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TAV Airport Hotel Istanbul
TAV Airport Hotel Istanbul

Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul 34149

4.1 out of 5 (192 reviews)

Situated in Istanbul, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul Aquarium, and Florya Beach. …

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Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport

Basin Ekspress Yolu, Fatih Cad., Istanbul 34303

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (701 reviews)

Located in Halkali, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Strike Bowling, Mall of Istanbul, and Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Pla …

A$59
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel

Divanyolu Cd. Alemdar Mah., Istanbul 34122

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4.3 out of 5 (739 reviews)

Located in Fatih, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Whirling Dervishes Istanbul, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia …

A$116
InterContinental Istanbul
InterContinental Istanbul

Asker Ocagi Cad No: 1 Taksim, Istanbul 34435

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4.5 out of 5 (354 reviews)

Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taksim Square, Dolmabahce Palace, and Dot. …

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The Ambassador Hotel
The Ambassador Hotel

Ticarethane Cikmazi No 19, Istanbul 34420

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (650 reviews)

Located in Fatih, this spa hotel is steps from Whirling Dervishes Istanbul and Basilica Cistern. Hagia Sophia and Cagaloglu …

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Hotel Amira Istanbul
Hotel Amira Istanbul

Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi Mustafa, Istanbul 34122

4.8 out of 5 (844 reviews)

Located in Fatih, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia. Blue Mosque …

A$70
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class

Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul 34122

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4.4 out of 5 (333 reviews)

Located in Fatih, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cemberlitas Bath and Hippodrome. Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaa …

A$79
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center

Silahsor Cad. No: 42 Bomonti Sisli, Istanbul 34381

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4.7 out of 5 (1,004 reviews)

This family-friendly Bomonti hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and …

A$93
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad.No 13, Istanbul 34122

4.7 out of 5 (223 reviews)

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

A$103
Ottoman Hotel Imperial - Special Class
Ottoman Hotel Imperial - Special Class

Caferiye Sok. No. 6/1, Istanbul 34400

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4.3 out of 5 (745 reviews)

Located in Fatih, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome and Topkap …

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A tale of two continents

Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that lies on two continents. With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, it's no wonder the city is so cosmopolitan and culturally diverse. As the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul has an expansive history that spans many centuries. Throughout its different incarnations, Istanbul has been called both Byzantium and Constantinople. Whichever name you know it by, Istanbul is simply incredible.

While many of the most visited sightseeing attractions reside on the European side of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and Topkapi Palace, the more residential Asian (or Anatolian) side also has its own unique charms. Be sure to explore the beauty of both sides to make your trip to Istanbul complete.

From the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar

One of Istanbul's nicknames is the 'the city on seven hills.' Like Rome, the Istanbul of antiquity was built on seven hills, each with religious monuments, in both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Today you will still find many stunning sights on these hills. Topkapi Palace was the former royal residence of the Ottoman sultans. Set by the sea and overlooking the Golden Horn, today's Topkapi Palace is open to the public as a museum, with four primary courtyards and a wealth of treasures. Wander through leafy gardens and airy libraries, an imperial harem, and impressive gilded pavilions.

Head for another hill and the Grand Bazaar awaits you. One of the largest covered markets in the world, featuring more than 6,000 stalls, the Grand Bazaar is a mecca for shoppers. Jewellery, spices, carpets, and pottery combine to create a seemingly endless range of tempting items. Test your bargaining skills or just enjoy a stroll around the structure itself, which seems almost like a palace.

Side by side are two other must-see Istanbul sights. The beautiful mosaics and massive dome of the 1400-year old Aya Sofya leave visitors mesmerized. Equally extravagant is the working Blue Mosque whose six slender minarets are one of the most famous components of Istanbul's skyline.

Illuminated Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world and with such a long and rich legacy it would be easy to tour only the city's historical wonders. However, present-day Istanbul is one of the most vibrant, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan places on earth and no visit would be complete without experiencing what the modern city has to offer. An evening out could include cuisine from all corners of the world (though be sure to try the sumptuous mezzes and kebabs), cocktails at an elegant bar on the Bosphorus, and clubbing until dawn. Istanbul at night is a beautiful sight.

Take some time for leisure, too, like a traditional Turkish bath or a cruise down the Bosphorus Strait. One visit to Istanbul could never suffice and how could it? There are two continents to explore! So slow down and sip some fragrant mint tea, while you plan your return visit.

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