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Istanbul
Travel Guide

Istanbul showing a sunset, mist or fog and heritage architecture

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.

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is SG$118 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is SG$210 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
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! (530 reviews)
"The firts thing that I don't like was that you cannnot keep your bags before flight, and the check-in is too late, so you have to have all day the baggages with you."

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YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE, Duty free - International Transit area
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE, Duty free - International Transit area
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is SG$243 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
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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YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE, Duty free - International Transit area
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Airport Residence Kurtkoy
Airport Residence Kurtkoy
Yenisehir Mahallesi Millet Caddesi, Mustafa Akyol Sokak No:3, Istanbul
The price is SG$49 per night from 16 Jul to 16 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Pendik, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from World Atlantis AVM and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Viaport Outlet Shopping. Aydos Hill and Abdurrahman Mosque ...
3.6/5Good! (233 reviews)
"We are very happy :) with our stay in Airport Residence Hotel. We made the booking an hour before our arrival. Nevertheless our check-in was smooth and simple. The night time receptionist, as well as the morning offered to us a great customer service experience. The 1 room/apartment was very clean. ..."

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Grand Residence
Grand Residence
Basaksehir Mah., Gazi Mustafa Kemal Blv., Sarikamis Cd. No:1, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is SG$94 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located near the airport, this family-friendly apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul and Venezia Mega Outlet. İstoç Ticaret ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Great service. Friendly staff. Easy check in and easy check out. Good location."

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Ekinci Residence
Ekinci Residence
Yenisehir Mah. Osmanli Bulvari Sümbül, Sok. No:8, Kurtkoy, Istanbul
The price is SG$61 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Pendik, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of World Atlantis AVM and Viaport Outlet Shopping. Aydos Hill and Istanbul Park are also within 9 miles ...
4.2/5Very Good! (241 reviews)
"Near to the airport and Excellent for family staying the faire size bedroom rooms, setting room and open Kichen I like it"

Reviewed on 22 Mar,2021

Ekinci Residence
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