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Istanbul
Travel Guide

Istanbul showing a sunset, mist or fog and heritage architecture

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.

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $171 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Besiktas Pier and Vodafone Arena. Dolmabahce Palace and Zorlu Performing Arts Center are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"Amazing view and great breakfast"

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 2021

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YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $191 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
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! (527 reviews)
"Nice service, very friendly and rooms are clean, next time I’ll stay there again"

Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2021

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE, Duty free - International Transit area
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE, Duty free - International Transit area
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is CA $221 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
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! (382 reviews)
"Clean and convenient. However long check in line"

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE, Duty free - International Transit area
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.
Airport Residence Kurtkoy
Airport Residence Kurtkoy
Yenisehir Mahallesi Millet Caddesi, Mustafa Akyol Sokak No:3, Istanbul
The price is CA $45 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Pendik, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from World Atlantis AVM and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Viaport Outlet Shopping. Aydos Hill and Abdurrahman Mosque ...
3.6/5Good! (232 reviews)
"We are very happy :) with our stay in Airport Residence Hotel. We made the booking an hour before our arrival. Nevertheless our check-in was smooth and simple. The night time receptionist, as well as the morning offered to us a great customer service experience. The 1 room/apartment was very clean. ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2020

Airport Residence Kurtkoy
Grand Residence
Grand Residence
Basaksehir Mah., Gazi Mustafa Kemal Blv., Sarikamis Cd. No:1, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $73 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located near the airport, this family-friendly apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul, and Venezia Mega Outlet. İstoç ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Great service. Friendly staff. Easy check in and easy check out. Good location."

Reviewed on Apr. 16, 2021

Grand Residence
Ekinci Residence
Ekinci Residence
Yenisehir Mah. Osmanli Bulvari Sümbül, Sok. No:8, Kurtkoy, Istanbul
The price is CA $46 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Pendik, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of World Atlantis AVM and Viaport Outlet Shopping. Aydos Hill and Istanbul Park are also within 9 mi ...
4.2/5Very Good! (241 reviews)
"Near to the airport and Excellent for family staying the faire size bedroom rooms, setting room and open Kichen I like it"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2021

Ekinci Residence
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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