Travelling to Istanbul is a journey of discovery. This exotic city straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, and is a melting pot of cultures and religions. A drawcard for visitors is the exciting mix of activities and experiences, from shopping in souks and dining on Turkish delicacies to marvelling at famous landmarks like the Blue Mosque.
Another highlight to add to an Istanbul holiday package is exploring the old part of the city. Here you can take in more attractions, including Topkapi Palace, St Sophia and the Underground Cistern. Historic sights abound, as do cafes, bars, shops and restaurants, all waiting to be discovered.
Why tour Istanbul in Turkey
As one of the world’s major trade centres, its history is fascinating and unique.
To see impressive views from rooftop bars.
To explore one of the oldest and largest markets on earth, the Grand Bazaar.
To discover magical Turkish destinations not far from the city, including Black Sea beaches.
To experience the traditional Turkish baths and hammams.
Asia meets Europe in Istanbul, is a blaze of cultures and traditions.
Once home to Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, it’s now a dynamic modern city that is home to over 14 million people. The fact that it spans two continents – Europe and Asia – makes it totally unique. It’s a dichotomy – a rare blend of two very different lifestyles just waiting to be explored. Experience this enigmatic city on a travel package to Istanbul with Thompsons Holidays.
Things to do in Istanbul Turkey
An enigmatic mixture of European and Asian traditions awaits in Istanbul on holiday. The combination of these two very different lifestyles makes the city a unique destination, with attractions to suit every type of traveller. The old part of the town reflects the influences of the various empires that have ruled Istanbul. Here you’ll find Egyptian obelisks, ruins of a Romanesque Hippodrome, Byzantine buildings like famous Hagia Sofia and Ottoman palaces, including Topkapi.
Things to do in Istanbul
Visit a Turkish bath or hammam and enjoy a massage.
See the Spoonmaker’s Diamond in Topkapi Palace, the fourth-largest diamond of its kind in the world.
Sample traditional Turkish coffee.
Cruise on the Bosphorus River to see this magnificent city from a different perspective.
Shop for spices in the Egyptian Bazaar, before heading for the massive nearby Grand Bazaar.
Climb to the top of the Galata Tower for breathtaking views of the city.
Discover Haga Sofia, an Ottoman mosque with an ornate interior.
Watch a dance performance of Whirling Dervishes.
Go underground to see the Basilica Cistern that once brought water from Bulgaria to Istanbul.
See classical antiquities at the three Archaeology Museums, home to some of the world’s richest collections.
Be mesmerised by the mosaics inside the Blue Mosque.
There is no definitive guide to all the things to do in Istanbul. The city is so diverse and offers so many activities and thrills that it’s hard to know which you should see or do. We can help you plan an Istanbul holiday that reveals the city’s treasure trove of experiences and delights. Book your Istanbul holiday package with Thompsons Holidays.
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