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Cheap Flights, Holidays and City Breaks to Istanbul, Turkey from Ireland

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, with a population of 13.5 million consists of the country’s historical, cultural and economic climate. It is a must -see holiday destination at any time of the year. We offer cheap holidays, city breaks and flights to Istanbul from Ireland so call us today for the lowest available rates.

Istanbul is located in northwestern Turkey within the Marmara region on a total area of 5,343 square kilometres. The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, natural harbour bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.

Istanbul’s biggest draw remains its historic centre, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Istanbul’s most famous attractions, which you have to visit, are The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and the Grand Bazaar. All of these tourist attractions are within 30 minutes walk of each other.

There are also some historic establishments in the area known as Pera, which came into being at the turn of the last century. It’s a very interesting place to visit, so call us today about our flights, holidays and city breaksto Istanbul from Ireland.

Visitors to this enchanting Turkish city should visit Taksim Square, which is without a shadow of a doubt the heart of modern Istanbul as well as the Princes Islands. The Princes Islands are charming islands in the Sea of Marmara, just off the coast of Istanbul. You are sure to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the wooded hills, breathtaking sights, beautiful beaches, magnificent Ottoman mansions, combined with a tranquil atmosphere, definitely make for a pleasant contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city itself.

Napoleon was an admirer of the Turkish city of Istanbul. According to Napoleon, ‘‘If the world was a single state, Istanbul would be the capital.’’

Istanbul as a holiday destination has a history of more than 2,500 years. It’s a holy city where mosques, synagogues and churches live side by side.

Istanbul is also renowned for its palaces, its mansions and its monumental buildings, which were inherited from the Ottoman’s. The historical Grand Bazaar and the domes of Aya Irini make Istanbul the capital of history and culture.

While out exploring the streets of Istanbul, you have to visit Ayasofya, which was built on one of the most historical sites in Istanbul, and we can offer cheap Istanbul flights and holidays from Ireland all-year round. The present buildings you will find here today were completed around 532 – 537 AD. It was built as a cathedral, and it served as the most important centre of Christianity for approximately 1000 years. After the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottoman’s, it became a mosque.

If you are interested in history, a trip to Topkapi Palace should be one of the places you visit when you are in Istanbul. It was the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire. Today, it houses the Kasikci (Spoonmaker’s) Diamond, which has a global fame. The palace presently is a museum exhibiting unique artefacts from the glorious history of the Ottoman Empire. To see these very interesting artefacts, check out our super deals on holidays and flights to Istanbul from Ireland. Yerebatan Sarnici was built between, 527 – 567 AD in order to provide water to a settlement nearby.

The head of Medusa, which is carved at the column base can be seen in the shallow waters of the cistern, and its one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Park.

Istanbul has a fascinating beauty, and this is thanks to its historical and cultural richness, and it is waiting for those who would like to witness the great love of the continents. For the opportunity to see Istanbul’s beauty, why don’t you have a look at our cheap flights and all-inclusive holidays to Istanbul from Ireland, which are always available.

After your comprehensive exploration and adventure of Istanbul’s unparalleled beauty and its cultural richness, Istanbul’s animated nightlife offers visitors thousands of options.

Istanbul is a city of constant movement, twenty-four hours a day. You will find world-famous bars and nightclubs, which can be found in the neighbourhoods of Ortakoy and Kurucesme, enjoy the fireworks show in the sky, or why not dance the night away while enjoying the picturesque view of Bosphorus.

If you’d like to visit other parts of Turkey, we also offer cheap Ankara flights and holidays, or you could plan a Budapest holiday during your stay in Istanbul.

For cheap flights, holidays andcity breaks to Istanbul from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, call us today.


Information & Facts

Activities

Bosphorus Cruise

Istanbul City Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

Istanbul Walking Tour

Climate

 Istanbul has a borderline Mediterranean Climate and a humid sub-tropical climate, since only two summer months have less than 40 millimetres (1.6 in) of rainfall, preventing it from being classified as solely humid subtropical or Mediterranean. However, due to its vast size, diverse topography, and maritime location, Istanbul exhibits microclimates. Northern parts of the city express characteristics of anoceanic climate because of humidity from the Black Sea and the relatively high concentration of vegetation. The climate in the populated areas of the city in the south is warmer and less affected by humidity

Eating Out

When searching for a restaurant in Istanbul, you will witness most restaurants trying to get your custom. There is so much competition between restaurants here to make you come inside. However, the best restaurants in this charming and friendly Turkish city are not always the expensive tourist restaurants, but the small Lokantas where even the Turks themselves enjoy visiting for dinner.

