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Istanbul Layover Night Tour



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Istanbul Night Tour is one of the best options for travelers who arrive in Istanbul late afternoon or evening and wants to see major tourist attractions of Istanbul with some leisure activities during an overnight layover in Istanbul. If you have 7 hour or any longer stopover duration between two flights, it is possible to experience Istanbul by night.

Your flight arriving late afternoon at Istanbul Airport? Well, now you may think that it is a missed chance to see major museums inside. Maybe you will not be able to go inside of famous sites this time but definitely you will have a chance of unrevealing different aspect of the city at night. Istanbul is a city that never sleeps and it is alive even after dark.

In this walking night tour, you will be accompanied by professional tour guide and it will be fully customized for your likes. You will experience busy atmosphere of historical markets Grand Bazaar or Spice Market before closing its doors; Walk trough vibrant spice stalls at Spice Market where locals searching the best deals and freshest staples from local suppliers; Watch fishermen waiting for their catch on Galata Bridge and as the sun goes down, hop on ferry for a ride crossing between continents while city lights turn on; Witness Istanbul on a different continent! Kadıkoy Neighborhood is heaven for foodies. Sample some interesting food or may want to sit for a proper dinner for exploring Turkish Cuisine in depth; Catching ferry back to European side of Istanbul and see Bosphorus bridge decorated in colorful lights; Continue for a walk on Istıklal Street strolling down to Galata Tower; Catch public tram to old city to walk around of famous attractions; Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Roman Hippodrome. If time permits, you can treat yourself with Turkish Bath before heading back to Airport. 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) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) including pick up and drop off with private van.
  • Visit Grand Bazaar and Spice Market and local Food Market
  • Crossing Bosphours with public ferry ride and admire the spectecular view of the Bopshorus
  • Explore vibrant Kadıkoy neigborhood on Asian Side of Istanbul, visit Kadıkoy Food Market, sample local street food and sit for dinner at local resturant.
  • Stroll down from Istiklal Street to Galata Tower
  • See major sites from outside: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome.
  • With Relax Cancellation Policy; Pay no penalty fee for the cancellations made before 24 Hours prior to the starting time due to the delayed or canceled flights.


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Airport Pick-up & Transfer to City Center
Airport Pick-up &  Transfer to City Center

After clearing passport control and customs, our Meet & Greet partner M44 will be ready to meet you at the exit gate No: 14 international arrival terminal. Once you have spotted sign of M44 and shared your booking information, You will be accompanied to your driver and vehicle. 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 grouped in same vicinity.
Duration: 45-60 minutes depending on traffic or whether it is a working day or not.

Grand Bazaar or Spice Market
Grand Bazaar or 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.

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market) 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: 60 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Galata Bridge
Galata Bridge

Watch fishermen waiting for their catch on Galata Bridge and as the sun goes down

Ferry Ride to Asian Side
Ferry Ride to Asian Side

Ferry ride crossing between continents while the city turn the lights on; Witness Istanbul on a different continent!

Duration: 30 minutes

Kadıkoy Food Market & Optional Dinner
Kadıkoy Food Market & Optional Dinner

Kadıkoy Neighborhood is heaven for foodies. Sample some interesting food or may want to sit for a proper dinner for exploring Turkish Cuisine in depth.

Duration: 60 minutes

Istiklal Street and Galata Tower
Istiklal Street and Galata Tower

Istiklal Street is a vibrant one-and-a-half kilometre long pedestrian zone. It’s been home to elegant buildings, consulates, local businesses and upmarket restaurants since the 18th century. At the end is Tunel, an inviting neighbourhood brimming with boutiques, music stores and cafes. It’s home to the 14th century Galata Tower too. This stone medieval structure was used by the Genoans. Known as Galatians, they kept an eye on their goods being delivered to the docks below. Duration: 1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Outer Visit: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome
Outer Visit: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome

Learn about historical facts and listen stories of Roman & Ottoman Empire while taking pictures of Iconic monuments of Istanbul.


  • Private Tour by Licensed Tour Guide
  • Private Round Airpor Transport
  • Public Transportation Fees (Ferry & Tram and Cable)
  • Additional Services
  • Food & Drink

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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 late do you run tours ?
Guided Night Layover Tours are concluded at Istanbul Airport as late as midnight. After that time, we offer driven sightseeing tours with our luxury van for travelers who have only layover time aftermidnight.


Based on 5 reviews
Very Good

Safe & worth it for solo females

Had a 16 hour layover in Istanbul during the evening time and wanted to squeeze some sight seeing in. So glad I went with this option! Latif was truly so kind and I instantly felt totally safe around him. He is incredibly knowledgeable of his country while also being down to earth and personable. He was more than happy to cater the tour last minute to any requests that I had (i.e, I really wanted to see the Blue Mosque and go on the boat before sunset, so he switched everything up and made it happen!) Plus, the transportation was so nice!! I couldn’t believe it lol. The instructions and communication were also extremely precise and timely. All in all, not only will you feel like it was money well spent, but you’ll also be happy you’ve been given the opportunity to meet Latif! Book now, you won’t find a better tour guide!
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Andy Christensen

Exceeding One's Expectations

I was having 9 hour layover in Istanbul on my way to Seoul. I was quite hesitant at first but i'm glad i took the tour. Instructions were easy, communication was superb, the guide Alp was more than helpful and kind. The city, food, everything was beyond my expectations. Definitely will return for a longer tour. 10/10 would recommend.
Jordan Fontenot

Highly recommend!

I had a 16 hour layover and luckily found this online. I was worried about being a solo young female at night in Istanbul. The team changed that immediately. Very responsive via email and phone, accommodating when I was running late once I landed, made sure I was comfortable every step of the way! Taylan was an amazing tour guide! He was more than willing to adjust the tour to what your interests were. He was so helpful, kind, and beyond knowledgable! You can tell he really has a passion for history and teaching it to others. He went out of his way to make sure I was interested and comfortable the whole time. Can not recommend enough this tour if you have a long layover in Istanbul!!
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6 hour Istanbul Layover Tour

I just came back from a 1 night stopover in Istanbul and did a 6 hour tour with Istanbul Layover Tours - all I can say is WOW and how perfect everything was from start to finish.....impeccable tour with a phenomenal guide and worth every dollar and then some!! I could not be any more impressed and grateful - they take care of every detail and do it with superb customer a tour with them and you will not be sorry - I have done tons of tours on my travels and this rates at the top!!! Highly recommend and absolutely first rate all the way!!! Thank you Istanbul Layover Tours for making my brief time in Turkey so memorable and without question, worth it’s weight in gold!!!! A++++++
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Night layover in Istanbul

I was traveling alone to Egypt and had a seven hour nighttime layover in Istanbul. Latif met me in the airport and had his driver promptly pick us up. We took a wonderful odyssey through Sultanahmet and Taksim before going to a 500-year old hammam where I had a wonderful body scrub and steam before heading back to the airport. All in all, I learned a ton, felt very safe and paid a totally reasonable price for a very engaging, one-on-one tour. A must-do addition to any trip if you have the opportunity.
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