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Istanbul, Turkey
Private Istanbul Layover Tour

From $325.00 per group (up to 8)

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Most travelers spend their layovers waiting in the airport. Make the most of your time in Istanbul during this fast-paced sightseeing tour, which transfers you back to Ataturk Airport in time to catch your next flight. Settle back into a comfortable, air-conditioned van and listen to background on Istanbul’s rich history from your own private guide, while discovering the highlights of the former Ottoman capital.
  • A layover tour of Istanbul’s top sights: Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and more
  • Discover the city’s standout attractions in a single fast-paced visit, with detailed background
  • Get front-door pickup from Ataturk airport, and make sure you’re back on time to fly out
  • Cover thousands of years of history, from a Roman racing track to an Ottoman palace and mosque
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Private tour
Professional local guide
Private transportation
Roundtrip transfers from/to Airport
Museum/Attraction Tickets

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick you up from Istanbul New Airport (IST) or SAW Airport.


  • Istanbul International Airport, Istanbul Turkey
  • Sabiha Gokcen, Istanbul Turkey


  • Istanbul Port

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene is closed on Tuesdays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays.
  • Kid-Friendly tour guide will be accompanying your family on this tour.
  • Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
  • Hagia Sophia is closed for visit during praying time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Guided Istanbul Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Istanbul Layover Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Istanbul Layover Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Istanbul Layover Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Istanbul Layover Tour.

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A must if you have time between flights
, Jul 2021
The layover tour was excellent. Transportation was in a comfortable large van (I was offered to take luggage with me if I wanted). Pick-up and drop off at desired times. Ozgur is an excellent guide, from getting in touch before the tour, to adjusting the pace according to your time. He knows which locations are best enjoyable (the Blue Mosques, for example, is being renovated and you can't really see anything of the interior). He warns about turist traps. He is both knowledgeable about the town's history and a pleasant and polite conversation partner.
We had a great time on our tour! Our...
Laura S
, Jul 2018
We had a great time on our tour! Our guide, Mustafa, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw so much more in a short amount of time than we ever would have been able to on our own, and Mustafa had very interesting stories to share about everything we saw. The lines at all of the major sites were really long and we would have been waiting for hours, but going with a tour guide allows you to skip the lines and just enjoy the attractions.
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