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.
Tom Crafton, Winston Salem, North Carolina, Visited March 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.
Sunil Dubey, Edison, New Jersey
Full day private tour with Latif of all Istanbul’s amazing historical sites. Latif’s explanation of Ottoman history was extremely interesting. Spending a full day learning about Istanbul and visiting the sites was perfect – it is an amazing City with so much history. We would have missed so much without a guide like Latif. His English, knowledge of history and passion made for a wonderful day.
Exceptional Istanbul tours
My wife and I did a half day private tour of Istanbul yesterday. Our guide, Latif Eseler was fabulous. In addition to being a wealth of knowledge about the history of the city he also shared with us many details on life here. The highlight was lunch at a very non tourist restaurant inside the Grand Bazaar.
I give Latif my highest recommendation. There could not be a better person to spend your day here in Istanbul with!