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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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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4–8 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4–8 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
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 0061 (87) 2285 255
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:
  • Galata Port Istanbul, 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:
  • Galata Port Istanbul, 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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Korinna
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Solo
I booked this tour while on a 12 hour layover. I was very nervous being a young female solo traveler but my guide Ali was so wonderful and made me feel very comfortable. We were able to see a lot of the major sites in the old town, ride the ferry to the Asia side, and walk through the local neighborhoods. Ali was able to “personalize” the tour for my interests.

My flight arrived at 6AM, was picked up at 7:30AM, and was brought back to the airport by 4:30PM. This tour company is great, efficient, and immensely caring. Only complaint (not at the fault of the tour company) was paying $50 for an e-visa to enter Turkey that was not even checked at all. Other than that, from beginning to end, this private tour was worth every penny! Thanks for all your help Ali + Latif!
Written 15 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mukoy
Ithaca, MI96 contributions
Dec. 2021
One of the best tours I have ever been on. Latif is very knowledgeable and interesting! He made the best use of our 10 hr layover. Thank you Latif for the great time!
Written 11 January 2022
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Erica H
Elmhurst, IL7 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Solo
Israfil was amazing! He did the best job showing me the most of Istanbul in my short layover time. He managed the time so well and had the most incredible history and stories to share too! Highly recommend!
Written 2 January 2022
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Sam S
1 contribution
Dec. 2021
I can't recommend this enough- this experience and tour absolutely surpassed my expectations in every regard, thanks to Latif & the team. The organisation was impeccable-I had all my questions answered promptly, was picked from the airport right on time and everything felt very seamless and smooth.

Latif is such a knowledgeable, versatile and fun tour guide & I had such an amazing time touring the city with him & in such a short time got to explore so many different sides of Istanbul's rich culture, food, activities and heritage.

Thanks to this experience, I now absolutely love Istanbul and would hopefully be back with my friends soon for a longer tour.
Written 30 December 2021
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PB M
Luzon, Philippines1 contribution
I only had a 9-hour layover and the suggested night tour itinerary fit so well. Booking the tour was easy and Latif was surprisingly fast in responding to my queries. The transport arrangements were more than comfortable and safe. Finally, Omder (hope I got his name spelled right) was a wealth of knowledge about historic and present-day Turkey and Istanbul as we ferried and walked through the different sites in the city. Also, got time for a meal and shopping. I highly rate this tour and would do it again if I return for a longer stay.
Written 28 December 2021
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Giuliana G
1 contribution
Dec. 2021 • Family
Booked this as I was heading to Istanbul! We had a 15 hr layover in Istanbul 11pm till 3pm. We got a hotel room (online) and then booked a tour with this company . Pick up was at 6:30 am till noon. Our tour guide Ozgar was amazing. So much information and even helped us negotiate items at the markets. The private transportation was also super clean and new - thank you for all of your help and quick responses. I would highly recommend- thanks!! Gg
Written 28 December 2021
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Krzysztof S
1 contribution
Dec. 2021 • Solo
Great organized. The car was on time. 1 hour drive to the city center. Then walking/tram tour with great guide for 7 hours. He reccomended places and food. Then 1 hour drive back to the airport. Highly recommended.
Written 11 December 2021
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Keenan R
1 contribution
Nov. 2021 • Couples
This was much more than a tour, it was an experience. My partner and I had one day to discover the rich history, diversity, and beauty of Istanbul, and we could not be happier with our experience. We were referred to Latif and Ozgur through a Turkish friend of ours in San Francisco, California where we live and we spent the day with our guide Ozgur, who we now consider our friend! Ozgur is extremely intelligent, kind and knowledgeable. He was able to take us through all of the areas and sites we had hoped to see and experience in an enjoyable way that did not feel rushed. Ozgur is extremely passionate about his work and it truly shines while you are with him. We finished our tour feeling so grateful to have connected with him and our expectations were beyond exceeded. Thank you Ozgur!
Written 8 December 2021
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jacq0lantern
New York City, NY2 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Latif was hands down one of the best tour guides we’ve (my boyfriend & I) ever experienced & we have done a LOT of traveling - so he definitely takes the cake.

We booked a last minute nighttime tour for our 12 hour layover in Istanbul. I honestly didn’t know what to expect because we landed at 4pm & just wanted to get a tour of the city. We got everything & more. As soon as we landed we were greeted by the staff & directed to a van which drove us to the city center, which took an a little under an hour due to traffic. It was the celebration of the republic so this was understandable- we used this time to catch up on sleep since we just came from New York :)

Afterwards, Latif met up with us at the Galata Bridge & this is where we started the walking tour. He took us to some shops with spices, cheeses & teas & this was SO MUCH FUN. I also found out that he did a tour with Kara & Nate & they are one of my favorite YouTubers.

After the shops, we hopped on a ferry ride which was SO COOL & went to the Asian side of the country. Never have I technically been to two continents in a 30 minute span so this was checked off my bucket list. We walked around the Kadikoy Food Market & Latif talked to us about the history, the country, and everything in between. He is a phenomenal tour guide. I wish I could bring him to every city I travel to.

After walking around Asian side we hopping on one of the oldest trams in the world (again this was cool as HECK!). Walked around some more, ate some delicious street food - if you can, book the food tour with Latif and you’ll have a great time.

After some grub - we hopped on another train and went to the Hagia Sophia Mosque where we went inside & learned about the history, we also visited the outside of the Blue Mosque and Byzantine Hippodrome. This then concluded the best tour we’ve ever done in our lives.

Overall. 100/100. We are definitely coming back to do his food tour. We LOVED IT. Thank you so much, Latif.
Written 30 October 2021
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Dionis J
1 contribution
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
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Amelia O
Amelia O
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Best Tour of Istanbul
This tour was so wonderful!! As a single woman, I had no idea what to expect. This is the best tour!
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
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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
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