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Istanbul Layover Night Tour


4 - 6 Hour

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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.


  • 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 Bosphorus with public ferry ride and admire the spectacular view of the Bosphorus
  • Explore vibrant Kadıkoy neighborhood on Asian Side of Istanbul, visit Kadıkoy Food Market, sample local street food and sit for dinner at local restaurant.
  • Stroll down from Istiklal Street to Galata Tower
  • Interior Visit of Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque until 22.00 pm
  • 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

Grand Bazaar or Spice Market
Grand Bazaar or Spice Market

Galata Bridge
Galata Bridge

Ferry Ride to Asian Side
Ferry Ride to Asian Side

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

Istiklal Street and Galata Tower
Istiklal Street and Galata Tower

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


  • 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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Based on 7 reviews
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Baillet family

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
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!

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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