Istanbul Travel Guide

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A traveller’s delight – Sunset, seagulls and boats of Istanbul, Turkey

At Istanbul travel guide, you’ll find helpful travel tips, guidance and information for navigating the city of Istanbul, Turkey. There are sections on dining, nightlife, history, tours, cruises, hotels, tourism attractions and travel tips. We hope future visitors to Istanbul or anyone interested in finding out about travel to Turkey will find it useful.

Istanbul Travel Information

Our travel information includes advice and tips for pre-vacation planning including sample itineraries and trip ideas, information on the best tourist attractions to visit, established hotels in Istanbul to stay at, a dining out and restaurant guide with some of our favorite places, a shopping guide with great things to buy in Istanbul, as well as our take on the colorful nightlife of this mystical and magnificent city.

Istanbul Tourist Attractions

What to see in Istanbul? What are the most famous and best attractions? Look no further than our Istanbul sightseeing guide to learn more about the top tourist attractions worth visiting, including  Topkapi Palace, St Sophia, Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Galata Tower, Hippodrome etc.

Pre-Travel Information

Get some of the most important facts and pre-travel information before you travel to Istanbul & Turkey relating to the climate, time difference, culture and emergency telephone numbers, all in our helpful facts about Istanbul section here.

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Topkapi Palace – Istanbul

Istanbul Photo Gallery

Curious about what you’ll see? If you would like to see some photographs of the main historical sights of interest, see our collection of Istanbul photos here.

Istanbul History

From Constantinople to Byzantium, brush up on your Turkish history and learn more about magnificent Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish city. Go to Istanbul history here.

Istanbul Tours & Itineraries

Looking for a private Istanbul tour or a special custom itinerary? Why not tour the city in comfort with daily city tours led by an official private tour guide and vehicle from a local sightseeing specialist and Istanbul tour operator here. Or do it yourself with our easy to follow itineraries on this website to explore the best of Istanbul – visit the Old City, the Bosphorus, Princes Islands, Golden Horn or Anadolu Kavagi near the Black Sea.

Turkey Vacation Planning

Istanbul is often the starting point for travel around the rest of Turkey. Check out these sample Turkey vacations, tours and itineraries for 3-12 day trips. Or for travel quotes, custom planning and private Turkey tours, please contact local tour operator, Byzas Tours at: