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“Perfect tour for a quick stop in Istanbul”

Istanbul Layover Tours
Ranked #35 of 498 Tours in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 for transit travelers, who has a couple of hours layover between their flights, with multiple comfort options of transportion and flexible tour schedules.
Reviewed February 27, 2016

I had a great experience with Istanbul Layover tours! I had a 7 hour layover which I found was plenty of time to see the important sites in the old city. Everything ran smoothly from scheduling over email, picking up and the trip back in time for my connecting flight. Latif was very friendly and easy-going, as well as informative and well organized. He tailored the tour to the time I had available, and kept us moving without making me feel rushed. I saw Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque (from the outside, it was Friday and prayer schedule didn't allow us to go inside) the Cistern, Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, among other things on the drive into the old town. Also had some delicious Döner Kebab.
Speaking to Latif's integrity, I had found I'd overspent at a spice stall in the market, and was feeling regretful, and he brought me right back after we left, and I was able to return a large portion of my purchases for money back, and no-one made me feel bad for it, neither him nor the shopkeeper.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Gabriel A
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Reviewed April 16, 2015

Had a 10 hour layover in Istanbul and was referred to Istanbul Layover Tours by another tour service who was already booked. I was promptly met at he airport by my guide, Latif Eseler, as promised and begin the tour via the local metro. Based on local traffic, this was the best way to go. He planned the tour based on the amount of time available as well as my specific interests. I also was able to learn a lot about the Turkish people and history. First class experience starting with my initial email contact thru his getting me back to airport in plenty of time to catch my connecting flight.
Definitely would recommend Latif to anyone need a competent, knowledgeable guide in Istanbul.

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed March 14, 2015

My brother and I had a 14-hour-long layover in Istanbul. After I searched for a private guide online, I found Istanbul layover tours which specializes in tours from the airport. The cost of a private guide was almost half the price of other companies. Our guide, Latif Eseler, was flexible and adjusted the schedule just as we asked. Thank you Latif for the best layover ever.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Steve1512
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Reviewed March 4, 2015

I was flying to India by Turkish Airways, and had almost 14 hours of layover in Istanbul. I thought of making the best use of this time by taking a tour of the historical city. I started looking for a guide who could make the tour worthwhile and came across Latif Eseler of Istanbul Layover Tour. As the company name suggests, it specializes in layover tours.

From the point I introduced myself to Latif over email, till the time when the tour was over, it was a 5-star experience. Before my travel, Latif gave me guidance on everything I had to do in Istanbul. He carefully assessed my request and shared a tour plan with me. He also helped me with the information on where I can leave my carry-on baggage at the airport to where to exchange the currency and so on.

The day I arrived in Istanbul, Latif picked me up from the airport and took me to the old city. We went around the historical sites on foot. Latif provided information about each building, each item we saw, and also provided some nuggets of his own wisdom. He also took a lot of pictures for me as I wanted to be in the pictures with the monuments. He was also able to hasten things up a little bit with tickets etc.

Latif was flexible with the scheduling and the plan was a collaborative one. He was also very friendly and courteous. It was a very pleasant tours - one of the best I have ever had with a guide. Certainly worth a try if you have a long layover in Istanbul.

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed February 22, 2018
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Date of experience: January 2018
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