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Istanbul
Travel Guide

A delightful fusion of European and Asian culture awaits in the capital of Turkey. A fantastic array of historic buildings intersperse a dynamic, modern city.

Istanbul offers the best of old and new, of both East and West. Shoppers will be kept occupied by the best department stores and luxury boutiques, while the city also displays its rich heritage with the many bazaars, mosques, and palaces. The warm climate of the eastern Mediterranean makes this a very easy place to enjoy and to fall in love with.

Historically, Istanbul is identified as the point where Europe meets Asia, at the crossing of the Bosphurus Strait, and has a population of over 13 million people. It was also the centre of power for the Byzantine Empire. More recently the Ottoman Empire, whose rule stretched at one point from Persia to the gates of Vienna, made it its capital. Ottoman rule was in turn succeeded by the establishment of modern-day Turkey in 1923.

All of this rich history is reflected in the complex and fascinating development of the city's diverse built heritage. First on many itineraries is a visit to the Old City where you'll trace the repeated rises and falls of Istanbul and its empires among the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), the Hippodrome (Hipodrom) and the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) – a survivor from the 14th century – offers views over these and much of the other architecture of interest throughout the city. The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Carsı) is the beating heart of life here, and is also a wonderful place to pick up souvenirs. Miniaturk allows you to see the city in miniature, while you can enjoy some well-earned cool chillout time at the underground Basilica Cistern.

Crossing the straits into the New City, you are met by a very different experience – modern-day Turkey. Contemporary Western design is to be found in the many skyscrapers, the shopping areas and the vibrant nightclubs. Taksim Square is the centre of this part of the city, with business executives rubbing shoulders with the cool young people of Istanbul.

Public transport is very easily accessible – an Istanbulkart allows you access to it all. Make good use of it, and see the Beylerbeyi Palace from the ferry across the Bosphurus Strait.

Istanbul offers centuries of history and change, alongside all of the conveniences and attractions of a modern city. The past and the present are linked in this fascinating melting pot of cultures.

YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is SG$242 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul and Kilyos Beach. Venezia Mega Outlet and Eyup Sultan Mosque ...

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Reviewed on 11 Feb,2021

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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$255 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (945 reviews)

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Reviewed on 5 Mar,2021

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YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is SG$194 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Arnavutkoy, this hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul and Kilyos Beach. Venezia Mega Outlet and Eyup Sultan Mosque ...

4.2/5Very Good! (453 reviews)

"This property is literally inside the airport, and can be accessed from inside or outside the secure area. It's a great layover hotel, with a very nice fitness room and adjacent restaurants. The land-side facility is up one level from IST's efficient PCR testing area. Very convenient all around. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb,2021

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
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Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer
The price is SG$149 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Maslak, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Belgrad Forest, Istinye Park and Istanbul Sapphire. Acibadem Maslak Hospital is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (72 reviews)
Perfectly Splendid!

"It was an amazing stay , so comfortable, clean easy going. Helpful staff and very lovely facility and I would definitely be back every week if I could"…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2020

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Tashkonak Studio Suites
Tashkonak Studio Suites
4 out of 5
Küçük Ayasofya Cd. Tomurcuk Sk. No:5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is SG$33 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Sultanahmet, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hippodrome of Constantinople, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Basilica Cistern and ...

4/5Very Good! (121 reviews)

"The style and design in the rooms , Also the staff was very nice. The terace view anazing"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2020

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Radisson Residences Vadistanbul
Radisson Residences Vadistanbul
Ayazaga Mah, Kemerburgaz St 6A No.7V/101, Sariyer, Istanbul
The price is SG$161 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vadistanbul AVM and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Istinye Park. Taksim Square and Galata Tower are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (45 reviews)

"Overall it was quite good"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2020

Radisson Residences Vadistanbul
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