What an amazing trip to Turkey, and I was most impressed by Istanbul. Such a mult cultural palce, and still evolving. The food was great and so are the people, very cheap too so go for it. take a cheap package from HolidayMe.
Reviewed On : 20 May`16
by Esha Dutta
What an amazing place turkey is, especially Pamukkale. But hey, Istanbul takes the cake when it comes to being amazing. There is superb food, and even the street food is rocking. It is like one whole party place in the city center, and the people are just so friendly, always ready with their smiles. The hotels we got from HolidayMe throughout our trip were all amazing, but the one in Istanbul was off the charts. There was a hot tub, and the rooms was huge and came with a well stocked mini bar, which was free for us. What could be better I ask you?
Reviewed On : 07 Jun`16
Thank You HolidayMe
by Shreya Rao
What a great trip planned by HolidayMe. It was so amazing to be in turkey. the package we got was affordable, and we also made some changes to it which they allowed also. Istanbul was the first city we visited and it is just so beauitufl. So out of this world. all the towers and minars and all are just like out of a fairytale. It is also a very clean city, and the food is just to die for. The schvarma here is unlike anything any where. The holiday me ppl were right, Istanbul is a fascinating place to visit.
Reviewed On : 12 Apr`17
by Ronald Thompson
Nice place in eastern Europe. But the culture is much different that it looks like u r not reality in Europe but in uae or something. Feels good to be here, the people are friendly. the city very clean and organized although vastly crowded.
Reviewed On : 06 Jun`16
Wish we could have spent longer here
by Michael Smith
By the end of the turkey trip I was convinced I never wanna go back home. I had no idea it was this beautiful a place. Everything here is amazing form the people to the food, and we just enjoyed the 5 days we got to spend here with this cheap ass package from holiday me. Theose are some real stand up guys.
Reviewed On : 18 Apr`17
Simply out of this world
by Daanya Mirza
What an amazing trip we had to Turkey. the entire country is fabulous but the best part of it is Istanbul. A gorgeous city, so full of life and vigor. And the local shops are magical, its like the world of harry potter over there, the package we took from holiday me took us to a vintage hotel which we loved.
Reviewed On : 12 Apr`17
by Habib Ali
Istanbul stole my heart. What a lovely city. And the people are just so nnice and friendly and very welcoming. They made it a great trip also. The hotels given by holidayMe all across the country were very good, but the one in Istanbul was the best one. The rooms were spacious and the food and the buffet that was included was a good spread. Everything about this trip rocked. I enjoyed al the 8 days that I spent in this new and magical country. I would love to return here for a longer trip. maybe I could come back next year.
Reviewed On : 20 Apr`17
by Alexander Rodriguez
Istanbul is so beautiful, especially portions of the old city. holidayMe told us that it would be amazing but we had no idea. I love it. the streets and the smells are excellent for a creative person like me to stimulate my mind.
Reviewed On : 12 May`16
Istanbul Tour Packages
A Brief Look at Istanbul
It is proudly told on all Istanbul tours that the city introduced tulips to the world. Built is 1000BC the city is dotted with historic monuments which are landmarks in ancient Islamic architecture. The amazing fact is that Istanbul holidays can be spent partly in Asia and partly in Europe, as the city shares borders with both continents.
One will be surprised to come across mosques, churches and synagogues in one city during all Istanbul holidays. Since the city shares borders with two different cultures and has been ruled by different kingdoms, the influence in the culture and religion is very noticeable while on any Istanbul tours. In conclusion, Istanbul holiday packages are the only kinds where one can find snow on a coastal city.
Holidayme.com and Istanbul
Istanbul is not only all about historical places one can get a glimpse of. Holidayme.com has customized holiday packages to cater to every need of the patrons. Embarking on the journey is a delight as services of the best airlines in Istanbul, like Pegasus Airlines, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, FlyDubai airways and others are offered. Depending upon the choice of the customers, stay is offered in the best hotels in Istanbul. Meals, transport and all fine details are looked after to offer the best possible experience while on tour.
Sightseeing Places in Istanbul
Founded in 1000BC, Istanbul sightseeing places showcase the grandeur of the Byzantine and the Ottoman rule. Here is a brief list of important sightseeing in Istanbul.
Aya Sofya is the landmark of sightseeing in Istanbul, revered for its architecture and grandeur.
Topkapi Palace is known to dazzle visitors with its handwork, architecture, embellishments, carving and gold ornaments and artefacts.
Sultan Ahmet Camii or the Blue Mosque is another iconic Istanbul sightseeing, well known for it’s blue architecture due to the Iznik tiles used.
Basilica Cistern which was initially made to store water for the Royals is now known for its exquisitely carved columns.
The Grand Bazaar was World’s first shopping Mall. It has local handicraft, souvenirs and artwork all under one roof. This huge complex has 11 gates for entry and exit.
The gold and bronze coloured Suleymaniye Mosque is another most visited historical monument.
To get a taste of real Istanbul a visit to the Spice Market is a must, where local spices, dry fruits and nuts, and herbs are on display for sale.
The Dolmabahce Palace has very rich and ornate architecture and furnishing which shows the influence of European style in Turkish architecture.
The Museum of Islamic and Turkish art has the world’s finest collection of carpets and textiles.
Best Outdoor Activities in Istanbul
There is plethora of activities in Istanbul for one to indulge in for their entire vacation. Here is a list of Istanbul activities to keep one engaged:
Hot air balloon rides are the best Istanbul activities to view the sunrise and the majestic landscape.
The most sought-after activities in Istanbul is cruises on the Bosporus Strait.
Marmara Sea and Black sea coastlines are ideal to go for swimming.
Visit the Alive Museum which is a 3D museum.
Turkuazoo is the biggest aquarium which offers an opportunity to dive with the sharks.
Best Dishes of Istanbul
The best food in Istanbul gives an insight in the rich culinary treasure of Turkey. Here are a few best Istanbul food delicacies to try at least once:
Doner is a worldwide well-known Istanbul food delicacy which is slow roasted meat wrapped in pita bread with sauces.
The best food in Istanbul to eat is Lahmacin which is a thin crispy dough full of minced meat eaten rolled with chopped parsley and lime juice.
Adana, Urfa, Beyti are few different types of kebaps, which are marinated, hand kneaded and shaped barbequed meat skewers.
Manti a bite sized boiled meat dumplings which are yogurt and dipping sauce.
Balik Ekmek is Istanbul fast food which has grilled fish, salad and onions stuffed in a bun.
Karniyark is a stuffed eggplant with minced meat and topped with tomato sauce.
Buhara Ocakbasi, Istanbul Ottoman Kitchen, Bitlisli, Saltanat Barbecue House and Café Rumist are few good halal restaurants in Istanbul.
Key Facts of Istanbul
Currency – Turkish Lira
Country – Turkey
Languages Spoken – Turkish Arabic
Time Zone – UTC+3
Calling Code – +90
Best Months to visit – April to May, September to November
A holiday to Istanbul with HolidayMe typically ranges from
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