Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey

Ciragan Palace Kempinski - Istanbul, Turkey luxury hotel
Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Istanbul, Turkey is a mystical place, rich in both history and culture. Istanbul is unique as the only city in the world that connects two continents.

The Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and lies right in the middle of Istanbul – an ancient city well known as an exotic hub of Eastern and Western culture.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski is Istanbul’s only imperial palace and the hotel is the perfect location for an accommodation for travelers who desire to explore this beautiful body of water and immerse themselves in true Turkish culture.

As a way to experience the Bosphorus at its best, visitors can enjoy a dinner cruise, a romantic and elegant way to see some of Istanbul’s historical and contemporary landmarks, opulent Ottoman palaces and structures; and a ferry ride on the Turkish Maritime Lines (TML) where you can step off at Andalou Kavagi, a unique little village known for its delicious fish restaurants.

If you want a personal touch, Ciragan’s well-trained concierge offers customized itineraries for guests who want a unique, personal adventure.

Don’t miss the chance to walk along the path of a prince or princess up to the ruins of the Byzantine Castle fortress to see spectacular views of the strait that joins the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

A stay at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski is not complete without the exploration of both shores of the Bosphorus on a cruise. Starting at the Ciragan Palace, the boat will take you along the European side of Istanbul, and you will see the Ortakoy neighborhood, a trendy area that can also be explored by foot as it is only a five minute walk from the hotel.

Ortakoy, once literally “the village in the middle,” is now amongst Istanbul’s coolest and most artsy neighborhoods with trendy boutiques, plenty of outdoor cafés and bistros, and crowds of young, sophisticated locals and visitors.

As you pass the Ortakoy area, take in the majestic view of the Bosphorus Bridge which connects the two continents. As the boat turns towards the Asian shores, be sure to admire the particular architectural style of this area characterized by wooden mansions and marble palaces.

A top attractions is the Beylerbeyi Palace (which means “Lord of Lords” in Turkish), located in the Beylerbeyi neighborhood of Istanbul. An Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.

After a full day out enjoying the water, lift up your feet and be treated like royalty. Lounge on the balcony of any of Ciragan’s 313 rooms, 80 percent of which overlook the Bosphorus, ensuring a glorious view.

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