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Landing at Ataturk International Airport? Grab your luggage, travel 8 miles to the east and you'll find yourself in Old City. Upon arrival, you'll be 0.5 miles from the heart of the city.
Don't miss the Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome. These two tourist sites are not far away! Don't forget about the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace either. More neighboring communities, such as Cagaloglu and Sirkeci, are worth your time.
One of the top tourist attractions in this country is Basilica Cistern. And it's just 0.3 miles to the southeast.
Be sure to spend some time at Galata Tower and Dolmabahce Palace while you are in the centre of the city. Also, don't forget about Spice Bazaar and Taksim Square.
The numerous cultural attractions, such as the Gallery Apel, the Sanatorium Gallery, the Akbank Culture and Arts Centre and the Kasa Gallery, really can't be missed!
You're certain to meet many art lovers at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Pera Museum, the Mosaic Museum and the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum.
On the hunt for an activity on a rainy day? Florence Nightingale Museum, the Museum of Innocence, the Istanbul Military Museum and the Rahmi M Koc Museum have plenty of intriguing exhibits and displays.
Purchase seats for a live performance at Nardis Jazz Club, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Garaj Istanbul and Sureyya Opera House.
For some child-friendly attractions, plan visits to Corkulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, the Atatürk Library and the Madame Tussauds Istanbul.
Head on down to Miniaturk, the Istanbul Karting Park, Babalu Park and The Game For Big Kids. The children can get active and you can take it easy.
Take in the wonderful outdoor surrounds of Camlica Hill, Piyer Loti, Sultans Trail and Pierre Loti Tepesi.
Get a takeaway coffee and relax in the sunlight at a nearby park, including Taksim Gezi Park, Gulhane Park, Yildiz Park and Turkbalon.
Treat yourself to a new outfit, sip on a tasty beverage or just do some window-shopping at Grand Bazaar, Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre, Capitol Mall and Kumkapi Fish Market.
The surrounding heritage places will provide you with an illuminating glimpse into the region's interesting past. The Cagaloglu Hamami, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Beylerbeyi Palace and Maiden's Tower have plenty of tales to tell.
Discover the region's spiritual side or just take a moment in the beautiful surrounds of the Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Church of St. George and the Rustem Pasha Mosque.
Old City is well-loved by tourists, and offers a fine selection of accommodation options. Expedia's Old City hotels guide makes booking easy.
In Old City's upscale accommodation range you'll find the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Ciragan Cad. No. 28, and the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok. The Lion Hotel, at Lamartin Caddesi No:41 Taksim, and the Taksim Premium Hotel, at Kuloglu Mahallesi Yenicarsi Cad. No:5 are two more economical offerings that may be worth checking out if you're after somewhere that's a bit lighter on the wallet.
If you're here on a stopover and only have limited time for the highlights, book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet or the GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa. They are both close to the Hagia Sophia.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace and Hippodrome are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Fatih, this hotel is steps away from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome and Blue Mosque are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Cagaloglu Hamami. Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Fatih, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
Located in Fatih, this spa hotel is steps away from Cemberlitas Bath and Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet Square and Hagia Sophia are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Fatih, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cagaloglu Hamami, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Fatih, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Fatih, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arasta Bazaar and Hippodrome. Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern are also within 15 minutes.