With its centrally located hub in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines flies to 340 destinations in 129 countries across five continents. And if you happen to be heading to one of those many destinations, it’s worth spending at least a few nights in Turkey’s sprawling capital. Post-COVID, this popular program is back in full swing and it’s now easier than ever to enjoy a seamless stay in one of the world’s most interesting capital cities.
Business Class passengers can stay two nights for free in a five-star hotel, while Economy Class passengers can stay one night for free in a four-star hotel. If you want to stay longer, you can extend your stay at select hotels for just $49. To date, more than 60 thousand transfer passengers from 47 countries have taken advantage of this innovative program. This is your chance to shop at the Grand Bazaar, enjoy a stroll along the Bosphorus and enjoy historic gems, all en route to your final destination. With many travelers looking to make up for lost travel time, this layover program is a very welcome perk.
And if you don’t have time for an overnight stay, Turkish Airlines has created an additional opportunity for travelers to explore Istanbul. International passengers who have between 6-24 hours between flights are invited to join a free tour between their two flights of Istanbul’s most notable landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace . Forget sitting in a dreary airport, instead you can be picked up by a Touristanbul vehicle and guide, see the city and then be dropped off for the next leg of your journey. With six different tours running each day, passengers can choose the one that best suits their flight times and interests.
While your time on the ground is well taken care of, you can also enjoy the award-winning flying experience that Turkish Airlines offers. Passengers on flights longer than eight hours can enjoy the best airplane food prepared by the airline’s dedicated Flying Chefs. For Business Class travelers, meals can be pre-ordered or on board and served at a time of the passenger’s choice. On a recent overnight flight, appetizers were a seafood potpourri, grilled goat cheese, or zucchini soup; starters were cod with lemon butter, grilled rosemary chicken or rigatoni with tomato sauce. The dessert trolley arrives filled with traditional Turkish desserts such as baklava, as well as chocolate souffle, ice cream and a cheese and fruit bowl. You can also enjoy homemade lemonade or sour cherry juice or a selection of wellness teas to help you relax, detox or energize.
You can also enjoy a daybed, complete with a cozy seat cover and duvet made up for you during the flight, as well as an extensive movie selection, live TV and free WiFi. Turkish Airlines makes flying fun again and has created one of the most flyer-friendly stopover programs.