Private tour

Istanbul:Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports&Hotels

Private tour

Istanbul:Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports&Hotels

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

From US$ 173.51 per person

Enjoy the best of Istanbul with your local licensed guide. Discover the highlights and the hidden gems of the city in a short time instead sitting at the airport for hours.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Taste the rich and diverse Turkish cuisine at the local food market
  • Experience the ferry cruise from the Europen side to the Asian side
  • Visit the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sofia that hosts Islam and Christianity
  • Explore the 15th century Grand Bazaar with 4,000 shops
  • See the Blue Mosque and experience the live call to pray
Full description
Go on this tour and explore the city instead of waiting at the airport during your layover. With your friendly local guide, feel like you have done a lot in a short amount of time. Your itinerary will be redesigned according to your landing time and your guide will confirm the best itinerary for you when you meet at the airport. If your flight lands before 4:00 PM, you will be able to go inside the sights but if your flight lands after 4:00 PM, you will not be able to go inside the sights but you will see Istanbul at night. The sights you can see included the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge, Bosporus Bridge, Bosporus to Kadıköy cruise, Maidens Tower, Kadıköy food market, Karaköy neighborhood, Taksim Square, and Istıklal Avenue. You can choose the additional activities of a Turkish bath for 50 Euro, dinner at a local restaurant for between 10 and 20 Euro, or a baklava tasting for between 5 and 10 Euro. 
  • Round-trip private transfer to and from SAW Airport
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Fees for the tram in the center
  • Fees for the ferry cruise to and from the Asian side.
  • Food or drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Fees for the optional activities
  • Gratuities, between €10-20 is suggested

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Visa, if required
  • Scarf

Know before you go

  • Please note that, the car will be used only for pick up and drop off. Once you arrive the center the tour will be walking and we use the tram or the ferry depend on the itinerary you choose.
  • Women must bring a scarf to cover their hair when visiting the mosque or borrow one at the mosque
  • If you have any luggage with you we suggest you to store it at the airport luggage store for a small charge
  • Wi-Fi is available at some cafes
  • Please note that you might need a visa to leave Istanbul airport; please apply for an e-visa to save time at the airport
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

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I had the opportunity to see Istanbul during a 24 hour layover. I’m a solo female traveler from the US and I wanted to see as much as possible without wasting time getting lost or spending my limited time going somewhere that wasn’t open. This was perfect! The ride from the airport to my hotel and back was smooth. The guide was fantastic, he took me to the places I was most interested in and skipped what I wasn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and the opportunity to learn about the culture by asking questions. It really felt like a friend was taking me around.

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March 29, 2023

This was a fantastic layover tour and I promise you won’t find another one out there that’s more inclusive! I truly felt like I saw all of Istanbul in just a short amount of time. My guide, Berk, was phenomenal. Request him if you can! He was incredibly knowledgeable and knew the detailed history of every site we visited and he spoke excellent English! We had so much fun. There is also a lot of flexibility and when time permitted, Berk let me choose between some activities. I did a lot of comparing layover tours but this one appeared to be the best and I can safely say now that it was! It made me fall in love with Istanbul and Turkey and I will definitely be returning! Take this tour if you have a long enough layover in Istanbul. You won’t regret it!

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March 29, 2023

We had a 12 hour layover in Istanbul and our tour guide was amazing and flexible. It took us about an hour to get to the city center by car (please note that the drivers are different than your tour guide so tip accordingly). It was a fully private walking tour for my group (2 females). Communication happens through WhatsApp so be sure to have that app downloaded on your phone prior to your departure. Instructions on meeting points were very clear. Overall, would highly recommend this experience!

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 203728