Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports & Hotels

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

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  • 4 to 8 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 worried if you will risk your flight. Here we are for you with providing a service of a friendly local guide who knows 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 an itinerary according to your flight times. You can discus the itinerary with your guide when you meet him/her at arrival at the center. 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 sites 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 and more…

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, 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: 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: 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: 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 sights ( if you choose to enter ).Can be paid by cards or cash in TL
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Cinili Turkish Bath
  • 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
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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
  • 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
Please note that, pick up time is 1 ( one) hour after the landing of your flight.

We will be monitoring your flight from the flight number you share with us during the booking and we will be aware of early landing and delays.

To meet our Meet&Greet staff at the airport, please read the below instructions carefully and note them with you for the airport as you might not have the internet connection once you land in Istanbul.

After you get off of the plane and pass through the passport controls and custom checks, please walk to the exit GATE 13 ( outside the airport ) where it is Meet & Greet point for the transfer organizations. Right after the exit you will see many people holding signs boards. Please keep your eyes for the board sign as M44. Tell your name to the Wellcome & Greeting staff and they 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. + 90 534 200 55 65

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 to start the tour. Driving duration to the center is approximately one hour.
Please note that, once you arrive to the center the tour will be walking and using public transportations as tram and ferry depend of your itinerary. The car will be used only for pick up and drop off from pick up and to the drop off points. We will not be touring with the car which is not necessary for Istanbul. Walking is the best way to explore Istanbul and it is easy walk. For those who have walking issues please contact us for the private car which will apply an extra fee.

P.S. if you have any luggage with you, we suggest you to store them at the airport while on tour. If that can’t happen for any reason then we will store your luggage at an establishment we work together. Luggage will be stored there while touring and will be picked them up at the end of the tour.

For those who require drop off at airport, we will schedule your tour to end three hours before your flight departure time and you will be dropped off at airport two hours prior to your flight departure time. This time is enough for those who have already checked in and have the boarding passes.


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


  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports & Hotels
2/2/2021 - 1/1/2024

Monday - Thursday : 06:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday : 06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday : 06:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday : 06:30 AM - 10:00 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


12 Nov, 2022

We had a great tour with Bahadir Farouk Bodur. We learned and saw so much. It was a great way to spend our layover!


04 Oct, 2022

This was a layover tour but I would highly recommend the company "My Local Guide Istanbul" to anyone visiting Istanbul for any length of time. Everyone involved in our visit from our main contact Salih, to our drivers, and especially our tour guide, were professional, courteous, and very accommodating. Any questions we had about our tour or any problems we encountered were quickly resolved. Our tour was tailor made especially for us. Our tour guide made us feel like we were visiting the city with an old friend. His knowledge of the mosques, local religion, churches, museums, grand bazaar, and history of the city were exceptional. We booked around 30 tours from various companies while visiting the Mediterranean and this trip ranks in the top 1%.


01 Oct, 2022

Alim did a great job customizing the tour to our schedule and needs. Great way to spend a layover exploring the beautiful city of Istanbul

william a

19 Sep, 2022

We did a private 3hr tour of blue and Sophia mosques, underground water caverns, and grand bazaar. Our guide was Salih Batkin. Highly recommend


17 Sep, 2022

Great guide....great AC mini bus...always on time. Just a wonderful experience!! Would definitely recommend booking with them!

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