Straddling the banks of the Bosphorus, Turkey's capital is a modern, energetic city, but one where the past is never far away. With endless opportunities for sightseeing and a wealth of shopping opportunities, Istanbul has fascinated visitors for centuries.
Istanbul is situated on a narrow land bridge, with the Black Sea on one side and the Marmara on the other. Many visitors arrive by plane at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which is located 20km west of the city centre, then take a taxi, the metro or the half-hourly express bus service into the city.
The city's second major airport, Sabiha Gökçen International, is another option for arrivals, it is further away at roughly ...
If there is one universal thing to love about travelling - whether it is for business or pleasure – it is the tastes and flavours that are provided by visiting somewhere new. From fine dining to fast food, there are so many different ways to experience the delicacies of a new country. One of the most authentic ways of trying something new is with the growing movement of street food.
From road-side sellers to tiny shops tucked away, the kinds of street food that are most indicative of the culture you are in are the ones that are clearly made with love - and there are some real treats to be had from vendors that take their food seriously. Here, you will find our five favourite destinations ...
Ski season is here, and across the globe, people are heading to the slopes for a lot of fun, with a bit of relaxation added in there for good measure. Our continents are blessed with some incredible mountains that are just waiting to be discovered, but after the French and Austrian Alps, and the Rockies, where else in the world will you find top skiing conditions?
Here, we take a look at some of the lesser-known skiing destinations - perhaps they will inspire you for next season.
Germany is often the first place people think of when planning a city break around Christmas time, but the neighbouring countries of France and Austria are usually the chosen destinations for ski holidays ...
Think of the ideal vision of a paradise island: shining sands, clear skies, gently waving palm trees and inviting turquoise waters. You are imagining the Seychelles – a country made up of 115 islands, many of which are completely untouched by human settlement. Whether you are attracted by the peace and quiet or the amazing biodiversity, the Seychelles guarantees a stunning experience.
Visiting the Seychelles
The island group is located in the Indian Ocean, to the northeast of Madagascar. Most visitors get there by flying to Mahé, the largest inhabited island and home to Seychelles International Airport, and from there travel between the islands via ferry or plane.
The islands of the ...
It is the most wonderful time of the year, and here at Kempinski, we are ready to make your festive season a little more magical. From Alpine resorts to deserts, we have got plenty of Christmas fun taking place in all corners of the globe this winter.
For a little snapshot as to what we mean, take a look at the offerings within just a few of our hotels below. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol
Sitting within Kitzbuehel, Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol hides among the Austrian Alps, making it the ideal Christmas spot for anyone that enjoys spending time near - or on - the slopes. Offering several impressive restaurants and the Das Tirol Ultimate Spa - perfect for warming up ...
When the weather in most parts of the world turns darker and colder during winter, it certainly does not dampen our spirits. This season is the most widely celebrated - and from Christmas to New Year's Eve, we definitely know how to party in style!
Yet across the world, we all celebrate in very different ways. From Germany to the Seychelles, the festive season can look radically different depending on where you are celebrating. Here we have a quick run-down of some brilliant holiday traditions you could encounter if you hop on a jet this season.
Germany is home to what many consider to be the most classic of European holiday traditions. Christmas carols, shared meals and Santa ...
Shanghai is an important global city, and although it is not the capital of China, Shanghai is the largest city in the country - so, as you would expect, there is a huge array of things to see and do when visiting here.Visiting Shanghai
Shanghai is home to two major airports, Shanghai Pudong International and Shanghai Hongqiao International. While the latter mainly deals with internal flights, both serve international routes. Both airports have two terminals that are easily travelled between via a free shuttle service.
No matter which airport you arrive into, both are a short distance from the vibrant centre of Shanghai. If you choose to take the train, bus or taxi, you will be in the ...
From fireworks and champagne to all-night parties, bringing in the New Year is something that we do brilliantly across the globe. Over the years, traditions have evolved, but one thing remains constant - New Year's Eve is always a celebration that we look back on throughout the year!
More so than any other festivity on the calendar, New Year's Eve can be a glamorous affair - so why not step a little further afield for your future celebrations? Here, we have compiled the top five New Year's Eve destinations that you might not have considered…yet!
If you are searching for extravagance, you will find it in abundance in Dubai. Known for record-breaking fireworks displays amid its ...
Whether you are heading to the snowy mountains or windy coastlines this season, there is no escaping the fact that packing for a trip during the winter is quite difficult. Suddenly, the luggage that suited your needs well for your summer holiday is no longer big enough as you struggle to squeeze in all those jumpers!
Travelling during the winter months means that you have to consider coats, jumpers, footwear and fluffy socks, and successfully packing all those chunky items is most certainly a difficult skill to master.
Here, we have some tips to make that suitcase a little more manageable before you jet off on your winter vacation. We hope they help - and let us know if you have any more ...
As one of the largest cities in Africa, as well a historically important one, Cairo is a vibrant and fascinating place to visit. From the Nile to the captivating structures this civilisation built, modern-day Cairo is a city that has a challenge on its hands - after all, it is not easy to maintain such an archaeologically important centre and still develop as a modern city. There is no easy answer to the task that faces this enigmatic capital of Egypt, but one thing we do know for sure: Cairo is like nowhere else on earth.
Cairo is a very large city and with over 20 million residents, Cairo has to make sure that both its inhabitants and its visitors can travel around ...