Most tourists will land either in Istanbul or one of the two regional hubs of Antalya and Bodrum, the first serving the Mediterranean coast, the second the Aegean coast. All three are well connected to European destinations. In-country distances are pretty big, so internal flights are the best way to move around. Private jet or helicopter transfers can be easily arranged. Chauffeured cars are the most stress-free means to move around on the ground, and private boat, yacht or gulet cruises are easily organised in the coastal areas.
Climate & seasons
Mid-June to mid-September is dream weather for beach trips but expect bigger crowds. The shoulder seasons of April to May and mid-September to early November can be a good option for sightseeing and golf-focused getaways, as the weather is pleasant and rates lower. Turkish winter is cold and the wind can ground hot-air balloons and ferries. Many coastal areas take this opportunity to go into hibernation.
Where to go
Delve into nearly two millennia of history in Istanbul, where East meets West and the weight of history is matched by a cosmopolitan city buzzing with plans for the future. Head to the Anatolian plains and visit the fairytale geological playground of Cappadocia where you can sleep in a living museum. Set sail in a traditional gulet and visit the hidden coves of the Bodrum peninsula. Head to Antalya to pamper yourself in one of the Turkish Rieveria’s finest all-inclusive resorts, where you can also play a round of golf or two.
What to do
Bargain in the bazaars, marvel at architectural wonders and get pummeled in a Turkish hammam. Take the closest shave of your life. Board a hot air balloon to view geological oddities in the dawn light. Indulge in a private dinner for two in a hidden valley. Sleep in a luxury cave. Play a round of golf on a world-class course in the morning and dive into the clear jade waters from a private yacht in the afternoon. And everywhere you go, experience fabulous Turkish hospitality, great cuisine, a rich history and varied culture.