Istanbul Guide

Istanbul is the heart of turkey, the only city in the world on two continents and the most populated city in Europe.  The country has over 2000 years of history and is the former capital of three successive empires, the Christian, Islamic and Ottoman Empires. Princess island tour Turkey, arguably part of the top 10 tourist attractions in Turkey is good to try out if you have the time.The past is well preserved, whilst there is a modern streak apparent. Our Istanbul tour page has a wide range of package tours starting in istanbul, and many day tours that are great to consider on a short trip in Istanbul or if you are wondering how to spend the extra time there. The small waterway; the Bosphorous, runs through the city and creates a harmonic setting for the historic landmarks, including top tourist attractions in Istanbul Turkey:


Hagia Sophia was built at the command of Emperor Justinian in the years 532 to 537. It was first constructed as a church, then became a mosque and is now a museum.  It has the fourth biggest dome in the world, towering at 56m, it is the largest in Turkey.....more info

The Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sights of Istanbul and one of the architectural marvels of the world.  It is referred to as the Blue Mosque, due to the blue tiles adorning the interior walls.....more info

Topkapi Palace was the administrative centre for the Ottoman Empire, for nearly 400 years, from 1465 to 1853.  The palace was the setting for many royal entertainment events.  Topkapi Palace is certainly the most important historical site to be visited in Istanbul.....more info

In the square in front of the Blue Mosque one of the most famous areas in Byzantine Constantinople can be found; the Hippodrome.  The ancient Hippodrome, was a originally a gathering place, sports area and the scene of chariot races.....more info

The Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest covered markets in the world.  It was originally built in 1464, at the command of Fatih Mehmet II, shortly after his Conquest. It contains around 4400 shops, 2195 workshops, 497 stalls and 18 fountains.....more info

This area was originally the bay, where the navy anchored in the early periods; when the Ottomans conquered Istanbul. Between the years 1611-1614, this bay was filled in and a timber building with a large garden called "the Besiktas Palace" was built by the order of Sultan Ahmet I. The land of the Besiktas Palace, which had become completely useless due to a fire.....more info

Suleymaniye is a mosque located on the third hill in Istanbul.  It is the second largest mosque in Istanbul.  The mosque was built by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan.....more info

The Golden Horn is a horn shaped inlet on the Bosphorus, which divides the European half of Istanbul, forming a natural harbour.  There are walls built along the shoreline.....more info

Istanbul's 17th-century Spice Bazaar, otherwise known as Misir Carsisi, was built to provide rent for the upkeep of the nearby mosque, the Yeni Camii.  The Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered shopping complex, after the Grand Bazaar and one of the oldest Bazaars in Istanbul......more info

The Bosphorus is the waterway between the two continents of Turkey, the European part, known as Rumelia or Ortakoy and the Asian part known as Anatolia or Beylerbeyi.  The name originates from Greek mythology.....more info

Rumeli Fortress is located on a hill on the European side of the Bosporus, north of the Bebek district, on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus; giving the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452.....more info

The Bosphorus Bridge spans the Bosphorus Strait and provides the unique chance to step from one continent Ortakoy (European side) to another Beylerbeyi (Asian side), within a few minutes. The Ataturk Bridge carries 200,000 vehicles and 600,000 people a day......more info

Çamlica Hill is one of the highest points of the Bosphorus and Istanbul, 267 metres above sea level.  Çamlica Hill is the tallest of the two twin peaks of Mount Bulgurlu. The Çamlica Hill has wonderful panoramic views......more info

Basilica Cistern is the largest of hundreds of underground cisterns in Turkey, capable of holding 80,000 cubic metres of water.  It is located next to Hagia Sophia and was built during the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century.....more info

Istanbul offers a great variety of nightlife and entertainment.  This ranges from the more traditional male-dominated cafes, to big nightclubs.

Traditional Turkish bars are called Meyhanes’s and are a combination of raki, beer and wine, along with food; including mezes (starters), kebabs and fruits of the season.  The most popular area to find Meyhane’s is behind the flower passage in the Cicek Pasaj in Beyoglu.  This area is a mixture of flowers, fish and vegetable stalls, where street musicians and vendors wander among the revelers.

Taksim square is considered the heart of modern Istanbul and is situated on the European side.  It is composed of a main shopping street, a tram line, hotels, restaurants and a favourite location for public events such as New Year’s celebrations.  It is a very popular place for tourists and the nightlife is bustling, with various different venues, depending on your preferences in music.

Is Istanbul’s most popular Meyhane, with 3 stories, able to host 600 people.

Another common night out, includes more exotic forms of entertainment, like belly dancers, troupes of Russian or Romanian dancers, and flashy caberet singers.

Most bars stay open until 2:00 am and some keep going until 4:00am or later. The Taksim area is very popular with tourist offering a variety of different venues, depending on the music of interest.  One of the most popular bars is;

This bar and restaurant is located in the pera district, and gives punters the opportunity look out over Istanbul, with 360 degree views through their glasses walls.

