Private Istanbul Layover Tour From Airport

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Flexible (Depends on arrival flight details)
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick you up from Istanbul New Airport (IST) or SAW Airport. Please advise us your flight numbers to follow up.
    Istanbul International Airport, Istan.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This layover tour of Istanbul covers all the highlights of the city. Visit the monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, go to the Hagia Sophia the former mosque and church turned into museum, shop for all kind of souvenirs in the world's oldest covered market, Grand Bazaar, see the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapi Palace and admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque. Accompany of your local tour guide will be useful for your family and young kids.

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Private tour

Professional local guide

Private transportation

Roundtrip transfers from/to Airport


Museum/Attraction Tickets


Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Entry/Admission - Hagia Irene Museum

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Topkap Palace and Hagia Irene is closed on Tuesdays

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are closed until 2pm on Fridays.

Kid-Friendly tour guide will be accompanying your family on this tour.

Annual Closing Dates of museums and bazaars in Istanbul are; January 1 New Year May 2/3/4 Ramadan Celebrations July 9/10/11/12 Eid Celebrations October 29 Republic Day

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

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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  • 05-Oct-2022

    We had an incredible experience with our driver and our tour guide Tolga. First I want to make mention that there was a miscommunication that is ultimately my fault but the tour completely rectified. Our flight landed at 5 am so my wife and I decided to schedule our tour to start at 9 am. We had a 21 hour lay over and wanted as much of the daylight to be spent on the walking tour in the city. In the original email we set up 9 am, however in subsequent communication the tour operator kept making mention that they would “track our flight.” To me this meant that they were just making sure we weren’t really late but they meant that they expected to pick us up at 5 am. As I was arriving in a new city I didn’t have my phone connected to any network until right before 830 (when we decided to make our way to the meeting point.) Sure enough they were waiting for me and we were almost 4 hours late. We felt TERRIBLE, but they quickly assured us it was fine and sorted through all the details to get us up and running. Tolga was a fantastic tour guide. Personable and knowledgeable. He showed us through all the major sights and helped us skip the lines. (GUIDES can jump the cue for tickets and entry at many attractions.) We had a fantastic time and can say enough good things about Tolga. We look forward to returning with a little more time to further explore this beautiful city!

  • 30-May-2022

    Enjoyed a lot this short sightseeing tour.. All are just excellent.. the van, tour guide is just nice and super helpful... love to come back..

  • 05-May-2022

    We booked a last minute afternoon tour during our layover in Istanbul. Guided Istanbul Tours were very accommodating. Our tour guide Ulku was amazing! She was super friendly and knowledgeable about the history and culture of this beautiful city. She made sure to take us to all the must see sites within the time allotted. Due to her diligence we were able to experience beautiful sites and delicious Turkish cuisine and wine! Definitely want to come again and have Ulku help us explore more of what Istanbul has to offer!

  • 22-Dec-2021

    Went for 2 day extended layover. Hasan met us at the airport right on time and took us to all of the wonderful places Istanbul has to offer along with some special off the beaten path stops. He was flexible and we changed things up a little when the kids got tired of the historical sites and we took a break and went on a beautiful river cruise. Hasan was great with the whole family and very knowledgeable about history and all of the sites. I would highly recommend a tour with him!

  • 02-Dec-2021

    Excellent day at Istanbul - personal touch, very informative, well planned. Visited a hidden corners and a "must to see" sites.

  • 29-Sep-2021

    Ozgur was very friendly and knowledgeable. He explained all the sites clearly and when asked a question, he had informative answers. I would use him againà

  • 15-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.

  • 08-Jan-2020

    Fizemos um maravilhoso tour privado durante 3 dias em Istambul com a guia HATICE KELEK, que fala português, inglês, espanhol e turco. Ela foi extremamente atenciosa, agradável e prestativa, nos levou nos principais pontos turísticos da cidade e em outros lugares incríveis menos turísticos, sempre explicando a história e cultura! Também nos levou em cafés tradicionais da cidade (apresentando bebidas e comidas típicas turcas), deu várias dicas gastronômicas e para compras excelentes e nos auxiliou em todos os momentos. Recomendo muito!!

  • 12-Oct-2019

    we were met at the hotel and travelled to all the sites in the old town. A good itenary and a very knowledgable and fun guide. Having a guide helped us skip the queues (very helpful) as well as really learn about the history, culture and people of Turkey. it was full on and we learnt and saw a lot.

  • 22-Aug-2019

    Estivemos em Istambul no período de 15 a 17 de agosto onde pudemos ter a ajuda do excepcional guia Alper Attick. Fizemos uma excursão privada com esse excelente guia. Foi uma ótima experiência. O guia fala muito bem o português, isso facilitou ainda mais para o nosso entendimento. Ele nos ajudou a conhecer mais e melhor sobre a vida e os lugares interessantes de Istambul. Ele foi nota 10 com todo o seu conhecimento para nos explicar cada local maravilhoso que tivemos oportunidade de conhecer. O nosso passeio( da minha esposa e meu ) se tornou muito mais prazeroso com a ajuda do Alter. Recomendo a TripAdvisor e ao Alter para quem queira conhecer melhor um pouco da belíssima cidade de Istanbul. Ciro Santos

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