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

The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34430
The price is Rs10,447 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Hotel was magnificent , the best area all around it , city view was incredible , breakfast was a la carte so worth it add it to the stay , everyone was friendly and spoke English . We ll come back to stay again ."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022

The Marmara Pera
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul, 34283
The price is Rs16,993 per night from 15 Sep to 16 Sep
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
Would definitely say again
"It was quiet clean and great customer service"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34430
The price is Rs22,065 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 coffee shops/cafes and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"Great location! Old school charm."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Pera Palace Hotel
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.
Ekinci Residence
Ekinci Residence
Yenisehir Mah. Osmanli Bulvari Sümbül, Sok. No:8, Kurtkoy, Istanbul, 34912
The price is Rs3,671 per night from 16 Aug to 17 Aug
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (302 reviews)
"The room is very big, but WiFi isn't good."

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2022

Ekinci Residence
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 Florya Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (45 reviews)
Excellent hotel
"Amazing hotel with new and very good amenities"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2022

G Tower Residences
Quars Suite
Quars Suite
Sultaniye Mahallesi 350.sk No.10/A, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34510
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Torium Shopping Center and ...
2.9/5 (18 reviews)
"Nice building but suites not clean and roches everywhere in the room"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

Quars Suite
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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