Istanbul Layover Tours
Istanbul Layover Tours
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The more you travel, the more you will experience. For sure it is true if you ever leave the airport; Istanbul Layover Tours offer private guiding service by licensed professional tour guides from Istanbul Airport to for transit travelers, who have a couple of hours layover between their flights, with multiple comfort options of transportation and flexible tour schedules.
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Zelalem
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Would highly recommend. Great communication. Pick up car from airport was very spacious and our tour guide Israfil was wonderful. We see all that we set out to even though our flight ended up making our start time a bit late. Would def book with them again for a different tour.
Written January 5, 2020
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JSNYCBK
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
I had an 8-hour layover in Istanbul and my arrival time was too late to join the Turkish Airline complimentary tour. I found Istanbul Layover Tours here on Trip Advisor and got a very quick and reasonable response from the owner via email. When I arrived at Ataturk, Latif, my tour guide, texted me and waited for me on the other side of customs. I'm a single woman traveling alone, and I felt completely safe in the city - Latif picked me up at the airport and guided me on a walk through the city. He covers all the subway fares and finds amazing vendors in the city. He had a solid plan for the tour, but was happy to add in dinner when I said I was hungry. He's so professional, reasonably priced, and full of interesting historical facts. He is fully licensed and legal as a tour guide. A side note on the city: when I left the NYC, there was a warning to avoid travel to Turkey via the State Department, and I want to say that it was completely and totally safe in Istanbul. Do not let your anxiety get the better of you if you're apprehensive about the political climate.
Written March 19, 2018
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Anna S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Amazing tour with Oz! We had a short (4 hour) tour with Oz and highly recommended this service. Since the tour was so short we customized to to only see the blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the spice market. Oz was super knowledgeable and told us so many details and nuances about the history of Istanbul and the story of its architecture, art, and politics. We are so happy that we booked through Istanbul Layover Tours and they were extremely accommodating even when I got the day wrong and had to make a last minute adjustment.
Written July 11, 2018
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Chad B
Burlington6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
My wife and I had never been to instanbul before and had 8 hour layover and didnt want to spend the whole time at the airport. We found Latif online and thank god we did! He was so knowledgeable and awesome. We got to customize what we wanted to do when we arrived. He knew everything about Istanbul and all the historic sites. I have my own tour conpany and would be lucky enough to have him on my staff. If you want a whirlwind tour Instanbul for an awesome value from a funny and engaging certified tour guide, Latif is your man!
Written May 24, 2018
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Ariel S
Brooklyn, NY13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
One of my greatest finds on trip advisor! I was traveling alone for the first time, had a 6 hour layover in istanbul, and was nervous about leaving the airport by myself. I was looking into tours online and found this one with Latif. He had amazing reviews and honestly lived up to all my expectations! His response time is great - I emailed him 10PM THE NIGHT BEFORE I wanted to go on a tour and he emailed me back in 3 minutes with an itinerary and all. I was able to chat with him before I booked anything and he answered ALL of my questions. The next morning I was met at the airport by a friendly young guy with my name on a poster. He walked me outside to my driver who drove me in a nice van about 20 minutes to meet Latif. They allowed me to leave my luggage in the van which was super helpful. Overall I learned so much and Latif was so nice and friendly. He also takes SUCH GOOD PICTURES!!! :-)
Written June 6, 2017
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Alexandre S
Saint Johnsbury, VT91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
We had 7 hours in Istanbul and I contacted Latif after I read about his tours here at Trip Advisor. I was worried, because of State Department warning about Turkey and because i did not know Latif before. But we had four excellent hours in Istanbul for very reasonable price with Latif. He is very knowledgeable, carrying person. His services were well organised, great in time. I will strongly recommend him for everybody who is going through Istanbul and wants to have an introductory tour of the city. If I go again through Istanbul I will definitely contact Latif again.
Written March 1, 2017
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Gint2004
Uk13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I decided to extend my layover in Istanbul catching a later flight to allow me to do a day tour to see Hagia Sophia, blue mosque and Bosphorus sunset. Got in touch Latif and had to made some last min changes to timing as my business travel changed. He was super accommodative! Assigned me to a lovely lady guide Mevhibe, who is not only super knowledgeable, speaks English fluently and added a personal touch by taking me to cafes that locals would go to including a fabulous desert cafe where the extra calories were wellworth! She definitely went beyond and over and knowing that I prefer to avoid the touristy shops, we avoided all that. She definitely makes me wanna visit Istanbul again- not merely a layover but at least a week to justified the beauty of the city.
Written July 19, 2022
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Nicholas LF
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had roughly a 9 hour layover in Istanbul and absolutely needed to make the most of our brief evening in this beautiful city. The Istanbul Airport as gorgeous as it is, is large and could
That being said, we found our pick up at the airport relatively easily once we navigated the airport itself and made our way outside. We were shuttled to downtown where we met our guide, Salih.

He was polite, spoke good English and
was quite knowledgeable. He took us on a personable tour over to the Asian side where we sampled freshly made bites from the market and we had a delicious traditional Turkish meal in a quaint little restaurant. We had one of the best desserts ever, but maybe I'm partial to Turkish pastries (they're beyond delicious).

It's a good walk so I'd suggest comfortable shoes although it never feels exhausting. We ended the night off at the Hagia Sophia which is magical at night. The shuttle met us at the Hippodrome and we were back at the airport in under an hour.

It was an excellent experience and I would recommend to anyone who wants to experience Istanbul at night.
Written December 22, 2019
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LadyDi3
Dublin, OH99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Since we three friends didn’t want to spend our 7 hour layover in the airport, we booked this tour. We were picked up from the airport and driven to the Old Town for a walking tour, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, etc. Our guide, Raphael, was friendly and knowledgeable, making the most of our short visit to Istanbul.
Would recommend!
Written October 4, 2019
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Barbara W
Omaha, NE141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
My sister and I had a 16 hour layover in Istanbul and since we arrived in Istanbul at 4:15pm and left the next morning, we looked for an Istanbul by Night tour. We were extremely fortunate to find Latif’s tour. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide or tour. Latif is passionate and informative about Istanbul. He not only took us to the main sights such as the Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sophia, but he also took us to the Asian side where we tasted amazing food from street vendors and had a wonderful traditional meal at Ciya. He also included a car to and from the tour which we greatly appreciated after traveling for 30 hours. I highly recommend his tours.
Written November 27, 2018
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