Istanbul and Bodrum, Turkey

Temperatures are moderate in Istanbul’s summer, ranging from the mid-80s in the daytime to the mid-60s at night. Operations began in Istanbul’s new airport in April, with plans to become one of the largest in the world, so you’ll be one of the first to experience the modern facility. Istanbul, once known as Constantinople and Byzantium, has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires during its thousands of years of history. Museums, churches, mosques, and monuments testify to its background and strategic importance in the area. Hagia Sofia, a museum built as a church and then a mosque, is an architectural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dolmabahce Palace, one of the most glamourous in the world, is open for tours five days a week. Cruise the Bosphorus Strait for more views of the the ancient city, and be sure to visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world and one of Istanbul’s most visited attractions. When you’ve finished exploring Istanbul, head to the new airport for a one-hour Turkish Airlines flight to Bodrum, a port and seaside resort city. Then relax at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum overlooking the Aegean with private beaches, pools, water sports, and international cuisine.

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