A recent announcement by Turkish Airlines unveiled their latest solution for international business travellers on a layover through Istanbul. Anyone flying on a business class ticket who has a layover time of seven hours or more can book a free private Bosphorus cruise, acting as the perfect, organised introduction to the city.
For many years, Turkish Airlines has marketed itself as the perfect solution to solve every business traveller’s needs. When the recent laptop ban to America came into effect, within 24 hours, Turkish Airlines had come up with a viable solution to get around the ban. Business class travellers can also look forward to gourmet meals, spacious seats and little touches such as an amenity bag with toothbrush and toothpaste.
It does not stop there though because Turkish Airlines also sells the Exclusive Drive concept, that is a personal transfer in a chauffeur driven luxury vehicle at both your departing and arriving airports. Companies that join up to the Corporate Club also receive discounted savings on air travel for employees. The latest addition of free layover tours to their full range of services for business class travellers is merely the icing on the cake.
The experience starts when a professional guide meets the passenger at the arrival gates of Istanbul Ataturk airport. They are taken to a local port to start their private cruise of the Bosphorus. The strait of water has historically for many years been the main feature of Istanbul, and its shorelines hold many Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks including the famous Yali houses, which were summer homes and palaces for wealthy and royal Ottomans.
After completing the tour, passengers are taken to the internationally famous Ciragan Palace for lunch, dinner or breakfast. The five-star plus hotel, previously an old Ottoman palace, employs award-winning chefs in their kitchens, and they will be serving up traditional Ottoman and Turkish food so that passengers experience culture as well as the historical side of Turkey.
Non-business travellers are not left out of the impeccable service that Turkish Airlines offers because, for many years, they have provided an Istanbul Tour to transit passengers with a six-hour or more layover in Istanbul.
Five different schedules taking place throughout the day each offer a variety of landmarks to see. The early morning tour includes free time at the Dolmabahce Palace, last home of the Ottoman sultans while the 9 a.m tour takes in the classic landmarks such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, the first residence of the Ottoman dynasty when they invaded Constantinople. The full-day tour also includes time in the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest markets in the world.
For more information on the schedules and details on how to sign up, see the official website here - http://www.istanbulinhours.com
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