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Istanbul City Breaks

Standing proudly at the meeting point between Europe and Asia, Istanbul melds the cultures of both continents, yet manages to present a completely distinctive whole. The mixture of cultures is everywhere to see, and even the landscape, which ranges from dramatic mountains to glorious, sun-kissed beaches, shows that this is a city whose attractions are not confined to any particular type of visitor.

Beaches play a big part in the city's appeal, and there's little wonder why. Few capitals around the world boast such big expanses of soft sand and combine this with the typically bustling atmosphere you'd expect from a major commercial centre. But Istanbul is both a great resort and a hub of business, so offers a truly all-round holiday experience.

Late spring and early summer are the best times to visit Turkey for an Istanbul holiday, because then the weather is at the ideal middle point between the hot and humid summers, and surprisingly wet winters – the region gets more rainfall per year than London.

The main airport serving Istanbul is just 12 miles from the city centre, so the quick transfer time mean it's perfectly feasible to take an Istanbul short break. Naturally, because of its location, there are many places to explore on an Istanbul holiday, so your programme is sure to be packed with visits to famed sites such as the Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern.

The military museum in the north of the city, close to the main business district, is an attraction which charts the country's history as a vital strategic centre.

The most sumptuous properties in the city are the waterfront mansions of the western side of the Bosphorous river - and if you fancy some time playing at fantasy millionaires, you can imagine the fabulous properties with their stunning views which you could enjoy if your lottery numbers were to come up.

There's a massive amount to see on a holiday to Istanbul, and it's surprisingly easy to reach year-round. If you fancy a little Turkish delight, but don't quite know where to start, speak to one of our friendly and helpful advisers. We'll make sure that you can easily find the best of two continents in one place. Call one of our travel experts and book your Istanbul city break today with Co-operative Travel.

Booking Ahead – Istanbul City Breaks

If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Istanbul city breaks.

Booking ahead for your city breaks to Istanbul has many advantages - especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.

Book a cheap city break to Istanbul for next year and save money now.

Istanbul - Holiday Destination Information

Key Information: Istanbul is one of the largest cities in the world with over 13 million residents. Attracting over 12 million visitors per year, Istanbul has become the 5th most visited city in the world. City breaks to Istanbul offers the perfect balance of historical attractions and modern entertainment which makes this the ideal destination for kids and adults alike.

Ideal Time to Go: City breaks to Istanbul are best enjoyed between September and November. These months are just outside of the high seasons which mean you can expect fewer tourists, lower hotel rates and spectacular weather.

If you’re looking to make the most out of the sun, then you should book a city break to Istanbul around July and August. These are the hottest months and provide the most amount of sunshine. You can also expect more activities to be available at this time of the year.

Weather: Istanbul is known to have a humid subtropical climate which means the summers are hot and humid while the winters are mild and cool. The hottest months are July and August with average temperatures reaching 24°C, whereas the coldest months are January and February with average temperatures dropping to 6°C.

Flight Time: Direct flights to Istanbul from the UK can take around 4 hours while connecting flights take longer.

Time Difference: Istanbul is 2 hours ahead of the UK time.

Currency: Turkish Lira (₺)

Fun Fact: Istanbul is home to the ‘Grand Bazaar’ which is the largest bazaar in the world containing over 3,000 shops.

Top Tip: If you are going to be taking taxis, then make sure that the driver turns on the meter as soon as you leave.

How to Get There

You can find both direct and indirect flights to Istanbul from airports all across the UK all year. Due to the popularity of Istanbul, it should be relatively easy to find cheap city breaks in Istanbul all year round.

Let us do the hard work and find your perfect Istanbul city break for you. Just fill in our simple enquiry form at the top of the page, or give one of our expert travel advisor’s a call to book your perfect Istanbul city break today!

Places to Visit on Your Istanbul City Break

City breaks to Istanbul offer something for every type of traveller. Here are a few recommended places to visit during your Istanbul city break:

  • Grand Bazaar – the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest markets in the world. Attracting over 250,000 visitors per day, this was listed as one of the world’s most visited attractions. With over 3,000 shops in the bazaar, there are plenty of places available to satisfy your shopping needs.
  • Hagia Sophia – this building was originally a Byzantine church and an Ottoman mosque. Hagia Sophia is now universally known as a museum and is considered to be one of the greatest buildings in the world.
  • Basilica Cistern – take a tour of the Basilica Cistern and be mesmerised by the atmospheric and elegantly lit columns. If you love sight-seeing, history and culture, then you cannot miss this attraction.


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