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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 services by licensed proffesinal tour guides from Ataturk Airport to historical sites and city center...more
Zeyrek Mah, Hasanbaba Sokak, No :3/ 10 Fatih, Istanbul 34000, Turkey
Fener & Balat
+90 544 585 98 51
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Reviewed yesterday

I cannot recommend this tour enough. Latif met us at the agreed upon spot and, in spite of our early morning arrival, was active and ready to go! He lead us to all the agreed upon spots and then, as we had a bit of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Scott L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an awesome private tour with Israfil! He showed me quite a lot for the short amount of time I had to explore Istanbul! Would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a long layover at Ataturk- Istanbul is a gorgeous city and with the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Georgette W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great layover at Istanbul and what made it greater our private tour guide ISRAFL...he was so helpful and the best thing he knows how to make the most out of our short time there...sure I will contact him again

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank muradalhelou
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though the short layover time, it was really a great tour in old istanbul full of activities. Latif is really cooperative and flexible on what you demand. Also the tour guide, Israfeel, was very professional and aware of lot of historical details which gives the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AhmadTalaat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great private tour of Istanbul during our 12 hour layover. Our tour guide Israfil was great at conveying the history of the various sites we saw. He catered the tour to what we wanted to see and do. Excellent tour guide!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JaimeC1411
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Israfil gave us a great tour between 7 pm and midnight, when we were on a lengthy layover in Istanbul in our way to Madrid. There are few options for late night tours - this is one we gladly took.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ercp1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I opted for a tour during our 10 hour layover on route to Cape Town as we had never been to Istanbul before and wanted to see at least some of the major attractions while we were there. Turkish Airlines offers free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked a tour through Istanbul Layover Tours for a 5-hour visit to Istanbul. I was very impressed. I made the reservation about a month in advance, did not need any double confirmation and their guide (Oz) was there at the lobby 10 minutes before...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jatin B
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

These guys are excellent. I used them for a day tour of Istanbul while on route to Kathmandu. Latif, my guide met me at my hotel (which I changed at the last minute, but comms were picked up and noted) in the morning. We hit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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Florencia P
November 11, 2018|
Response from Carmel P | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry I don’t know,we did a day layover tour
October 13, 2018|
Response from Latif E | Property representative |
Hello, New İstanbul Airport will only symbolically open on Oct 29th. Full transfer of planes and closure of Atatürk Airport pushed back to 31 of December. Therefore a layover tour is doable on November 1st. Please let us... More
September 22, 2018|
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Response from AndreaAnyc | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I did an evening tour with Istanbul Layover Tours in July and it was fantastic. My guide, Salih, was very accommodating of whatever I wanted to do. He took me to a great and affordable restaurant for dinner, and I did... More
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Time to Allow to Leave IST & Return for Connecting Flight? (1 Replies)
Since we have a 7 1/2 layover at IST airport, we are considering taking a 4-5 tour of the city (we have been to Istanbul before). Our TA flight from the US is scheduled to arrive at 4:50pm. Unfortunately that does not fit with the TA free tour schedule. I know that we would need to get e-visas. I am trying to determine how much time to allow for storing our luggage, getting through customs & immigration to leave the airport and then time to pick up our luggage and go back through security...More
March 18, 2017|
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In general, you should carve out about 3.5 - 4 hours to cover immigration, luggage, customs and transit (both directions) considerations. The rest of the time would then be left over for a visit. Security in Istanbul is NOT nationality-specific. If it's safe for Armenians and Ugandans, it's safe for US citizens and Bangladeshis. Recent developments and first-hand reports would reasonably demonstrate that Istanbul is safe...and that the safety covers people of all backgrounds and...More