Turkish Airlines has announced that it is providing special offers from the GCC region to Istanbul and connecting cities in Turkey.
The offer includes trips to Istanbul, Turkey's most populous city as well as a cultural and financial hub, with an additional option of booking onward journey to any other destination in Turkey at “special fares”, the airline said in a press statement.
The offer is valid until April 16 for travel until June 15. Passengers will be able to book from a variety of discounted tickets, including 16 roundtrip flights from the Gulf region.
For instance, flights from Doha can be purchased for “as low as” QR1,110, with an option to buy onward tickets for QR110, which amounts to a total of QR1,220, including taxes and fees, the statement notes.
Similarly, the ‘add-on’ option can be used to buy tickets from Abu Dhabi and Dubai for AED1,470 and AED1,980, respectively; from Kuwait City for KWD75; from Manama, Bahrain, for BHD126; and from Muscat, Oman, for OMR144.
The offer is also extended to various cities in Saudi Arabia where passengers can book their tickets to Istanbul for SR1,166 from Dammam, SR1,146 from Jeddah, Riyadh and Yanbu, SR1,296 from Al-Gassim and SR1,096 from Ta’if.
“These fares provide the option for passengers to connect their flights to any other cities in Turkey at a nominal fare,” the airline stressed.
Istanbul is a city well known for its mosques, bazaars and Turkish baths, keeping visitors happily occupied for an entire trip. The city is also famous for its beautiful architecture and prominent sights, including the Sultanahmet Camii, also known as the Blue Mosque, Galata Bridge and Miniaturk Park, which contains tiny artefacts worth seeing.
The Grand Bazaar in the city also contains thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is the most famous covered shopping complex after only the Grand Bazaar and is a trove of spices and fruit.
While in Istanbul, the main recommendation is to always try the traditional Turkish cuisine, consisting of different types of kebabs, and a wide range of flavours that came from the rich Seljuk and Ottoman court cuisines.