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Sunday, October 23rd 2016

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Toronto to Turkey, Israel, or a few places in Europe | $599 roundtrip including taxes

Cappadocia, Turkey

Air France, KLM, and Delta are showing some really cheap prices from Toronto to Istanbul, Turkey (IST) in their systems right now.

Istanbul, Turkey

The easiest way to see which date combinations are available is to start your search with Google Flights Explore, like this...


If you need to browse past February 2015, you may need to use these links:
February 2015 - March 2015 - April 2015

Once you've found a date combination you like, try a 3 day flexible date search on Kayak

From Kayak, you can click through to a number of different sites to book the fare, such as KLM's own website,

example screenshot from KLM.com...

As far as I can tell, the available date range is quite large, from around October 20, 2014 to about mid April 2015.

Tel-Aviv, Israel

Similarly, there were also some pretty ridiculous price drops to Tel-Aviv, Israel (TLV). Yes, flights to Israel for under $600 return, including taxes. Crazy.

Start your search in a similar fashion, using Google Flights Explore again...


And then try your search again on Kayak, and then click through from Kayak to a booking site (such as KLM's own website).


There have also been some price drops from Toronto to a few places in Europe across the same date range (October through April) on Air France, KLM, and Delta, and Alitalia.

Here are the European cities that seem to have dropped, from what I can see:
(prices are roundtrip, including taxes, in $CAD)

Dublin, Ireland (DUB) - $572
Luxembourg (LUX) - $580 - just added
Brussels, Belgium (BRU) - $588
Basel, Switzerland (BSL) - $599
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) - $602
Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) - $610
Munich, Germany (MUC) - $675
Newcastle, England (NCL) - $677
Glasgow, Scotland (GLA) - $679
Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) - $683

For the flights to Europe, again, you might want to start with Google Flights Explore. Start with a search from Toronto (YYZ) to Europe.

Also keep in mind that with Air France you can usually get a free extended stopover in Paris, France on your way to your destination city. The same goes for Amsterdam with KLM.

Multi City Trips

You can also find some great multi-city trips, involving Paris or Amsterdam, and the destinations listed above.

For example, here's a flight from Toronto to Istanbul (IST) for 5 days, then Istanbul to Paris (CDG) for 2 days, and then the flight back home from Paris to Toronto (YYZ) - all for under $650 CAD including taxes, and it's even over the Family Day long weekend.

I've found that Orbitz is a good place for verifying and booking these Multi-City flights. Just change the flight type from Round Trip to Multi-City when you start your search.

Here's a screenshot of the example Multi-City flight above:

(Note: Orbitz displays prices in $USD)

If anyone spots any other European destinations that have dropped in a similar fashion, share what you find, to help others. These are not advertised price drops, so it's impossible to say how long they will last.

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12 Responses to "Toronto to Turkey, Israel, or a few places in Europe | $599 roundtrip including taxes"

    Has Farooq been here?
       Farooq on August 12th, 2014

    Thanks! I'm finding that tickets (to Istanbul, atleast) are now as low as $549/ person.

    Has Zee been here?
       Zee on August 12th, 2014

    I just booked a 7 day all-round trip from Toronto-Istanbul (8hr layover in Amsterdam) and then Istanbul-Paris (layover 3 days), then Paris-Toronto for $640 - Thank you Chris!!!!

    Has Collin been here?
       Collin on August 12th, 2014

    Amazing find, thanks alot!

    Has Marko been here?
       Marko on August 12th, 2014

    FYI if you are going to try and stopover in Paris or Amsterdam it is possible, however if you try to do both the fare will sadly be regular price. Great find!

    Has Efe been here?
       Efe on August 12th, 2014

    Similar prices between Montreal and Switzerland

    Has Plutoz been here?
       Plutoz on August 12th, 2014

    How do you get Google Flight Explore to show you dates past Jan 2015 like you did with the link for Turkey?

    Have never looked at flights to Turkey before so no idea what they normally cost. Assume it is generally more than most destinations in Europe?

    Has Josh been here?
       Josh on August 12th, 2014

    Have you seen what's happening in Israel/ Gaza right now? There's a reason prices are so low to that part of the world. But the prices for Istanbul are amazing.

    Has Jean Winger been here?
       Jean Winger on August 12th, 2014

    Dear Chris,
    Would you be my travel agent? I will pay a commission. Would you find me a flight from either London, Hamilton or Toronto to Belfast Ireland / Dublin for a wedding that I am to attend in Belfast on August 23/14. I would like to leave on the 21st (flexible). Then I would like to return from Italy either Naples, Rome or Milan sometime around September 11-14th. I was hoping for less than $1,000. return. I would love a day stopover anywhere.

    Has Deron Caplan been here?
       Deron Caplan on August 12th, 2014

    Does anyone know if it would be possible to use this for a one-way from any of these destinations to YYZ? I'm looking to head back late March - early April.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on August 12th, 2014

    Plutoz: In the Google Flights Explore URL, look for the variable d=

    You need to change this value manually, to a date in the future, and then you will be able to explore further into the calendar.

    Has JJ been here?
       JJ on August 13th, 2014

    So I just booked Toronto to Istanbul to Paris to Toronto. 5 Days in istanbul and 5 days in paris. came to $848 each after everything. Not bad. Thanks all. Thx chris

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on August 14th, 2014

    Nice one JJ! Have a great trip!

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