Istanbul

Overview

Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, is a fantastic enigma. It stands on both sides of the mighty Bospherous River, both in the East and West, Asia and Europe. And for such ancient city, it never fails to come up with new ways to entice visitors and regularly tops ‘best city destinations to visit this year…’ lists.

As Constantinople, it was the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and its legacy of grand and beautiful architecture is evident all over the city. Known as the City of the Seven Hills, gaze out from one of the city’ many vantage points across a skyline of minarets, palaces, bathhouses, ornate mosques and medieval churches and you’ll understand why Istanbul remains one of the world’s most celebrated cities.

Unmissable are the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, mighty creations of the Byzantine reign. You could easily spend a day exploring the ancient walled city of Sultanahmet, a Unesco World Heritage area.

Cross the Galata Bridge into the modern Istanbul and you’ll discover a very different side to the city. Here there is an extraordinary range of boutique hotels, as distinctive as any other major city. The vibrant uptown of Istiklal Cadessi is home to the latest and freshest fashion designers, while dining options range from upmarket rooftop and waterfront restaurants to tucked away local street food and kebab stalls. At night head to Beyoğlu district, the epicentre of Istanbul’s famous nightlife.

Lightfoot Travel’s consultants have all the inside knowledge on the city and know all the best places to stay. We’ll use a concierge-style service and our experiences to design your perfect luxury tour in Istanbul.

Istanbul Itineraries

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Four Season Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Istanbul, Turkey

This luxury boutique hotel overlooks the famed Blue Mosque Istanbul’s oldest district in Turkey. Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet is the ideal base from which to explore the exotic deligh…

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Istanbul, Turkey

Situated on Istanbul’s magnificent seafront in Turkey with a stunning backdrop of mountains, this former Ottoman palace has been transformed into a luxury hotel offering impressive views a…

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Kempinski Ciragan Palace

Istanbul, Turkey

The Kempinski Ciragan Palace is a magnificent luxury hotel situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey close to numerous cultural and historic sights. Steeped in his…

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Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Istanbul, Turkey

Situated in the heart of Istanbul in Turkey, Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is a grand 19th century hotel featuring an elegant mix of Neo-classical, Art Nouveau and Oriental styles and offering …

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Raffles Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Raffles Istanbul is a newly opened luxury boutique hotel located on the European side of the bustling metropolis of Istanbul in Turkey. This modern masterpiece combines old-world splendour w…

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Shangri La at Bosphorus

Istanbul, Turkey

This magnificent luxury hotel lies close to the water’s edge in the trendy Besiktas district in Istanbul, Turkey, offering mesmerising views of the Bosphorus Strait. Housed in a carefully …

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St. Regis Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

This luxury boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of the exclusive Nisantasi district surrounded by designer boutiques and art galleries in Istanbul, Turkey. Newly opened, The St. Regis …

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