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Istanbul tours and excursions

Istanbul tours

Boat tours

The best way to get those famed Istanbul skyline views is by boat and Bosphorus Strait Cruises are popular among tourists. Şehir Hatları ( is a ferry company offering Bosphorus tours.

Walking tours

There are many walking tours available.

Istanbul excursions

Princes' Islands

A cluster of nine islands southeast of Istanbul is serviced by a number of ferries from Istanbul. No cars are allowed on these islands so rely on bicycles or horse-drawn phaeton carriages to get around. Büyükada is the largest island and worthy diversions include the former summer house of Leon Trotsky and Aya Yorgi Church.

Gallipoli Peninsula

The drive from Istanbul to Gallipoli Peninsula is about five hours but for many, the long journey is worth it to pay their respects at the WWI battlefield sites (now one of Turkey's major historical national parks) which were the scene of one of WWI's most famous campaigns.

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Featured Hotels


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.

Hotel Empress Zoe

Quirky folk art touches, Central Asian textiles as bedspreads and the odd antique give the Empress Zoe’s rooms plenty of quirky appeal. Set within a row of Ottoman era mansions, with a lush garden and a rooftop terrace with views over Sultanahmet’s Byzantine period walls, this hotel brims with character.