Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with these great day-trips.

Bosphorus River Cruise - With so many historical sights to explore, one might not think that a river cruise is one of Istanbul’s highlights. You’ll be surprised at how awe-inspiring the sights are on this aquatic tour. Be sure to book the night cruise, which journeys around the Bosphorous at dusk, offering sublime sunset views.

Prince Islands - The Prince Islands are an archipelago made up of nine islands. A hop and skip away from the main city, the island is rustic in nature, with no motorised vehicles allowed to break the purity of silence here. It is the perfect place for a quiet, soul-searching get-away.

Pamukkale Hot Springs - Feast your eyes upon the surreal landscape of cascading travertines at Pamukkale Hot Springs. This stunning natural phenomenon contains limpid pools of hot, mineral water that draw bathers from near and far, all eager for a chance to soak in these natural Turkish baths.

Iznik - This charming, rural town brings you back in time and far away from Istanbul’s frenzied pace. Enjoy a languid afternoon shopping for local handicrafts - Iznik is known for its artisanal pottery and tile-making prowess.