Luxury Istanbul City Breaks: an Overview

Visit Istanbul on a city break, a vibrant metropolis - and Europe's largest city - it combines atmosphere with great architecture and a fascinating history. The former church, now mosque, of the Aya Sofia, the beautiful Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace are just three of the sights of this often overlooked city, which for centuries was rivalled only by Rome. Istanbul's bustling and frenetic streets evoke the history of a colourful past. The city is a potent mix of East and West, blended together over the course of the last 800 years.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Istanbul is all about energy, but for some respite from the hubbub, head for the peace and quiet of the car-free Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara.

Our guide to holidays in Istanbul

Eat breakfast on a roof terrace with outstanding views across the Bosphorus Strait that separates Europe from Asia before hitting the souqs. There is no better place to shop, and no better place to put haggling skills to the test than Istanbul. Drink glasses of sweet mint tea and admire the carpets, leather goods and silverware on offer.

In the evenings, Original Travel can recommend the hottest of the hotspots in a city with a surprisingly hip and happening nightlife. Visit Istanbul and you will not be disappointed.


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Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar is paradise for your senses; breathe in the smells and marvel at the colours of the spices, oils, coffee, fruits, nuts of course sweet Turkish delight. This is the best spot to purchase Turkey’s traditional apple tea to bring home too.

Flora, Original Traveller

A note on price

Turkey can be good value and you can do a fantastic 3 night Istanbul city break staying in charming small hotels for £500pp including return flights. If you’d like to experience the whole country, for a 2 week trip including guiding in Istanbul, Cappadocia and some relaxing on the beach to finish, you’re looking at £4000pp. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — -1°C / 30°F
  • Rainfall — 4cm / 1.7 inches
Flight from London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs


Top picks for Istanbul

Vault Karakoy

Vault Karakoy

Istanbul

Originally built as a bank, Vault Karaköy, the House Hotel is a hip addition to the portfolio of places to stay in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Karaköy. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring bohemian Beyoglu, historic Sultanahmet and the Galata Port.

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Sirkeci Mansion

Sirkeci Mansion

Istanbul

This charming hotel occupies a renovated Konak – a city mansion which would have once been used as an official residence during the Ottoman Empire.

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Ciragan Palace

Ciragan Palace

Istanbul

The 19th-century waterfront Ciragan Palace was once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans and has been restored to its former glory.

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W Istanbul

W Istanbul

Istanbul

It’s a sign of Istanbul’s growing reputation that hip W Hotels chose the Turkish capital as the location of their first European opening.

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Sofa Hotel

Sofa Hotel

Istanbul

Another of the batch of hip boutique hotels springing up in Istanbul, this time in the trendy Nisantasi district, famous for its boutiques and galleries.

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Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter

Istanbul

The third addition to the burgeoning Mama Shelter brand is in downtown Istanbul and every bit as cool and as its cousin and cousine in France.

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