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Flights to Istanbul

Flights to Istanbul

Istanbul – where Europe meets Asia

The former Byzantium and Constantinople, today Istanbul, is a modern metropolis which is not only a cultural bridge between Asia and Europe but also physical one. The magnificent Ottoman monuments in the old part of Istanbul contrast with the skyscrapers in the city's new districts. Istanbul has at least two faces. Discover them with us.

Istanbul for urban travellers

See the amazing Hagia Sophia, once the largest Christian church in the world. Opposite it is the wonderful Blue Mosque built by Sultan Ahmed. Visit Topkapi Palace, once the residence of Ottoman sultans, and see the decadent harem and the wonderful collection of porcelain, jewels and weapons. The most unusual experience awaits you in the famous underground Basilica Cistern. Discover ancient treasures in the Archaeology Museum or, if you are more interested in contemporary art, visit Istanbul Modern. Board a ferry and cross the Bosphorus, the strait separating Europe and Asia.

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Istanbul for entertainment

The many historic buildings, museums and galleries will keep you busy during the day. As night falls, the focus shifts to the city's countless bars, clubs and restaurants, with new establishments opening all the time. Get a taste of Istanbul's vibrant nightlife in the Galata neighbourhood and, with a cocktail in your hand, find a comfortable spot in one of the rooftop bars. Be sure to take in a traditional belly dancing show as you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. The following day we recommend relaxing in a hamam – a Turkish steam bath.

Istanbul for shopping

Put your haggling skills to the test in the Grand Bazaar – a covered market where the stallholders noisily offer you everything from wonderful jewellery to traditional Turkish rugs. Then head for modern Istanbul and the biggest shopping street, Istiklal Caddesi, or visit one of the modern shopping malls. You simply cannot come back from Istanbul without Turkish delight and Turkish tea or chai. Have you got enough room in your suitcase?

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When travelling to Istanbul do not miss:

  • Hagia Sophia: the Christian church of Holy Wisdom, built by the Emperor Justinian in the sixth century and converted into a mosque in the fifteenth century, is Istanbul's most famous landmark.
  • Yerebatan Sarayi (Basilica Cistern): this incredible subterranean reservoir is the largest of the many cisterns built under the city during Justinian's reign.
  • Blue Mosque: this seventeenth-century mosque covered in ceramic tiles is one of the few mosques in the world with six minarets.
  • Topkapi Palace: For 400 years the sumptuous home of several generations of sultans and their wives, who lived in the famous harem.
  • Archaeology Museum: consists of three buildings housing important exhibits from the history of the city.
  • Suleiman Mosque: the most beautiful of the 42 mosques built in Istanbul by the great Ottoman architect Sinan.
  • Galata Tower: the balcony of this fourteenth-century tower offers a marvellous view of the city.
  • Hippodrome of Constantinople: once the cultural centre of Constantinople, today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydani (Sultan Ahmet Square).
  • Grand Bazaar: this chaotic covered market with more than 50 streets and 3,000 shops has been the heart of the city since the fifteenth century.

Discover vibrant Istanbul, the cultural and financial centre of Turkey straddling the Bosphorus.