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Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities provided by Istanbul Layover Tours

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities
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About
Istanbul Layover Tours is mainly specialized on layover tours from Istanbul Airports. Meet and Greet: It is easier to find your driver at the airport now. You will be met and accompanied to the vehicle by a welcome host at a spesific spot / time. Timely & Safe Logistic; Enjoy comfortable round-trip transfer from/to airport with private and spacious van. . Fast Track Entry: Be VIP and save precious time at the museums ticket desks thanks to the accredited tour guides from Ministry of Culture and Tourism Professional and Enthusiastic Guides: Our guides are not only a good historian but also your travel companion. Learn about culture, politics & religion through personal stories and anecdotes. Eat like a local: Taste delicious, reasonable non-touristy local food at the eatiers where the only locals eat. Various food restrictions are welcomed
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 27009P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Proffesional Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Round-Trip Airport Transfer
  • Public Transportation tickets - Ferry & Tram
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
Exclusions
  • Food & Drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Duration
4–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Meet & Greet Service As a part of COVID19 safety precautions, No one but only airline travelers are allowed to enter arrival terminal. Therefor,  Istanbul Airport Management instructed us to meet our travelers outside of Arrival gate #13 MEET& GREET (M44) will be waiting you with a board sign M44 in front of Exit Gate #13 Arrivals Terminal and accompany you to your vehicle We would like to inform you that Meet & Greet service is provided by a third party (M44), merely to assist you to reach your driver & vehicle at the airport and to help you where you can store your lugagge before the meeting your driver. However they are not able to answer to the questions regarding the tour service  to be provided by Istanbul Layover Tours.  PLEASE GO THROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL AFTER LANDING.  FOLLOW THE SIGN EXIT AFTER PASSPORT CONTROL KEEP EYE ON THE SIGN GATE #13 AND YOU WILL SEE THE MEETERS WAITING FOR THEIR GUESTS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GATE #13
  • Airports:
  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey
  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Ports:
  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Proffesional Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Round-Trip Airport Transfer
  • Public Transportation tickets - Ferry & Tram
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait
Exclusions
  • Food & Drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Meet & Greet Service As a part of COVID19 safety precautions, No one but only airline travelers are allowed to enter arrival terminal. Therefor,  Istanbul Airport Management instructed us to meet our travelers outside of Arrival gate #13 MEET& GREET (M44) will be waiting you with a board sign M44 in front of Exit Gate #13 Arrivals Terminal and accompany you to your vehicle We would like to inform you that Meet & Greet service is provided by a third party (M44), merely to assist you to reach your driver & vehicle at the airport and to help you where you can store your lugagge before the meeting your driver. However they are not able to answer to the questions regarding the tour service  to be provided by Istanbul Layover Tours.  PLEASE GO THROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL AFTER LANDING.  FOLLOW THE SIGN EXIT AFTER PASSPORT CONTROL KEEP EYE ON THE SIGN GATE #13 AND YOU WILL SEE THE MEETERS WAITING FOR THEIR GUESTS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GATE #13
  • Airports:
  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey
  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Ports:
  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Duration
4–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Basilica Cistern
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 6
    Grand Bazaar Jewelers
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Suleymaniye Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Bosphorus Strait
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 10
    Kadikoy Carsisi
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Dionis J
1 contribution
Best layover of my life
Sep 2021
I contacted Latif less than 24 hours before my arrival at Istanbul Airport and he was still able to organize a 7 hour private walking tour of the city, complete with airport pickup and drop-off. (I'm generally nervous about missing my flights, so when I asked to return earlier than the proposed time on the itinerary, Latif was more than willing to accommodate.

Latif is knowledgeable about the extensive history of his home city and incredibly personable. He answered every question I had and told me things I couldn't read on a brochure.

We toured the Blue Mosque (only the outside, as it was under renovation), the Hagia Sophia (an incredible sight, both inside and out), the Egyptian Obelisk in Sultanahmet Square (the oldest thing in a very old city, dating back to the 18th Dynasty, circa 15th century BCE!), Topkapi Palace (where the Sultan resided during the Ottoman Era, now a museum with incredible national relics, including some of such religious significance that you won't be allowed to photograph them), the Süleymaniye Mosque (built by the legendary architect Mimar Siman, Latif informed me), and the Grand Bazaar (where Latif helped me haggle for a bracelet).

Latif was also happy to accommodate when I asked to buy some coffee to take back home. He took me to the main packaging/distribution center for Mehmet Efendi coffee, where I was able to buy 500g of freshly ground Turkish coffee that I'm still working through.

