We know rewards in the form of trophies and medals are coveted by everyone. Turkey was a coveted destination for several empires. Dream World Travel provides cheap flights to Istanbul; a gateway between the Eastern and Western world with its illustrious history unparalleled in the world.
The city dons modernity, while still staying true to its heritage having mosques, churches and basilicas. By getting cheap airline tickets from us, you get a chance to see the opulence left behind by Ottoman and Byzantine empires by exploring Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace. If you wish to marvel architectural masterpieces, then Haya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Chora Church will dominate your bucket list. Later, stand in awe to the beautiful ceramic displays, calligraphy and wood carvings present in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and Century, and Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. Like other top-of-mind tourist locations providing cityscape view, you can take in the stunning view of this city and Bosphorus by going to the Galata Tower, after which you can get delicious food from the restaurant and café in the premises. What’s more? You can visit Pera Museum, the Spice Bazaar, Walls of Constantinople and Taksim District. It is advisable to check them before peak rush hits.
Of course, your trip to Istanbul cannot be complete or memorable without going to the Grand Bazaar, while trying Turkish delight with Turkish tea!
This was the manifestation of Byzantine Emperor Justinian’s opulence and beauty to the world. According to tradition, the Byzantine throne within the church was the official center of the world. After the conquest of Ottoman Empire of Constantinople, the church was converted to a mosque. It is regarded as one of the most beloved landmarks of Istanbul, now as a museum.
The sultans of Ottoman Empire ruled from this palace built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th Century. This place is nothing short of mesmerizing when it comes to Islamic art and opulent courtyards with hand-painted tile work, beautifully decorated rooms bound with battlemented walls and towers. Sticking feature of this edifice is the Third Court which contains the impressive relics of Prophet Muhammad in the Sacred Safekeeping Room.
Stunning architecture that is a mosque was a gift to the city by Sultan Ahmet I. As the name implies, the interior is decorated using thousands of Iznik tiles. Best experiences of this city involve walking through the gardens between Blue Mosque and Haya Sofya; marveling their domes in twin glory.
Just a jumping and hopping distance away from Topkapi Palace, the complex has 3 sections, each worthy to visit: the main Archeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Tiled Pavilion of Mehmet the Conqueror. You’ll find artifacts and ceramic art that represent the expansive history of this region.
You want a quintessential Istanbul experience? Tired of looking at virtually the similar modern shopping complexes around the world? The Grand Bazaar will give you a fresh perspective on shopping. Dazzling patterns and colorful lightings will make you forget about everything as you come across several handicraft items and souvenirs.
Daring to try something outside the norm for taste buds? Spice Bazaar is the best location to find obviously spices, Turkish delights, dried fruit and herbs. It is also known as Egyptian Market because the money used for the majority of its construction came from taxes levied by the Ottoman government on Egyptian-made products.
The Ottoman and Islamic art present here makes this building the favorite destination for tourists. Textile experts consider the carpet collection here as the best in the world. Besides Turkish, Caucasus and Iran carpets, tourists can see amazing calligraphy and wood carvings dating from 9th Century to 19th Century.
A medieval stone tower, also called Christea Turris (in Latin: Tower of Christ) by Genoese, is a striking landmark which includes a restaurant and café on the upper floors providing tourists the panoramic view of the city and Bosphorus.
Like the English folks enjoying tea and Indians enjoying local sweets, Turkish people offer everyone both dark Turkish tea and lokum called Turkish delight.
The only city in the world that is situated between two continents: Europe and Asia
Many people mistake Istanbul as Turkey’s capital. It is Ankara
Do you know why Tulips is a national symbol for Netherlands? They grew in Turkey’s city and were sent to Netherlands.
Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest bazaar in the world. It contains over 3000 shops with 60 streets.
Istanbul has a population of 13 million and rising. Equal to Belgium’s population, one of the smallest countries in Europe.
Hagia Sophia enjoyed being the largest church in the world for 900 years, until Seville Cathedral came into existence in 1520.
Istanbul has the world’s 3rd oldest subway (after London and New York). It was built in 1875, after London (1863) and New York (1868).
In the Kumkapi neighborhood, there are about 50 fish restaurants along the Marmara Sea and more restaurants along the shores of Bosphorus.
In 2014 Traveller’s Choice Destination awards, it was voted by holidaymakers as the world’s #1 destination.
Constantinople, Stamboul, Byzantium, and Tsarigrad are former names of the city.