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Taking a Detour on the Way Back Home

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The worst part of traveling is having to say goodbye. When you first get a on a plane to go to wherever you’re going, there’s an excitement, anticipation that grips you as you embark. When you’re facing the same route in reverse, it’s meloncholy. The trip home isn’t the same.

This time, though, we did something a little different.

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Heading Back to Kenya on Turkish Airlines

So the journey to Kenya begins again. And like most trips, there’s a lot of hurry up and waiting.

Najwa at the airport

Najwa was upgraded to having her own luggage.

Najwa Walking

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Itinerary: Free Guided Tour of Istanbul Courtesy of Turkish Airlines

Many thanks to my colleague Nitin for mentioning TourIstanbul by Turkish Airlines. Our landing time and take off time will make this a challenge, not to mention you can’t leave the tour when you want, but we’re considering it.

Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines International passengers have a unique opportunity to use their transit time visiting Istanbul instead of simply waiting at the airport. The tours, with English speaking guides, are designed especially for this purpose by TourIstanbul, and provide three timing options every day for seeing the city while in transit.

By offering this opportunity to travelers with extended connecting times, Turkish Airlines once again distinguishes itself from other airlines by transforming a long wait into a delightful discovery of Istanbul, one of the world’s premier destinations.


By providing this service, TourIstanbul also contributes to the global promotion of Istanbul with the support of a number of government and touristic departments. The tours are offered three times daily and are designed to give transit passengers a quick, but interesting overview of Turkish Airlines’ home base. Depending on each passenger’s schedule, tours are offered with the following timings 09:00-15:00, 09:00-18:00 and 12:00-18:00.

Begun in 2009, the program continues to attract more participants each year, with approximately 16,000 taking advantage of the offer in 2013. The growing popularity of the tours is a confirmation that Turkish Airlines brings added value for its customers at no additional cost.

How to participate

Passengers wishing to join need to present themselves at the hotel desk in the arrivals hall of Ataturk International Airport at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of the tour. No advance reservation or booking is required and the tours are free to all eligible passengers.

To participate, passengers must have adequate transfer time to complete the tour. Passengers may not join for only a portion of any of the offerings.

More information on the specifics of each tour can be found at the following website: www.istanbulinhours.com.

Passengers may also consult the competent personnel via the following e-mail address: touristanbul@thy.com if there are additional questions.

Turkish Airlines, Inc.
Media Relations

 

Embarking On Our Journey to Kenya

Traveling abroad with a child is always an adventure in itself. This time we left late at night, planning our flight time around Najwa’s sleep time. We flew Turkish Airlines and though there were some flight attendants who seemed a bit rude, we were pleasantly surprised by the service. Turkish Airlines gives out goodies and offers many meals and snacks during the flight.

The flags at Dulles International Airport were at half-mast observing the tragedy in Connecticut where 20 children were killed among 28 deaths in a shooting at an elementary school. It reminds you how precious life is and how fortunate we are to be able to travel and visit family.

Flag at half-staff

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