What to see and do in Ankara
Though not your typical 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 of the charms The Ankara Citadel offers.
A four-story ancient white castle that encloses 600 households and an old mosque sits atop a high mountain—the castle’s beauty and the fine work of engineering are worth seeing.
Dining in Ankara
A jewel in the middle of Ankara, Fige Restaurant Bar is a delightful restaurant that greets you with a hearty welcome and French chic ambience. This is a good place for delicious food in a cosy atmosphere.
If you love seafood, visit Yelkin Balik. It's the only seafood restaurant but it’s the best! Best staff, best food, best service!
BigChefs Next Level--Their menu is one of the most extensive menus in Ankara. The Mocha Mud Pie is a must-try! There's chocolate, mocha, ice cream, crispy oats and other amazing flavours!
Where to stay in Ankara
Ankara has many fine hotels—here are two of the most often booked ones.
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
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What to see and do in Istanbul
For a truly remarkable dining and entertainment experience, there is nothing that compares to the Traditional Dinner and Dervish Performance hosted by Kubilay. First, dancersFirst, dancers in native costumes perform folkloric dances to the spectator’s delight – then everyone goes to an authentic Turkish kebab restaurant.
Is a photoshoot more your style? Enjoy a 90-minute photoshoot amongst the most some of the beautiful landmarks—you can even have a “Sultan” shot amongst rich tapestries, carpets and divans, overlooking the Sea of Marmara.
And to wrap up the day, take a 2-hour sunset cruise on a private yacht and enjoy the dazzling colours of a Bosporus sunset.
Where to stay while in Istanbul
The Bosporus Palace Hotel is one of the most splendid fboutique hotels located on the historical peninsula that enjoins 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 its own private boat that ferries guests to the European side of the city. Most of the 16 rooms enjoy views over the water, and the seaside restaurant is first-class. The Kanlıca neighbourhood is renowned for its especially creamy yogurt. Stop by one of the cafes and enjoy some.
And if you like eclectic, The Kybele Hotel is for you. Its Ottoman-era facade is vividly painted in bright turquoise paint. Its 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.
Where to dine in Istanbul
There are so many deliciously diverse places at which to eat in Istanbul. You can feast on fabulous traditional cuisine like an Ottoman Emperor at Asitane or enjoy fusion delicacies at Mikla. Dine alfresco on the many rooftop terrace restaurants and take in the glittering Bosphorus Strait and the breathtaking views of Istanbul.
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