Istanbul City Breaks 2014

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Holidays to Istanbul

A magical city full of ancient architecture, fascinating museums and bustling bazaars, Istanbul holidays are the perfect choice for a city break you'll never forget.

The city is an intoxicating mix of Asian and European culture and this contrast is what makes it so appealing. The design of the surrounding buildings and streets sweeps you through the many stages of Istanbul's history and rulers, and the mix of buzzing markets and luxurious boutiques makes it a mecca for those in need of both culture and some retail indulgence.

Things to do in Istanbul

Enjoying a beautiful location on the shores of the Bosphorus, holidays to Istanbul offer visitors the chance to combine an exciting city break in Turkey with easy access to its many inland and coastal attractions.

Spend your time in this beautiful city exploring historic sights like the Blue Mosque, discovering ornate palaces and shopping in famous bazaars, or take a day trip to the Princes Islands where sandy beaches and clear waters await. Here you can relax in a car-free paradise for a few days, or just come to enjoy a refreshing swim before heading back to sample the city's exciting nightlife - the perfect way to top off your holiday to Turkey .

When the evening draws in, Istanbul city breaks have something for everyone. Enjoy traditional dancing, sample the local cuisine or relax with a drink while looking out over the city skyline. Istanbul is slowly making a name for itself on the international clubbing scene with fashionable rooftop bars and underground clubs; there are plenty of places where you can enjoy music and dancing until the sun comes up during your getaway to this exotic city.

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Istanbul is a perfect choice for both families seeking a beach getaway and couples looking for an exciting city break. Check out our great Istanbul city break deals today and make great savings with lowcostholidays.

For a beach holiday in Turkey why not check out our range of fantastic Olu Deniz holidays or Marmaris holiday deals that will suit every taste and budget.

Please note that UK Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr

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Attractions

Shopaholics will find plenty to keep them entertained here, with many contemporary shopping malls found in the New City district and atmospheric traditional bazaars situated in the old city peninsula. You can navigate across the city sights by joining a guided tour, whether it is a walking tour, a boat ride or a trip on a bus.

Activities

No trip to Istanbul would be complete without visiting a traditional hamam. These Turkish baths are found across the city and offer massages and scrubs, or you can just sit back and relax in its sauna atmosphere. Couples will enjoy a romantic cruise trip, which will show them the sights of Anadolu Kavagi and the entry to the Black Sea.

Eating and Drinking

There is plenty of romance to find among the restaurants, whether you love beautiful views, intimate atmospheres or indulging in some exotic cuisine. There is a good choice of charming lokantas where the locals dine and you can try some authentic Turkish cuisine, as well as snack bars and boats selling the local fish sandwich specialty.

Hotels

Perched in a beautiful location looking out over the water is the Ajia Hotel. Couples can enjoy romance in the pretty Ottoman mansion, which boasts a 1870s pavilion, and a superb restaurant. Sitting in the heart of the city is the Albatros Premier, a chic, classic hotel with a charming garden and a traditional restaurant.