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1 Day Istanbul Layover Tour

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1 day layover in istanbul; In this ultimate Istanbul city tour, the itinerary has been prepared for you to cover all the major attractions and try some local experiences in 8 hours in Istanbul.

Upon meeting welcome host in airport, you will be directed to your private driver & van parked outside. Following meeting your driver and getting on private vehicle, you will be transferred to your guide’s location in old city, where major attractions are situated in same vicinity. After getting off the transport and meeting your guide, your vehicle will leave and you will begin tour with your guide on foot thereafter. At some point, public tram and ferry can be used in order to save time.

Tour introduction & itinerary will be explained in front of the area map by Roman Hippodrome. Agreeing with your guide on the tour plan & activities, in turn, you will visit Roman Hippodrome and famous monuments; Serpent Column, Walled Colomn, Egyptian Obelisk, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar or Arasta Bazaar.

Depending your interests, your guide will arrange optional additions of traditional Turkish breakfast or /and lunch, Turkish Bath Experience or Bosphorus Ferry Ride, as time permits.

Once tour has been concluded, you will be transfered back by private van and dropped off at international departure’s gate.

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  • Round-Trip Tour from Istanbul Airports (IST) including pick up and drop off with private van.
  • Take advantage of SKIP-THE LINE TOUR with private guide having priority at the museum ticket desks.
  • Visit the most famous iconic monuments of Istanbul; Byzantine Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar
  • Taste rich Turkish Cuisine; Find the best Turkish food in local eateries.
  • Enjoy optional Turkish Bath experience and relax at 500 year old Turkish Bath ahead of long flight.
  • Relax Cancellation; Pay no penalty for cancellations made before 24 Hours prior to tour starting date and for flights have been delayed and layover duration is reduced less than 7 hours.


Airport Pick-up & Private Transfer
After clearing passport control and customs, our Meet & Greet partner M44 will be ready to meet you at Gloria Jeans Coffeshop, located just after exit gate of customs in international arrival . Once you have spotted Meeter and shared your booking information, He will have your driver and vehicle arrived to pickup location. Following meeting your driver and getting on private vehicle, you will be transfered to your guide's location in old city, where major attractions are grouped in same vicinity.
Duration: 45-60 minutes depending on traffice or whether it is a working day or not.
Byzantine Hippodrome
Stop At: Hippodrome 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
Admission Ticket Free

Blue Mosque
Stop At: Blue Mosque 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 untill noon on Fridays due to Friday noon prayer service. Attention; There is ongoing restoration and the dome view is blocked by scaffolding.

Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Hagia Sophia
Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum Enjoy skip the line visit to Hagia Sophia Museum with our licensed tour guide and explore the 9th wonder of world (possibly) from the aspects of architecture, religion and politics. Hagia Sophia is a museum and visiting hours of the winter schedule are 09:00-17:00 with the last entrance time of 16:00. It is closed on Mondays. Visiting hours of the summer schedule are 09:00-19:00 with the last entrance time of 18:00. It is open all week days during the summner schedule. Admision fee is 100 TL (15$), the guide will pay the ticket in case of you will not have local currency or are not willing to use your credit card.

Duration: 45 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included
Basilica Cistern
Stop At: Basilica Cistern 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.

Admision fee is 30 TL or 5 USD

Duration: 30 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included
Topkapı Palace
Learn about one of the longest ruled empire in the world history during the visit of Topkapı Palace with our licensed guides. The palace is situated on the tip of the historical peninsula with vast open space consisting of 4 courtyards, palace departments; Harem, Kitchens, Armory, Audince Hall, Council Hall, tens of artifacts halls, Kiosks and amazing view overlooking Bosphours and Golden Horn. the Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Admision fee is 100 TL or 15 USD.

Duration: 120 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included
Lunch Break
Get the taste of rich Turkish Cusine in local resturants; Starter, Kebaps, Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun), Vegeterian Optians and more..
Grand Bazaar & Spice Market
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: 60 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Suleymaniye Mosque
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 Admission Ticket Free

Bosphorus Ferry Ride
Hop on Bopshorus sightseeing ferry ride and admire the spectecular view of the city from a completely different perspective while sipping on a glass of Turkish tea and enjoying the beautiful views of the Old and the New at the same time.

Duration: 90 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included


  • Private Tour by Licensed Tour Guide
  • Private Round Airpor Transport
  • Public Transportation Fees (Tram and Cable)
  • Fast Track Entry at Museums
  • Additional Services
  • Drink
  • Tickets (can be purchased in advance)



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Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey


Can I leave Istanbul airport during layover?
Yes, you are allowed to leave airport during layover as long as you will have a valid visa obtained.
Can I get visa online ?
It is very simple process for certain country passport holders including US and Canada to get their e-visa in few clicks online; In order to see requirements and get it online, you can visit official website of Turkish Republic
What is the minimum layover duration to leave airport for the tour ?
Recommended minimum layover duration is 7 hours layover for international connected flight and 6 hours layover for domestic flights from Istanbul International Airport. We can accommodate business travelers with shorter layover duration.
How early should we back at the airport?
For international flights, if the luggages are checked through to final destination, and already have your boarding pass, you will be dropped off 2 hours prior to departing flight. For domestic flights, 1 hours is suffice.
Where should I keep my cabin luggage ?
You can use attended baggage storage or baggage storage lockers that are available 24 hours a day in Istanbul Airport.
How early can I be picked up at airport ?
We can provide pick as early as 06.00 for week days and 07.00 am for weekends.


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