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Istanbul Layover Night Tour

Private
Excellent
Duration

4 - 6 Hour

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Istanbul Stopover Night Tour

Istanbul Night Tour is one of the best options for travelers who arrive in Istanbul late afternoon or evening and want 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 won’t have the opportunity to visit all famous sites of Istanbul, but you will definitely see a few of them and experience a 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 a 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 through 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 a 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 Istiklal 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 transferred back by private van and dropped off at international departure gate.

Highlights

  • Round-Trip Tour from Istanbul Airports (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) including pick-up and drop-off with a private van.
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, and a local food market.
  • Cross the Bosphorus with a public ferry ride and admire the spectacular view of the Bosphorus.
  • Explore the vibrant Kadıkoy neighborhood on the Asian Side of Istanbul, visit Kadıkoy Food Market, sample local street food, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Stroll from Istiklal Street to Galata Tower.
  • Enjoy an interior visit of Hagia Sophia till 20:30 PM and the Blue Mosque until 17:00 PM.
  • With a Flexible Cancellation Policy: Pay no penalty fee for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to the starting time due to delayed or canceled flights.

Itinerary

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

After clearing passport control and customs, Meet & Greet partner, SBL, will be ready to meet you at exit gate No: 14, International arrival terminal. Once you have spotted the sign of SBL and shared your booking information, you will be accompanied to your driver and a private vehicle. Following meeting your driver and getting on the private vehicle, you will be transferred to your guide's location in the old city, where major attractions are grouped in the 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 built in the 1460s by order of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, with the purpose of generating income for maintaining their newly converted mosque. The city, being a meeting point of oriental trade routes, made the Grand Bazaar both grand and famous. Today, with 3,000 shops offering a huge range of colorful items, from simple souvenirs to expensive items such as jewelry, carpets, mosaic lamps, magnets, and leather, the Grand Bazaar is a vibrant marketplace. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, but the Spice Market is open seven days a week. 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

Take a ferry ride crossing between continents while the city lights up; Witness Istanbul from a different continent!

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

Kadıkoy Food Market & Optional Dinner: Kadıkoy Neighborhood is a food heaven for foodies. You can sample some interesting dishes or choose to sit down for a proper dinner to explore Turkish cuisine in depth.

Istiklal Street and Galata Tower
Istiklal Street and Galata Tower

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

Basilica Cistern
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 surrounding neighborhood until it was forgotten. Admission fee is 1000 TL or 33 USD for night time visit and Duration: 30 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included

Outer or Interior Visit: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque. Byzantine Hippodrome.
Outer or Interior Visit: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque. Byzantine Hippodrome.

Please note that while it is possible to visit these historic sites at night, it's important to remember that Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are functioning mosques, and access to their interiors may not always be available during nighttime hours due to religious activities or special events. However, you can still enjoy the architectural beauty of these landmarks from the outside and explore the surrounding areas. Stop at Hagia Sophia to embark on a guided exploration with our licensed tour guide. Delve into the architectural, religious, and political facets of what's often considered the 8th wonder of the world. Today, Hagia Sophia serves a dual purpose, functioning as an active mosque for Muslim worshippers and a museum for international visitors. Please note that the admission fee is 850 TL or 28 USD. The duration of this enlightening experience is approximately 45 minutes. Admission ticket not included.

Return Private Transfer and Drop Off at Istanbul Airport or Layover Hotel
Return Private Transfer and Drop Off at Istanbul Airport or Layover Hotel

You will be transferred back to the airport at least 2 hours prior to the departure flight. Please note that travelers can use the departure transfer at any set time, as the tour already includes 2-way airport/hotel transfer regardless of when it's needed. Feel free to ask the tour operator to adjust the requested departure transfer in the itinerary.

Included/Excluded

  • Private Tour by Licensed Tour Guide
  • Private Round-trip Airport Transportation
  • Public Transportation Fees (Ferry, Tram, and Cable Car)
  • Additional Services
  • Food & Beverage

FAQs

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?

Yes, the process is quite simple for passport holders from certain countries, including the US and Canada, to obtain their e-visa with just a few clicks online. To check the requirements and apply online, you can visit the official website of the Turkish Republic at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.

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 with checked-through luggage and boarding passes, you will be dropped off at the airport 2 hours before your departure, while for domestic flights, 1 hour is sufficient.

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?

Our tours typically run until midnight; However, specific tour schedules may vary, so it's advisable to check with us for the exact timing of the tour you're interested in. Night Layover Tours at Istanbul Airport are operated with a licensed guide until midnight, for after midnight tours, we offer a driving sightseeing tour with a dedicated driver & van with additional fee.

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John van Deinse
16/04/2024

A Journey Through Time: Exploring Old Town Istanbul at Night

My family of five recently had the pleasure of joining the Istanbul Layover Night Tour in the Old Town of Istanbul, and it was an experience that left me utterly captivated and enthralled. Led by our extremely knowledgeable guide, this excursion offered a fascinating glimpse into the rich history and vibrant culture of one of the world's most iconic cities. From the moment we set foot in Sultanahmet Square, the heart of Old Town, I knew this tour would be something special. Our guide expertly navigated us through narrow alleys, each step steeped in centuries of history. As we wandered past the majestic Hagia Sophia and the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, I couldn't help but feel humbled by the grandeur of these architectural marvels. Of course, no visit to Old Town Istanbul would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. Our guide took us to hidden gems and a local eatery, where we savored traditional Turkish delicacies such as kebabs, mezze, Turkish delight and baklava. Each bite was a symphony of flavors, a testament to the culinary heritage of this vibrant city and I can't forget to mention the delicious teas. But what truly set this tour apart was the passion and expertise of our guide. His deep knowledge of Istanbul's history and culture was evident at every turn, and his enthusiasm was infectious. He went above and beyond to ensure that our kids had a memorable experience, answering questions, sharing anecdotes, and making us feel like welcome guests in his city. This tour was exactly what we needed to get a taste of Istanbul. I wholeheartedly recommend this night tour, especially if you have a long layover like ours was.
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Baillet family
23/07/2023

Fantastic experience!

Our Istanbul layover tour guided by Latif was an amazing experience. Each of us, including two teenagers, really enjoyed the visit, from Mosques discoveries to Bosphorus ferry rides, kebab dinner, historical and cultural heritage information, spice market tour, under the expert guidance of Latif. Four full hours within Istanbul, with easy convenient transfers to/from the airport, during a 9h stopover. Highly recommend!
Justin Melnick
09/07/2023
Ty was a wonderful tour guide of Istanbul! We had a 10 hour layover and were able to get to see and do everything we had hoped for. We felt safe and well taken care of the entire time. It was clear that our tour was well planned while also being open to our specific desires and improvisation. Thank you Latif and Ty for an awesome Istanbul layover!
Mercedes
29/05/2023

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
18/04/2023

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
08/04/2023

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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jeback
19/03/2023

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 service.....do 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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Laylaf
17/03/2021

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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