Turkish Airlines international passengers have a unique opportunity to use their transit time visiting Istanbul instead of simply waiting at the airport. The tours, with English speaking guides, are designed especially for this purpose by TourIstanbul, and provide three timing options every day for seeing the city while in transit.
By offering this opportunity to travelers with extended connecting times, Turkish Airlines once again distinguishes itself from other airlines by transforming a long wait into a delightful discovery of Istanbul, one of the world’s premier destinations.
By providing this service, TourIstanbul also contributes to the global promotion of Istanbul with the support of a number of government and touristic departments. The tours are offered three times daily and are designed to give transit passengers a quick, but interesting overview of Turkish Airlines’ home base. Depending on each passenger’s schedule, tours are offered with the following timings 09:00-15:00, 09:00-18:00 and 12:00-18:00.
Begun in 2009, the program continues to attract more participants each year, with approximately 16,000 taking advantage of the offer in 2013. The growing popularity of the tours is a confirmation that Turkish Airlines brings added value for its customers at no additional cost.
How to participate;
· Passengers wishing to join need to present themselves at the hotel desk in the arrivals hall of Ataturk International Airport at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of the tour. No advance reservation or booking is required and the tours are free to all eligible passengers.
· To participate, passengers must have adequate transfer time to complete the tour. Passengers may not join for only a portion of any of the offerings.
· More information on the specifics of each tour can be found at the following website; www.istanbulinhours.com.