We also took a brief ride on the ferry to the Anatolian or Asian side of the city where we walked through unending corridors of restaurants selling all manner of delicious food. The ride itself was pleasant, the waters of the Bosphorus looking especially blue and refreshing on the way back, though the powerful winds knocked Latif's glasses over the edge!

Overall, it was an incredible, intimate experience. Latif is a great conversationalist and an interesting person, so even the brief periods of inaction (while we waited for the ferry, for instance) were fun and engaging.

Next time I'm in the area, I fully intend to book Latif again for one of his food tours. This was, without a doubt, the best layover of my life.
Written 27 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marjorie C
Voluntari, Romania23 contributions
Convenient personalized sightseeing with wonderful guide!
Aug 2021
This was a flexible arrangement which suited our needs well. We enjoyed all the sights. Our guide, Ozgur, was awesome! He was knowledgeable and provided a lot of information and historical context. In addition, he was attentive and helpful -- he helped us coordinate personal details such as laundry, getting the required PCR test before flying out, and lunch/dinner (great restaurant recommendations). He was also very careful with sanitation in light of the pandemic. Ozgur made our stay very pleasant and we appreciate it.
Written 11 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Skyler
1 contribution
An Amazing and Surreal Night Thanks Latif!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Latif is amazing! In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about anything in Istanbul and the surrounding areas of Turkey, he is just genuinely a great person and personality. He made my girlfriend and I feel comfortable and gave us freedom along the way to try things. Please do not miss out on this opportunity!! We will remember the tour for the rest of our lives. I honestly think Latif could get away with charging a lot more so schedule while you can. We will definitely be coming back to Turkey and want to try his food tour next!
Written 7 September 2021
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Anna
1 contribution
Reliable, High Quality, Professional, Fun Tour
Sep 2021 • Couples
Latif is an incredibly kind man with an incredible mind for history! My boyfriend and I toured Istanbul on a long layover and it was above and beyond our expectations. We are from California, and Latif showed us the beauty and the soul of Istanbul in just a few hours, and got us hooked. We saw incredible landmarks, learned fun facts, saw many cats and dogs, and ate incredible food. Latif is also a great photographer and took many priceless photos of us. We can’t wait to come back! I will be sending all of my family through Istanbul as well to go on a layover tour with Latif. Also, Latif, you should charge more!! This is an incredible tour for the price and I highly recommend it.
Written 5 September 2021
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josie2572
Miami, FL21 contributions
Learn from the best
Aug 2021
Excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and super friendly. He knew many people and as we were in the shops and people would approach us, he would make sure no one was harassing us and would assist us in bargaining. He was interesting and made it a point that we learned and enjoyed ourselves. I will definitely recommend and see myself coming back.
Written 25 August 2021
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AK A
1 contribution
Amazing Experience
Jul 2021 • Family
We had an amazing experience in Istanbul thanks to Latif. He was knowledgeable and took his time to show us the city. Though we were late, he was still kind toward us and very professional. Thanks Latif for an amazing time.
Written 7 August 2021
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p0shgirl
chicago,il20 contributions
personalized tour
Jul 2021
loved the personal attention. it was a great trip. lots of history information. I wanted a foodie tour with some sightseeing. I drank tea and had pistachio baklava in the morning, went to Agia Sophia, the for Charcoal roasted authentic coffee where the locals drink their coffee, the spice market, then went for a ferry ride across the Bosphorus. Loved the galeta tower, and then loved the authentic Turkish lunch on the other side. My tour guide was a great companion.
Written 31 July 2021
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Jara H
Edmond, OK2 contributions
An Awesome Istanbul Tour Experience
Jul 2021
Awesome Experience! We had a long layover in Istanbul on our way to Croatia and wanted to see a little bit of Istanbul. This tour company was so easy to work with and worked with our flight schedule. Our tour guide Israfil was fantastic! He showed us the highlights of Istanbul in just a few hours and was so nice and knowledgeable. He took us to a nice local place to eat and the food was so good. I highly recommend this company if you have a long layover or want to see Istanbul. We absolutely loved the whole experience!
Written 24 July 2021
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praiseGodalways
Mount Laurel, NJ93 contributions
Best tour ever!
May 2021
The whole experience with Istanbul tours was great from start to finish. It was one of the rare times when you see something advertised online and it was exactly as stated. There were no additional surprise fees. They tell what is included and what is not. I reached out via email with questions before purchasing and received an email back in less than 24 hours. They allow you to customize what you want based on time or follow their general standard tour. Latif will also answer the phone on the WhatsApp.
