Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Duration: 4 to 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

The equivalent of Maxiumus Circus, city of Rome was immitated in new capital of Roman Empire as we call Byzantine Hippodrome; Hear the stories of glory chariot riders and amazed with monuments erected by the ambitios Roman engineers; Egpytian Obelisk, Serpent Colomn and Colomn of Constantine.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

As an operating mosque, your guide will take you inside of mosque complex in between praying times and help you to barrow a scarf or skirt if needed. it is closed untill noon on Fridays due to Friday noon prayer service.

Attention; There is ongoing restoration and the dome view is blocked by scaffolding.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Enjoy skip the line visit to Hagia Sophia Museum with our licensed tour guide and explore the 9th wonder of world (possibly) from the aspects of architecture, religion and politics.

Hagia Sophia is a museum and visiting hours of the winter schedule are 09:00-17:00 with the last entrance time of 16:00. It is closed on Mondays.

Visiting hours of the summer schedule are 09:00-19:00 with the last entrance time of 18:00. It is open all week days during the summner schedule.

Admision fee is 72 TL (12$), the guide will pay the ticket in case of you will not have local currency or not willing to use your credit card. Upon your preference, the guide can explain it from outside if you are not interested in going inside.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

As you walk down the stairs, you will see a palace looking underground water system built in 6th C. by Romans. Its massive size could store enough water to provide for Roman Palace and surrending neighborhood untill it was forgotten. Now it waits to be rediscovered.

Admision fee is 20 TL or 3 USD

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Learn about one of the longest ruled empire in the world history during the visit of Topkapı Palace with our licensed guides. The palace is situated on the tip of the historical peninsula with vast open space consisting of 4 courtyards, palace departments; Harem, Kitchens, Armory, Audince Hall, Council Hall, tens of artifacts halls, Kiosks and amazing view overlooking Bosphours and Golden Horn.

the Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Grand Bazaar Jewelers, Alemdar Mah. Bab-I Ali Cad. Guran Han No:34 D. 4, Istanbul 34110 Turkey

The world's oldest shopping mall was buit in 1460s by the order of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqurer, in order to generate income for maintaining their newly converted mosque. The city, being in the meeting point of oriental trade routes made the bazaar Grand and Famous. Today, with 3000 thousand shops offer huge range of colourful item from simple souviners to expensive items such as jewelery, carpets, mosaic lamps, magnets, leather.

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

The mosque is active since 1556 and named after its commissioner, the famous sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. It is located on the 3rd hill of the old city. In a short walk from Grand Bazaar along the wall of Istanbul University, you will be guided through and rest by the amazing view of Asian side and new city from the terrace.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Taste delicious Turkish Delights, nuts and dried fruits while passing through a 400 year old stracture, Spice Market will help you to understand the origin of spices and Turkish Food.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Hop on a public ferry and make the fastest intercontinental trip to Asian Side of Istanbul. See Istanbul from old to new while passing by Bosphorus Bridge in distance.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, Caferaga Mahallesi Kadikoy, Istanbul Turkey

Explore hip neigborhood of Kadıkoy and eat your way through Kadıkoy Food Market. Sample Turkish food sourced from local suppliers. Maybe you would like to try some home cooked style in Ciya Sofrası, which has been recently featured in Netflix.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Proffesional Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Round-Trip Private Airport Transfer
  • Public Transportation tickets - Ferry & Tram
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

  • Food & Drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace
  • Cabin Bags and Carry-ons should be stored at the Left Lugagge.
  • Visa Requirements; Please check
  • Full Driving Tour; Blue Mosque Area is closed to car traffic.
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled 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
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Traveler 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. 





  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey
  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey


  • Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities
2/1/2022 - 5/31/2024

Monday - Saturday : 06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday : 06:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 to 8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


18 Nov, 2022

Hazel was an outstanding tour leader. She is incredibly knowledgeable about history (her passion). She was patient and sensitive to our requests. Hazal took us to a restaurant that was on a fun lively street, and memorably delicious and very affordable. Istanbul is a gorgeous city. We’re so glad we took this tour, it was a great way to spend our layover in Istanbul.


14 Nov, 2022

I had an 8 hour layover in Istanbul and booked a layover tour through La Vacanza Travel. I was picked up at the airport on time and promptly taken into the city. My tour guide, Hazal, met me at the Hippodrome, and proceeded to provide a guided tour of the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern. Hazal was a great guide, providing a detailed history of the sites, as well as contemporary context. After a 3+ hour tour, I was taken back to the airport, and made my flight in plenty of time.


14 Nov, 2022

The tour guide (Mev) was Marvelous! Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I did not have a lot of time but was able to see many of the sites in the downtown area - well worth seeing. She saved the tour after having problems at the airport with no record of my booking and very poor communications.


09 Nov, 2022

My friend and I had a 7 hour layover in Istanbul and had an amazing experience with Latif! He asked pointed questions to gauge the experience we wanted to have and made sure that we got all of the highlights of this amazing city in our allotted time. He was engaging, funny, and well versed in history and story telling. From pick up in a swanky comfortable van, to the tour and back to the airport, we felt well taken care of and would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone wanting to explore all that Istanbul has to offer. Thank you, Latif, for such a great experience! We will be back!


19 Oct, 2022

This tour made Istanbul one of my favorite cities. Our guide was incredibly helpful, full of knowledge, and kind. Our restaurant dinner made us feel like friends with the restaurant owner. What a nice experience. Thank you!

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