Discover Istanbul, the Orient and Occident in one magical city

Situated in the Marmara region, Istanbul is home to over 13.5 million inhabitants, making it the largest city in Turkey. Istanbul has the unique quality of lying on either side of the Bosphorus stait which separates the Black Sea from the Marmara sea. In this way, the city literally lies in both the European and Asian continents.
Throughout its history, the city has been known under different names, Byzantium then Constantinople, until 1930 when the city was officially named Istanbul. An important seat of power, Istanbul has been ruled by Thrace, the Roman Empire during the fourth century and then the Ottoman Empire until 1920.
Even if, the capital of Turkey has been Ankara since 1923, Istanbul has always been a major economic, educational and cultural centre. Its strategic geographic location allowed it to become the biggest commercial port of the country.
The climate is rather temperate though the summers in Istanbul can be swelteringly hot while winters are harshly cold and humid. If you decide to visit Istanbul during autumn or spring, you will enjoy pleasant temperatures…

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Buy your flight tickets to Istanbul with Air France

If you wish to visit Turkey for your coming vacation, check rates and availability and book online with Air France, you will find regular flights departing from Kuala Lumpur Istanbul .

During your stay in Istanbul, discover the historical and cultural wealth of Turkey : the dome and frescoes of Sainte-Sophie church or « Ayasofya », dating back to the sixth century; the Blue Mosque (17th century) which, for a long time served as the only mosque in the country and the Topkapi Palace built during the Ottoman period and more…
If you would like to get an even greater insight into Turkish culture, lose yourself in the Grand Bazaar, old covered day market area, a surviving tradition that has become a popular tourist attraction and a real treasure house for those homeward bound souvenirs! For a little breather from the busy and grueling city atmosphere, a boat on the Bosphorus is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Istanbul from the water.
Do not hesitate to visit Istanbul , a city where thousands of years of oriental and occidental history meet, cross and lie on every street corner.

Travelling to Istanbul: some useful travel information

If you wish to travel to Istanbul for a short stay (less than 3 months), you need valid travel documents only. For a longer stay (more than 3 months) you will need to apply for a visa. Remember also to keep receipts, proof of purchase for any items you are returning home with, such as rugs, or antique objects.

Make your Air France reservation online, you can also book hotel and flight packages… flights Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul
Consult the Istanbul Tourist Board for more places to visit, restaurants, hotels…
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