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Istanbul


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"If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital."

– Napoleon Bonaparte

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Istanbul. Spanning two continents and bisected by the Bosphorus Strait, a major international waterway, Istanbul can feel like the center of the world. It’s a city where empires rose and fell, and the layers of all that history are still visible, coexisting with a vibrant, energetically modern metropolis. Istanbul’s skyline is punctuated with the minarets of 16th century mosques, the distinct pink walls of the revered and controversial Hagia Sophia (a church turned mosque turned museum, turned mosque), and the cranes constructing new buildings throughout the city. Whether you want to delve deep into Ottoman architecture, Byzantine history, or the expansive dining scene, there’s something in Istanbul for you.

Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s historic peninsula, brims with cisterns, mosques, churches, castles, and fortifications, while a short distance away, the Beyoglu district buzzes with cafes, galleries, and restaurants. Walking through these European-side neighborhoods in Istanbul gives you a sense of the contrasts that coexist in the city. You can spend days exploring the city’s multifaceted street food scene, or take ferries to the Princes Islands that sit off the coast of the Asian side of the city. Istanbul is a city with many stories to tell.

Where to stay in Istanbul

There's a wide choice of accommodation in Istanbul but picking the best place can be hard if you don't know the city. We've hand-picked the very best options with respect to location and price levels, so you can be sure you'll be staying somewhere that's perfect for you. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Themed boutique hotel in Istanbul
Themed boutique hotel
An artsy hotel with a cheerful ambiance, overlooking the Bosphorus.
Historical boutique hotel in Istanbul
Historical boutique hotel
A hotel with authentic vibes and smartly decorated rooms.
Historical boutique hotel in Istanbul
Historical boutique hotel
A hotel with gorgeous rooms and a beautiful courtyard garden.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tastes of Istanbul Private Tour
Tastes of Istanbul Private Tour
Off the Beaten Path - Fener and Balat Private Tour
Off the Beaten Path - Fener and Balat Private Tour
Bosphorus Half-Day Private Tour
Bosphorus Half-Day Private Tour

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

  5.0 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Istanbul vacation packages, based on 1 review
Review by Clarissia Jackson and Group
Clarissia Jackson and Group
Wisconsin

I have enjoyed traveling with JayWay Travel in the past, and refer others to this incredible travel agency often. In closing, the staff was phenomenal, and every guide we had on this unforgettable journey was FABULOUS! Can’t wait for our next JayWay Travel adventure….

I have enjoyed traveling with JayWay Travel in the past, and refer others to this incredible travel agency often. In closing, the staff was phenomenal, and every guide we had on this unforgettable journey was FABULOUS! Can’t wait for our next JayWay Travel adventure….

Year : 2021
Visited : Greece, Turkey
Itinerary : Santorini, Athens, Fethiye, Gulet, Istanbul
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Greece, Turkey
Itinerary : Santorini, Athens, Fethiye, Gulet, Istanbul
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Istanbul

How long should I spend in Istanbul?
In order to really experience the scope of this vast city of 15 million people, you should plan to stay in Istanbul for at least 4-5 days, if not more. Istanbul’s many districts and historical sights means that there will never be a dearth of things to do or see in the city. The old city in Sultanahmet, with the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, is a popular district to explore, as well as the district of Beyoglu, the Asian-side neighborhood of Kadikoy, and the Princes Islands.
Is Istanbul safe?
Compared to other cities of its size, and other major cities in Europe, Istanbul is very safe. Pickpocketing is rare, though it does occasionally happen in the most touristed parts of the city. Many of the central districts of the city remain lively and busy at night, so it feels safe to walk around after hours. Though in the past, there have been terror attacks in the city, that has not been the case for many years now.
How do I get around Istanbul?
Public transportation is robust in Istanbul, with metro lines, trams, and ferries zigzagging all over the city. Taxis are abundant, as are dolmuş, shared taxi-vans that leave when they are full and run along set routes but can let you off anywhere along the way.,If you’re staying within the main tourist districts on the European side, walking can be a great way to experience the city.
When is the best time to visit Istanbul?
While Istanbul can be special during all seasons, the nicest weather occurs in the spring (April-June) and autumn (September-October), when there is abundant sunshine but the temperature is not too extreme. Winters are often gray and rainy, perfect for moody ferry rides and cups of steaming tea, while summertime is hot and sticky, with long days and warm nights that are perfect for meyhane (traditional restaurants serving wine) nights.
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