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Istanbul Layover Tours

#38 of 1,260 Tours in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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About Istanbul Layover Tours
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 transportion and flexible tour schedules.
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Cover Istanbul’s top sights in just a few hours during this private, half-day guided tour, designed as a layover excursion for airline passengers. Enjoy hassle-free, front-door pickup from your airport terminal, and transfer comfortably from airport to the city in your own chauffeured, climate-controlled transportation. Highlights include stops at the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and whatever other destinations you select.
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AVL_Mike wrote a review Jun 21
Asheville, North Carolina4 contributions
I had a great experience during my 7-hour layover in Istanbul. I arranged the tour during my flight over from the US and they accommodated me right away. Although the cost of a last-minute visa was expensive, the tour was reasonably priced and very well done. A driver took me into the city where we met my wonderful tour guide, Ebru. Ebru took me to see many sites on foot, streetcar, and ferry. She was very knowledgeable and accommodating. When the tour was finished, another driver brought me back to the airport in plenty of time to catch my flight out. I highly recommend this layover tour provider.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Nicole A wrote a review Jun 20
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The process was very smooth from pick up at the airport to touring in the city and drop off. I had a 9hr layover and was able to see a lot of the tourist attractions, shop and even eat in between. My tour guide was Latif and he was incredibly patient, helpful and very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed this experience and would want to come back again for a full stay in Istanbul! They send a detail instructions on where to go when you arrive at the airport which was very helpful! One thing I should have done was bring my own scarf but Latif was kind enough to lend me one! Don’t forget to buy some Turkish delight and stop by to eat Turkish food! Highly recommend for a layover!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Amelia O wrote a review Jun 20
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Night Tour: After 5 pm tour of Istanbul I recently participated in this tour and it was so wonderful!! As a single woman, I had never been to Turkey and had no idea what to expect. I saw this tour online somewhere and decided to be a daredevil and enroll. Do not be scared!! This is the best tour ever, especially if you are a woman, or a person of color, or even a family—this tour is for everyone. Latif ( your guide) is so responsive to emails.. I sent him soo many emails because I was unsure of so many things.But I realize that I had nothing to fear, fear will kill you. I will tell you everything you need to know now. You email the company, and they tell you the basic things you need to know in terms of payment. Now, if you are American, I suggest you go online and get a Turkish e-Visa. It is really simple to get, it takes less than 15 minutes to do online, and it is fairly inexpensive. This is how the tour works : You land in Turkey.You go through Passport control and show them your passport ( they never asked me for my visa or my Turkey Covid Health pass—maybe they have everything in the computer, I am not sure). After you go through passport Control , you go towards baggage claim, and you go through the Customs Declaration door, and then you come to another main hall and look for the exit Latif will tell you to take. Once you are outside, there will be a person waiting for you and will connect you with Latif. Note—the Istanbul airport is not truly in Istanbul. Instead, it is like an hour away from downtown Istanbul, therefore you will be in the car for a while. After about 30 minutes to an hour, you will arrive in the area of Istanbul you want to see—you will arrive at the place where Latif is waiting for you. Latif is very very very kind. He will greet you and you will officially start your walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes because you will spend lots of time walking. We started in one of the markets, then we walked by the water, then we took the ferry to the Asian side, then returned to European side, ate some street food, took the tram to Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque, and that was pretty much the tour.(By the way, Latif will take ALL the photos of YOU that you want!! This is important if you are traveling by yourself! No need for selfies, he will take all the pictures you want!! He is very patient and a good photographer). Latif will go every where with you, including the ferry ride.You are never alone by yourself in Istanbul, because he will go everywhere with you, side by side. Latif’s English is PERFECT, as well as his Turkish, so he can help you get anything he need. The local people know him, so that’s helpful as well. My tour was at night ( from 5 pm to around 11p.m, and it was PERFECT!!). As a single woman doing this tour, I was never scared. I really saw the beauty of Istanbul, as I had intended. When the tour ended, Latif took me to my driver, and the driver took me to my hotel, which was close to the airport. Questions you may have : 1) where to get lira? I exchanged money in the airport, but the exchange rate was NOT Good!! I suggest exchanging money in the market in town. 2)Safety : as a woman I felt 10000% safe!! The people of Turkey are so kind!! If you are a single woman looking to explore Istanbul, I 10000% recommend this tour, because it is SAFE and a fantastic tour!! Anytime I go to Turkey, I will contact Latif for a tour!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Adam W wrote a review Jun 12
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We truly enjoyed our tour with ILT. The owner and our guide Latif made the process seemless from booking to airport pickup/drop-off. His knowledge was fantastic of all aspects related to the great city of Istanbul and the country of Turkey. The conversations and information were wide-ranging and was a pleasure to spend a few hours with Latif. If you are visiting Istanbul for a few hours or a few days don't miss out on a tour with ILT.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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susana2 wrote a review Jun 4
Venezuela28 contributions25 helpful votes
This service is flawless! Driver at the airport kn time, instructions very clear! My guide Ebru fantastic! Havi a Muslim female guide by my side was a plus! She manages to squeeze in the pues I had to see the nos impressive things! Definitely a must do!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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