Getting Around

Transportation has come a long way since its early days. You can choose from buses, mini-buses, trams, trains, funiculars, trolley cars and ferries.

By Bus: Metropolitan buses in Istanbul are frequent, comprehensive, economical and easy. Always check with the driver before getting on, making sure the bus is going in the direction you need it to go. Some of the major hubs are at Besiktas, Taksim and Eminonu. Tickets are sold at the major hubs or on the bus. Buses run roughly from 6.00/6.30am until 11.00pm/midnight.

Metro/Underground: Istanbul's modern underground is growing at a fast pace. The metro is open from 6.30am until midnight. The Metro extension connecting the airport to the city is now complete.

The Funicular: The subway known as Tunel connects the sea-level neighbourhood of Karakoy near the Galata Bridge with the lofty neighbourhood of Beyoglu at the southern end of Istiklal Caddesi Tunel. Trains run Monday to Saturday 7.00am until 9.00pm and Sunday's 7.30am until 9.00pm and the cost is 1TL

Dolmus (Minivans): Dolmus are yellow minivans, which operate like group taxis with set routes. A relatively informal system, dolmus run daily from early morning to early evening. A Dolmus will leave its terminus (marked with a blue ''D'') only when it fills up and then pick up and drop off passengers along the route. For shorter distances 3 to 5TL should cover it. If you wish to get off earlier, you have to shout Inecek Var, which means this is my stop.

Historic Trolley: The trolley runs daily from 7.00am until 11.00pm and it makes three intermediary stops along the way at Huseyn Aga Camii, at Galatasaray High School/Flower-Fish Market and in Beyoglu at Nutru Soak (in front of the Turkiye Is Merkezi)

Kids Attractions

Istanbul Dolphinarium

Discovery Sphere Planetarium

Sisli Science Centre

 Istanbul Zoo

Basilica Cistern

The Princes' Islands

Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)

The Grand Bazaar

The Nostalgic Tram

Language

Turkish

Money

Turkish Lira

Nightlife

The night life scene in the Turkish capital of Istanbul is enormous. You will find so many popular establishments here. As it is such a massive city with several city centres, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination.

On the Asian side Caddebostan “barlar sokaği,’’ a street of pubs on Iskele Stree and Kadife Street, both in the Kadıköy district, have so much to offer. On the European side, night clubs aren’t concentrated in one location. There are numerous venues spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district. Istanbul is a fantastic city to enjoy Turkey’s quality nightlife.

Shopping

Grand Bazaar

Constantine Art Gallery

ATA Kutahya (Ceramics)

Tuncer Gift Shop

Sightseeing

Sultan Ahmed Mosque: Historical Mosque in Istanbul. Popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles that adorn the walls of its interior.

Hagia Sophia: Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum.

TopkapI Palace: It was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400-years of their 624-year reign.

Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar is one of Istanbul's largest and the oldest covered markets in the world with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops that attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

Chora Church: Chora Church is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine Church.

Maiden's Tower: Maiden's Tower is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 metres from the coast of Uskudar in Istanbul.

Galata Tower: Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karakoy quarter of Istanbul, just to the north of the Golden Horn.

Turkua Zoo: Turkua Zoo is a public aquarium in Bayrampasa in Istanbul. It is the first public aquarium in Turkey.

Galata Bridge: Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn. From the end of the 19th Century, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, poetry, novels and theatre.

Walls of Constantinople: The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople since its founding as the new capital of the Byzantine Empire by Constantine the Great.

Beylerbeyi Palace: Beylerbeyi Palace is an Imperial Ottoman summer residence that was built in the 1860's. It is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood of Istanbul.

Time

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Midtown Hotel

This city hotel, renovated in 2007, is a study in minimalist design. It features 73 deluxe rooms, 9 of which have exquisite views over the Bosphorus. It is air-conditioned and has a lobby with 24-hour reception, cloakroom, currency exchange facility, lift access, café, bar, restaurant, conference facilities..
Mosaic

This hotel comprises a total of 119 double rooms spread over 5 floors. Guests may make use of the foyer with reception desk, sitting area and hairdresser's salon. In addition, there are several bars, a TV room and 2 air-conditioned restaurants to be taken advantage of as well as a conference room. ##..
Miapera Hotel

Miapera hotel is located in pera district, close to taksim square, which possesses a history back to the byzantine era and is just 30 minutes of distance to atatürk airport. Pera district, recently named beyoglu, represents a wide range of shopping and entertainment as well as cultural and art activities..
Mina Hotel Istanbul

The 4* hotel mina located in the hearth of the old town istanbul, in the world famous sultanahmet area offers all the authenticity and glamour of antique istanbul. All 46 functionally decorated rooms are equipped with electronic room key locks, central air conditioning, minibar, cable tv, safe in the..
MIAPERA

