Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels

Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


You have a long layover in Istanbul and you don't want waste all these hours at the airport. You want to go the center but not feeling safe or not sure how to do that on your own and don't want to risk your flight. Here we are for you with providing you a service of a friendly local guide who know the city very well where you can do a lot during your layover. As this is a layover tour so, we will need to arrange the tour according to your flight landing time. You can discus the itinerary with your guide when you meet him/her at the airport. You can see some or all sights below from inside if your flight lands before 4 pm. However, if your flight lands after 4 pm then you will see these sights from outside only and see Istanbul by night.
Sight to See : Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Topkapı palace, Basilica Cistern
Optional Activities:Cruise in the Bosporus, food market in Asian side, Turkish bath, dinner at local restaurants, Baklava tasting.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

For the morning arrivals, Hagia sofia is an option to visit from inside with paying an admission fee of 60 tl ( 10 USD). This is one of the most visited attraction in Istanbul. Built as a church in 6 c AD, converted to a mosque in 1453 and to museum in 1935. It is a unique building in the wold which embrace Islam and Christianity inside one single building.

Duration: 1 hour

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

The biggest and most visited mosque in Istanbul. This was built in 1609 by Ottoman sultan Ahmet and still host prayers five times a day. After the praying is conclude it is open to visitors.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The most impressive water reservoir you can ever see. Built in 6th Century AD to preserve drinking water for the city. It was supplied from rain and aqueducts. 336 column, each column 8 m tall, 100.000 ton water capacity. The legendary Medusa heads are here located at the end of the cistern in the far blind corner.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This is the hippodrome where the chariots races were held here from 4th century until 15 century. It has been pull down by the Ottoman and its materials been recycled to built mosques and palaces by the Ottoman. There are monuments survived and can be visited. Four live size horse statues in St Mark Basilica are taken from here. One of the head from the serpent column is the British museum.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This was the Ottoman residential and parliament house for four hundred years. It is a museum since 1930. This museum helps to understand how Ottoman lived and managed a huge empire over six hundred years.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise, Akbiyik Degirmeni Street, No:4, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

These ferries carry the locals between Europe and Asia in 20-30 minutes.It is the best way to see Istanbul from the water.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This is the places where the aromas from the world meet. Spice bazaar was built in 1664 as a part of the New mosque next to it. The complex is built by a lady Turhan Sultan.

In this market you can find and taste the best spices, Turkish delights, nuts, herbal teas,dried fruits and vegetables.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This is a non touristy local market where local shop for the daily needs, greengrocers, butchers, fish mongers, restaurants an more..

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cinili Turkish Bath, Murat Reis Mah. Cavusdere Cad. Cinili hamam sok no 6 Uskudar, Istanbul Turkey

If you feel tired and need a massage then it is time to go to a Hamam ( Turkish bath). You don't need to take anything with you ( towels, shampoo etc. ) as they all provided for you. Here you will be washed with a scrubbed, soap massaged and relax at the lobby of a historic building covered with towels and sip your apple tea.

Duration: 1 hour

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

A great mosque which was built in 1550 by Ottoman sultan Suleyman the magnificent. mosque is famous with its architecture and its high location which offers great Istanbul view.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

This a bazaar built in 1461 by Ottomans with 4000 thousands indoor shops. It is an up market offers anything you need but mainly carpets, antiques, jewelries,leader products, textile products.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Visa expenses. Please note that you might need a visa to leave the airport. Please apply online
  • Entry/Admisión fees for the sights. Can be paid by cards or cash in TL
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Cinili Turkish Bath
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
After you get off of the plane and pass through the passport controls and custom checks, please walk to the exit GATE 9 ( outside the airport ) where it is Meet & Greet point for the transfer organizations. Right after you exit you will see many people holding signs. Please keep your eyes for the sign M44. Tell your name to the Wellcome & Greeting staff and he will accompany you to the driver. Please note that, the sign holders are the third party and their english is limited. If you have any issue make them call Salih.

The next step is that he will accompany you to the driver and driver will bring you to the center where you will meet your guide. Driving duration to the center is approximately one hour.


  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkey


  • Istanbul port

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Voucher info

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


4 to 6 hours

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

User's Reviews

Matthew A

27 Feb, 2020

Salih was an amazing guide. He is knowledgeable and personable. I had a great tour and only wished I had more time. Istanbul is a great city!


07 Jan, 2020

We were able to schedule our tour between 1 of our 3 layovers in Istanbul. The first 2 were less than 4 hours so we shopped at the airport but during our return flight we had an 8 hour layover.

Don't forget to get your VISA. CASH ONLY but I think you can do it online, we just forgot!
We wasted an hour getting out of the airport. I also think the 7am pick up time is the earliest you can start your tour.

None of this impacted our tour. Once we were escorted to our driver, we met up with our tour guide and the time we wasted was a thing of the past. Our guide was AMAZING and very accommodating. We had no idea what to expect to see in Istanbul but this pit stop fit in well with our primary trip to Israel and Egypt. Don't ask why...LoL

Amy C

30 Dec, 2019

Had an excellent tour with Mr Salih. Everything was smooth sailing from airport pick up to drop off. Mr Salih was attentive to my requests and constant need for caffeine. He has a great sense of humor and is very worldly. He kept me entertained throughout even though I was severely jetlagged. I really appreciated that there is none of those detours to random tourist gift shops, so the hours are spent solely on important things.


18 Dec, 2019

I spent about 4 hours walking around with Salih enjoying the architecture and history behind the buildings. We went into the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, the Bazaar, and saw the Bosphorus from afar. He's hilarious by the way...excellent guide. Istanbul itself was absolutely beautiful and I felt safe the entire time that I was there. I highly recommend spending some time here on a quick layover like what I had.

Robert W

07 Oct, 2019

This was a perfect solution to a long layover in Istanbul. The guide met us at our hotel and took us by tram and walking to 4 major sights as requested. He was knowledgeable and friendly and we saw the city from the street level up. It was beautiful and we can't wait to go back and spend more time there. Back at our hotel, a driver took us to the airport for our flight. We highly recommend this tour.

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