Ever wondered what you could do while on a boring, long drawn halt? Turkish Airlines makes sure you get a peek into Istanbul’s culture with Touristanbul

Istanbul: The Historic Pera Palace Hotel

From Mustafa Kemal Atatürk himself to the enigmatic Mata Hari, this iconic hotel built in 1892 has played host to some of the most tenacious personalities of the 20th century

Classic Rail Journeys

From bathtubs to tartan-dressed beds, travel in style with these classic rail holidays around the world

Istanbul, 1856

A View of Istanbul and the Bosphorus’ is Ivan Aivazovsky’s most famed work

Istanbul: Street scenes

Snapshots from everyday life in the Turkish capital that make it such a great place to visit. Photographs by Trinankur Banerjee

Turkish sip

Tea is one of the ‘authentic’ Turkish experiences that most guidebooks have failed to recommend