Travelers who visit Istanbul often regard the human population as one of the major attractions: local folk are friendly and welcoming, always happy to introduce visitors staying at Istanbul hotels to local tea gardens, coffee houses, taverns, and restaurants. Because of hectic traffic conditions, driving is not recommended in the city itself, but rental cars in Istanbul are ideal for exploring the nearby countryside. Architectural treasures abound in Istanbul, and booking an all-inclusive vacation to Istanbul lets you visit spots such as Hagia Sophia, which began as a church, then became a mosque, and is now a museum. Topkapi Palace, with roots that date back to 1453, is an enormous, ornate structure where sultans, their harems, and servants lived. Go even further back to 203 A.D. when you visit the Spiral Column and the Obelisk of Theodosius at the Hippodrome, or Sultan Ahmet Square. Shoppers regard the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar as must-visit sites; go early or late to avoid the tourist crowds and remember they are closed on religious holidays. Take a cruise down the Bosphorus, which divides city in two, to view the city from the water.
Istanbul International Biennial occurs every second year from September through November, and is a platform for contemporary art. Music lovers will be enthralled by the Istanbul International Music Festival (June and July) and the Istanbul International Jazz Festival (July), when top-notch performers entertain the public. If you're a movie fan you'll enjoy the Istanbul Film Festival in April, where you can view Turkish and other films.
Whether you're planning on visiting ancient churches and mosques in Istanbul, or just enjoying the scene, browse Travelocity for Istanbul vacation packages or get special deals on the mobile app.
This luxury hotel features a full-service spa, 2 indoor tennis courts, and a restaurant. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. Make the most of the outdoor pool and indoor pool, and relax with drinks at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
A full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant are all featured at this luxury hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, express check-in, and valet parking. Make the most of the indoor pool and 24-hour health club, and relax with drinks at one of the 3 bars/lounges.
A full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant are all featured at this luxury hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. Enjoy the outdoor tennis court and unwind at the poolside bar and bar/lounge.
This hotel features a restaurant, a rooftop terrace, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas, express check-in, and airport pick-up service. Guests will appreciate freebies like buffet breakfast and free self parking.
A full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a restaurant are all featured at this luxury hotel. Families will appreciate the onsite laundry facilities and in-room childcare. Enjoy the health club and perks like free WiFi.
This hotel features 3 restaurants, 3 outdoor tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. Bring the family and enjoy the playground, arcade/game room, and kid-friendly dining. Relax with a drink at one of the 3 bars/lounges and enjoy free perks like free self parking and WiFi in public areas.
This hotel features a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 9 conference rooms, as well as the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Dry cleaning, luggage storage, and laundry facilities are also on offer.
A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and an indoor pool are all featured at this hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Relax with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges and enjoy perks like free self parking.
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