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Sultanahmet Holidays

Sultanahmet is located in the old historic area of Turkey's fine capital city of Istanbul. The city is home to many of the country's famous buildings and archaeological sites including the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque as well as possessing the superb Istanbul Park.

The airport serving visitors to Sultanahmet is the Istanbul Ataturk International Airport and you will find most of the major airlines operate flights from the UK to Istanbul including Turkish Airlines, BA and Thomas Cook. Flights to Istanbul from the UK take approximately between four and five hours and are dependent on the UK airport you actually depart from.

Do remember to check your passport as the authorities in Turkey require all visitors from the UK to hold a passport which is valid for at least three months prior to their trip. Transfer from the airport to your onward destination is straight forward as there are always taxis and coaches for hire and package holidaymakers will be met at the airport by a representative from their particular tour company who will accompany them on the coach trip to their accommodation.

Sultanahmet is a hugely popular and interesting area to visit and tourists are really welcomed here. Turkey is famed for its hospitality and Sultanahmet is no exception. The area abounds with a variety of hotels ranging from the luxurious to the basic pension. Apartments, flats and villas of assorted sizes for the self catering visitor are also available to rent.

You will find a large number of bars and restaurants throughout Sultanahmet offering a range of both local and international cuisine. Locally produced wine is widely available and can be very good indeed as is the Turkish drink of Raki. Spend an evening at a Turkish night where you will enjoy a fine meal and be entertained by talented artists including the famous Turkish Belly Dancers.

Sultanahmet is a fascinating venue for a holiday as it is steeped in historical places to visit including the famous Topkapi Palace which is situated at the side of the Bosphorus and for years was the home of the sultans of the Ottoman empire. The palace comprises literally hundreds of rooms which were occupied by the many wives, concubines, several children and numerous servants. Both the Harem and the Treasury are extremely interesting but as Topkapi is one of the most popular places to visit whilst in Istanbul, it can be very busy and it is recommended that you arrive early. The palace is actually open from 9am until 5pm every day except Tuesday. There are four courtyards and some amazing grounds for you to stroll around in as well.

Another "must see" whilst in Istanbul is the Blue Mosque which was built in 1603 and took some fourteen years to complete. The Blue Mosque is actually found on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium and is located on the south side of the Hippodrome. Complete with cascading domes and six minarets, the mosque really is an impressive site.

Admittance to the mosque is free although donations will be gratefully accepted but it is still a working mosque so is closed at the relevant times during the daily prayer sessions, of which there are five. As Friday is the Muslim holy day the mosque could possibly be closed from lunchtime then. Non Muslim people visiting the mosque must enter by the door situated on the south side and, of course, respect the religious traditions and ensure both arms and legs especially are covered.

Other fascinating sites to visit are the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Basilica Cistern and the Istanbul Archaeological Museum as well as the Great Palace Mosaic Museum. There are organised walking tours or you can follow your own itinerary.

The park in Istanbul is a delightful place to rest those weary feet after all that sightseeing and take a glass of the refreshing apple tea. Istanbul Park is also the place to go to watch auto racing and this is actually Turkey's location when it is its turn to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Shopping in Sultanahmet and in Istanbul generally is a great experience and many bargains may be haggled for in the bazaars. Souvenir shops, boutiques with their designer wear, leather goods, herbs and spices as well as jewellery outlets are endless and gold jewellery in particular is very good value in Turkey.

Sultanahmet is part of Istanbul which is full of charm and character and visitors return time after time to enjoy this cosmopolitan city.

No matter how active or laid back you wish your holiday in Adrasan to be, you will find the people so friendly that you can always be sure of a warm welcome.