A most populous city in Turkey, which is built on two continents, and straddled by the Bosphorous Strait, Istanbul is Turkey’s main economic, cultural, and historic centre. Istanbul city, is one of the greatest in the world where a modern city is combined with a traditional eastern city, offering a fascinating mixture of vast numerous civilizations and different people from various walks of life. The city of Istanbul is full of popular tourist attractions including the historic towering minarets, underground Byzantine cisterns, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, the steamy bathhouses and much more. Foreigners interested in exploring various museums can buy the 'Museum Pass' which is valid for 3 and 5 days. Families traveling with kids, wondering if Istanbul is a child friendly city? Surely it is! The Turks do love the kids! There are various exciting, fun activities for kids in the magical city of Istanbul. A must visit for the kids is the Istanbul Toy Museum, the Istanbul Aquarium, which the kids will be amazed by huge aquariums. Or get the kids onto the tram and enjoy the inexpensive ride that circles within the city, or book a half day ferry trip to explore the Asian side. The city has everything to offer to everyone.
The city offers diverse and plentiful choices of accommodation in Istanbul ranging from hotels to hostels to suit every traveler’s budget and taste. If you’re planning to stay in the old city’s main area, the Hanedan Hotel would be the best budget choice. All rooms as air-conditioned with central heating, with polished wooden floors. The views from the roof terrace are stunning which overlooks the Sea of Marmara and Prince’s Island. The World House Hostel is dramatically set on a steep, this was the first hostels to open at the Golden Horn, offering budget dorm beds in town. For the new breed of demanding generation, Agora Guest House & Hostel is the right place to stay in. Located in a quiet side street in the old city, Agora Guest House & Hostel is few minutes away from the main city attractions. Here the guests are provided with breakfast, if needed, can use the hostel’s laptops which provides free Wi-Fi. It has 10 en suite doubles, including amenities, few of the dorm rooms are available for women-only. The high rise Nippon Hotel is placed right in the centre of the famous Taksim square, offering spacious and clean guestrooms with excellent facilities. The hotel is located close to many entertainment and shopping areas, making it ideal for guests who love to shop on a holiday.