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This European City Is Home To One Of The Best Airports For Layovers

By Leslie Veliz


Travelers who have a layover at at the Istanbul International Airport (IST) can enjoy top-notch amenities like the Ambassador Spa, Napzone areas, and a variety of stores.
Furthermore, passengers of Turkish Airlines who have a 6+ hour layover at IST can choose to participate in Touristanbul, which offers nine different tours of Istanbul's top sites.
Touristanbul tours take passengers to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and more. Best of all, it's completely free for those flying on Turkish Airlines.
Tours are guided and occur daily via a shuttle that departs and returns to Istanbul International Airport (IST). All meals and transportation are included with Touristanbul.
If you meet the qualifications, you can book a tour at IST at the Touristanbul desk. Those with a layover of over 20 hours can also opt for Turkish Airlines' Stopover in Istanbul.
Stopover in Istanbul comes with a free stay at a 4- or 5-star hotel, depending on what class you fly. To participate, email the airline at least 72 hours before departure.