ISTANBUL & THE BOSPHORUS
One stopover program that continues to expand belongs to Turkish Airlines, which has just added a new service for transfer passengers departing from all nine US gateways and flying to Africa, eastern and southern Europe and the Balkans, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan. Passengers flying to these destinations who have more than 20 hours of connection time in Istanbul can receive complimentary accommodations; for economy class passengers, that means a one night stay at a 4-star hotel in Sultanahmet, while those flying in business class will enjoy two nights at a 5-star hotel in Taksim.
This ‘stopover’ program is in addition to the airline’s recently introduced Istanbul Bosphorus Experience as a way to explore Istanbul during a layover. The Bosphorus Experience is available for business class passengers who have a transfer time of seven hours or more. It includes a boat tour of the Bosphorus and exploration of historical landmarks.
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