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

Elite World Europe Hotel
Elite World Europe Hotel
5 out of 5
Basin Ekspres Caddesi No. 4, Kucukcekmece, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is Rs5,162 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Kucukcekmece, this spa hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Mall of Istanbul, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Aqua Florya Shopping and Life Center and Grand Bazaar. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (766 reviews)
"Nice helpful staff .."

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2021

Elite World Europe Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is Rs10,026 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pera Museum, Istiklal Avenue and Galata Tower. Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.3 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (957 reviews)
"Sublime experience in historical palace Combination of luxury, comfy, relaxing & wellness The stuff are amazing friendly, helpful & joyful The location at it’s best This is not my first stay at Pera palace & it won’t be the last ❤️"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

Pera Palace Hotel
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is Rs13,466 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 19.9 mi (32 km) from Mall of Istanbul, and within 32 mi (52 km) of Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Taksim Square and Galata ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (551 reviews)
"Thanks everything was great"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2021

YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
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.
Tunel Residence
Tunel Residence
Sishane Evliya Celebi Mah., Mesrutiyet Cad. No: 96 Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is Rs3,565 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
This family-friendly Istanbul aparthotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul Modern and Galata Tower. Pera Museum ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (430 reviews)
"This place is my second home, the proximity to Taksim and Galata is very convenient, yet it is located in a peaceful and quite neighborhood. The staff are very welcoming, we were greeted by Sinan at the reception who made sure we got everything we asked for. I highly recommend this property."

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021

Tunel Residence
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer
The price is Rs8,028 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
Located in Maslak, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Belgrad Forest, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bosphorus Bridge and Dolmabahce Palace. Taksim Square and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (102 reviews)
"The staff need to be trained how to deal with customers ."

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Radisson Residences Avrupa TEM Istanbul
Radisson Residences Avrupa TEM Istanbul
Karayollari Mh. Abdi Ipekci Cad. No: 30, Kucukkoy Gaziosmanpasa, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is Rs10,334 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
This family-friendly Istanbul aparthotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Isfanbul Theme Park and Venezia Mega Outlet. Miniaturk and Vadistanbul ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"The room was clean"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2022

Radisson Residences Avrupa TEM 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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