Istanbul Travel Guide


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Plan Your Istanbul Vacation

The only city in the world that can lay claim to straddling two continents, Istanbul—once known as Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and then the Ottoman Empire—has for centuries been a bustling metropolis with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Istanbul embraces this enviable position with both a certain chaos and inventiveness, ever evolving as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan crossroads.


Istanbul Hotels

With the number of visitors to Turkey increasing every year, Istanbul's hoteliers are busy keeping up with the growing... read more


Istanbul Restaurants

This city is a food lover's town and restaurants abound, from humble kebab joints to fancy fish venues, with a variety of... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Istanbul

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Istanbul Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Istanbul

    Change continents: Spend the morning in Europe and the afternoon in Asia, with just a ferry ride in between; how cosmopolitan is... Read more

  • Istanbul Street Food

    As much as Turkish people love to sit down for a leisurely dinner, they're also serious snackers, day and night, so finding a quick... Read more

  • Istanbul: History in Architecture

    Byzantium was already 1,000 years old when, in AD 326, Emperor Constantine the Great began to rebuild it as the new capital of the Roman... Read more

  • Planning a Bosphorus Day Cruise

    One of the most pleasant experiences in Istanbul—and an easy way to escape the chaos of the city—is a trip up the Bosphorus by... Read more

  • Drinks with a View

    In recent years, venues in Istanbul have been aiming high, literally, as an increasing number of savvy entrepreneurs take advantage of the... Read more

  • Turkish Baths

    A favorite pastime in Istanbul is to spend time in one of the city’s hammams, or Turkish baths, some of which are in exquisite buildings... Read more

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