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It's nice to just wander the streets when you're in a new destination, but sometimes it's sensible to have an agenda. Grab your travel programme — we have plenty of awesome ideas for your upcoming Istanbul holiday.
With such a great line up of world-famous attractions in the one place, you certainly won't be idle in Istanbul! First things first, make sure you snap some selfies out the front of the Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome. After you've ticked those off, you'll still have the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace to visit!
With tourist attractions such as Galata Tower and Dolmabahce Palace, there will never be a boring moment in this bustling metropolis. After you've finished looking around those, continue in the direction of Spice Bazaar and Taksim Square.
The link to ancient history is strong at Basilica Cistern. Make a booking now and discover the evidence of specialized archaeological study. Visitors in this destination have heaps of options. Are you eager to know more about some of the local cultural and religious traditions? Attend prayer with devoted worshipers at Suleymaniye Mosque and enjoy a look into the Islamic faith. Still have some time on your hands? Wouldn't mind adding some greater meaning to your travels? Go on a pilgrimage to Chora Church. No matter your beliefs, it's an excellent place to observe and find out about the local faith.
When we think back over our travels, we usually remember experiences rather than our ritzy hotel room and the view of the pool. Are you ready to make some new travel memories?
Jump-start your trip to Istanbul by checking out some of these activities:
If you'd like to take a look at a comprehensive list of activities, go to our Istanbul things to do page.
Though Istanbul does have 1,245 accommodations to choose from, it's always smart to reserve a room early. Not quite sure where to begin? Expedia is here to help out with your cheap holiday or luxury getaway.
Those with a taste for the good life are sure to enjoy the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus (Ciragan Cad. No. 28) and the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul (Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok). Looking for somewhere a bit cheaper? The Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas - Boutique Class (Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak No. 4 Sisli) and the Lion Hotel (Lamartin Caddesi No:41 Taksim) are a couple of options that won't cost you an arm and a leg.
A real highlight of any visit to Istanbul is the Hagia Sophia. If you're eager to stay within walking distance of this iconic attraction, the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet and the GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa are both great options.
If you're arriving by plane, you'll probably be heading to Ataturk International Airport (IST). Once you've retrieved your bags from the carousel and exited the terminal, central Istanbul will be just 8 miles (13 km) away.
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This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Vodafone Arena, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim Square. Galata Tower and Istiklal Avenue are also within 3 miles (5 km). Maçka Cable Car Station is 8 minutes by foot and Taşkışla Cable Car Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bomontiada, City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. Taksim Square and Dolmabahce Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Osmanbey Station is 13 minutes by foot and Sisli Station is 21 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of CNR Expo Center and Sinan Erdem Dome. Marmara Forum and 212 Istanbul Power Outlet are also within 6 miles (10 km). DTM-Istanbul Expo Center Station and DTM - Istanbul Fuar Merkezi Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Kucukcekmece, this luxury hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Mall of Istanbul, TurkuaZoo and Grand Bazaar. Suleymaniye Mosque and Blue Mosque are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Macka Park, Ataturk Cultural Center and Acibadem Taksim Hospital. Taksim Square and Istanbul Modern Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Taşkışla Cable Car Station is only a 3-minute walk and Taksim Station is 9 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Acibadem Taksim Hospital and Taksim Square. Dolmabahce Palace and Istiklal Avenue are also within 1 mile (2 km). Taşkışla Cable Car Station is 14 minutes by foot and Taksim Station is 15 minutes.
Located in Bakırköy, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from CNR Expo Center and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Sinan Erdem Dome. Istanbul Aydın University and Marmara Forum are also within 6 miles (10 km). Ataturk International Airport Station is 11 minutes by foot and DTM - Istanbul Fuar Merkezi Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Bakırköy, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Atakoy Marina and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sinan Erdem Dome and Marmara Forum. Olivium Outlet Center and CNR Expo Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).