The perfect combination of the old world and the new, Istanbul is like two different cities combined. On one side of the Bosphorus, the Old City rises up as palaces and magnificent mosques, creating a dramatic and mesmerizing skyline. On the other side, chic shisha bars and rooftop restaurants mark the new age of modern Turkey. The tram provides cheap travel all over the city, and buying a museum pass provides a great deal on entrance to all the major palaces and museums. Entrance to the iconic blue mosque is free, but remember to pack appropriate clothing.

Flights start from £207 return for a long weekend with KLM