Istanbul: the Capital of Four Empires
Serving as the capital of four different empires, Istanbul features places with rich history that you will surely enjoy visiting. It is also famous abroad as one of the top destinations in Turkey because of its great modernization.
The former Ottoman capital is also known for its two majestic mosques: the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum. You can feel the rich history from the grandeur of their designs as you walk in their premises. Just book a flight at Orbitz.com to start an enthralling journey to Istanbul, Turkey.
Best time to take a vacation to Istanbul
The best time of the year to travel to Istanbul is during autumn and spring, when the temperatures are moderate. Spring, which begins between April and mid-June, is a high season for Istanbul. Temperatures during this time vary from 40 to 70ºF. Autumn, from mid-September through October, is the second best time to visit the city. Temperatures are still moderate, ranging from 40 to 60ºF. Summer is the peak season for traveling, and the area sees a huge increase in tourists every July. Temperatures in summer can rise above 80ºF. Winter, from November to March, is often chilly and rainy, so there are fewer tourists in the city and lower rates at the hotels. You can always book a flight to Istanbul with Orbitz.com for affordable prices no matter what time of the year you plan to go on vacation.
Insider tips for Istanbul travel
Filled with the fragrance of the exotic East, you can buy a lot of spices, dried fruits, nuts and other goods at this market.
Bosphorus Night Cruise
Riding a Bosphorus ferry is one of the most enjoyable and romantic night-time activities in which you can take part. The best ferry to catch is the one from Karaköy to Kadıköy.
Just off the coast of Istanbul, unwind from the city atmosphere in the islands as you ride a horse or a cart while sightseeing.
The palace was once the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. The cheapest and most comfortable way to get to here is by the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram.
Considered the heart of modern Istanbul, you should not miss out on visiting the major shopping, tourist and leisure district, Taksim Square.
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Featuring several mosaics from different eras, the Hagia Sophia's interiors are exquisitely designed with decorative geometric patterns.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Islam's answer to Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque is considered the last great mosque of the Ottoman classical period.
Once the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans, the palace now contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including the Prophet Muhammad's cloak and sword.
One of the best-known sights of Istanbul, this mosque is the city's second largest and was built on the order of Sultan Suleyman.
One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, this bazaar boasts more than 3,000 shops and is the most visited monument in the world.
Turkish & Islamic Art Museum
This museum is a treasure-house of beautiful objects from several periods. It features numerous Turkish carpets, carved wood, glass and porcelain.
Hippodrome of Constantinople
Now known as the Sultan Ahmet Square, visit here to see several monuments and obelisks dating back to the reign of Constantine.
Previously known as the Leander's Tower, you can dine at a restaurant on the first floor and at a café at the top of the tower.
One of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, the İstiklal Avenue is an elegant pedestrian street that houses exquisite boutiques, art galleries, cinemas, libraries, night clubs, and restaurants.
A bridge connecting Europe and Asia, it spans for less than a mile and is currently the 17th-longest suspension bridge span in the world.