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What to see and do in Ankara after landing your Jet Charter
Though not your typical travel or tourist hotspot, Ankara is rich in history. Cobblestone alleys, old castle walls, world-renowned museums, small art studios, stylish cafes, talented buskers, and hole-in-the-wall shops selling everything from bagels to bracelets are just some charms The Ankara Citadel offers.
A four-story ancient white castle that encloses 600 households and an old mosque sit atop a high mountain—the castle’s beauty and the fine work of engineering are worth seeing.
Best hotels in Ankara
Ankara has many fine hotels close to the Airport—here are two of the most often booked ones.
Divan Cukurhan - Boutique Class is probably the best hotel in Ankara. The Cukurhan is inspiring reviews like
Exceptional! 5/5 rating, The Two Bedroom Mandarin Suite is 914 sq ft with a city view. Sleeps 6, 1 king, two queen beds.
A 5-star luxury hotel that is well-appointed with many amenities. A full-service spa, a restaurant, and a health club are available at this hotel. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a sauna are onsite. All 235 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service, plasma TVs with satellite channels and DVD players.
Best restaurants in Ankara
Our three selected restaurants make a short list, but you will not fail by visiting one of those.
A jewel in the middle of Ankara, Fige Restaurant Bar is a delightful restaurant that greets you with a hearty welcome and a French chic ambience. This is a good place for delicious food in a cosy atmosphere.
If you love seafood, visit Yelken Balik. It does not only offer the best seafood in town but also offers great service and ambience.
BigChefs Next Level’s menu is one of the most extensive menus in Ankara. There's chocolate, mocha, ice cream, crispy oats and other amazing flavours! The Mocha Mud Pie is a must-try!
Aerial view of Ankara
What to see and do in Istanbul
There are 3 suggestions to enjoy your time in Istanbul:
Kubilay traditional dinner and performance
For a truly remarkable dining and entertainment experience; there is nothing that compares to the Traditional Dinner and Dervish Performance hosted by Kubilay. First, dancers in native costumes perform folkloric dances to the spectator’s delight – then, everyone goes to an authentic Turkish restaurant.
St Regis Brasserie, the best restaurant in Istanbul
This October 2022 Istanbul entered the Guia Michelin as a gastronomic destination. Actually, always has been, but now we have the perfect recommendation when this Brasserie gained its Michelin stars. Probably you would make a reservation prior to dinner in the most expensive restaurant in Istanbul
What are the best hotels in Istanbul?
The best three hotels in Istanbul are The Bosporus Palace, the Ajia Hotel and the Kybele.
The Bosporus Palace Hotel is one of the most splendid boutique hotels. Bosporus Palace is on the historical peninsula that joins Europe and Asia. The 12 bespoke rooms represent a fine example of Neo-Ottoman architecture, showing off handcrafted Italian furniture, lofty ceilings, and gold-leaf detailing.
Another boutique hotel is the Ajia Hotel. This beautiful white Ottoman mansion stands on the Asian shore of the Bosporus and has a private boat that ferries guests to the European side of the city. Most 16 rooms enjoy views over the water, and the seaside restaurant is first-class. The Kanlıca neighbourhood is renowned for its incredibly creamy yoghurt. Stop by one of the cafes and enjoy some.
And if you like eclecticism, The Kybele Hotel is for you. Its Ottoman-era facade is painted in bright turquoise colour. The interior is no more subtle. The lobby is full of traditional vintage cameras, Turkish lamps, collectable clocks, retro radios, and record players, not to mention the charming garden café. Sharing the same block as the ancient Basilica Cistern, this super-central hotel also has 16 cosy rooms available at reasonable prices.
Best restaurants in Istanbul
There are so many deliciously diverse places at which to eat in Istanbul. You can feast on fabulous traditional cuisine.
Probably the best restaurant is Ottoman Emperor at Asitane. The chef inspired some reviews to be proud of. Just like this one:
“You can also the past through your palette. The chefs at Asitane scoured the archives for Sultans' festival menus at the Topkapi Palace kitchen, and recreated recipes from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Stuffed melon, or stuffed quince in winter, are to die for.” - The Guardian
Also, you can enjoy fusion delicacies at Mikla. Dine alfresco on the rooftop terrace restaurants and take in the glittering Bosphorus Strait and the breathtaking views of Istanbul.
Aerial view of Istanbul
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How can I charter a trip between the two airports?
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What airports are near Ankara?
The Ankara Airports are: Ankara Esenboğa International Airport (IATA: ESB, ICAO LTAC) Etimesgut Ab Airport (IATA: ANK, ICAO: LTAD)
What airports are near Istanbul?
The Istanbul Airports are: Istanbul Ataturk (ISL, LTBA) Sabiha Gokcen (SAW, LTFJ) Samandira Istanbul Airport (LTB, LTBX) Istanbul Havalimani (IST, LTFM)