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Istanbul Vacation Packages

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.


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ISG Airport Hotel - Special Class

ISG Airport Hotel - Special Class

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Int'l Airport, Istanbul
4.3
of 5, from 146 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Pendik, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Viaport Outlet Shopping and within 9 mi (15 km) of Istanbul Park and Neomarin Shopping Mall. Aydos Hill and Pendorya Shopping Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$56,416
Elite World Europe Hotel

Elite World Europe Hotel

Basin Ekspres Caddesi No. 4, Istanbul
4.4
of 5, from 36 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Halkali, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mall of Istanbul, Ataturk Olympic Stadium, and Istanbul Aydın University. TurkuaZoo and Florya Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$129,937
TAV Airport Hotel Istanbul

TAV Airport Hotel Istanbul

Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul
4.2
of 5, from 99 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bakırköy, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul Aquarium, and Marmara Forum. Atakoy Marina and Florya Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$55,587
Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport

Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport

Basin Ekspress Yolu, Fatih Cad., Istanbul
4.0
of 5, from 303 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Halkali, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mall of Istanbul, Ataturk Olympic Stadium, and Istanbul Aydın University. Florya Beach and Marmara Forum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$73,893
Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Kemankes Kara Mustafa Pasa, Istanbul
4.2
of 5, from 48 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Beyoglu, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Istanbul Modern Art Museum and Galata Tower. Spice Bazaar and Suleymaniye Mosque are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$72,928
WOW Istanbul Hotel

WOW Istanbul Hotel

Istanbul Dünya Ticaret Merkezi, Istanbul
3.8
of 5, from 255 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bakırköy, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul Aquarium, and Marmara Forum. Atakoy Marina and Florya Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$68,547
WOW Airport Hotel

WOW Airport Hotel

Istanbul World Trade Center, Istanbul
3.8
of 5, from 312 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bakırköy, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul Aquarium, and Marmara Forum. Atakoy Marina and Florya Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$113,068
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad.No 13, Istanbul
4.6
of 5, from 142 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Old City, this hotel is steps from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome and Blue Mosque are also within 10 minutes.

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