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Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels

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Istanbul, Turkey

From $161.06

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icon4 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
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
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Overview

Take advantage of extended layover time in Istanbul on a round-trip tour of city highlights from the airport, customized to suit your interests and schedule. Zip with ease between iconic sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, or Topkapı Palace, and benefit from historic and cultural insights provided by your professional guide.
  • Swap the dreary departure lounge for the vibrant city
  • Round-trip transfer from the airport ensures a hassle-free experience
  • Enjoy the personalized experience of a private tour
  • Unwind on an included Bosphorus boat cruise, where time permits
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Local taxes
Professional guide
Private tour
Round-trip private transfer
Fuel surcharge
Air-conditioned vehicle
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

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.

Airports

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


Ports

  • Istanbul port


Departure Time

7:00 AM
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY My Local Guide lstanbul

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels.

Traveler Tips


  • "Highly recommended - do yourself a favor and get the tour!" See review

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9.5 hour layover Turkish evening delight
Kennise_H
, Mar 2020
We arrived in Istanbul at 5PM and took a private tour ( scheduled in advance) for 7PM as we had a 9.5 hour layover. Little did we know that it would be RAINING!! After some moderate anxiety on my part about connecting with the tour guide, we found our driver who picked us up at the airport in a very comfortable VAN and deftly delivered us to OUR MAGNIFICENT tour guide. Despite the steady, falling rain, our indefatigable guide showed us SO MUCH that we practically had to beg him to let us return to the airport! We went to a small spice market as the larger ones were closed for the day! The shop keeper was delightful and gave us wonderful samples of tea and other delicacies. From there in the RAIN we boarded a water taxi and went to the Asian side of Istanbul—just because. We returned and walked and learned and saw the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. We could not enter as everyone as closed. Our evening ended with a DELICIOUS local meal where we ate among Turkish families. The food was SO GOOD! There is nothing comparable to hot lentil soup to warm your damp bones. Afterwards, our guide delivered us to our return driver who drove us safely back to the airport for our continued journey! I will return to Istanbul for an extended visit as our guide shared such wonderful history that I must thoroughly see things I could only glimpse because of the hour. I pray that I can find his card as I will request that we work with him again!! This was a wonderful way to spend a long evening layover.
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So glad I scheduled this tour!
Matthew_A
, 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!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for this lovely review. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your tour with us. We hope to see you traveling with us again in the future.
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Excellent use of layover time
LayoverTour
, Jan 2020
Pick up at 8a from airport and return by 5p. Ride very prompt and nice new vehicle. Salih Batkin was excellent. Lots of knowledge, friendly and paced sites effectively. Definitely a great time, I highly reccommend to others.
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We toured, we shopped, we ate!
2HTRAYCE
, 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 & 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
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Istanbul day tour
mspigglewiggle2018
, 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.
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Such An Awesome Experience
OnAir15273105881
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your lovely review. It wasn’t pleasure to assist you in lovely Istanbul. We hope to see you in Istanbul again in the future.
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Istanbul Layover Tour - Worth it!
Adventure51346893025
, Nov 2019
We were returning home and had a nearly 10 hour layover. This was our first layover tour and it was absolutely worth it. Our only hangup was confusion regarding my visa requirements which meant showing up a little late for the driver; otherwise, everything went smoothly and they transported us from the airport to our tour guide, Salih, who was awaiting us. A few words about Salih. He is a wonderful guide and a very knowledgeable individual -- not only about Istanbul, Turkey, and the history of the tour sites, but also about the larger picture and scope that influences the current culture and trends in Istanbul and beyond. For our next trip, which will likely be more food-tour oriented, we'll definitely be reaching out to him. My tip to anyone considering or planning a layover tour, or any tour in Istanbul for that matter, is to book it. It's absolutely worth it. Also, my suggestion is, before your tour, use the online messaging app to contact Salih or your guide, and ask whatever questions you have before hand. He is very responsive and will get you setup so that your tour runs smoothly. 5 of 5 stars!
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Istanbul city tour
Bob W
, 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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Great experience
ushi302019
, Aug 2019
Great way to spend your extra time in the beautiful city of Istanbul instead of hanging around at the airport
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Time well spent
Jet64643217232
, Jun 2019
I had a layover in Istanbul and fortunately I found a layover tour with Viator. My guide was amazing, knowledgeable, worldly, and I had a great time visiting historical sites. I was picked up from new airport and brought back on time. Highly recommended.
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