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Startling blue skies, gorgeous Mediterranean weather and a burst of colourful customs and traditions are traits of Turkey’s continent wide city Istanbul. Enjoy a memorable vacation of discovery with all-inclusive holidays to Istanbul from Travel Center. Savour Byzantine architecture in the Sultan Ahmet region. Visit Hagia Sophia a beautiful Blue mosque, Ottoman inspired Topkapi Palace and wondrous Istanbul Museum. Wander the winding streets, bargain at the dazzling bazars and stop for a cup of fragrant coffee at the lovely street cafes. Remember to swing by Grand Bazar the world’s largest indoor market. Drink in the street performers, watch the hustle and bustle of everyday life and settle in with a snack and drink at a terrace café. Close to Istanbul are the tranquil environs of Princess Island. Enjoy a boat cruise to the island and tour the island in a horse drawn carriage as no cars are allowed on the island. Seat of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul sits between historic Bosporus Strait, the sparking strait can be crossed from several bridges or with a scenic boat tour. Get there and discover more, simply book all-inclusive holidays to Istanbul from Travel Center and enjoy cheap flights, affordable accommodation for the whole family and flexible booking options. Nothing beats a tropical vacation of sun, fun and sea. Plan your trip today discover-Istanbul!
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UTC/GMT +2:00 hours
British Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Atlasglobal, KLM
Best Time to Travel
February to October
Modes of Transport
Taxi, Bus, Car, Railway, Trams
Currency Exchange Rate
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Somehow the Basilica Cistern is both informative and romantic, a rare combination. You will be able to understand how once upon a time, drinking water was brought into Istanbul from Thrace. It was constructed in the sixth century and today the cistern that was once filled with water is now filled with lights and music. Check out the upside down head of Medusa at the bottom of one of the columns.
This is a fascinating place not least owing to its transition from church, to mosque to museum. This Byzantine masterpiece is very spacious and houses some of the best glittering mosaics in the galleries in the upstairs section. You can also visit some of the tombs of the early Ottoman sultans and their slaughtered sons.
If you are in Istanbul then you have heard of this famous harem, which was home to generations of sultans and their wives. Get a glimpse of what life must have been like when you walk around the collection of lush green courtyards and kiosks. The views over the Sea of Marmara are simply breathtaking. The harem living quarters are lushly tiled and surround by a stunning Turkish bath.
Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam
Be stunned by the miles of marble, massive domes, the echoing sound of running water and a massage that will melt your bones and you will have a slight idea of how the ancient Sultans lived. A Turkish bath experience is a must have for anyone visiting Istanbul.
The Blue Mosque is one of just a few mosques in the world to boast six minarets. While it is not obviously blue in colour the walls are done with fine iznik tiles. You are supposed to view it either from what seems like a side entrance from the Hippodrome to experience the true effect.
Istanbul Archaeology Museums
The Istanbul Archaeology Museums are fascinating where you will find the amazing sarcophagus of Alexander the Great along with scenes of his life in 3D. There is a model Trojan horse in the children’s section which is very popular and after check out the city’s oldest Ottoman structures in the Tiled Pavilion.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
This is another interesting museum and was once the original palace of Ibrahim Pasha, a favourite grand vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent. It overlooks the Hippodrome where the ancient Byzantines used to watch chariot racing, a great passion of the day. This is also the place to try a famous thick black Turkish coffee.
This too has made the journey from church to Ottoman mosque to modern museum and offers a stunning look into the splendor of late Byzantine. The walls and ceilings are glittering masterpieces with mosaics and awe-inspiring frescoes. The neighborhood surrounding the Chora Church is filled with storybook-like restored Ottoman wooden houses in pretty pastels.
Check out the beauty of old and modern Istanbul when you experience the bird’s eye view of the city from the Galata Tower. It is from this tower that Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi flew across the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia in 1638, which can be described as the first ever intercontinental flight.
Do not go to Istanbul and not visit the Grand Bazaar. It simply is a must do, filled with labyrinths of streets filled with quaint shops and is said to be one of the oldest covered markets in the world. It is said to have over 3000 shops and is the place to find great deals on unique pieces to take back home.