Old City Istanbul: What was once Byzantium by the Romans then Constantinople by the Romans then Ottomans, the old city of Sulthanhmet is steeped in history. Walking along the former city walls and taking in the UNESCO sites of the Hagia Sofia and, Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cisterns is a day (or three) to remember.
Turkish Bath: Whether at one of historic hamams or a couples treatment at your luxury hotel, a Turkish bath will be a spa experience like no other. Being doused in bubbles and massaged head to toe is soothing and sensual tradition.
Shop the Bazaars: From the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market in Istanbul to the nomadic rug shops and pottery studios of Anatolia, Turkey has some of the most exotic and exciting shopping experiences.
When to Visit: Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) are the best times to visit Turkey. It will be hot enough for the beaches of the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts and even-keel weather for the extreme central Anatolia.
Getting There: The flight from New York to Istanbul is 11 hours, the largest airlines flying direct to Turkey are Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, and US Airways.
Getting Around: Turkey has an extensive network of planes and luxurious buses for shorter jaunts.
Language: Turkish. English is spoken all over Istanbul and widely spoken in all touristic destinations.
Climate: Turkey has a diverse climate though overall it is quite temperate. The coastal regions enjoy sun and cool breezes while the inland Anatolia plateau experiences a dryer climate with hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall.
Currency: Turkish Lira. Current exchange rates can be found here.
Electricity: The mains voltage for electricity is 220V and 50Hz. Central European type wall socket (two-pin plugs) is standard in Turkey.