Istanbul is the city where East meets West: the Bosphorus, which cuts the city in half is said to be the border between Europe and Asia. Car rental in Istanbul will give you the opportunity to explore two continents, and take in the Marmara Sea, the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
No visit to Istanbul is complete without a trip to the Hagia Sophia. The building was originally built as an Easter Orthodox cathedral, and served as such for over 900 years. In the 15th century, the building was converted into a mosque, and remained so for almost 500 years, before it was eventually secularized and turned into a museum. This fascinating building can be seen to represent the changing faces of Istanbul.
If you want to find out even more about the history of Turkey, take a trip to Edirne, which is about two hours drive away from the city in your rental car. This wonderful city was the capital city of the Ottoman Empire for a period of time. On the way there, you can take a detour to the beautiful rock-cut monastery of St. Nicolas. Those with a little more time on their hands can drive to Gallipolli to pay their tributes to those who died in the First World War.
For another day trip out of Istanbul, take the ferry to the Prince Island, which has played host to a number of important exiles in the past, including Trotsky. It is now home to many of Turkey’s rich and famous.