Destinations Menu - Right Panel

New Arrivals

Holiday Types Menu - Right Panel

Villa Life

Istanbul City Breaks

request a bespoke quote
Istanbul City Breaks

Explore Istanbul

Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul is strategically located on both European and Asian continents on opposing shores of the Bosphorus Strait. This atmospheric city is splendid, magnificent and grand in equal measure boasting numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Successively known by numerous names including most famously Byzantium, Constantinople and Stamboul, Istanbul is a vibrant and historic city providing an enchantingly exotic blend of Eastern and Western cultures and is the only city in the world straddling two continents. With influences from both sides; the modernity of a city teamed with elegant ancient architecture makes a city break to Istanbul is truly captivating. Delightfully situated on a hilly terrain with the busy Bosphorus Strait cutting through Europe to the west and Asia to the east, this fascinating city leaves any visitor with truly unforgettable memories and a will to return.

*Old & modern Istanbul*

The old city of Istanbul is crammed with interesting sights including many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Set on a small peninsula, the historic Sultanahmet area houses the former Christian church, then mosque, now museum, of Hagia Sophia with its outstanding freestanding dome and the Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century by Sultan Ahmet I, famed for its splendid blue Iznik tiles and marvellous stained glass windows. Additional mosques, minarets, museums and sumptuous palaces are just waiting to be discovered, not least Topkapi Palace with its famous harem, and the extensive Ottoman residence of Dolmabahce Palace.

The Golden Horn natural harbour in the Bosphorus Strait is best viewed from Galata Tower from which you can see Galata Bridge, Topkapi Palace at Seraglia Point, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, and the Asian district of Kadikoy on the opposing shore. Boat excursions along the Bosphorus take in many of the grand palaces and mosques, churches, and waterfront wooden villas known as yalis. The modern part of the city including the Pera area with its imitation palazzo is popular with European residents, and the vibrantly cosmopolitan Taksim Square, in the heart of the modern city, boasts excellent restaurants, bars and cafés.

*Bazaars and shopping*

Designer labels abound in Nistantasi district's exclusive boutiques, and there's a myriad of wonderful shopping malls including the largest in Europe, Cevahir Mall, and haggling for traditional mementoes is frantic but fun in the bazaars and the atmospheric Sunday market in Ortakoy. The unique Grand Bazaar offers an energetic experience: it's a selfcontained community with cafés, banks even its own mosque, and its warren of streets and alleyways with 4,000 shops sells everything, from souvenir trinkets and backgammon sets, to fantastic gold and silver jewellery and eclectic antiques. The Spice, or Egyptian, Bazaar is vibrant with stalls of dried fruit, nuts and spices: you can even commission custom-made perfume!

*Two centres*

Choose a city break in fast paced Istanbul experiencing mosques and palaces, the Grand Bazaar and authentic Turkish cuisine, or combine a whistle-stop tour of this city with some relaxation. Simply fly from Istanbul to Bodrum, Dalaman or Antalya to enjoy the beaches, indulgent spas, or plethora of land and water based sports.

Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul is strategically located on both European and Asian continents on opposing shores of the Bosphorus Strait. This atmospheric city is splendid, magnificent and grand in equal measure boasting numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Successively known by numerous names including most famously Byzantium, Constantinople and Stamboul, Istanbul is a vibrant and historic city providing an enchantingly exotic blend of Eastern and Western cultures and is the only city in the world straddling two continents. With influences from both sides; the modernity of a city teamed with elegant ancient architecture makes a city break to Istanbul is truly captivating. Delightfully situated on a hilly terrain with the busy Bosphorus Strait cutting through Europe to the west and Asia to the east, this fascinating city leaves any visitor with truly unforgettable memories and a will to return.

*Old & modern Istanbul*

The old city of Istanbul is crammed with interesting sights including many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Set on a small peninsula, the historic Sultanahmet area houses the former Christian church, then mosque, now museum, of Hagia Sophia with its outstanding freestanding dome and the Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century by Sultan Ahmet I, famed for its splendid blue Iznik tiles and marvellous stained glass windows. Additional mosques, minarets, museums and sumptuous palaces are just waiting to be discovered, not least Topkapi Palace with its famous harem, and the extensive Ottoman residence of Dolmabahce Palace.

The Golden Horn natural harbour in the Bosphorus Strait is best viewed from Galata Tower from which you can see Galata Bridge, Topkapi Palace at Seraglia Point, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet, and the Asian district of Kadikoy on the opposing shore. Boat excursions along the Bosphorus take in many of the grand palaces and mosques, churches, and waterfront wooden villas known as yalis. The modern part of the city including the Pera area with its imitation palazzo is popular with European residents, and the vibrantly cosmopolitan Taksim Square, in the heart of the modern city, boasts excellent restaurants, bars and cafés.

*Bazaars and shopping*

Designer labels abound in Nistantasi district's exclusive boutiques, and there's a myriad of wonderful shopping malls including the largest in Europe, Cevahir Mall, and haggling for traditional mementoes is frantic but fun in the bazaars and the atmospheric Sunday market in Ortakoy. The unique Grand Bazaar offers an energetic experience: it's a selfcontained community with cafés, banks even its own mosque, and its warren of streets and alleyways with 4,000 shops sells everything, from souvenir trinkets and backgammon sets, to fantastic gold and silver jewellery and eclectic antiques. The Spice, or Egyptian, Bazaar is vibrant with stalls of dried fruit, nuts and spices: you can even commission custom-made perfume!

*Two centres*

Choose a city break in fast paced Istanbul experiencing mosques and palaces, the Grand Bazaar and authentic Turkish cuisine, or combine a whistle-stop tour of this city with some relaxation. Simply fly from Istanbul to Bodrum, Dalaman or Antalya to enjoy the beaches, indulgent spas, or plethora of land and water based sports.

Lorem 6 ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipisicing elit. Architecto earum neque, nihil, eos quaerat modi magnam et recusandae, consequuntur hic accusantium sapiente itaque praesentium atque! Quisquam nemo accusamus doloribus quis laborum illo magni aliquam non architecto aperiam dolores, excepturi fugiat ut aliquid quaerat, minima porro maiores, sint molestias voluptate. Facilis repudiandae labore cupiditate odit alias ex nesciunt laboriosam quam ipsam veritatis at quia unde consectetur quos inventore hic vel consequuntur dolorem assumenda deserunt vitae vero obcaecati, adipisci dolore. Nihil soluta cum placeat, doloremque eius ea rem mollitia, cupiditate voluptatem vitae sequi facilis quod numquam aliquid, repellendus odit quasi tempora suscipit!

Featured Hotels

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

5 Star

Ciragan Palace Kempinski is a modern luxury hotel combined with a beautifully restored former Ottoman Palace next door

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Pera Palace Hotel

5 Star

The epitome of timeless elegance and located in the vibrant Beyoglu district for over a century, the iconic Pera Palace Hotel was once the hotel of choice for guests arriving on the Orient Express.

Rixos Pera Istanbul

Rixos Pera Istanbul

5 Star

Located in the Beyoglu district and close to Taksim Square, Galata Tower and the Istiklal Avenue, luxury hotel Rixos Pera Istanbul is an ideal base for making the most of Istanbul’s cultural scene with the Pera Museum and the Museum of Modern Art close by.