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Marmara Region

Visit Turkey's Marmara Region


The Marmara Region marks the joining of Europe and Asia and is home to Istanbul, the only city in the world to span continental boundaries. The most developed region in Turkey, this is the land of the Grand bazaar, where all that is traditionally Turkish comes together in one loud frenetic collision of cultures, architectural influences and ethnicities.

This is the most visited region of Turkey, and one of the few places outside of northern Turkey which offers scenery that is more alpine than Mediterranean. Mount Uludag is one of the main peaks in Turkey and the most accessible, making it the skiing centre of the country. Sheltering at the foot of this mountain the beautiful Ottoman city of Bursa benefits from the crisp mountain air, and is one of the greenest cities in Turkey.

However, the most moving site in the region is the Gallipoli peninsula. The strategic coastal position of this region contributed to its involvement in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, ingraining it forever in the pages of the history books and etching it out as a living monument to the fallen.


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Top itineraries in Marmara Region

Kusadasi coast, Turkey

Black Sea Discovery on Silver Spirit

16-day luxury ocean cruise from £8,100 pp incl. flights

Step off the beaten track on this all-inclusive Black Sea voyage aboard Silver Spirit, visiting seven countries, enjoying complimentary shore excursions and indulging with all the luxury of a Silversea cruise.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London–Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £18,925 pp incl. flights

Each year, the Orient Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, enjoying luxury stays and curated tours in France, Hungary and Romania.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Istanbul Explorer

7-day tailor-made city break from £1,780 pp incl. flights

Istanbul, long the bridge between Europe and Asia. This short break will see you explore the city in the company of an expert private guide. Highlights include the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the food-lovers' district of Beyoglu, and the Grand Bazaar, some of the true gems of Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Splendours of Turkey

11-day tailor-made holiday from £1,665 pp incl. flights

Situated at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating, diverse and beautiful country, blessed with a rich history, dramatic landscapes and stunning coastline.

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Top places to stay in Marmara Region

Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey

Historic hotel

Stay in a 19th-century Ottoman palace on the shores of the Bosphorus River, enjoying all the requisite luxuries. Think fine-dining restaurants, elegant rooms and superb spa facilities.

Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul

Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul, Turkey

Historic hotel

Located in the prosperous Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side, famous for its “Pearls of Bosphorus” waterfront properties.

Pera Palace Hotel 1892, Istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul

Grand & elegant hotel

A genuine slice of old-world luxury in bustling Istanbul, Turkey, this grand old icon has played host to everyone from Hemingway and Hitchcock to Agatha Christie. Today, guests can enjoy its timeless elegance alongside a luxury spa and some of the city's best dining.

Where to go in Marmara Region


The battlefields at Gallipoli stretch 35 km from Cape Helles at the southern tip of the peninsula, to the Anafartalar hills in the north. Today it's hard to reconcile this peaceful stretch of coastline with the chaos of the First World War.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey


Istanbul is one of the most multifaceted cities in the world. Situated at the convergence of continents, this city has long been at the heart of both the Muslim and Christian worlds. A frenetic clash of culture and style, this ancient city was once Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine-Chris…

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Istanbul Grand Suite

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – a cabin guide

Don't know your twin cabins from your grand suites? Product manager Andy Austen takes a closer look at the different cabin types on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to make sure you select the one that’s right for you.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Murder on the Orient Express

As one of our favourite rail journeys, we’re a little protective over the Orient Express. So, take a look at the trailer for its latest film adaptation with us and see if its all-star cast lives up to expectations.

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