City breaks in Istanbul


Book a short stay or weekend break in this ancient Turkish city


The only city in the world to span 2 continents, Istanbul perches at the place where Europe and Asia meet, along the dividing line of the Bosphorus Strait. Throughout its entire history, it has been a cultural meeting point, a destination where empires, civilizations and continents collide.

It is this rich and layered history that makes Turkey's largest city what it is today, a captivating blend of old and new that is fascinating to delve into on a weekend getaway.

From ornate mosques and Byzantine churches, to sumptuous Ottoman palaces and extensive museums, the city is heaven for fans of history and architecture, but modern Istanbul is just as lively and appealing.

On a city break in Istanbul, you can shop your way through kaleidoscopic bazaars and outdoor markets, or splurge on upscale homewares and designer fashion in the city's boutiques. Take a break for a cup of tea or Turkish coffee, savored in a traditional coffee house, then sample the local street food and authentic Turkish dishes before heading out to check out the thriving nightlife. Want to indulge? Book a traditional hammam experience in an authentic bathhouse to scrub away the cares of the day.

By booking a city center hotel, you can make the most of even a short break in Istanbul. Our central Radisson Blu hotels are all close to major attractions, shopping districts and public transportation links, making it easy to squeeze in everything you want to do and save time and money on travel.

Choose from: The staff at any of our hotels will be happy to advise you on getting around the city and the best way to see all the top sights.

Our top 3 Istanbul attractions
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapı Palace
Our top 3 foods to try in Istanbul
  • Simit
  • Dürüm
  • Baklava
Our top 3 museums in Istanbul
  • Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museums
  • Pera Museum

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