Turkey is a country of exotic charm. Rich with history and culture, Istanbul is a destination steeped in history, where East meets West in a wonderful fusion. Discover hidden coves and fantastic cruising around the port city with a private yacht charter to Istanbul. Put ashore to experience the vibrant energy of the city – visit relics of Ottoman empires and amazingly well-preserved Byzantine churches, bustling markets overflowing with colorful fabrics and wafts of aromatic spices. In Istanbul, tradition sits side by side with modernity, the architectural wonders are interspersed with luxury villas and excellent restaurants, creating a city which really does have it all. Within a day you can go from bartering with locals and sharing stories over a strong, bitter Turkish coffee, to walking through the humbling atmosphere of the Blue Mosque, and finish the day indulging in a 5-star spa.
Key Cruising Areas: The islands and ports of the Sea of Marmara make for an interesting sailing vacation. Venture west and you are met with a plethora of islands of the Aegean Sea, with Turkish ports such as Bodrum, Fethiye and Antalya a short sail away. Istanbul is also a great base to explore the Greek Islands.
Don’t Miss: Istanbul is full of incredible cultural sites and wonders of eras past. One that simply cannot be missed is the Blue Mosque. Said to be named after sailors who saw the colors of the sea reflected on the mosque, this is an awe-inspiring example of architecture and art, and the surrounded areas are brimming with culture and interesting sights.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Whether it is grabbing a feta cheese pizza from a market to eat sitting on a wall surrounded by the buzz of local life in the warm Turkish evening, or a delectable meal at a stylish restaurant, the flavors and atmosphere of Turkish dining are a highlight of the country. The old town of Sutanahmet boasts many of the best establishments – book a table at Giritli for a simple yet elegant evening, specializing in seafood.
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Local Culture: The wonderful and unique atmosphere of the country with its accents of Mediterranean, Asian and Persian traditions can be felt from the moment you step off the plane. The city is filled with well-preserved historical sites, some of the most impressive include the stunning Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cister and the Grand Bazaar. The Hagia Sophia museum is a must see, with history dating back to ancient times.
Best Beach: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while for the serenity and tranquillity of Saklikoy. Stepping ashore on the unspoiled, private bay with beautiful turquoise waters, you will feel instant relaxation. Wrecks and reefs also make it a good spot for diving.
IYC recommends: Explore the Prince’s Islands. Ideal for those traveling by private boat, the island of Burgazada has two lovely beaches. Enjoy the sun and stunningly blue sea at Çamakya, then for a magical evening take a horse drawn carriage ride around the island and up to Kalpazankaya Restaurant. Dine on fantastic meze or fish dishes with local raki flowing and beautiful views as the sunset throws shadows across rocky islets.
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