New nightclubs open in Istanbul every year.  However some lasting favorites include; Reina, Sortie, Anjelique, Crystal Lounge, Mojito and Mojo.  The big clubs are located around the Taksim and Ortakoy areas.

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Byzantium Hotel (Hotel)

Byzantium Hotel offers 4 star accommodation in the heart Istanbul’s historic district, within walking distance of all major attractions and close to public transport links.

Location : Istanbul
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Senatus Hotel (Hotel)

Offering standard and deluxe rooms, Turkish breakfast and free travel advise, in the heart of Istanbul, Senatus is in a perfect location for business and leisure travelers alike.

Location : Istanbul
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Armada Hotel (Hotel)

Armada Hotel is on the edge of the Marmara sea, just 10 minutes walk from the historical centre, it offers exquisite accommodation with luxury breakfast and great service.

Location : Istanbul

Fehmi Bey Hotel (Hotel)

With 8 different types of rooms to fit your travel needs, the Fehmi Bey offers all of the amenities you could need, from AC and free wifi to a sauna and rooftop patio offering magnificent views of the city and the sea.

Location : Istanbul

Lady Diana Hotel (Hotel)

The Lady Diana Hotel is a luxury hotel in the heart of historic Istanbul featuring a full Turkish spa, complimentary airport service from Atatürk International Airport, and a rooftop restaurant where you can take in a majestic panorama of the sea and the beautiful mosques.

Location : Istanbul
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Sura Design Hotel & Suites (Hotel)

Sura Design Hotel & Suites is the perfect hotel for your romantic getaway with special packages designed especially for couples whether on their honeymoon, anniversary trip, or just traveling abroad.

Location : Istanbul

Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel (Hotel)

The Sura Hagia SophiaHotel  offers quality and comfort, featuring a pool and top-end restaurants right in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district.

Location : Istanbul

Ramada Golden Horn (Hotel)

Ramada Golden Horn offers 4 star accommodation and a spa and wellness centre with a sauna, hammam and massage service, located in the vibrant Beyoglu district of Istanbul.

Location : Istanbul
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Hotel Momento (Hotel)

Hotel Momento is a beautiful modern hotel, located in the historic heart of Istanbul, a short walk to all of the city's most famous attractions.

Location : Istanbul
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Dosso Dossi Hotel Old City (Hotel)

Dosso Dossi Hotel - Old City is a comfortable, family friendly 4 star hotel and is perfectly located to explore historic Istanbul.

Location : Istanbul
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Double Tree Hilton Topkapi (Hotel)

A hotel befitting of the Hilton brand, Double Tree Hilton Topkapi is a stunning 5 star hotel with spectacular views over Istanbul.

Location : Istanbul
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Pullman Hotel (Hotel)

Pullman Istanbul Airport Hotel & Convention Center offers relaxation, fine dining and world class business facilities, only 2km from Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Location : Istanbul
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski (Hotel)

Ciragan Palace Kempinski offers a truly unique experience in a genuine Ottoman Palace, located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus overlooking ancient Istanbul.

Location : Istanbul
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Momento Golden Horn Hotel (Hotel)

Momento Golden Horn hotel is an ideally placed hotel close to famous landmarks. Close to Taksim Square, Galata bridge, Grand Bazaar and many more. Beautiful rooms with views that allow city and sea views.

Location : Istanbul
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The Elysium Istanbul (Hotel)

The Elysium hotel offers amazing quality, close to Taksim square and is ideally located to visit many other sites.

Location : Istanbul

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Sirkeci (Hotel)

Located in the heart of Istanbul's old town, a stunning modern hotel that looks out towards Topkapi Palace and easy walk to the Bosphorus river and Hagia Sophia Museum. 

Location : Istanbul

Olimpiyat Hotel (Hotel)

Olimpiyat Hotel is located in Sirkeci, Istanbul, and is a luxuriously decorated 3-star hotel that can accommodate you comfortably. It has a prime location surrounded by Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Location : Istanbul

Golden Royal Hotel (Hotel)

Golden Royal Hotel is a 2-star top-end hotel located near Hagia Sophia and just a 5 minute walk from the famous Grand Bazaar market. 

Location : Istanbul
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Walton Hotel Galata (Boutique)

Walton Galata is a specular 4-star hotel located in Galata, Istanbul. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation with large, comfortable and spacious modern rooms to enjoy your holiday experience.

Location : Istanbul
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Recital Hotel (Hotel)

Recital Hotel is a luxurious 4-star hotel located in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. The wonderful top-end accommodation offers nearby access to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Location : Istanbul
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Istanbul to Fethiye

06.00, 10.30, 17.00, 18.35, 20.00, 21.00, 22.30
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Istanbul to Canakkale

01.00, 02.00, 08.00, 10.00, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 16.00, 18.00, 23.55
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Istanbul to Goreme

09.00, 20.30, 21.15, 22.00
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Istanbul to Selcuk

01.30, 08.00, 09.30, 11.00, 13.30, 17.30, 19.00, 20.15, 21.00, 21.45, 22.00, 23.15
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Istanbul to Denizli

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Istanbul to Antalya

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