4* Athens Lotus Hotel
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Istanbul is the only city in the world to be built on two continents and a city break to Istanbul offers a fantastic combination of Eastern and Western culture. Turkey's largest city is a wonderful destination for an exciting city break holiday.
Istanbul’s history stretches back more than 2,500 years, yet it still has a modern and vibrant feel. Ancient palaces and wonderful-looking Islamic mosques can be found, as well as European-style bars and shops. Although home to around 10 million people, Istanbul doesn't feel too hectic or overcrowded, thanks to its unique location on either side of the banks of the River Bosphorus.
Our carefully chosen hotels for your city break are based in Sultanahmet, on the southern half of the city's European side. You will be within strolling distance of the major historical sites. Istanbul's most famous attraction, the enchanting Blue Mosque, faces the ancient basilica, Hagia Sophia and just around the corner is the immense 15th-century Topkapi Palace. You can also vist the Maiden's Tower made famous by the James Bond Film - "The World is Not Enough", which is now a popular restaurant easily accessible by a short boat trip.
There are few places better for the complete shopping experience than Istanbul, where modern shopping centres and centuries-old markets stand side by side. One of the most exciting places to shop is the Grand Bazaar, which is great for silk, jewellery and carpets, and the Spice Bazaar, which is the best place to try Turkish Delight.
The Galata Tower, built in 1348, is the main feature of the northern part of the European side of Istanbul and great for views of the Golden Horn, the small stretch of water which divides the European part of the city in two. The winding back-streets around here house a number of hammams (Turkish baths) where you can enjoy a bone-cracking Turkish massage.
You'd be crazy not to make use of the city's excellent ferry services if on a city break holiday in Istanbul. One wonderful day trip is a ferry ride along the length of the Bosphorus, right up to the Black Sea and back down to the Sea of Marmara. You get to stop off for lunch and still return in time for dinner.
During your stay in Istanbul we have arranged some fabulous tours to the main sites of interest.
Tour the Sultan Ahmet Center of Istanbul, the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires ruled.
On this tour, you will visit the Byzantine and Ottoman relics in Istanbul, including:
Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sporting events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. The Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs.
Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Your guide will give you free time to go around the palace.
Rüstem Pasa Mosque, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman the Magnificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colourful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.
The Athens Lotus Hotel rests in a beautiful neoclassical building entirely restored and conveniently located right by the Karaiskaki Square in heart of the ancient city of Athens. A fabulous transportation system provides easy access to the Parthenon, Plaka (the Old Town of Athens), several museums, and also to the business and administrative areas. Fully renovated, this is a great 4 Star hotel for couples, families and business travelers with a wide range of shops and restaurants nearby and 31 spacious guestrooms with modern amenities.
Getting to the Hotel: Metaxourghio metro station is just 50 m from the hotel, while the main railway station and the suburban railway are also located close by. Athens Airport is 41 km away.
Local Tips: Points of interest include the Greek Parliament Buildings, Acropolis, Syntagma Square and Vouliagmeni Beach. Museums and Galleries as well as the shopping area and the flea market are within walking distance.
The Ambassador Hotel is a first class boutique hotel located in downtown Sultanahmet. The Hotel just a few steps away from the most historical sights (as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Museum for Turkish and Islamic Art etc.) and nice shopping facilities (as Grand and Spice Bazaar etc.). The Ambassador Hotel Istanbul is a charming hotel right in the centre of Sultanahmet which is the historical area of Istanbul. The hotel is proud to welcome back many repeat guests year after year. Come as a guest and leave as a friend...
From the Ambassador terrace you can see the Hippodrome square, the ancient Saint Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque. Further afield you can see the Asian side of the city and the Bosphorus.
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The most popular method is for us to give you a quick call, answer any final questions you might have, and take a debit or credit card payment. If you prefer, we are able to send you a Client Paymet Form that can be completed and emailed back to us.
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We are delighted to suggest a number of Tours and Excursions that might be of interest to you. If there is something you would particularly like to see or place you would like to visit which is not shown below, please let us know in the "Additional Comments" section on the Enquiry Form and we will be pleased to send you details.
Go on a Golden Horn bus tour, visit the Spice Bazaar or Pierre Loti Cafe, and then cruise the Bosphorus, one of the most beautiful sights in the world.From/Per Person £21.00
An unforgettable afternoon will take you to discover the Ottoman Empire and the masterpieces demonstrating its civilization.From/Per Person £22.99
The Grand Bazaar is a place where you can find practically anything! From souvenirs, nargiles, crockery, clothes, jewellery, it is the most fantastic shopping experience in the world! Available Every Day except Sunday.From/Per Person £24.99
This walk is around the famous Galata Tower and covers the area, where you will see churches, synagogues, hospitals, bank buildings, ancient walls, schools. Stories, myths, and legends are a bonus from your guide.From/Per Person £29.99
Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, the wealthiest city of the ancient world and one of the best preserved ones in today's world. You'll also get to see Mary's last abode at Mount Solmissos. Includes overnight coach journey. Flight transfers available at a supplement.From/Per Person £264