Take holidays in Istanbul for relaxing sailing trips down the Bosphorus, then explore Sultanahmet's Ottoman palaces and mosques. On your Istanbul holiday, discover ancient treasures at the Archaeology Museum and today's Turkish art at Istanbul Modern. On a shopping holiday to Istanbul, try Niantai's fashion boutiques, then sip cocktails in Beyoglu's trendy rooftop bars with Istanbul views.
Sightseeing on holidays in Istanbul
On your Istanbul holiday, you'll be drawn to old Ottoman capital at Sultanahmet for the vast Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque, and centuries of history at Istanbul's Archaeology Museums. Wander over Galata Bridge, the symbolic link between religious and secular Istanbul which features frequently in Turkish literature, theatre, poetry and painting. Looking for a relaxing Istanbul holiday? Watch the world go by in traditional Istanbul teahouses or join locals at a hamam Turkish bath.
Dining on holidays in Istanbul
Enjoy fresh fish on your Istanbul holiday at busy restaurants along the Bosphorus waterfront. Enjoy Istanbul views and top European cuisine on a rooftop terrace in Beyoglu. For a real Istanbul experience on holiday, enter the fun around Beyoglu at a meyhane traditional tavern with live folk music.
Nightlife on holidays in Istanbul
On your holiday, sample Istanbul nightlife in Beyoglu bars filled with local musicians, or sip cocktails at glamorous rooftop bars. If you prefer dressing up, join glamorous Istanbullus at Ortakoy's clubs for house music. Relax on your Istanbul holiday with a cool beer and backgammon at easy-going cafes on Galata Bridge.
Daytrips on holidays in Istanbul
On your Istanbul holiday, sail out to Prince's Islands for a horse-and-carriage ride around to car-free Bukukada. For a relaxing holiday, leave Istanbul's crowds behind and sail up the Bosphorus to peaceful Sariyer village to spot Istanbul's graceful yali wooden summer houses or explore Rumeli Hisar fortress along the way.
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