Istanbul

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A delightful fusion of European and Asian culture awaits in the capital of Turkey. A fantastic array of historic buildings intersperse a dynamic, modern city.

Istanbul offers the best of old and new, of both East and West. Shoppers will be kept occupied by the best department stores and luxury boutiques, while the city also displays its rich heritage with the many bazaars, mosques, and palaces. The warm climate of the eastern Mediterranean makes this a very easy place to enjoy and to fall in love with.

Historically, Istanbul is identified as the point where Europe meets Asia, at the crossing of the Bosphurus Strait, and has a population of over 13 million people. It was also the centre of power for the Byzantine Empire. More recently the Ottoman Empire, whose rule stretched at one point from Persia to the gates of Vienna, made it its capital. Ottoman rule was in turn succeeded by the establishment of modern-day Turkey in 1923.

All of this rich history is reflected in the complex and fascinating development of the city's diverse built heritage. First on many itineraries is a visit to the Old City where you'll trace the repeated rises and falls of Istanbul and its empires among the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), the Hippodrome (Hipodrom) and the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) – a survivor from the 14th century – offers views over these and much of the other architecture of interest throughout the city. The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Carsı) is the beating heart of life here, and is also a wonderful place to pick up souvenirs. Miniaturk allows you to see the city in miniature, while you can enjoy some well-earned cool chillout time at the underground Basilica Cistern.

Crossing the straits into the New City, you are met by a very different experience – modern-day Turkey. Contemporary Western design is to be found in the many skyscrapers, the shopping areas and the vibrant nightclubs. Taksim Square is the centre of this part of the city, with business executives rubbing shoulders with the cool young people of Istanbul.

Public transport is very easily accessible – an Istanbulkart allows you access to it all. Make good use of it, and see the Beylerbeyi Palace from the ferry across the Bosphurus Strait.

Istanbul offers centuries of history and change, alongside all of the conveniences and attractions of a modern city. The past and the present are linked in this fascinating melting pot of cultures.

Where to stay in Istanbul

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34122
The price is ₹4,759 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec
₹4,759
per night
13 Dec - 14 Dec
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"Friendly staf. Great location! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2022

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
5 out of 5
Silahsor Cad. No: 42 Bomonti Sisli, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34381
The price is ₹13,877 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec
₹13,877
per night
19 Dec - 20 Dec
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"Perfect"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2022

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul, 34283
The price is ₹19,318 per night from 31 Dec to 1 Jan
₹19,318
per night
31 Dec - 1 Jan
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Arnavutkoy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Very convenient location next to check in counter"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marvel Suites
Marvel Suites
Büibül mahellesi Kilburnu Sokak, 33, Istanbul, Taksim, 34435
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (137 reviews)
"The Owner Mr. Omar is very much helpful & always approachable. Property is clean, safe & staff is polite. We came from IST Airport to Taxim Square by bus at night and were unable to get the direction though it is in the 10Minutes walking distance range. At that time Mr. Omar came personally in his ..."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2022

Marvel Suites
G Tower Residences
G Tower Residences
Mimar Sinan Cd 35, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34209
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Mall of Istanbul and 212 Istanbul ...
3.8/5 Good! (58 reviews)
"Good to be here, clean and comfortable"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2022

G Tower Residences
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer, 34396
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Sariyer. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (124 reviews)
"The location is perfect The hotel is clean and comfort"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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