Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities | La Vacanza Travel

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Duration: 4 to 8 hours
Destination: Turkiye, Turkiye, Istanbul

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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Istanbul Layover Tours is mainly specialized on layover tours from Istanbul Airports.

Meet and Greet: It is easier to find your driver at the airport now. You will be met and accompanied to the vehicle by a welcome host at a spesific spot / time.

Timely & Safe Logistic; Enjoy comfortable round-trip transfer from/to airport with private and spacious van. .

Fast Track Entry: Be VIP and save precious time at the museums ticket desks thanks to the accredited tour guides from Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Professional and Enthusiastic Guides: Our guides are not only a good historian but also your travel companion. Learn about culture, politics & religion through personal stories and anecdotes.

Eat like a local: Taste delicious, reasonable non-touristy local food at the eatiers where the only locals eat. Various food restrictions are welcomed

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul

All listed attractions below are not meant to be visited on every tour scenario due to the time limitations and the tour itinerary can be shortened and altered by the guide's suggestion or traveler's instructions with traveler's consent due to the crowds or restoration work at the sites /museums, personal interests & fitness level, weather conditions & closure times of the places, public gatherings, political rallies, religious/public holidays, marathons, traffic situation and flight arrival times. A tentative itinerary will be communicated prior to the day.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkiye

The equivalent of Maxiumus Circus, city of Rome was immitated in new capital of Roman Empire as we call Byzantine Hippodrome; Hear the stories of glory chariot riders and amazed with monuments erected by the ambitios Roman engineers; Egpytian Obelisk, Serpent Colomn and Colomn of Constantine.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

As an operating mosque, your guide will take you inside of mosque complex in between praying times and help you to barrow a scarf or skirt if needed. it is closed until 14.00 pm on Fridays due to Friday noon prayer service.

Attention; There is ongoing restoration and the view is blocked by scaffolding.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Admire Hagia Sophia Mosque with our licensed tour guide and explore the 9th wonder of world from the aspects of architecture, religion and politics. Hagia Sophia opens at 10.00 am and is closed on Fridays till 14.00 pm. It can be visited till 22.00 pm.
Please note that due to long lines on day time, it is up to the traveler's decision to wait on the line and go inside.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkiye

As you walk down the stairs, you will see a palace looking underground water system built in 6th C. by Romans. Its massive size could store enough water to provide for Roman Palace and surrending neighborhood untill it was forgotten. Now it waits to be rediscovered.

Admision fee is 190 TL or 10 USD

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar Jewelers, Alemdar Mah. Bab-I Ali Cad. Guran Han No:34 D. 4, Istanbul 34110 Turkiye

The world's oldest shopping mall was buit in 1460s by the order of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqurer, in order to generate income for maintaining their newly converted mosque. The city, being in the meeting point of oriental trade routes made the bazaar Grand and Famous. Today, with 3000 thousand shops offer huge range of colourful item from simple souviners to expensive items such as jewelery, carpets, mosaic lamps, magnets, leather.

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1 Süleymaniye Mah, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

The mosque is active since 1556 and named after its commissioner, the famous sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. It is located on the 3rd hill of the old city. In a short walk from Grand Bazaar along the wall of Istanbul University, you will be guided through and rest by the amazing view of Asian side and new city from the terrace.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkiye

Taste delicious Turkish Delights, nuts and dried fruits while passing through a 400 year old stracture, Spice Market will help you to understand the origin of spices and Turkish Food.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Hop on a public ferry and make the fastest intercontinental trip to Asian Side of Istanbul. See Istanbul from old to new while passing by Bosphorus Bridge in distance.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, Caferaga Mahallesi Kadikoy, Istanbul Turkiye

Explore hip neigborhood of Kadıkoy and eat your way through Kadıkoy Food Market. Sample Turkish food sourced from local suppliers. Maybe you would like to try some home cooked style in Ciya Sofrası, which has been recently featured in Netflix.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Visit Iconic Topkapi Palace; Learn about Ottoman History and see impressive collections of pieces from treasury to medieval weapons in this massive museum. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Taksim Square, Gumussuyu Mh., Istanbul 34435 Turkiye

Explore famous Taksim Square and scroll down the Street of Istiklal, which is heart of modern Istanbul.

