Istanbul, known as the city that spans two continents: Europe and Asia, is a capital city that everyone should go to if they are given the chance. The approach into the city on your cruise to Istanbul will be unforgettable, as the city is split on either side of the Bosporus Strait and so there will be spectacular views wherever you look. Having disembarked from your Istanbul cruise ship there are a few main attractions that should be explored if time allows: the bustling spice markets, the beautiful Blue Mosque, the interesting art in the Istanbul Modern and finally, the Byzantine mosaics in the Church of St Saviour. The weather in Istanbul is generally warm. The best months to go, especially if you are thinking about a city break that will involve lots of walking around, are spring and autumn. The strength of the sun in the summer in Istanbul can be oppressive at times which can make sightseeing in Istanbul very tiring. Our price comparison tool can help you make your decision about when is the best time for your cruise to Istanbul as it finds cheap Istanbul cruise offers for you and outlines all the on-board cruise facilities and excursions offered.
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The Turkish capital is one of the world's great cities and to visit it as part of a cruise does not do it justice as you need far longer than any stop over will allow to discover it in any meaningful way. However, many Mediterranean cruises offer the chance to its passengers to get a taste of the city and if you find an itinerary that pleases you then make sure you get off that liner once in the port and make the most of your time there. Of course the star attractions (Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern) are all around the Sultanahmet Square but make sure you venture out to both sides of the Bosphorus and see other areas such as Galata (great for going out) and Camilca Hill from where you get a great view of the city. Take a stroll down Istiklal Avenue and perhaps also a cruise down the river. Relax with a hammam treatment if you have enough time. But you should pick your Istanbul cruise holiday carefully. You need to ask yourself several questions before choosing. Which other ports does the ship stop at and will that interest our party? Do we have enough time in each port? What kind of activities and land excursions are offered as part of the cruise? What type of cabin is available on this particular liner? To help you make the right choice, use the Easyvoyage cruise search engine for your Istanbul cruise break.