For those traveling to Istanbul and beyond this season, fall can be a stunning time to explore the lands known as the crossroads of modern civilization. Getting to Istanbul is easy as Turkey’s national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, and currently operates flight routes to 315 destinations from 11 gateway cities in North America.
But the fun starts even before leaving the airport, as the New Istanbul Airport brings some multi-faceted experiences of its own by incorporating creative architectural design, authentic culinary offerings and several artistic components including — live musical assemblies.
The weather is unbeatable in Istanbul in the fall; the Mediterranean climate is pleasantly mild and the crowds of tourists from the summer high-season have dispersed, allowing travelers to experience a more authentic, less crowded destination.
For those who want to step back in time beyond touring the old city, stay at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, built in a former sultan’s palace. Guests can even stay in the Sultan’s Suite, a truly lavish and ornate suite offering panoramic views of the magnificent Bosporus. The property has several on-site dining options such as Tugra and features a luxury spa, where guests can enjoy the traditional Turkish treatment dating back centuries at a Turkish Hammam
For those who are into a more futuristic , Westernized hotel stay, Raffles Istanbul, located in the Zorlu Center mall complex, will do the job. Raffles Istanbul is hosting Michelin Two-Star Chef Paco Roncero at the on-site restaurant Rocca for a technology-infused culinary experience. For those in Istanbul through November 3. They should book a night at this truly revolutionary dining pop-up: Paco Meets Raffles Istanbul.
Those who cannot make the trip to Turkey this Fall, the Turkey Promotion Group is an easy way to tap into the exotic products and exports of Turkey for gifts and wowing premiums for clients. These include soft Turkish towels, beautiful high-quality jewelry from Turkish designers, dried fruits and nuts and other items usually sought by visitors.
Turkish Airlines recently announced a new fleet of brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with top tier business class offerings that include flying chefs, immersive stopover programs and onboard finery, such as Versace amenity kits. Fun fact: The business class lounges at the New Istanbul Airport will be able to accommodate 200 million passengers a year upon final phase completion.