Istanbul Holidays

Welcome to Istanbul

Istanbul is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the Orient and the Occident, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. For the perfect Two-centre holiday, combine a stay in Istanbul with a Turkish coastal resort or Cappadocia or just the city break alone.

Standing on the shores of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait where the waters of the Black Sea mingle with those of the Sea of Marmara, Istanbul is also divided by the Golden Horn. Surrounded by water, the city guards the precious remains of the empires of which she has been capital from the Byzantine to the Ottoman. Istanbul is a unique link between East and West, past and present.

The Skyline of minarets and domes, mingling with modern skyscrapers immediately strikes the eye as that of a city full of intrigue. There is a continual bustle and movement of the crowds, rumbling of vehicles along the old cobbled streets with everybody going about their everyday business in this lively city. Listen to the cries of the street sellers mingling with the sounds of the ships in the busy port or enjoy one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars, sampling the delicious Turkish cuisine.

Soak up the history of Topkapi Palace, the centre of the Ottoman Empire, the place from which the Sultans ruled their Empire, or marvel at the sheer beauty of the Blue Mosque and Hagia St. Sophia, Islam and Christianity, facing each other across history, a true symbol of peace and tolerance. Stumble upon fine examples of wooden Ottoman houses as you make your way to the incredible Grand Bazaar, the maze of shops selling everything under the sun. However long you stay, your time in this unforgettable city will be a unique experience.

Flights to Istanbul

You can fly to Istanbul with the scheduled flight services of Turkish Airlines, with daily flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh as well as a flight from Dublin. We can also arrange British Airways and alternative carriers from any UK airports.

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What to do in Istanbul

There are many fascinating sights to see in Istanbul - do not miss these:

Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)

More familiarly known as the Blue Mosque due to its interior panelling of blue and white Iznik tiles, it was built for Sultan Ahmet I between 1609-1616. Topkapi Palace The opulent home of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th-19th centuries, highlights include the Harem, the treasury with the famous Spoonmaker’s Diamond and the Topkapi Dagger.

Hagia Sophia

The Church of the Divine Wisdom is one of the world’s most important architectural monuments 100 miles due to its astonishing free-standing dome. Originally a church, then a mosque, it is now a museum.

Grand Bazaar

One of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, this is the perfect place to hunt for your holiday souvenirs in the labyrinth of streets and passages which house over 4000 shops.

The Bosphorus

Take a cruise along the strait that separates Europe and Asia passing stunning buildings such as the Dolmabahçe Palace, as you head towards the Black Sea.

Istanbul Daily Tours

Day 1 - Istanbul Classic Tour
Duration: 9 am to 4 pm.
Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul in one full day tour.
St Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.
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Best of Ottoman style 

Sultania Superior Boutique Hotel

4* Superior BB

Prices From: £536

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Boutique Hotel

Yasmak Sultan Hotel

4* BB

Prices From: £675

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Best of Ottoman style 

Romance Superior Boutique Hotel

4* Superior BB

Prices From: £536

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Superior Boutique Hotel

Sultanhan Hotel 

4* Superior BB

Prices From: £586

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Simple Boutique Hotel

Empire Palace Hotel

4* BB

Prices From: £598

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Simple Boutique Hotel

Nowy Efendi Hotel

4* BB

Prices From: £475

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Top luxury

Four Season Hotel - Sultanahmet

5* Deluxe BB

Prices From: £1,098

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Ottoman Palace hotel

Ciragan Palace Kempinksi

5* Deluxe BB

Prices From: £1,242

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Istanbul Multi Centre Holidays

 Istanbul Multi Centre Holidays

Istanbul combined with:

  • Cappadocia
  • Turkish resort  or         
  • Gulet Cruise

Prices: from £998

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"Sadly like many people our holiday for five people was cancelled due to Covid-19. The date of our holiday meant it was on, then off, then on and finally off again. Throughout all this I can't fault how Akin and his team dealt with all the hassle at a most difficult time for his company.  The refund was dealt with swiftly and our party can only thank everyone for all their help."  Mr Brian Chappell - 2 Jun 2020

"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty."  Mr David Hyam

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Akin has been to all these places and experienced all these holidays.

Give him a ring to discuss your holiday in detail on 0330 390 0999 or send an email.

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