Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest cities in the world, with a rich heritage stretching back thousands of years. In the past it was originally known as Byzantium, then Constantinople. In 1930 the city was officially called Istanbul.
Istanbul is the fifth largest city in the world, with a population of 12.8 million people. This also makes it the largest city in Europe.
Istanbul is served by 2 airports, Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Sabiha Gökçen Airport is the main airport for European low cost carriers.
International trains from across Europe arrive at the station in Sirkeci, close to Sultanahmet. Asian trains arrive at Haydarpasa station. To get between the two, you can catch a ferry across the Bosphorus.
There are a lot of historic and religious places to visit in Istanbul. You can see the Topkapi Palace, the Sultanahmet Mosque and the Basilica Cistern aroun the Sultanahmet Square.
Heading west rather than north from the old city brings you deeper into the banks of the Golden Horn estuary. A neighbourhood perhaps well worth a visit here is Eyüp, to visit city’s holiest Islamic shrine and just to see what daily life in Ottoman Istanbul was like. On the opposite shores of the Horn, in Sütlüce is the Miniaturk, the first miniature park in the city, with models from around the former Ottoman Empire
You really should visit a Turkish bath, or Hamam, during your visit. There are several historical hamam scattered across the city.
Useful Links for Istanbul Motorhome Hire
Travelling on trains in Turkey – Lots of information here – http://www.seat61.com/Turkey2.htm
Atatürk International Airport Website – http://www.ataturkairport.com
Istanbul Bus Services – http://www.iett.gov.tr/en/
Turkey Tourism – http://www.tourismturkey.org/