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Istanbul Holiday

What are the best places to visit in Istanbul?

It's nice to just wander the streets when you're in a new destination, but sometimes it's sensible to have an agenda. Grab your travel programme — we have plenty of awesome ideas for your upcoming Istanbul holiday.

With such a great line up of world-famous attractions in the one place, you certainly won't be idle in Istanbul! First things first, make sure you snap some selfies out the front of the Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome. After you've ticked those off, you'll still have the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace to visit!

With tourist attractions such as Galata Tower and Dolmabahce Palace, there will never be a boring moment in this bustling metropolis. After you've finished looking around those, continue in the direction of Spice Bazaar and Taksim Square.

The link to ancient history is strong at Basilica Cistern. Make a booking now and discover the evidence of specialized archaeological study. Visitors in this destination have heaps of options. Are you eager to know more about some of the local cultural and religious traditions? Attend prayer with devoted worshipers at Suleymaniye Mosque and enjoy a look into the Islamic faith. Still have some time on your hands? Wouldn't mind adding some greater meaning to your travels? Go on a pilgrimage to Chora Church. No matter your beliefs, it's an excellent place to observe and find out about the local faith.

What are the most popular activities for a Istanbul holiday?

Reclining on a beach doing not much at all is all well and good, but there's nothing like throwing yourself into amazing new experiences on your getaway!

This place has plenty of activities. Here are some ideas to kick off your trip to Istanbul:

Jump onto our Istanbul things to do page for a comprehensive list.

What types of accommodation options are available in Istanbul?

Wrap up your day of activities with a nice comfy bed and a snuggly pillow. Peruse the 1,245 accommodation in Istanbul on offer via Expedia and choose one for your cheap holiday or luxury getaway.

It's not every week you get to go away, so why not treat yourself to a few nights in a posh room at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus (Ciragan Cad. No. 28) or the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul (Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok)? With five-star service and top-level amenities, you're bound to feel like a rock star! If travelling on a shoestring's more your style, you (and your bank account) might like the Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas - Boutique Class (Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak No. 4 Sisli), or the Lion Hotel (Lamartin Caddesi No:41 Taksim).

While you're exploring Istanbul, you'll want to experience the Hagia Sophia. The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is approximately 0.1 miles away, and the GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa is 0.2 miles away.

Is there an airport in Istanbul?

No traveller likes hanging out at the airport. But it's a small price to pay when you remember the holiday that's in store! Based 8 miles west of Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport (IST) is the most convenient terminal.




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Cityloft 161 RM139
Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020
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Cityloft 161

Cityloft 161

     
    4.2 of 5
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    Quiet area, pleasant stay. Reception personnel was quite helpful and polite. Rooms are clean and tidy, kitchen needs more utensils yet can be managed by asking from the reception. Regular rooms are at the lower levels of the building so dont expect to see foresty hill view on a regular room.

    Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul RM792
    Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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    Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

    Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

       
      4.6 of 5
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      View is good but you should close the curtains for neighbors. 😞

      Crowne Plaza Istanbul Florya RM391
      Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020
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      Crowne Plaza Istanbul Florya

      Crowne Plaza Istanbul Florya

      Yesilkoy Halkali Caddesi No: 95, Senlikkoy Mahellesi Florya, Istanbul
         
        4.2 of 5
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        Another great stay Everything good on this hotel is based on the amazing staff

        YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE RM477
        Reviewed on 30 Mar 2020
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        YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE

        YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE

           
          4.3 of 5
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          This pod room was tiny, as expected, functional and comfortable for an overnight stay at the airport.... Nothing more.

          Doruk Palas Hotel RM179
          Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020
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          Doruk Palas Hotel

          Doruk Palas Hotel

             
            4.8 of 5
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            Great location close to Galata Tower. Excellent views across Golden Horn. Wonderful helpful staff. Friendly lobby cat.

            CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul RM520
            Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020
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            CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

            CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

               
              4.4 of 5
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              Next time coming again Excellent experience Thanks

              Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas - Boutique Class RM942
              Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020
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              Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas - Boutique Class

              Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas - Boutique Class

                 
                4.6 of 5
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                It exceeded our expectation! The room was not worn out in a very good condition, very spacious. The lobby perhaps needs an update and breakfast area but other than that a very pleasant stay

                Louis Appartements Galata RM184
                Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020
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                Louis Appartements Galata

                Louis Appartements Galata

                Sahkulu Mah Ilk Belediye Cad No10 Sishan, Istanbul, Istanbul
                   
                  4.8 of 5
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                  Location and customer service is excellent. Thank you very much for you great service. Hope to come back soon😃

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