Istanbul Holidays

Today Istanbul remains as one of the world’s greatest cultural landmarks. Historically, the city has acted as the meeting place of eastern and western culture and the sight of countless power struggles throughout history. Straddling the Bosphorus strait connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, the city once known as Constantinople and ... Read more
Byzantium still stands as the metaphorical bridge between Europe and Asia. In Istanbul you'll see two of the world's most impressive buildings, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, dominating the landscape with their tall minarets. The nearby Topkapı Palace exudes the grandeur of its former residents, the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Shop at over 4,000 stalls and browse through 550 years of history in the Grand Bazaar. Scrub away your traveler's grime at a local hamam, the Turkish bathhouses known for turning out clean and relaxed patrons. Istanbul's restaurants are legendary, but you needn't even go inside; street food (döner kabobs) is are scattered throughout the city. New stylish hotels in the Old City have added a layer of hip sophistication to this impossibly old city.

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Things to see and do in Istanbul

  • Hagia Sophia
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  • Topkapı Palace
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  • Grand Bazaar
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The winter in Istanbul is just a little too cold and snow is a regular possibility, while the summer is a little too hot, which, coupled with muggy humidity and high-season crowds, can make doing things ... Read more
outdoors a little overwhelming (although the former might be worth braving if you are really desperate for a deal). But late spring and early fall are both just right. The pleasant temperatures and lighter crowds are sure to make your time wandering around the city's monuments and bazaars a magical affair. An exciting time to visit, although one that would require booking hotels well in advance, is during the Istanbul Biennial, which takes place every other September - October and celebrates the country with art and performances. Ramadan (dates change annually) is also a festive season, with plenty of excitement and activities after the fast has been broken at sundown.

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Its value for money but be prepared to travel if your wanting to see the sights as Istanbul is a huge place and the traffic is bad.

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Istabul is a lovely city. Be it summer or winter. Amazing people. Great food. For sure i will be back

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It was wonderful. People are very friendly and food it great. Very relaxing. The shopping is excellent

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It was an amazing experience, been there almost a week and fell in love in the city. Met my husband there. Coincidence? Don’t think so:)

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Travelling to a place with a GPS and seeing so much different historical building and walking from morning to night. The people, culture, surroundings was amazing and I felt like i was being respected and accepted into a society that is different from mine.

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It was budget friendly,fair taxi prices,food is affordable, tourist areas in Sultan Ahmet are walking distances, nice to take pictures,Grand Bazaar was nice and places to shop for everything. I would like to visit for a few days another time

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I loved it! My favorite area is sultanahmet early in the morning before tourists crowd the place. It's magical

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I spent 4 days there, for my SAT exam, l really enjoyed the culture and the history, street food was great and people were so kind, I definitely recommend visiting Istanbul to everyone, especially people who like history

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Everyone will fall in love with Turkey. An absolute location for your holiday

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Value for money! Even if you stay two weeks or more you have always something new to explore. Magnificent city, you feel welcome all the time. City that you will return in for certain.

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