Welcome to Istanbul
Alluring Istanbul – or Constantinople, as it was once known – should be high on any keen travelers' list of must-visit cities. Book cheap flights to Istanbul with Condor and explore this fascinating metropolis, which straddles two continents. Stunningly situated on the waters of the Bosphorus, Istanbul is instantly recognizable as a city with multiple personalities. Evidence of the city's rich history – first as the heart of the Christian Roman Empire and later as the power center of the powerful Ottoman sultans – is everywhere.
Explore the atmospheric old city and take in Istanbul's most impressive sights, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Soak in the sights and smells of the Grand Bazaar and haggle for the best prices. Or explore modern and dynamic Istanbul, in the galleries, restaurants and bars of the buzzing Beyoglu district, across the Golden Horn. Take a flight to Istanbul for an experience you will never forget.
Condor flights arrive at Ataturk International Airport. Taxis are the most convenient means to reach the center and should take around 30 minutes. However, traffic can extend the journey time considerably.
Make sure you have the address of your accommodation written down and are carrying Turkish liras. Another option is the reliable Havaş shuttle bus service, which takes travelers to Taksim Square.
Top Attractions in Istanbul
The Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of architecture that retains the capacity to inspire awe countless centuries after its construction. Built as a Christian basilica on the orders of Byzantine Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th Century, it was later converted into a mosque and is now a museum.
The Topkapi Palace was home to generations of Ottoman sultans between 1465 and 1856. The evocative architecture and lush green courtyards give you the feeling that you are traveling back in time. The decorative Harem, where the sultans' many wives lived shut away from the outside world, is especially beautiful.
The Grand Bazaar's size is legendary. You could spend days wandering this huge covered market admiring the ceramics, sliver and other goods on offer. The nearby Spice Bazaar is a delight for the senses and a great place to stock up on saffron!
Taksim area at night
Visit the dynamic Taksim Square area one evening and wander down the buzzing shopping street Istiklal Avenue. Duck into a side-street to find cozy eateries serving delicious Turkish meze meals and some of the best bars in Istanbul.
Book Condor flights to Istanbul and marvel at the Blue Mosque, an iconic example of Islamic architecture. The building is equally stunning inside, where it is beautifully lit by thousands of candles.