As we predicted, flights to Turkey are taking a huge dip in price. Allianz Global Assistance reported that visits to the city are down 43.7 this summer, compared to last year—and it seems as though airlines are eager to attract travelers with crazy low fares.
Today, you can book a trip to the stunning metropolis of Istanbul—a modern city rising alongside Byzantine architecture and ancient frescoes and mosaics—that straddles two continents for less than $500 round-trip.
Cheap fares can be found from September through November, and January through March, and must be booked on a weekday—excluding Friday.
Consider booking a room at any one of the city’s luxe new hotels, like 10 Karaköy, which artfully blends old (the Neoclassical building) and new (sculptural art installations).
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.