Long Layover in Istanbul
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.
ISTANBUL LAYOVER TOURS