Minarets and church spires. The call to prayer and tantric beats of lounge music. These are just a couple of the contrasts you’ll encounter wandering the streets of Istanbul, Turkey. The dynamics of this city have been thousands of years in the making and while it’s known for its history, this fascinating international hot spot is quickly gaining a reputation for its contemporary culture. A city like this could take a lifetime to explore entirely, but if you’re en route to one of Backroads’ Turkey trips, this little itinerary will help insure that even the quickest layover in what was once Constantinople is a highlight of your travel, not just a pit stop.