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Istanbul Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Istanbul Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Istanbul is a beautiful city with a mix of old and new, traditional and trendy. The city has three parts: the historic Sultanahmet on one side of the Golden Horn, the fun European side of Beyoğlu and its many suburbs on the other and the Asian side divided from the rest of the city by the Bosphorus. All are fascinating and all have their own attractions. Here’s a list of all the things that cabin crew members must do during their layover in Istanbul.


What to do in Istanbul for 24 hours to 48 hours

Layover in Istanbul Galata Tower


Galata Tower

Galata Tower has dominated Beyoğlu’s skyline since 1348 and still offers the best panoramic views of the city. Wander past Galata Tower to Galata Bridge. At the end of the bridge, take in the incredible view of the New Mosque (Yeni Cami). Often surrounded by seagulls, it’s an impressive feat of architecture.



Layover in Turkey- Konak Cafe Istanbul for splendid views of Galata Tower.

Konak Cafe

First stop, get your bearings by heading to Konak Café  for panoramic views of the city and a traditional cup of Turkish coffee!





Layover in Instanbul The Grand Bazaar


Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, and any visit to Istanbul is incomplete without going to this market for some beautiful Turkish handicrafts. It’s obligatory to drink lots of tea, compare price after price and try your hand at the art of bargaining. Also, its advisable to come here keeping at least 3 hours at hand!


 Hagia, Sophia, Turkey

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.




The Basicila Cistern, Istanbul


Basilica Cistern

James Bond fans will be familiar with the 6th Century Basilica Cistern – it featured in From Russia With Love. While a trip to an underground water filtration system is magical!



Layover Istanbul- The majestic Blue Mosque


 The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is the one you should definitely visit. It’s the only mosque in Turkey to have six towering minarets and is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful. It gets its name from over 21,000 blue Iznik tiles that cover its interior. To enter you’ll need to remove your shoes and women must cover their heads with a scarf.


Layover Istanbul: Caferağa Medresesi



Caferağa Medresesi

Caferağa Medresesi is the school of traditional Turkish arts. Marvel at calligraphy and marbling demonstrations by the very talented Coskun Uzunkaya, and perhaps make a few purchases to take home.


great food and nightlife: layover in istanbul
Istikal Caddesi

It’s time for the crew members to sample the city’s legendary nightlife. Come day or night, Istikal Caddesi is always busy. Lined with large shops and street performers, this is the Times Square or Covent Garden of Istanbul. On each of the streets running perpendicular are bars and restaurants. The tables outside are great people watching spots, and some even have live music. Sample some Turkish beer (Efes), wine, or if you’re feeling brave, the national spirit raki!

nevizade in Istanbul- for great food and nightlife



Nevizade is the narrow pedestrianised street which is packed with Istanbul’s coolest bars, all with seating outside.


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Any Cool Experience to share in Istanbul?

How was your layover in Istanbul? Did you discover any new places? If so, please do share these useful tips with your fellow cabin crew, by commenting below!

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