Start your magical journey to Turkey at Istanbul. Cruising into the international airport, your private jet charter will land an hour away from the city centre.
Famously straddling Asia and Europe across the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is a destination you could devote weeks to exploring. But if you’re only staying a few days there are several key attractions you’ll want to make time for.
A collision of cultures has produced some of the most stunning architecture you’ll find in the world, including the Hagia Sophia Mosque with its 30 million gold tiles, and the labyrinth of stalls that make up the Grand Bazaar.
With so much to explore in one city, hiring a private guide is the perfect way to get a feel for Istanbul. Or just let your feet guide you as you explore the ancient neighbourhoods.
Staying in the city, experience the old-world charm of the Four Seasons hotel, located on the waterfront. This renovated 19th century Ottoman palace features original architectural details and luxurious accommodation, along with indoor and outdoor pools.
When you’re ready to move on from Istanbul, head inland to Turkey’s capital Ankara. Fun, lively and very modern, Ankara has all the hustle and bustle you’d expect from a vibrant capital and is a far cry from the more serene Istanbul.
But with that vibrancy comes great restaurants, accommodation, and nightlife. Everything you need for a fun-packed weekend or longer.
Be sure to head to No. 4, this restaurant and lounge is a must. Great cocktails, a fun, lively atmosphere and live music later in the evening, you’ll want to stay on.
For a more romantic setting, try the Fige Restaurant and Bar with its cosy interior and classic Turkish dishes.
In terms of things to see, as a centre for the performing arts you can choose to catch a performance from the State Opera, Ballet or Presidential Symphony Orchestra. The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is worth spending a relaxed afternoon, exploring the Neolithic village site and other ancient finds.
Turkey enjoys hot summers and cold winters. As you’d expect, in the summer months temperatures soar, along with the number of tourists who flock to the popular tourist destinations.
This makes the cooler months, either side of June to August, the best times to book your charter flight.
As well as slightly cooler weather, you’ll get better offers on accommodation and find booking tours a more pleasant experience. Turkey holds the enviable position of having a foot in both the past and the present. Offering the best of both ancient civilization and the advantages of modern life.