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A collection of personalised tour experiences that allow you to experience Turkey in a way that suits your itinerary and your sightseeing preferences.

Date: 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Turkey Travel Guide
Website: http://turkeytravelguide.com/

Istanbul Film Festival

Producers, actors and their films take centre stage. Expect a varied programme and thousands of visitors.

Date: 08 April 2022 - 19 April 2022
Venue: Various.
Website: https://film.iksv.org/en
Cost:

Various.


Istanbul Music Festival

This cultural and educational event aims to broaden the influence of traditional music, classical ballet and opera.

Date: 06 June 2022 - 24 June 2022
Venue: Various.
Website: https://muzik.iksv.org/en
Cost:

Various.


Istanbul Theatre Festival

Performances of a wide variety of theatrical works from Turkey and Europe.

Date: 01 November 2022 - 30 November 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various theatres and performance spaces.
Website: http://tiyatro.iksv.org/en
Cost:

Various.


Istanbul Biennial

This arts festival promotes contemporary artists. It also allows the public to explore various creative disciplines from urban studies to architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fashion and new media design.

Date: 17 November 2022 - 20 November 2022
Venue: Various.
Website: https://bienal.iksv.org/en
Cost:

Various.


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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Understated luxury is the keynote here, and it's hard to believe that this century-old building was once an infamous prison. Each of the 65 rooms is classically designed with Turkish textiles and art adding eye catching details. The rooftop terrace and large, leafy courtyard are relaxing city retreats.

Grand Hotel de Londres (Buyuk Londra Hotel)

With a history dating back to the heydays of the Orient Express, this establishment has seen many writers (Hemingway being one of them), artists and actors step through its doors. Though the hotel has had many rounds of renovations over the years, the 1900s atmosphere is still very much palpable and underlined by the dark wooden interior and velvet drapes. It's also within walking distance to Taksim square, and near to many theatres and restaurants.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Right on the Bosphorus Strait's shoreline and partly housed in a former Ottoman palace, the Kempinski boasts some of the most opulent rooms in Istanbul. The waterfront pool terrace offers unparalleled Bosphorus views while the bar, restaurants and spa offer plenty of opportunity to swaddle yourself in luxury.

Side Hotel and Pension

In prime position, slap in the middle of Sultanahmet's historical quarter, this family-run hotel has long been a budget traveller institution. The simple rooms are spick-and-span and decently sized and the roof top terrace (where breakfast is served) has excellent views over the old city’s domes and minaret punctured skyline.

Sarı Konak

This family-run boutique hotel offers an old-world atmosphere trussed up with modern conveniences in an Ottoman-era mansion. The smallish rooms have polished wood floors and are classically styled while the rooftop cafe has views of both the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara.

Ibrahim Pasha Hotel

Sleek design and ultra-friendly service make the Ibrahim Pasha stand out in the crowded Istanbul accommodation market. Little extras such as complimentary fruit in rooms and Molton Brown toiletries in bathrooms add a luxurious feel while staff go out of their way to help guests, creating a home-from-home vibe.