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Holiday In Istanbul

Turkey holidays are epic and full of places to visit, but you can’t miss stopping in the famous Istanbul. How does a trip into a beautiful ancient city with phenomenal architecture sound? How about one with holiday-perfect warm weather along the glistening Sea of Marmara? Interested yet? Good, because our Istanbul holiday deals are waiting for you. Where is Istanbul, you ask? Nestled in Western Asia, it’s located in the north west of Turkey and it’s where you next holiday should be.

Things to Do in Istanbul

Let’s begin your Istanbul holiday. Are you ready to descend into the mysterious heart of the city formerly known as Constantinople? All you have to do is walk through a very unassuming doorway off of a very unassuming street and go down the rickety staircase to the Basilica Cistern. Scamper around on wooden planks while exploring this 6th-century water reservoir. There’s still standing pools of water down there that are home to several hundred koi fish. Let us not forget to mention the Medusa head pillars and the fact that it was a filming location for a James Bond movie.

If you’d like to escape the crowds of the city for a day, hop on a ferry to the Prices Islands, which lie just off the coast. Motorised travel is banned on the islands, so the only way to get around is by walking, horse carriage or bicycles, which keeps the noise level to a calm minimum. Explore some of the old Ottoman mansions or educate yourself at one of the many museums showcasing the history of development on the islands.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

When you travel for Istanbul holidays you go to the Grand Bazaar. Why? Don’t ask why. You just do. There’s 61 covered streets with over 3,000 shops, hence the title “Grand”. If you like to cook back home, there’s no better place to pick up any spice you ever thought existed than this marketplace. Do you want some new decorations for your flat? The intricately crafted Iznik tiles would look great on your mantel. And we know you’re getting sick of that old rug in your living room, so why not get a brand new Turkish carpet? It’ll really tie the place together.

Hungry yet? Of course you are. For breakfast, make your way over to the Fatih district and scarf down a traditional Turkish breakfast of cheese, eggs, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey and kaymak. Wash it all down with a cup of tea, of course. When lunchtime rolls around, get one of lastminute.com.au’s awesome Istanbul car hire options and head over to the Karakoy neighbourhood. Order up a plate of pide, commonly referred to as Turkish pizza. For dinner, grab a handful of lamb kebabs from a street vendor and drizzle them with yogurt sauce. Yes, yogurt sauce and lamb kebabs go together perfectly.

If you thought there was no nightlife in this city, you were misguided. After dinner, tuck into a hookah bar to settle the stomach and lighten your head before you enjoy some adult beverages. After that, take a walk along the Bosphorus, where there’s a number of local hotspots. The Cihangir district is another good option for getting your drink on. Just make sure you’re under control—don’t want you to end up an Istanbul drunk tank. If you don’t feel like wandering the city, the hotels you booked with our sweet Istanbul packages will have lobby bars jammed with fellow travellers.

What’s Next

It’s about time for you to leave everything behind and go somewhere. Not forever, but just long enough to take care of the travel bug. Check out these great selections of Istanbul holiday packages and book a trip at the last minute, because spontaneous travel is the best travel!

Hotels in Istanbul

With such an awesome range, you won't have any issues finding your Istanbul hotel. At the moment, lastminute.com.au lists more than 1245 comfy digs.

Whether you're splurging on your honeymoon or looking for budget vibes, Istanbul has you covered! For a cosy room at an affordable rate, have a squiz at the Lion Hotel or the Taksim Premium Hotel. Or maybe you'd rather live it up like royalty at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus? The Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul is one more popular option for those who can't say no to life's luxuries.

Whatever else you plan to do, you can't miss the Hagia Sophia. To make sure you squeeze every last drop from this world-famous attraction, why not stay close by? The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet is about 0.2 kilometres away, while the GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa is 0.3 kilometres away.


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Top Hotels for your Istanbul Holiday

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5.0 out of 5.0 Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free Cancellation
AU$301
With a stay at Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul, you'll be centrally located in Istanbul, within a 5-minute drive of Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim Square.
Crowne Plaza Istanbul Florya
Crowne Plaza Istanbul Florya
5.0 out of 5.0 Yesilkoy Halkali Caddesi No: 95, Senlikkoy Mahellesi Florya, Istanbul
Free Cancellation
AU$142
Located in Istanbul (Bakırköy), Crowne Plaza Istanbul Florya is a 3-minute walk from Istanbul Aquarium and 12 minutes by foot from Florya Beach.
Dedeman Istanbul
Dedeman Istanbul
5.0 out of 5.0 Yildiz Posta Caddest 50, Gayrettepe, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free Cancellation
AU$76
Centrally located in Istanbul, Dedeman Istanbul is within a 15-minute walk of Astoria Istanbul Shopping Center and Zorlu Performing Arts Center.
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
Free Cancellation
AU$173
With a stay at YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE in Arnavutkoy, you'll be connected to the airport, and 19.9 mi (32 km) from Mall of Istanbul and 20.3 mi (32.7 ...
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
Free Cancellation
AU$245
With a stay at YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE in Arnavutkoy, you'll be near the airport, and 19.9 mi (32 km) from Mall of Istanbul and 20.3 mi (32.7 km) from ...
Ever Hotel Europe
Ever Hotel Europe
Goztepe Mahallesi, Center Yani, Istoc Oto Ticaret Mrk. No:10, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free Cancellation
AU$48
With a stay at Ever Hotel Europe in Istanbul (Bagcilar), you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Mall of Istanbul and Venezia Mega Outlet.
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