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Marmara Region

Visit Turkey's Marmara Region

Introduction

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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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London–Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £8,740 pp

Each year, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, sweeping though France, Hungary and Romania to end in Istanbul. You’ll travel in the utmost opulence throughout, enjoying fine dining, champagne-bar delights and curated stops for expert-led tours.

Istanbul Explorer

5-day tailor-made city break from £1,040 pp

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Early booking discount – Save up to £45 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018

This fascinating city has long been 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.

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Top itineraries in Marmara Region

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: London–Istanbul

9-day luxury rail journey from £8,740 pp

Each year, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express takes an exclusive few on its original route, sweeping though France, Hungary and Romania to end in Istanbul. You’ll travel in the utmost opulence throughout, enjoying fine dining, champagne-bar delights and curated stops for expert-led tours.

Istanbul Explorer

5-day tailor-made city break from £1,040 pp

Special
offer

Early booking discount – Save up to £45 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018

This fascinating city has long been 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.

Marvels of Turkey

7-day tailor-made journey from £2,110 pp incl. flights

Turkey, where east meets west, is renowned for its vibrant culture and as the home of some of Mediterranean Europe's most impressive historical sites. It's also blessed with stunning scenery, over 5,000 miles of spectacular coastline and delicious cuisine.

Best of Istanbul and Bodrum

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,585 pp incl. flights

Straddling the Bosphorus, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the ancient city of Istanbul is one of the world's great destinations. Days spent marvelling at the exquisite architecture of the ornate Ottoman Palaces, or haggling for bargains in the Grand Bazaar are sure to live long in the memory.

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Top places to stay in Marmara Region

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul

Grand & elegant hotel

A genuine slice of old-world luxury in bustling Istanbul, 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.

Hotel Levni, Istanbul

Accommodation

Location is the key to this modern property, just a five-minute stroll from the walls of Istanbul's old town as well as being well positioned for the nearby Sicecki Railway Station.

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Where to go in Marmara Region

Gallipoli

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.

Istanbul

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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Marmara Region articles

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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