Istanbul Blue Mosque view with Turkish tea

Explore Istanbul with Turkish Airlines’ Stopover


Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Türkiye, is renowned for connecting continents with its expansive flight network that reaches 340 destinations in 129 countries across five continents.

The airline’s hub in Istanbul sits at the crossroads of the world, making it an ideal spot for a stopover. Recognizing the opportunity to offer travelers more than just a connecting flight, Turkish Airlines has reinvigorated its stopover program post-COVID, offering passengers a delightful taste of Turkish hospitality and the wonders of Istanbul.

The program caters to international passengers transiting through Istanbul with a complimentary hotel stay. Business Class passengers are welcomed with a two-night stay in a five-star hotel, while those flying Economy Class can relax with a one-night stay in a four-star accommodation. This service is designed to encourage travelers to explore Istanbul without the added cost of lodging, thereby enhancing their travel experience.

For passengers with transfer flights through Istanbul, this offer is an invitation to discover a city that straddles two continents. You can wander through the historic district, shop at the Grand Bazaar, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Bosphorus. The stopover program allows you to experience the city’s historical gems and vibrant culture en route to your final destination, making the journey as memorable as the arrival.

If time is a constraint and an overnight stay is not possible, Turkish Airlines has crafted another attractive option. Travelers with a layover of 6-24 hours can participate in a free tour of Istanbul’s iconic sights. The airline’s Touristanbul service whisks passengers away on a cultural adventure, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapı Palace, among others. This clever initiative transforms what could be hours spent in airport monotony into a mini adventure through one of the most storied cities on Earth. With six different tours running daily, each passenger can select one that best fits their schedule and interests.

The allure of the stopover program is complemented by Turkish Airlines’ award-winning in-flight experience. Long-haul flyers, especially on flights longer than eight hours, are treated to exquisite meals prepared by dedicated Flying Chefs. Business Class travelers enjoy the flexibility of pre-ordering meals and choosing when they wish to dine. A recent menu included an appetizing selection ranging from seafood appetizers to entrees of cod with lemon butter and grilled rosemary chicken, culminating in a dessert trolley laden with traditional Turkish sweets and international favorites.

Moreover, the comfort extends beyond the dining experience. Passengers can recline in lie-flat beds dressed with cozy seat covers and comforters, ensuring restful sleep. The in-flight entertainment options are plentiful, with an extensive movie selection, live TV, and complimentary WiFi, making the hours in the sky pass by in a blink of an eye.

Turkish Airlines has thus elevated the concept of the stopover to an art form. It’s not merely about breaking a journey; it’s about enriching it with experiences and comfort. Over 60,000 passengers from 47 countries have already enjoyed this innovative program, and with the travel industry bouncing back, the stopover program is set to welcome even more travelers eager to make up for lost time. Whether it’s a short interlude or an extended sojourn, Turkish Airlines ensures that your time in Istanbul will be as rewarding as it is unforgettable.

For more information, visit the Turkish Airlines stopover page

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