An intoxicating melting pot of eastern and western cultures, Istanbul is bursting with an eclectic blend of influences. This magical destination also boasts a unique skyline punctuated by minarets, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The colourful Grand Bazaar and the views from the Galata Tower are world renowned. Don’t miss a trip to the quiet Eyüp neighbourhood, where you’ll find a bustling market and a superb bakery. Walk up the hill to Pierre Loti Café and enjoy a cup of Turkish tea, while soaking up some of the best views over the Golden Horn.
Istanbul City Breaks
There’s so much to cram into a weekend break in Istanbul, but our Travel Experts can help you plan the best bits for your city itinerary. For starters, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and the Ottoman-era Topkapi Palace are all musts. From there we’ll find you the most centrally located hotels, and the best-value (and best timed) flights to help you make the most of your time in this fascinating metropolis.
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More About Istanbul
Currency: Turkish lira
Flight time: The London to Istanbul flight time is 3 hours 50 minutes
Visas: British Citizens require a visa to visit Turkey. An evisa can be obtained online in advance, or you can purchase a visitor visa on arrival at the Turkish airport.
Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations for entry to Turkey, but it is recommended that all travellers be up-to-date with their routine inoculations.
Top 3 Things to Do in Istanbul
- Admire the mosaics in the Hagia Sophia
- Wander through the Topkapi Palace complex
- Buy wares at the bustling Grand Bazaar
When to Go to Istanbul
With temperatures soaring in the summer, the best time to visit Istanbul is in the spring or autumn or, if you wrap up warm, the winter. This means you can easily flit around the temples and mosques without overheating.
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Istanbul Holidays: At Flight Centre we have a range of Istanbul holidays, offering flights, hand-picked accommodation, transfers, and so much more.
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