Weekends in Istanbul, city of two continents
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Those looking for unparalleled history, culture, cuisine and architecture in their short breaks need look no further than the glorious city of Istanbul. Once the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and instrumental in the rise of Christianity throughout Europe, the city was to be conquered by the Ottoman Empire and was the capital until the empire's collapse, thus earning a unique place in European and Asian history simultaneously. To visit Istanbul is to witness history and modernity simultaneously: its imposing buildings and natural harbour are at once old and new, merging ancient beauty with contemporary innovation and acting as a poignant mix of culture and continents. As you can imagine, there is plenty to see and we have exclusive deals on four and five star hotels to make your trip their all the more luxurious.
Taking in the Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is considered to be the oldest shopping mall in the world, with construction beginning on the site in the thirteenth century. Containing over 4000 shops along its 61 covered streets, this is a must-see destination for any first-time visitor to the city: its crowds are testimony to its reputation. Expect all the trappings of a European and Asian medley, with tea, Turkish delight and olives jostling for dominance alongside fabrics, rugs and lanterns. A utterly fascinating location.
The bustling Beyoglu District
An area that has been long known for its European influence and bohemian nature, the Beyoglu of today is somewhat more gentrified, though it is nonetheless an important part of Istanbul and its unique culture. A range of fantastic bars, restaurants and patisseries await you and your trip to the area, as well as book shops, galleries and cinemas, and the area is perfect for whiling away a relaxed afternoon after a morning visit to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Grand Bazaar to avoid the crowds.
Staying in luxury
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Weekends Istanbul, customer reviews
Les merveilles de la Turquie (Istanbul - Turkey)
Istanbul, Cappadocia, & pamakkale
Our tour guide informed us that you can go to the site of the balloons only if you participating in the rides , he did not make any effort to arrange viewing only of the balloons
We had to make our way in a private taxi & it was the highlight of the holiday
The tour on the whole was very good. The guide and coach driver were excellent. The Hotels Colossae thermal at Pamukale, Kaya thermalat Izmir and Titanic Kartal at Istanbul were very nice and our rooms were well equipped clean and very well furnished. It was a very good tour with a friendly group of mixed nationalities. The sights that we visited were very interesting and this was made even better by the expanse of historical knowledge that the guide possessed.
Ottoman Hotel Imperial (Istanbul - Turkey)
Perfectly located for the main attractions, literally opposite the Haggia Sophia.
Very helpful staff, breakfast good, restaurant food OK but the room was a little tired. However for the money its an excellent 3 star hotel.
As long as you are up for a walk ( Istanbul is very hilly), it's perfectly located for the historic sector, the Spice and Main markets plus the water trips are all in walking distance and the main historical attractions are literally on the doorstep.
Lots of little local restaurants within 10 minute walk and soooo cheap....but unless you fancy paying outrageous prices avoid Salt Bec in the main market ...worth a look in but not worth the £70 plus a head for lunch!
Very nice hotel located at the foot of Sainte-Sophie. Right in the heart of historic Istanbul with transport close by. The staff is lovely, always smiling and ready to help. The rooms are functional and very well maintained and the bedding is perfect. We had an amazing stay. Thanks to the whole team.
Innova Sultanahmet Istanbul (Istanbul - Turkey)
An incredible stay and welcome we received from day 1 to day 7 from Innova Sultanahmet Istanbul, brilliant location. Our particular thanks goes to the leading female staff both upstairs in the balcony lounge and downstairs at breakfast where we was always welcomed with such an infectious biggest smile and the warmth of kindness we received from her and unfortunately we cannot remember her name :( so sorry but she was beautiful in so many ways she is a credit to your hotel. All thanks goes to the front desks staff members who could do not more for us than the service we received so humble in so many ways. An amazing stay throughout and we would like to thank you all both the Innova and Voyage Prive for making our mini honeymoon getaway so special. Love you all :)