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Istanbul
Travel Guide

Turkey’s largest city is both European and Asian and has been part of many empires. As a result, Istanbul is modern and traditional, familiar and exotic.

It is Istanbul’s unique blend of Western and Eastern heritage and culture that attracts tourists from all over the world. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey in its malls, galleries and clubs, and the delights of traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces, taverns and mosques. Istanbul’s natural beauty, with pleasant Mediterranean climate, completes its glorious appeal.

Located on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has the Sea of Marmara to the south and the Black Sea to the north. Istanbul connects Europe with Asia and this strategic position evoked many power struggles. Under its previous names of Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul served as the capital of the Roman, the Byzantine, the Latin and the Ottoman empires and was once also the capital of Islam. The Turks started to call it Istanbul, a name that was made official when the Turkish Republic was proclaimed in 1923.

The Sultanahmet peninsula, which is home to the Old City, reflects Istanbul’s diverse political and religious past, particularly in the architecture. The iconic Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), for example, was once a Christian cathedral and later a mosque. Visit the nearby Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), Hippodrome (Hipodrom) and Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and save some of your liras for the souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı). Get a bird’s-eye view of it all from the top of the 14th-century Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) or visit nearby Miniatürk to see miniature versions of all these buildings. Cool off in the underground Basilica Cistern.

Cross the Galata Bridge, spanning the Golden Horn, to visit Taksim Square and the New City. Enjoy modern skyscrapers, nightclubs and shopping malls and watch hip youngsters mingle with businessmen.

Buy an Istanbulkart, for easy access to all public transport; the ferry is a good way to see the Beylerbeyi Palace across the strait.

Over 13 million people live in Istanbul, making it Europe’s most populous city, and it’s easy to see what the attraction is. Istanbul’s fusion of East and West, reflected in the culture, architecture, art and cuisine is truly unique.

Top Hotels in Istanbul

YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is CA $231 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul, and Kilyos Beach. Venezia Mega Outlet and Eyup Sultan Mosque ...

4.2/5Very Good! (306 reviews)

"Lovely and great service. I will be there again because I can't resist the service."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 11, 2021

YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $242 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace, and Taksim ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (945 reviews)

"Super nice 5 star hotel , specially the very friendly staff and the delicious breakfast ."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2021

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is CA $185 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Arnavutkoy, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul, and Kilyos Beach. Venezia Mega Outlet and Eyup Sultan Mosque ...

4.2/5Very Good! (445 reviews)

"This property is literally inside the airport, and can be accessed from inside or outside the secure area. It's a great layover hotel, with a very nice fitness room and adjacent restaurants. The land-side facility is up one level from IST's efficient PCR testing area. Very convenient all around. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2021

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
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.

Vacation Rentals in Istanbul

Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer
The price is CA $142 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Maslak, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Belgrad Forest, Istinye Park, and Istanbul Sapphire. Acibadem Maslak Hospital is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (70 reviews)
Beautiful view

"21st floor view was beautiful as well as Russian girl at reception desk !"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Tashkonak Studio Suites
Tashkonak Studio Suites
4 out of 5
Küçük Ayasofya Cd. Tomurcuk Sk. No:5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $32 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Sultanahmet, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hippodrome of Constantinople, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. Basilica Cistern and ...

4/5Very Good! (121 reviews)

"The style and design in the rooms , Also the staff was very nice. The terace view anazing"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2020

Tashkonak Studio Suites
Masal Hotel
Masal Hotel
3 out of 5
Binbirdirek Mah. Su Terazisi Sok. No:27, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $40 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Sultanahmet, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Turkish and Islamic Art Museum and Hippodrome of Constantinople. Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet ...

3/5 (6 reviews)
Situación excelente

"Situación excelente, trato muy amable y correcto"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2020

Masal 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.

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