The hotel provides 61 rooms with air conditioning, wireless Internet access, minibar and television. It also has a shuttle service, massage, Jacuzzi, sauna, Spa, Turkish bath, business centre and four conference rooms. Thanks to its facilities and services the hotel is suitable for guests on business..
Momento Hotel Istanbul

The hotel is located 2 km from The Great Palace Mosaic Museum, 2.5 km from The Topkapi Museum and 2 km from The Blue Mosque. Facilities and services include reception open 24 hrs, a restaurant, a lobby bar, elevator, a conference room, room service 24 hrs and parking.The rooms feature TV, telephone,..
Midtown

The hotel is located close to lively Taksim Square and therefore the main shopping district of the modern part of Istanbul, Istiklal Street. The lively areas of Nisantasi, Ortakoy & Beyoglu are also within easy access. The sites of the old city are also easy to reach via the modern public transport..
MINOTEL PIERRE LOTI

The Pierre Loti Hotel is a boutique hotel featuring a modern Turkish design interior combined with up-to-date decorations, in close proximity to the heart of the main attractions of Istanbul and the ample services and conveniences.The rooms%u2019 interior provides a cozy atmosphere with Turkish modern..
NANDA

It is well appointed in this historical city of Istanbul with most modern amenities and impressive service that ensure a comfortable stay at the hotel. The rooms are elegant, giving you a complete feel of luxury and relaxation and are a timeless reminder of the past culture of the region. Nanda restaurant..
MOOD DESIGN SUITES

The Mood Design Suites Istanbul has an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas and an Internet point is located on site. Business amenities at this 4-star property include a business center, a meeting,conference room,..
Molton Suites Nisantasi Hotel

Molton Hotel Nisantasi is located in the lively Rumeli Street of the fashionable Nisantasi district. The hotel is surrounded by numerous restaurants and cafes, and shops of the famous brands. Modernly decorated, the apartments of Molton Hotel Nisantasi come with a fully equipped kitchenette. Each apartment..
Molton Suites Nisantasi Otel

Molton Hotel Nisantasi is located in the lively Rumeli Street of the fashionable Nisantasi district. The hotel is surrounded by numerous restaurants and cafés, and shops of the famous brands.Osmanbey Metro Station is just 200 metres from the hotel. Taksim Square is a 20-minute walk away. Ataturk..
Modus Hotel Istanbul

Within walking distance of the luxury shopping district of Nisantasi and the American Hospital, this contemporary styled hotel features modern and well furnished accommodation suitable for business and leisure travellers alike. Tastefully decorated throughout, the hotel's lobby floor restaurant serves..
Mim Hotel

This modern hotel is located in the exclusive area of Nisantasi, directly adjacent to the modern private hospital Istanbul Mikrocerrahi in the new town and about 5 km from the city centre. Modern shopping centres, attractions situated along the Bosporus river, and the Dolmabahçe palace are only a few..
Midmar Deluxe Hotel

Property Location When you stay at Midmar Deluxe Hotel in Istanbul, you'll be near the airport and close to CNR Expo Center and TurkuaZoo. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Sinan Erdem Dome and Florya Beach. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 92 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars..
My Assos Hotel

Property Location Located in Istanbul (Grand Bazaar - Beyazit), My Assos Hotel is minutes from Beyazit Square and Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art. This 4-star hotel is close to Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome. Rooms Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 50 guestrooms, featuring private pools and private..
Mia Berre Hotels

Located in the Sisli district of Istanbul, this attractive Art Deco styled hotel is well situated for enjoying the modern attractions of this fast-growing city as well as the many historical attractions. In the area guests will find upmarket shopping and eateries in the narrow, scenic streets of nearby..
Mim Hotel Istanbul

##Property Location \nWith a stay at Mim Hotel Istanbul in Istanbul (Sisli), you'll be convenient to Ihlamur Palace and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Istanbul Military Museum and Military Museum.\n\n##Rooms \nMake yourself at home in..
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Istanbul, the Byzantine Splendour

Istanbul, Turkey's largest city is divided by the Golden Horn, natural harbour bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded. Istanbul's biggest draw remains its historic centre, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Istanbul's most famous attractions, which you have to visit, are The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and the Grand Bazaar. Napoleon was an admirer of the Turkish city of Istanbul. According to him: ''If the world was a single state, Istanbul would be the capital.'' Istanbul as a holiday destination has a history of more than 2,500 years. It's a holy city where mosques, synagogues and churches live side by side. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Istanbul and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Istanbul.

 

 

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