year to visit this buzzing city are spring and fall when the climate is perfect! If you like hot and steamy then book for July/August! Istanbul has something to offer all travelers stopping in for a visit and boasts several UNESCO sites. Whether your budget includes deep pockets or is existing on a shoe string, you ll be immersed in the Turkish culture. Not only is it easy to get around via public transportation, it will cost you next to nothing. Sea transport is a vital part of the infrastructure as this city is surrounded by water on all sides. Enjoy free entry into one of the many mosques throughout the city or sit atop a rooftop hotspot sipping wine enjoying the urban landscape. The hard core spender, or browsing window shopper will enjoy a visit to Kanyon, a mecca of high end vendors that rivals Rodeo Drive. Istanbul, rich in history, boasts a variety of cultural landmarks left by the Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Visit the opera, ballet, museums or attend the International Istanbul Film Festival. With so many modern, historical and cultural events to experience, a taste of Istanbul will leave you wanting more!