We went just a few days into a Covid shutdown in May but they still allowed tours for visitors. Even though we (4 adults) landed much earlier than expected, when we walked to the assigned door, the person was there with the sign just as instructed on the email. The driver took us to meet up with our guide Latif. Latif was very knowledgeable about Istanbul. He wore his mask and was Covid conscious. He was able to share a large amount of information about the history and the culture. We got there very early, and wanted to try some local bread. Latif found a great spot that was open and helped translate the offerings. We tried one filled with beef, another with cheese and one with chocolate. They were all yummy but we raved about the beef one for many days after. He took us to all the sites that were open that we were interested in including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi palace, with terrific commentary on all. Because the big main bazaar was closed due to the latest shutdown, he took us to another smaller one. We got great tea and Turkish delights. One in the group had tried the square ones typically seen in the store before and didn’t like it, but when we tasted the fresh ones, she was completely won over. They seal it in air tight bags so that it will survive the travel. We arrived in Turkey after an overnight flight, so at one point we were all tired from the walking, so he took us to an area where we sat and relaxed (napped) for a bit. We took the ferry ride over to the Asian side. Just be sure to fill in the information sent in your confirmation email before you leave to be able to get the ferry tickets.
Latif’s English was terrific and easy to understand. We felt like friends by the end of the tour.
When it was all done, we were transported back to the airport with plenty of time for our flight. If you have 4 or more hours in Istanbul, instead of doing a big impersonal tour, I would highly recommend that you get a tour from Istanbul layover tours. I would heartily do another one as there were several other things we still would like to see. It made me fall in
Written 28 June 2021
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gongong88
Venice, Italy8 contributions
A great tour! A great tour guide! Will come back!
My colleague and I were on a 12 hour layover in Istanbul and contacted Latif for a day tour, on account of the rave reviews he received on Trip Advisor. Indeed he did not disappoint. Making the reservations was seamless and all other aspects of the tour informative, appropriate for the time we had and well-organized from pick up to drop off. Latif showed us the important sites while sharing in-depth historical knowledge, which was fascinating. Moreover, he is a wonderful person to spend the day with. We left feeling like we got to know Istanbul a little better and made a friend in the process. Highly recommended! I will certainly look him up when I return to Istanbul. Great job Latif! Thank you!
Written 27 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Istanbul Layover Tours
zelalemiel
zelalemiel
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Great trip!
Would highly recommend. Great communication. Pick up car from airport was very spacious and our tour guide Israfil
Marlaree
Marlaree
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The Best Layover
We had a 4 hour tour with Latif and highly recommend his services! Meeting directions were perfect and we had a de
817josha
817josha
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Best Way to See Istanbul in 12 Hours!
On our way to Egypt we decided to plan our travel in order to see Istanbul in only 12 hours. Thanks to our amazing
nyny22
nyny22
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7 hour layover in Istanbul new airport - excellent tour of the city
Stopped in Istanbul many times & always enjoyed the airport. But never took opportunity to see sights of city itsel
smfaller
smfaller
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Evening Couple Private Tour
My wife and I had a private evening tour with Ali while on a 13 hour layover for our honeymoon. He was extremely kn
talitabuys1
talitabuys1
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Istanbul Layover - Great Guide
Our guide, Israfil, WhatsApped us as soon as we landed with the transport details, which was extremely helpful. It'
Jean N
Jean N
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Fun, Knowledgeable Tour Guide
Our group had an excellent experience with our tour guide, Latif. He planned an excellent itinerary that gave us a
Brook A
Brook A
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Istanbul Layover Tours is Exceptional!!!
While returning to the United States after a whirlwind 12 day trip to Israel, my sister and I had a 7 hour layover
642ainsleyg
642ainsleyg
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Perfect way to spend time between flights
We had a 6 hour layover at Istanbul and I reached out to Istanbul Layover tours to see if we could fit anything in
Val H
Val H
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Awesome Tour Guide!!
Latif was a wonderful tour guide. Everything went smooth & the directions from getting off the plane to putting bag
LadyDi3
LadyDi3
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Perfect Tour for our Layover
Since we three friends didn’t want to spend our 7 hour layover in the airport, we booked this tour. We were picked
islam705
islam705
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7 hour layover means really 3 hours of touring
Our guide was Israfil. He was just the best! I wish I had known though that a 7 hour layover means you only have ab
tanjas123662
tanjas123662
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Awesome Istanbul and very helpful guide Israfil
We had 9 hours Layover and we are very glad to take Istanbul Layover Tours to spend time in Istanbul. The driver pi
jebake12
jebake12
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We learned so much in 3 hours!
We spent our layover in Istanbul with Istanbul Layover Tours, and it was great! Our flight got in over an hour late
Andrea V
Andrea V
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Best way to take advantage of a long layover!
Travelling with my mom, I purposefully booked a long layover in Istanbul so we would get a chance to see the city.
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