Straddling two continents across the Bosphorus River, the fascinating city of Istanbul is a culture clash of East and West. With elegant mosques, historic churches and exquisite palaces, Istanbul is a city which provides sensory overload in a multi-cultural setting. Bargain hunters will enjoy haggling for goods at the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Bazaar, whilst soaking in the atmosphere of this unique city in its labyrinth of narrow streets. A boat-trip on the Bosphorus is also a fascinating way to explore the city’s architecture and see two continents at the same time. In addition to its historic roots, Istanbul also offers a vibrant art scene and a host of restaurants and nightclubs which showcase its cosmopolitan nature where the traditional and the modern sit side by side.


What you’ll love most about Istanbul

  • Marvel at the architectural wonder of Hagia Sophia, a symbol of Istanbul’s rich history. Explore its stunning dome, intricate mosaics, and learn about its transformation from a Byzantine cathedral to an Ottoman mosque and now a museum
  • Step into the opulent world of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace. Wander through its lavish courtyards, visit the imperial harem, and admire the priceless treasures housed in its museum, including the famous Topkapi Dagger and the Spoonmaker’s Diamond
  • Admire the elegant beauty of the Blue Mosque, known for its six minarets and stunning blue tiles adorning its interior. Experience the peaceful atmosphere of this iconic landmark and marvel at its intricate architecture
  • Get lost in the labyrinthine alleys of the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. Explore its thousands of shops selling everything from carpets and ceramics to spices and jewellery, and practice your bargaining skills with friendly vendors
  • Take a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, the scenic waterway that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline, historic landmarks, and majestic palaces lining the shores
  • Ascend the Galata Tower for panoramic views of Istanbul’s skyline and the Bosphorus. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, and capture unforgettable memories of your visit to this magical city

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  • Holidays to Istanbul, Turkey

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Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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  • 13
  • 17

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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