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Transit passengers tour Istanbul while waiting for flights

Unal Basusta, eTN Ambassador  Jan 08, 2009

ISTANBUL, Turkey (eTN) - Turkish Airlines' (THY) transit passengers, who come from abroad and change flights in Istanbul, can tour the city instead of waiting for the next flight at the airport.

THY offers its transit passengers the opportunity to rest at a hotel or tour the historical places of the city with a guide while waiting for their connection flights in Istanbul. 

In order for the transit passengers to benefit from this opportunity, passengers traveling in business class should have an at least 7-hour waiting period prior to their connection flights, while those flying in economy class should have a waiting period of 10 hours minimum, THY officials said. 

The "guided Istanbul tour" scheduled for transit passengers start at 8:30 am and 12:00 pm every day.

The passengers can visit Istanbul's famous historical places such as the Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Sultanahmet Square (Hippodrome), Galata Mevlevihanesi (Galata Mevlevi Dervish Lodge), Ayasofya Museum (Hagia Sophia) and the Archaeology Museum within the framework of the tour.

Transit passengers tour Istanbul while waiting for flights
Photograph by Nelson Alcantara

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