Visit the only metropolis to straddle two continents with Qatar Airways. Award-winning hospitality and a 5-star experience await you onboard.
Explore the history and growth of Istanbul as you peruse the ‘From Byzantium to Istanbul’ exhibition and the ’99 Qurans’ exhibition depicting the exquisite calligraphy that Istanbul became famous for during the Ottoman Empire.
Don’t miss the upside down head of Medussa at the bottom of one of the column’s supporting the Basilica Cistern. Admire the glittering mosaics which encompass Aya Sofya amd peruse the collection of luxurious green courtyards and delicate kiosks as you absorb the spectacular view over the sea of Marmar, Bosporus and Golden Horn.
Step into the largest covered market in the world; the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul. Well known for its jewellery, hand painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops, the Grand Bazaar houses 2 mosques, 4 fountains, 2 Hamams and a variety of cafes and restaurants.
In the centre of the Grand Bazaar is the high domed hall of the Cevahir Bedesten selling but not limited to furniture, copperware, amber prayer beads, mother-of-nature pear mirrors, water pipes and watches or be enticed to one of the many emerging modern Shopping malls brimming with local and international brands.
At dusk enjoy a dazzling birds-eye-view of Istanbul as the city lights come to life from the Galata Tower.
Head to Istinye Park Mall; a collection of indoor and open-air shops featuring a cinema complex, children’s entertainment centre and various dining options. The open-air section encompasses a central green park offering street-side shopping.
Enjoy a Turkish Bath at a traditional Haman; a method used to induce relaxation and cleansing using steam bath and hot rooms to remove impurities and dead skin.
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: 2 pin round
Timezone: GMT +1 hours
International dialing code: +90 212
Distance from Doha: 2,720 km
Flight time: 4 hours 50 minutes