Stop At: Galata Tower, Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2, Istanbul Turkiye

Get a panaromic view of city form this iconic tower, built late 13th Century by Genoise Colony as a part of defence and watch tower.

Duration: 30 minutes

  • Proffesional Guide
  • Private Tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Round-Trip Private Airport Transfer
  • Public Transportation tickets - Ferry & Tram
  • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Strait

  • Food & Drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern and Topkapı Palace
  • Cabin Bags and Carry-ons should be stored at the Left Lugagge.
  • Visa Requirements; Please check
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are closed until 2.30 pm on Fridays.
  • Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene is closed on Tuesdays
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Meet & Greet Service

MEET& GREET (M44) will be waiting you with a board sign M44 in front of Exit Gate #14 Arrivals Terminal and accompany you to your vehicle.

We would like to inform you that Meet & Greet service is provided by a third-party firm (M44) merely to assist you to reach your driver & vehicle at the airport and they are not able to answer to the questions regarding the scope of the tour services and itineraries to be provided by Istanbul Layover Tours.

Please first store your luggage at the left luggage before exiting through Gate 14. The detailed directions for Meet & Greet and Left Bag with a map, picture and video footage will be provided upon receiving booking confirmation.

We expect to meet our travelers in 1 (one) hour after landing with earliest 06.00 am for weekdays and 06.30 am for weekends. We will be tracking the flight and adjust the pick-up time accordingly. In case of any issue with navigating at the airport, failing to spot the meeter, delayed pick-up or any issue can be occurred that day regarding pick-up, please contact to Mr. Latif at this number +90 544 585 98 51 immediately. Please do NOT send email or messages as it may take time to be seen. Preferably, please add the number to your contacts (WhatsApp available) prior to the day in case of that you may not have internet connection.

The airport transfer takes roughly 45 - 60 minutes to city center and then you will be meeting your guide. Following the tour, you will be dropped off at the airport 2 hours prior to departing flight time at the latest.



  • Istanbul Airport, TayakadIn Terminal Street No. 1, Istanbul 34283 Turkiye
  • Sabiha Gokcen, Istanbul Turkiye


  • Galataport Istanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

Departure Time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities
9/1/2023 - 11/1/2023

Monday - Saturday : 06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday : 06:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11/2/2023 - 4/30/2024
Monday - Sunday : 06:30 AM - 11:30 PM
5/1/2024 - 9/25/2024
Monday - Saturday : 06:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday : 06:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 to 8 hours

User's Reviews


01 Oct, 2023

Alif is the best guide ever! She is not just a guide but a historian. We learnt so much about the places we visited and will cherish forever.


30 Sep, 2023

Latif was very knowledgeable and a wonderful tour guide. He showed us two sides to the city taking in the popular well known sites as well as giving us a taste of local life outside the usual touristy spots. Highly recommend this to anyone who has a long layover through Istanbul. It’s a perfect way to experience the city in a short amount of time.


30 Sep, 2023

We were very satisfied with the arrangement of airport transfers and the tour. We did exactly what we requested and our guide met us at our hotel when we arrived from the airport. Communication was great and we'd book this tour again!


20 Sep, 2023

We had a great time with this walking tour. Our guide met us at the hotel and waited as we did a quick check in and freshen up after a 10 hour flight. We had no set agenda and went with the flow to see the sites as queue line times would vary. We were able to quickly get into both the Hagia Sophia and blue mosque between prayer times. Do make sure you wear the proper attire to the mosque’s or you you’ll have to wait for borrowed cover ups. The bonus to booking was the transfer between the airport and our hotel. We stopped in Istanbul as part Turkish airlines stopover program and this tour was the perfect way to make the most of our time.


20 Sep, 2023

We were on a layover at Istanbul for several hours and Mr Latif was fabulous in working with our scheduled time and with the places we wanted to go to see. Don't be afraid to tell him specifically what you want to see. Look things up and make suggestions and discuss it with him; he knows how to get you where you want to go and see what you want to see in limited times.He managed to get to our first stop ahead of us and purchased our tickets so that we could just jump right in line to enter. Very thoughtful use of our limited time. We managed to get to all sights we wanted to see without feeling rushed and had a great time laughing and learning along the way. I highly recommend using this tour guide while in Istanbul! Thank You Mr Latif!! :D

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