A flight to Istanbul will be your doorway to the city of contrasts and contradictions; as the dawn arrives, late night revellers make their way home from bars and nightclubs, while others heed the call to prayer; donkey carts jostle for space with top of the range cars; the European side boasts opulent mosques and palaces while the Asian side holds western-style suburbs. Your flight to Istanbul will take you to the city where East meets West and Europe meets Asia.
The east of the city is Asian Istanbul, whilst the west is European Istanbul, with the Bosphorus flowing from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, offering a natural north-south divide. After a flight to Istanbul you should start to wander around the old city, on the European side, and discover a literal treasure trove of delights, both visual and aromatic; the ornately gilded and tiled Topkapi Palace, the blue tiled Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) and elaborate obelisks, monuments and statues of Hippodrome.
While the whole of Istanbul is a visual cavalcade of delights, one of the most beautiful areas that you must visit when you fly to Istanbul is the Golden Horn. The horn shaped bay, which lies on the European side of the city, is one of the world's best natural harbours, and is lined with parks and promenades. An early evening walk along its stunning expanse will reward strollers with an awe-inspiring sunset. If you ever take a flight to Turkey your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Turkish bath. There are many to choose from in Istanbul, but one of the best and most atmospheric is the Cemberlitas Hamami, which was designed for Nurbanu Sultan, wife of Sultan Selim in 1584.
Shopping: Famous for handcrafted rugs, local markets are great bargain haunts. Transport: By private vehicle Cuisine: Turkey offers both traditional Arab and Western cuisine. Turkish coffee is a must have at numerous café's.
Check the online flights schedule and choose the perfect timing for your trip. Find our lowest fare guaranteed and book your flight to Istanbul today! Book your hotel in Istanbul Before you proceed with your flight to Istanbul please be aware of the visa, as well as the health requirements in Turkey. If you have any queries regarding your return flight from Istanbul, you can contact the Gulf Air office in Istanbul or call the Gulf Air Call Centre. Check in information regarding your flight from Istanbul is available from Istanbul Ataturk Airport information section.