Planning a trip to Istanbul? If you want to know more about the impressive history of the city, how to get around, what to visit, which are the typical dishes served in Turkey, and many other first-hand tips and tricks that will help you plan your holiday. You'll find answers to all these questions and more in the guide to Istanbul.
Why Visit Istanbul?
Istanbul is one of the world's most visited cities and, having been the capital of three empires (the Roman Bizantine and Ottoman), it's a city that no traveller should miss. Fall in love with the history of former Constantinople, and its natural wonders, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.
Chaotic and serene at the same time, with more than 15 million inhabitants, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. And each and every visitor is left astounded by a city on the crossroads of two continents: too Eastern to be European and too Western to be Asian.
A journey into the past itself, touring Istanbul you'll find yourself in a historic and lively city between two seas, The Sea of Marmara and The Black Sea; between two continents, Europe and Asia, and between two worlds, the traditional and the modern.
Visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, sail the Bosphorus in a boat, browse the Grand Bazaar and see the shadow of the splendour of the Ottoman Empire in the Topkapi Palace is something every world traveller should do once.
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A cruise along the Bosphorus is a must for every trip to Istanbul. On board this boat, we'll sail around the Golden Horn, the oldest quarter in this Turkish city.
Aga Hamami is a historical hammam, also known as Turkish Baths, and one of the oldest in Istanbul. The hammam is beautifully decorated, extremely authentic, and very well priced.
Join us on this tour along the European shore of the Bosphorus, where we'll visit breathtaking locations such as the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Rumeli Fortress, and Emirgan Park.
On this food tour of Istanbul, we'll sample the most traditional and delicious dishes in Turkish cuisine as we explore the bazaars in the city.
Your Istanbul guide
Our Istanbul guide has been created by travellers like you, to help you when planning your trip, and making the most of your time while saving money. The information and data here were updated in September 2020.