Discover the wonders of this ancient city as you traverse its crowded streets with your tour guide
Top sights in Istanbul
A city that straddles Asia and Europe across the beautiful Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is an interesting destination for many. Formerly known as Constantinople and Byzantium, and conquered by three ancient empires, Istanbul boasts rich history and culture, impressive landscapes, ancient structures and delicious Turkish cuisine. There's a multitude of things to do in Istanbul that will have every tourist looking for more.
Istanbul is known for its perfect blend of both European and Islamic cultures and experiences. You can see these mixtures of historical cultures as you visit the Ottoman and Baroque architectural styles of their mosques and museums like the Hagia Sophia Museum, and the Blue Mosque. Go and try their delicious Turkish cuisines, or shop for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar.
When is the Best Time to Visit Istanbul?
The best time to visit Istanbul is during the spring season between April to May, and during autumn season in September to November. These are the times when weather is generally tolerable and the city’s attractions are not overwhelmingly crowded.
Where is the Best Location for Tourists to Stay in Istanbul?
Stay in Sultanahmet, on the European side, where you’ll be near all of the city’s main attractions like the museums, mosques, restaurants, and shops. If you’re looking for a more laid-back, inexpensive, but equally beautiful location, you look for accommodations on the Asian side of the city in Üsküdar.